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Alabama State installs infrared cameras to check students for COVID-19 symptoms

Alabama State University announced plans last week to install COVID-19 screening stations on its campus to monitor the temperature and vital signs of students and staff to detect possible symptoms of COVID-19. University officials said the new technology will help ASU mitigate the spread of the coronavirus as they collect health data on students and staff who have returned to campus for the fall semester. “This is not the cure-all without a vaccine. But however it is a tool in the toolbox," said Alabama state Sen. Bobby Singleton. Betsy Foresman has more.

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UVA is cracking down on gatherings

The University of Virginia has cracked down on health policy violations with the help of an online portal that allows people to report social behaviors that could promote the spread of COVID-19. The new system, launched last month, was designed for students and residents in the surrounding community to help the university enforce compliance with policies that will protect the health and safety of students, faculty, staff and community members from virus outbreaks. So far, the university has received approximately 40 reports from residents and community members, and 28 from student, faculty and staff. Betsy has more.

Wi-Fi for students in Dallas

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson announced this week that four libraries will begin providing free public Wi-Fi during the day to support families and students who lack access at home. The project, done in partnership with Cisco, will outfit four public libraries with outdoor routers for parking lot Wi-Fi access from 7:00 a.m. to 9 p.m. The new Wi-Fi service will be accompanied by digital service kiosks placed outside of the libraries, connecting librarians to users via video chat so residents can access the library services. Ryan Johnston has the details on StateScoop.

Miami high schooler charged in DDoS attack against school

Authorities in Miami on Thursday arrested a 16-year-old high school student who admitted to orchestrating a wave of cyberattacks that disrupted the first week of online classes for Miami-Dade County Public Schools. The student, a junior at South Miami Senior High School, admitted responsibility for at least eight distributed-denial-of-service attacks against the Miami-Dade schools’ online learning platform, which disrupted the ability of teachers and students to access their virtual classrooms. “At no time were our firewalls compromised and no student or employee personal data was accessed. The cyberattacks did create a significant burden and caused massive disruption to all District web-based systems,” a district statement read. Benjamin Freed has the details.

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