Gwinnett school board appoints two new principals

Monica Ball was picked to serve as principal of Graves Elementary School. Ball, a former principal at Rosebud Elementary, worked this year on a special assignment for Gwinnett County Public Schools’ human resources division. She taught third grade for 15 years in the school district and has a specialist’s degree in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University. She will take over for Kono Smith, who is retiring.

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Joe Sanfilippo, an assistant principal at Hopkins Elementary, will become principal of Pharr Elementary. He takes over for Lisa Rhodes, who was transferred to Puckett’s Mill Elementary.

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Fewer than 700 units in metro Atlanta are listed at $1,000-a-month or less, according to Atticus LeBlanc, chief executive of Atlanta-based PadSplit, which connects lower-income people to shared housing.","_id":"KCIUJNLK6VCQPIMQ3PIRQCZLMM","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1625088919082,"type":"text","content":"“It comes down to the same thing, a lack of supply,” said LeBlanc.","_id":"NE6KPZ4VRRGN7A2YDTDIJBXFGY","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1625088919083,"type":"text","content":"The biggest challenges are for people with an unreliable income.","_id":"IH7CBEHASBGFVNOQ4MDDKDW3QI","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1625257134085,"type":"text","content":"In 2019, Keosha Roache, 32, a teacher, had a $1,000-a-month apartment in Ellenwood. She was studying for a masters degree, but took time off from her job, she said. “I had to; I had a baby. 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Brown has repeatedly said he is innocent of the charges against him.","_id":"Y3ROFKZYIFHFXEEI2MKZRR65IU","additional_properties":"comments":[],"_id":"NPOKUMFPFJAIREHGAMJD4777TA","type":"interstitial_link","content":"Audit: Controls insufficient to stop reckless Atlanta City Hall spending","url":"https://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta-news/audit-controls-insufficient-to-stop-reckless-atlanta-city-hall-spending/Y4L3BVQTPJGAPNLFIEW2S2DABU/","_id":"YRMLGTI3MNBWXDOJDKRD3ONRPE","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1625239994516,"type":"text","content":"Michael Sterling, a former federal prosecutor in Chicago who served as Reed’s senior advisor in City Hall for over two years, said the allegations remind him of the case involving former Congressman Jesse L. 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Every time I get on [social media], I get hit in the face with a lot of political stuff,” Nina Servio, 20, said. She said she occasionally posts, but often tries to keep her opinions to herself to avoid getting caught in the storm of negative comments. Servio said she feels conflicted about social media activism. ","_id":"I5C7M4CEIFGNDCAJBS2GE6LIM4","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"type":"text","content":"“It feels like the right thing to do, but it also feels like it doesn’t do anything,” she said.","_id":"Z2MSS2OPMVD2VHWAUGR547I6BU","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624902155437,"type":"text","content":"Servio said that social media has become a “performative activist outlet” for many of her peers, and she does not see their activism translate into real-life action. Voting is important to Servio, and she said she plans to vote in November.","_id":"5HMJYJXVBJABFBB6CORH7BCP2Q","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624898454766,"type":"text","content":"Green also feels the peer pressure associated with social media.","_id":"E7SQQOZYG5BRBO6GTRQKKOBCWI","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624898454767,"type":"text","content":"“I definitely feel on social media, if you don’t post on something, you’re pressured into it,” Green said, citing the recent Israel-Palestine conflict as a subject he felt pressured to post on.","_id":"XEXDUOQJR5H4HE7NRSXJ2B7XYQ","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624898454768,"type":"text","content":"“It was a challenge not to pick a side,” said Green, who is Jewish. He said he noticed that many of the Jewish creators he follows on social media were asked to give opinions on the conflict and violence, even if they were not political content creators.","_id":"2TQV2QYAWFDARF6YT3AFUEYOP4","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624908270195,"type":"text","content":"Those creators post primarily about politics on social media accounts, like TikTok, Twitch, Instagram, or Twitter.","_id":"5FFMWE2PNRAWLH4GV2XHPTFJYA","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624898454769,"type":"text","content":"According to Fraga, there is an explanation for this pressure.","_id":"33XVVV6GSZBLNFGPHDHXLUXDNA","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624908270197,"type":"text","content":"“Many people feel alienated from politics, feel like politicians aren’t really interested in addressing the major issues that young people, older people as well, really care about,” Fraga said. “I think it puts pressure on ordinary citizens to try and make a difference on their own.”","_id":"GOZLMP3LFFCINHEZOQ4WQED6PU","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624898454770,"type":"text","content":"Another downside of increased activism on social media is the potential for sharing false information, Fraga said.","_id":"PA266BKTNJE3DCZQRQFNS34PO4","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624898454771,"type":"text","content":"“We saw an extensive effort using social media platforms, including WhatsApp, to reach out to - especially Latino voters, but also young African American voters - with messages that objectively would be defined as misinformation regarding COVID, regarding Black Lives Matter, regarding social movements, and regarding the stances that Trump and Biden were taking,” he said. “That’s a troubling trend in many ways.”","_id":"7QU7T3ABPFGUZHSXRZMRQEP574","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624898454775,"type":"text","content":"
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Workers kept tallies to make sure arrivals didn’t exceed the limits of visitors for a patient. When it did, the visitors waited for an opening before entering the patient’s room.","_id":"5I3W2EYVEFAJPFIOMXPJUPR5OA","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1625182140993,"type":"text","content":"With the caps on visits, the hallways were mostly empty.","_id":"UQSEOCVENVFP3NUVSIZVX27USU","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1625164299764,"type":"text","content":"Across the state, each hospital or hospital system makes its own visitation policies, but they follow guidance from the Georgia Department of Public Health and broad recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC updated its guidance in April to say hospitals can consider allowing visitors if community COVID-19 levels remain at low to moderate levels.","_id":"HA5KLAAYNZCVRB5QL532MG6DZE","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1625182140995,"type":"text","content":"“We have eased some of our visitor restrictions and begun to allow visitors to our patients on a limited basis at each of our hospitals,” said Northside Hospital spokeswoman Katherine G. Watson in an e-mail. “As always, Northside continues to monitor COVID data and public health guidance to inform our decision making on visitation to our facilities.”","_id":"62CHGZSUGFFBJFIZAOF5YWY4EQ","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1625164299765,"type":"text","content":"Rules vary from hospital to hospital but the policies apply to all visitors — regardless of vaccination status. In general, hospitals across the state, including Emory, Piedmont and Northside Hospitals, are allowing either one or two visitors throughout their facilities. That includes the emergency room, surgery areas and critical care units.","_id":"F3R3ULDRZ5FX3K2YUGGOFBP7UY","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1625167870902,"type":"text","content":"In labor and delivery units, two visitors are generally allowed, even at hospitals with more restrictive visitation policies in other areas. Some hospitals, including Northeast Georgia Medical Center, allow siblings of newborns to join baby and mom. 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On Thursday, the seven-day rolling average of confirmed and probable new coronavirus infections in the state was 426, down about 96% since the January peak.","_id":"GFT52IBMWBEZZG4PS4HD3JBP74","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1625170442879,"type":"text","content":"But public health experts warn the pandemic still remains prevalent and they worry that a new strain of the disease, known as the delta variant, could pose new threats. They also worry about the fall and winter months when flu returns.","level":2,"_id":"FSQOK47D6BCNFG2HD7PQIGKUUE","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1625167870909,"type":"header","content":"Visitation lockdowns","_id":"PKAEJLE7WJH2PHYXR6RNBSHM2E","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1625164299771,"type":"text","content":"Visitation lockdowns were deemed necessary early in the pandemic for health safety and to prevent virus spread. There were also grave shortages of personal protective equipment, or PPE.","_id":"PZJTVZI4GJATZAECH45L3L6LYE","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1625164299772,"type":"text","content":"But those bans on visits came at an enormous emotional toll. The very sick faced hospital stays without the in-person support of loved ones. Those loved ones often waited anxiously for a call from a nurse or doctor. This was true for all patients, even those who were not battling COVID-19.","_id":"PYYQGQZ5CFBEDFNUGNS6P5YN7I","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1625164299773,"type":"text","content":"Some are questioning whether the restrictions went too far, and say states and hospitals need to set policies that balance safety while recognizing the needs of patients, particularly the needs of patients with serious, life-threatening illnesses and those who are near end-of-life.","_id":"ZBYMKWORXNCSTNJFWIGEF4YKTU","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1625167870913,"type":"text","content":"“The impact on the patient and the family members, it’s a tragedy,” wrote Dr. Daniel Garros is a co-author of a journal article on the subject published in the July issue of the American Journal of Critical Care.","_id":"WEHO545CCNABHBQ32JR4D4DNSE","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1625167870914,"type":"text","content":"“Family members of these patients will never forget they were not able to say goodbye to their loves ones, and there’s also the patients dying alone,” he wrote.","_id":"UZ3Q6CIL3ZA6BJVNBXISM4LBZE","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1625164299777,"type":"text","content":"Garros, a staff physician at the Stollery Children’s Hospital and clinical professor at the University of Alberta. said the situation also caused deep and lasting psychological scars on health care workers as well.","_id":"LYWWIUTA45BW7NNCCKOJSYTWLY","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1625164299778,"type":"text","content":"“This should have never been allowed to happen and we should make sure it never happens again,” he said.","_id":"UZ3Q6CIL3ZA6BJVNBXISM4LBZE","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1625164299777,"type":"text","content":"Pam Redman, Piedmont Atlanta’s director of patient experience, said the hospital’s decision to restrict visitors was not an easy one. 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DeKalb County last year became the first in Georgia to voluntarily translate materials into Korean and Gwinnett is considering translating voter materials into a number of Asian languages. Victoria Huynh, senior vice president for the Center for Pan Asian Community Services, said she’s passed out voter information at grocery stores and seen more activity on social media. Her group shares information in seven languages, and has in-house abilities to translate into 10 more.","_id":"6JB7G2BHH5F7BGZDMEJ4HL3Q74","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1624537673110,"type":"text","content":"Cam T. Ashling, chair of the Georgia Advancing Progress PAC and an operative involved in a number of Democratic campaigns, said volunteers sent more than 15,000 postcards to voters in seven languages. 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