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A NUMBER OF SCHOOL DISTRICTS didn’t open on Monday because of concerns about COVID, but Gov. Charlie Baker said none of them will be exempted from in-person learning requirements.

“The rules here are pretty simple,” he said at a press conference at the Saltonstall School in Salem with Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll. “We count in-person school as school. If a school district is not open at some point over the course of the year, they can use snow days until they run out of snow days but they do need to provide their kids with 180 days of in-person education this year. We’ll do whatever we can to help them deliver on that.”

Last week, as the holidays came to an end, the Massachusetts Teachers Association called for putting off the reopening of schools on Monday until more rapid COVID tests could be delivered to school districts and to give the districts more time to test teachers and students. The situation became more problematic when supply chain issues delayed the delivery of more than 227,000 rapid tests to school districts until Saturday and Sunday. (The state has also distributed 6 million KN95 masks to schools across the state.)

According to media reports, a number of schools did not open on Monday, including Brookline, Burlington, Cambridge, Ipswich, Lawrence, Lexington, Randolph, Sharon, and Wareham. A handful of schools, including Brockton, Lincoln-Sudbury, Newburyport, Somerville, Waltham, and Woburn, delayed the opening of school for several hours to allow teachers and staff to be tested.

“There was all kinds of talk last week about how schools wouldn’t open in Massachusetts today. But schools did, pretty much across the Commonwealth,” Baker said.

Driscoll, the Salem mayor, predicted a “tough couple of weeks ahead,” but said it’s important to keep kids in school. She compared virtual learning to playing basketball underwater.

Driscoll said Salem received a shipment of rapid tests from the state and placed an order for more tests that should be arriving within a week. Baker also said more tests should be arriving under a state-negotiated contract arrangement later this week.

The governor said staffing levels at schools are a concern. “I do take some comfort in the fact that most cities and towns and most school districts have not spent the vast majority of the federal money they received to support their educational programming during this school year and that can be a terrific tool to help people figure out how to bring people in to deal with some of the issues they have around staff as the year goes on,” he said.

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Choose Some Disney Tunes and I’ll Give You an “Encanto” Quote for Inspiration

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“Even in our darkest moments, there’s light where you least expect it.”

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Temperature Textiles Translate Climate Crisis Data Into Colorful, Graphic Knits

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Temperature Textiles Translate Climate Crisis Data into Colorful, Graphic Knits

January 21, 2022

Grace Ebert

All images (C) Raw Color

Creating tangible records of weather patterns has been a long-running practice for crafters and designers interested in visually documenting the effects of the climate crisis over time. Daniera ter Haar and Christoph Brach, of the Eindhoven, The Netherlands-based studio Raw Color, join this endeavor with their new collection of knitted goods that embed data about temperature changes, the sea’s rising levels, and emissions directly within their products’ patterns.

In each design, the duo translates data from the IPCC Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, into colorful, line graphics that represent four possible outcomes for the world through the year 2100. The titular Temperature Textiles rely on warm shades, sea level uses cool blues, purples, and greens, and emissions a combination of the two to visualize the changes.

Raw Color shares more specifics about the data behind Temperature Textiles on its site, where you can also shop the collection of flat and double knits. Follow the studio on Instagram to keep up with its latest designs. (via Design Milk)

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An Annual ‘Giant Letter’ Installation Displays a Heartfelt Note From a 100-Foot-Tall Boy Named Bobby

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An Annual ‘Giant Letter’ Installation Displays a Heartfelt Note from a 100-Foot-Tall Boy Named Bobby

January 21, 2022

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2020 in Austin. All images (C) Giant Letter, shared with permission

Every year on December 12, a handwritten letter on oversized lined paper appears on a residential lawn in Chicago or Austin. The massive constructions, which stand between 8- and 12-feet high, are part of an ongoing project that shares heartfelt messages between an imaginary 100-foot-tall boy named Bobby and those who matter most in his life (aka his mother Lucinda, cat Mr. McFluffins, and Santa).

Chicago-based artists Caro D’Offay and Laura Gilmore began Giant Letter back in 2012 as a way to connect with their community following the tragic killings at Sandy Hook Elementary. Marj Wormald joined the pair a few years later, and together, they’ve installed 10 iterations. “We’re trying to create an atmosphere,” D’Offay said in an interview. “The person standing there can in a way feel very small but also have big emotions. It can be transformative for someone, and they’re just walking their dog.”

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During its decade-long run, Giant Letter displays have included microscopes and astronomy books, huge pencils and cups of tea, and of course, chocolate chip cookies and milk. Every piece also sets a “Bobby box” nearby that encourages visitors to drop in messages they’d like to share with the child. In the most recent version installed at the intersection of Glenwood and Albion avenues in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood, a 35-foot tool stretches alongside a letter from Bobby’s mother detailing her cancer diagnosis. “I know this is a much bigger tape measure than you probably need but I want you to dream big and make giant magic!” it reads.

Organizers say the 2021 installation will stay in its current spot indefinitely, although they’re hoping to transfer the project to a museum or gallery in the future. You can follow their progress on Instagram.

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