coronavirus

Pa. Act 66 lets students repeat a grade, but deadline is July 15

All Pennsylvania K-12 students now have the option to repeat a grade this upcoming school year. But the deadline to apply is right around the corner and many families are unaware of the opportunity.

Gov. Tom Wolf signed the bill — Act 66 — on June 30 in an effort to make up for education gaps stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. The deadline for families to sign up is July 15. | From WHYY (Read more.)

Education

SEPTA Launches New Tap Card for Philadelphia Students

Tens of thousands of students in Philadelphia will now have a new way to access public transit to get to school.

The School District of Philadelphia and SEPTA on Thursday introduced the new SEPTA Student Fare Card, a tap card that students can use up to eight times a day and which will replace the laminated cards that were previously given to students each week. | From NBC10 (Read more.)

Education

George Washington Carver High School students create record label

During the 2020 pandemic, Carver High School launched Carver Records, a record label for students to utilize when exploring musical projects, or music-based career options.

Carver Records released its first single just months after its inception: “Never Change.” The song carries a fun pop beat, relaxed bass, and chilled verses, showcasing Carver students’ abilities to assemble a collaborative project.

The single was created by Carver students, and is attributed to Carver Sound, with features from student artists Zeii, Kidd Phantom, and MC-E. | From AL DÍA (Read more.)

Health

Philly Women’s Health Brand Stix Just Launched Yeast Infection Products

Roughly two months ago, Stix — a Philly-based, female-founded women’s health company — announced that they raised $3.5 million in seed funding to expand their product line. The local direct-to-consumer startup — which already offers OBGYN-formulated pregnancy, ovulation, and UTI tests plus prenatal supplements — used some of those funds to launch their new line focused on treating and preventing one very irritating, but very common, women’s health issue: vaginal yeast infections. | From Philadelphia Magazine (Read more.)

Health

Pa.’s Amazon workers have almost twice as many serious injuries as other warehouse workers here

Amazon’s local warehouse workers suffer serious injuries more often than employees at other warehouses, fueling criticism from labor groups as the retail giant rapidly expands across the Philadelphia region.

With the pandemic pushing consumers to shop online, Amazon has snatched up facilities and posted thousands of job openings locally, by far the most of any employer. But injury records suggest the jobs can be more dangerous than comparable warehouses. Critics contend the company pressures employees to work at a fast pace without enough breaks. | From The Inquirer (Read more.)