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The Washington Alliance 4 Kids is a network of advocacy organizations within school districts that provide a voice for students and parents in policy discussions that impact students’ ability to thrive.

Senators Question CDC’s Interpretation of Data for Reopening Schools


Effectiveness of three versus six feet of physical distancing for controlling spread of COVID-19 among primary and secondary students and staff: A retrospective, state-wide cohort study

National and international guidelines differ about the optimal physical distancing between students for prevention of SARS-CoV-2 transmission; studies directly comparing the impact of ≥3 versus ≥6 feet of physical distancing policies in school settings are lacking. Thus, our objective was to compare incident cases of SARS-CoV-2 in students and staff in Massachusetts public schools among districts with different physical distancing requirements. State guidance mandates masking for all school staff and for students in grades 2 and higher; the majority of districts required universal masking.


Prepared by the ABC Science Collaborative,
funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The Collaborative is a program that pairs scientists and physicians with school and community leaders to help understand the most current and relevant information about COVID-19. Because the CDC school reopening guidelines conflict with the existing science, physicians, scientists, and experts from across the country teamed up to create a document for superintendents to facilitate safe and data-driven school reopening. It is a play-by-play of how to do it, when you should reopen (now), what to do as community spread changes etc. It is comprehensive, easy to digest, and while prepared by experts, is presented with refreshing common sense. This should be THE document used to get schools open across the country.


A majority of states have opened their doors for in-person or hybrid learning across America, but Washington State schools are at an impasse.

Students are not only falling behind, they are suffering from isolation, depression and anxiety. Their social, emotional and physical needs are not being met, leaving our most vulnerable students at high risk.

The CDC and American Association of Pediatrics have set guidelines and recommendations for schools to reopen, as has our State Superintendent of Public Schools Chris Reykdal. 

There is simply no substitute for in-person learning and it is inexcusable for any education leader to say that it is OK for our kids to be falling behind because they are doing so together. 

Give parents the choice—a return to classrooms for their children, a hybrid model or allow them to keep their children at home.  We all deserve to make the best choices for our families and programs that serve ALL student needs.


Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

As our state and nation continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, Washington’s schools are working closely with local health authorities to determine the right mode of instructional delivery for their community. The following data are self-reported by each public school district, state-tribal education compact school, and charter school.


Map Indicates Virtual Versus In Person Learning For K-12 Public Schools Across the US

Burbio actively monitors 1,200 districts, including the 200 largest school districts in the US. District plans are reviewed every 72 hours to identify changes. School districts in the data set are a mix of sizes and distributed nationally in such a way to represent local decision-making across the country and averages are weighted to reflect student populations. For more details on methodology or detailed breakdown of county information email

Schoolchildren Seem Unlikely to Fuel Coronavirus Surges, Scientists Say

The more and more data that I see, the more comfortable I am that children are not, in fact, driving transmission, especially in school settings.

Brooke Nichols
Infectious Disease Modeler at the Boston University School of Public Health

Weighed against the substantial harms to children and parents from keeping schools closed, elementary schools should at least offer in-person learning. I think there’s a pretty good base of evidence now that schools can open safely in the presence of strong safety plans, and even at higher levels of case incidence than we had suspected.

Dr. David Rubin
Pediatrician and infectious disease expert at the University of Pennsylvania

Children are not being prioritized, and they’re missing out on all the positive things about going to school. I don’t understand why we’re not as a community getting together and deciding that schools need to be a priority and making them as safe as we can.

Helen Jenkins
Infectious disease expert at Boston University

From the New York Times: Schoolchildren Seem Unlikely to Fuel Coronavirus Surges, Scientists Say on November 11, 2020