Shauna Koch, the parent of a kindergarten student at Bogan, said her child was sent outside unattended when none of the approved guardians for the child’s pickup were there.
Although Miami University’s Healthy Together Pledge calls for students to “conduct daily symptom monitoring for [COVID-19] symptoms and stay home from classes/activities if [they are] feeling ill,” the use of the symptom monitoring app recommended by Miami, Campus Clear, is not required.
I’m sure you’ve all felt it. As we near a year of pandemic living, we’re feeling a little crazy. Even the most level-headed among us aren’t immune to this sentiment; case-in-point, many newspapers have recently had to pull some of Jeanne “Dear Abby” Phillips’ columns for what they have called “frankly bonkers” advice. But here at The Miami Student, we have managed to gain access to one of these pulled columns and published it here for your entertainment.
Around half of the teachers in the Talawanda School District (TSD), about 300 people, received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Feb. 25. The Butler County Educational Service Center, which works with all public schools in the county, coordinated the administration of the vaccine for all 10 school districts in Butler County. Talawanda teachers received the first dose of the vaccine on Feb. 4.
In the midst of a pandemic, the nation’s colleges faced an unprecedented problem regarding the safety and responsibility of releasing students to travel over spring break.
Although the current number of active COVID-19 cases is still considerably low compared to this point last semester, Miami University’s active COVID-19 cases are beginning to rise after a period of downward trends.
Only about 7.5% of the U.S. population has been fully vaccinated as of March 1, according to NPR’s COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker. Under the CDC’s three-phase distribution plan, college students are not scheduled to get their doses until phase three. Ohio has not released estimated dates for phase three of distribution.
I was eventually led to the blood drawing area: a row of chairs attached to carts holding tubes and blood bags. I started to feel nauseous – I hate needles, and bodily fluids make me squeamish. Nevertheless, my desire for a free shirt carried me through, and I sat down and prepared to be harvested.
Imagine every aspect of your college experience thus far taking place within a screen. For upperclassmen, this is an especially hard concept to think about, but for some first-year students, like Cameron Tiefenthaler, that is reality.
Going to school in a pandemic is challenging. Any student on Miami University's campus could tell you that.
This February, as both Asian and Asian American Miami University students enjoyed the Lunar New Year, a nationwide spike in hate crimes against the Asian community dampened the celebration. Both the Oxford Police Department (OPD) and Miami University Police Department (MUPD) have not received any official reports of hate crimes against Asian or Asian American people over the past year. However, Miami’s Asian and Asian American students are disheartened by the anti-Asian racism in the United States, as well as the media’s lack of coverage of these events.
Miami University’s COVID-19 dashboard gets a B+ grade according to independent research group “We Rate Covid Dashboards” (WRCD).
After nearly a year of online programs and in-person events limited to less than 1o people, Armstrong Student Center is hopeful that the spring semester will finish out closer to normal.
For almost a year, Vicki Raible has been at the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last semester, Miami University students received information on the COVID-19 pandemic through emails from President Crawford, the offices of the Provost, student life, residence life, student health services and university communications. This semester, the sources of information have been narrowed down to two: the division of student life and the COVID-19 response team.
On campus, many buildings closed by 9:30 p.m. and students were asked to return to their dorms by 10 p.m. With the curfew now lifted, many on- and off-campus buildings and restaurants plan to remain open later.
Miami University students and faculty must adjust to a different semester format this spring, as the traditional week-long spring break has been replaced with a series of “wellness days.” These wellness days occur roughly once a month and were implemented to prevent students from traveling to many different locations and bringing COVID-19 back to Oxford. Professors are not allowed to hold classes or assign work on these days.
Since May, a team of less than 100 Miami University public health students, faculty and staff have been working as contact tracers in an effort to help inform, educate and support those who tested positive for COVID-19 across Butler County. The main goal of the program is not only to help those testing positive for COVID-19, but also to give students in the public health field hands-on work and training in the midst of the pandemic.
The production of a successful vaccine targeting COVID-19 has led to many questions about distribution and supply, with states creating individual plans to give vaccines out as effectively and efficiently as possible.