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Pandemic Masks Ongoing Child Abuse Crisis as Cases Plummet

LANSFORD, Penn. (AP) - Ava Lerario lived in a home marked by both love and chaos, even before the walls of the pandemic started closing in on her fractured family. Sandwiched between two brothers, the 9-year-old was her father's princess, and she loved to snuggle up with her mom to read.

Opinion | Fairfax, Enough is Enough: Open Schools Full-Time

This week, the D.C. area declared it would not fully reopen schools until the fall at the soonest. Arlington, Loudoun, Montgomery and Fairfax County made announcements, hoping to stem the tide of disenrollment and criticism. They have accomplished neither. In January, Virginia teachers were moved into a high-priority group for vaccines.

Open Schools Now | City Journal

A new CDC report confirms that K-12 schools are not associated with Covid-19 transmission.

Charges Filed to Recall Entire Seattle School Board

SEATTLE - Three Seattle voters have filed charges to recall the publicly elected directors of the Seattle School Board. Emily Cherkin, Jennifer Crow and Beverly Goodman have accused the school board for failing to oversee a timely transition to in-person teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic. "We need to hold our elected officials accountable.

Oregon Officials Adopt CDC's New 3-Foot Rule for Schools

Oregon will shift to allowing 3 feet of physical distancing in schools, down from 6, the Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Department of Education announced Monday. They cited recent studies and new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as saying 3 feet of separation is enough to prevent transmission of COVID-19 between masked students.

Schools, COVID and Mental Health

As U.S. schools shuttered, student mental health cratered, Reuters survey finds As public school closures stretched into a full year, students across the United States many times encountered short-term or lasting mental health harm. Teachers were affected, too, Reuters found in a national survey of school districts.

California now Recommends 3 Feet of Space Between Students in Classrooms after CDC Updates Guidance

Aligning with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, California is now allowing schools to space classroom desks closer together, officials announced Saturday. Students can sit as close as 3 feet apart in classrooms, rather than the usual 6-foot distancing recommendation meant to curb coronavirus transmission.

CDC Relaxes Distance Requirements in Schools from 6 to 3 Feet

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday relaxed physical distancing requirements for children in school, from 6 feet to 3 feet - a change aimed at allowing more students to be inside classrooms. The recommendations come with a few caveats.

Children are Lonely, Parents are Stressed: CDC Study Finds Remote Learning Taking a Devastating Toll

WASHINGTON - Virtual school is fostering isolation in children and stress in parents, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The findings confirm previous research into the deleterious emotional and physical effects of keeping children out of school.

Coronavirus News

What you need to know President Biden said his administration is on track to hit 100 million Covid-19 vaccines doses administered by tomorrow as the US continues to race against variants. The European Union's medicines regulator said its investigation found the AstraZeneca vaccine is safe but it could not definitively rule out a link to a rare blood clotting disorder.

Will Classroom Social Distancing Rules Change?

If the C.D.C. relaxes its rule requiring students in classrooms to be six feet apart, more districts could bring students back full time. Butteachers' unions are wary. This is the Education Briefing, a weekly update on the most important news in American education. Sign up here to get this newsletter in your inbox.

Three Feet or Six? Distancing Guideline for Schools Stirs Debate

Some public health officials say it's time for the C.D.C. to loosen its social distancing guidelines for classrooms, but the idea has detractors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is clear and consistent in its social distancing recommendation: To reduce the risk of contracting the coronavirus, people should remain at least six feet away from others who are not in their households.

Democrats Should Stop Their Lockstep Support of Teachers Unions - The Boston Globe

In the United States, remote learning has caused minorities disproportionate harm. Children without computers or parents at home are less likely to benefit from - or even attend - remote classes. According to a recent Chicago ABC7 News report, nearly half of students have been no-shows at several Chicago high schools.

Inslee Signs Emergency Proclamation Requiring In-Person Education Opportunities for K-12 Schools

Gov. Jay Inslee today signed an emergency proclamation prohibiting all public K-12 schools in Washington from failing to provide opportunities in both remote instruction and on-campus, in-person instruction. The proclamation aims to address the alarming educational inequities and mental health concerns among students as a result of prolonged remote education.

Perspective | Kids Don’t Need to Keep Six Feet Apart in Cchools. Three Feet is Just as Safe.

A year ago, as a rapidly spreading and relatively unknown new coronavirus was declared a global pandemic, schools across the country closed. Most of them stayed closed for the duration of the past academic year.

Washington Student Advocacy Group Pushes for Full Return to In-Person Learning

The Washington Alliance 4 Kids is pushing for a full return to in-person learning, saying Gov. Jay Inslee's school reopening plan doesn't go far enough. SEATTLE - With just a few months left in the 2021 school year some Washington parents are pushing for a full return to in-person learning.

READ: New Massachusetts School Reopening Guidance

The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education released new guidance Tuesday to help schools get ready to return to in-person learning next month. A memo from Elementary and Secondary Commissioner Jeffrey Riley lays out a timeline for when Massachusetts schools will be required to return to full-time, classroom learning, setting the expectation that middle and elementary schoolers will be...

Inslee Cites Mental Health as a Reason for Students to Return to Washington Classrooms

Following Gov. Jay Inslee's proclamation to expand in-person learning at schools, parents are excited but hope mental health resources are available for students. BELLEVUE, Wash. - Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has issued an emergency proclamation requiring schools to give all students the option for in-person learning at least two days a week by April 19.

Parents Share Mixed Reactions About Governor Inslee’s Proclamation on In-Person Learning

Parents are feeling mixed emotions about Governor Jay Inslee's proclamation requiring all school districts to offer some in-person learning. During the governor's announcement on Friday, he said the hybrid learning model will begin April 5 with kindergarten through sixth grade. Marcie Cheung is a parent in the Issaquah School District.

CDC Misinterpreted Our Research on Opening Schools. It Should Loosen the Rules Now

“The only thing we have to fear is...fear itself - nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.” - Franklin Delano Roosevelt The recent school reopening guidance released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is an example of fears influencing and resulting in misinterpretation of science and harmful policy.

New Mexico Schools to Transition to Full In-Person Learning April 5

Stewart added that the expectation is that schools be reopened for full in-person learning by April 5. Masks and social distancing will be among the health protocols that should be followed. Families who would like their child to stay in a virtual can do so, according to Stewart.

As School Closures Near First Anniversary, a Diverse Parent Movement Demands Action

Frustrated with remote learning, parents in the Philadelphia area are running for office, suing, relocating and retreating to private school. Aquené Tyler, a mother and hair stylist in North Philadelphia, has been disappointed in her neighborhood's public schools for many years. There were too few books and computers.

This Ohio School Reduced Spacing Measures and Is Open to All, 5 Days a Week

Throughout Watkins Memorial High School there is a hum -- of teachers teaching, of students learning. With a mix of reduced spacing but enforced masking, school leaders say they've been able to run safely since the beginning of the academic year.

For Some Teens, It’s Been a Year of Anxiety and Trips to the E.R.

During the pandemic, suicidal thinking is up. And families find that hospitals can't handle adolescents in crisis. When the pandemic first hit the Bay Area last spring, Ann thought that her son, a 17-year-old senior, was finally on track to finish high school.

Understanding Covid-19-era Enrollment Drops among Early-grade Public School Students

The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly disrupted schooling nationwide, raising serious concerns about the impact of the pandemic on children's learning, the ways online learning may be exacerbating racial inequities, and the need to balance the strong desire for in-person learning with the risks posed by the pandemic.

VIDEO: Hundreds of Issaquah Students and Parents Rally for Reopening Schools

Parents of Issaquah public school students held a rally Wednesday, pushing for schools to reopen.

Opinion | School Closures Have Failed America’s Children

As many as three million children have gotten no education for nearly a year. Flags are flying at half-staff across the United States to commemorate the half-million American lives lost to the coronavirus.

Staff, Students Preparing for Return to In-Person Learning | Grosse Pointe News

Unfortunately, that can’t be universally achieved in the Grosse Pointe Public School System, Deputy Superintendent Jon Dean told the school board Monday. There will be some six-foot distancing. But some areas will have less. However, the district will mandate the use of masks when schools reopen in March for full-time in-classroom instruction.

Pandemic Loneliness Is Hitting Young Adults Especially Hard

The coronavirus pandemic has caused another kind of pervasive affliction, Harvard researchers say: loneliness. More than one-third of 950 Americans reported feeling lonely at least "frequently" in the previous four weeks, according to a newly released survey by researchers at Harvard's Graduate School of Education, conducted in October.

Message to Teachers: Don’t Fear a Return to the Classroom

In Chicago, some students went back to their classrooms in January, but hundreds of teachers did not show up. Many appeared to be more scared of the coronavirus than being cut off from their Google accounts or terminated from their jobs.

WV Board of Education Votes to Send Students Back to School Full Time

CHARLESTON, WV (WVNS) - The West Virginia State Board of Education voted unanimously to send all WV students back to in-person instruction five days-a-week. A motion was made to send all students in grades Pre-K through eighth back to in-person instruction five days-a-week by March 3, 2021.

Opinion | Covid ‘Relief’ Through 2028

Perhaps you've heard that the $1.9 trillion House spending bill is meant to provide "urgent" and “emergency” relief. But did you know that the Covid emergency in America’s schools will apparently last through 2028? The House proposal showers K-12 schools with nearly $129 billion.

Massachusetts Commissioner Sticks with 3-foot Distancing Requirement for Schools

Massachusetts education officials say they want to see all elementary students back in the classroom by April and older students back before the end of the school year. If students return to the classroom in the spring, they will have to space out at least 3 feet apart, not 6 feet apart, under the state's guidelines.

Northshore School District Parents Frustrated Over Slow Return to In-person Learning

While many school districts have returned or have announced plans to return to in-person learning, the Northshore School District has yet to do either. BOTHELL, Wash - Monday was another day of double duty for Krysta Wogen, who is playing both mom and teacher to her kids who attend the Northshore School District in Bothell.

‘YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO INTERACT’: East Bay Teacher Discourages Kids from In-person Learning

PLEASANTON, Calif. (KGO) -- Just one day after the Pleasanton Unified School Board voted to return to in-person teaching last Thursday night, parents say some teachers used Zoom time the following morning to try to dissuade their kids from returning to the classroom.

New CDC School Opening Guidelines Fail to ‘Follow the Science’ - STAT

President Biden vowed to "follow the science" in an effort to get kids back to school. But that's not what the latest school opening guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention do.

As Other School Districts Open, Seattle Remains Split on Returning to Classrooms

Seattle Public Schools, the first urban school system in the country to close due to the coronavirus, is now among the last to reopen to a broader set of students as parents, administrators and teachers across a city split along complicated fault lines.

Teachers Union Should Soften Vaccine Stance to Encourage Safe In-person Instruction

Dr. Anthony Fauci assures it can be done safely. Washington schools chief Chris Reykdal is threatening to withhold federal funds from school districts that don't have plans to do it. And Gov. Jay Inslee repeatedly urges districts to get students back in school in safe, proven ways.

Monmouth Co. Girl, 8, Confesses To Virtual Class She's Starving

MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ - It was mid-December, and students in a class of Monmouth County third-graders were at their home computers doing online learning. That was when the teacher noticed one of the girls, 8, kept fidgeting. She could not seem to sit still or pay attention.

Teen Sounds the Alarm Saying ‘We Are Not Okay’

Meet Melanie, a 13-year-old who is passionate about sounding the alarm for people about what is happening for teens. She shares that 90% of her friends are suicidal or have attempted before. "We're not okay," she shares and she will not be okay until they get their social interactions back.

Remote Learning During Covid-19 Is Causing Children to Gain Weight, Doctors Warn

Pediatricians are warning that the coronavirus pandemic 's protracted disruption of in-person schooling, sports and other activities is leading to weight gain that could have long-lasting impacts on children's health. Students are snacking more and exercising less, and nutritionists and doctors who study obesity worry the pandemic is putting children at greater risk for type-two diabetes and asthma, among other health concerns.

Opinion | Washington Educators, While You Waste Time Bargaining, Our Children Are Suffering

Editor's note: ParentMap publishes articles, op-eds and essays by people from all walks of life. The opinions expressed in their articles are their own and are not endorsed by ParentMap. When I read the news earlier this year that the Seattle Public Schools School Board had unanimously approved a plan to begin bringing students back to in-person learning on March 1, a weight was lifted.

Parents Respond to CDC Guidelines Which Impede School Opening

This week, more than two thirds of US school districts were open for in-person school, an encouraging milestone. For the first time, a plurality (39.7%) returned students five days a week. This only served to augment the well-established evidence that schools can be reopened safely.

‘We’ve Become Parodies of Ourselves’: California Democrats Bemoan SF School Board

OAKLAND - California Democrats disagree on plenty of issues, but they are increasingly coalescing around a common gripe: What exactly is the San Francisco school board thinking? Board members last month decided former President Abraham Lincoln - and current U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein - were no longer worthy of having their names on San Francisco schools.

Opinion | The Teachers Unions Roll Over Biden

President Biden made an early pandemic show by promising that a majority of American schools would reopen in his first 100 days in office. But on Tuesday we learned that this depends on the meaning of the word "reopen."

Many Schools Have Reopened Without White House Guidance, but Can Be Hard to Track How They’re Teaching

The Biden administration plans to roll out school reopening guidelines this week, but the nation's schools may have already met the White House's stated goal to "safely reopen" a majority of K-8 schools. Sixty-four percent of elementary and middle school students are already seeing some in-person instruction, according to the most current data from Burbio's School Opening Tracker.

Yakima Health District Oks High School Students’ Return to Campus Part-time

Yakima County high school students can begin to return part-time to campus following strict safety protocol as early as Feb. 16, the Yakima Health District said in a lette r to superintendents Tuesday afternoon. The district said new cases of COVID-19 in the community are too high to warrant a full return of students to campus.

Schools Plan for Potential of Remote Learning into the Fall

After seeing two academic years thrown off course by the pandemic, school leaders around the country are planning for the possibility of more distance learning next fall at the start of yet another school year.

CPS, CTU Reach Tentative Agreement to Reopen Schools, Subject to CTU Member Vote

Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced that Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union reached a tentative agreement to return to in-person learning next week, although the agreement still requires CTU member ratification. Members of the Chicago Teachers Union are slated to vote on ratifying the agreement later Sunday.

Rhode Island Kept Its Schools Open. This Is What Happened.

The Great Read Some teachers and students got sick. Principals had to improvise constantly. But it worked - mostly. Credit... Brian Ulrich for The New York Times To hear more audio stories from publishers like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android .

Washington State School Districts have 17 Days to Submit School Reopening Plans

Hours after a new state law passed on Wednesday, Washington superintendent of public instruction Chris Reykdal told school districts that if they want their new federal COVID-19 relief money, they need to update and submit their reopening plans by March 1.

CDC Director Says Schools Can Safely Reopen Without Vaccinating Teachers

Teachers do not need to get vaccinated against Covid-19 before schools can safely reopen, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday. "There is increasing data to suggest that schools can safely reopen and that safe reopening does not suggest that teachers need to be vaccinated," CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky told reporters during a White House news briefing on Covid-19.

Issaquah School District E-news

Dear ISD Community - We are happy to share that the tentative agreement to bring our kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade and 3rd grade learners back to our schools for in-person hybrid learning has been ratified by a vote of the Issaquah Education Association (IEA) members, our teachers' union.

Opinion | I’m a Fairfax Teacher, and I Want to be Back in the Classroom

As a Fairfax County teacher, and after more than 300 days of teaching first grade from home, I am sad and frustrated. It's infuriating that the Fairfax Education Association and the Fairfax County Federation of Teachers are blocking a return to the classroom.

Polarizing Debate Continues on Whether Washington Educators Should Be Higher on the Vaccine List

You don't have to be a teacher to feel passionate about whether or not Washington educators should move to the front of the line for vaccines. "As a parent I am confused why they weren't on the list back in October and why they weren't advocating for themselves like many of the industries were," Jennifer Spall said.

Do Educators Actually Believe Schools Are Essential? | National Review

Despite the science, officials keep moving the goalposts for reopening. A mericans believe that schools are essential institutions. That's why public schools absorb half of local government spending, and why the nation spends $14,000 per year on each child in K-12 public schools.

Gov. Reynolds Signs Bill Requiring Schools to Offer 100% In-person Learning

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - Governor Kim Reynolds signed a bill into law requiring schools to offer full time in person learning despite the pandemic. On Thursday, the Iowa House and Senate passed the bill that would even cover the current school year.

Child Psychiatrists Warn That The Pandemic May Be Driving Up Kids' Suicide Risk

For ways to help kids at risk, read Part 2 of this story . If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (en español: 1-888-628-9454; deaf and hard of hearing: 1-800-799-4889) or the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.

S.F. Schools See Learning Gaps Widen During Pandemic

Learning gaps are widening in San Francisco's school district as the pandemic wears on....

A Lost Generation of Learners

Washington’s students, especially those most vulnerable, are suffering because of school districts' failure to reopen classrooms. Leaders need to act: Move teachers up on the priority list for COVID-19 vaccinations - but only if schools resume in-person learning now. Even if the state's approximately 153,000 public school employees are fast-tracked for vaccination, it will take weeks to inoculate all of them.

Students Falling Behind in Math During Pandemic, Study Finds

The findings may be underestimating the effects on minority and economically disadvantaged groups, many of whom were missing from 2020 testing. A disproportionately large number of poor and minority students were not in schools for assessments this fall, complicating efforts to measure the pandemic's effects on some of the most vulnerable students, a not-for-profit company that administers standardized testing said Tuesday.

The Truth About Kids, School, and COVID-19

Federal health officials at the CDC this week called for children to return to American classrooms as soon as possible. In an essay in the Journal of the American Medical Association, they wrote that the "preponderance of available evidence" from the fall semester had reassured the agency that with adequate masking, distancing, and ventilation, the benefits of opening schools outweigh the risks of keeping kids at home for months.

I'm Glad To Be Back in the Classroom. My Students Need Me.

Ryan Hooper is an Army veteran and a current high school government teacher in Baltimore, Maryland. Full profile → November 12th was our first day of school in-person since March of last year. On my drive to school, I was excited and grateful-thinking about my students who ( unlike most teachers in the country) I was lucky to be returning to.

A Needed Legislative Push to Get Kids in Classrooms

If public school districts won't follow Washington's Department of Health guidelines for in-person instruction, state lawmakers should make the decision for them. Senate Bill 5037 seeks to do just that.

Surge of Student Suicides Pushes Las Vegas Schools to Reopen

Firmly linking teen suicides to school closings is difficult, but rising mental health emergencies and suicide rates point to the toll the pandemic lockdown is taking. "He felt disconnected," said the mother of a 14-year-old freshman in Las Vegas who expressed suicidal thoughts. "He felt left behind." Credit...

Dear Decaturish - City Schools of Decatur Should Offer In-person Learning Option for All Students

We are a group of public health and medical professionals writing to express our concerns about the narrow use and misrepresentation of science in justifying the elimination of 6th-12th grade students from an option to return to in-person learning in the City Schools of Decatur.

Opinion | Teachers Are Vital Public Servants. Time for Them to Start Acting like It.

It won't be easy for President Biden to get America's teachers back into public schools. Teachers unions are a powerful force in Democratic politics, and they're resisting calls to return to classrooms where about half the nation's kids ought to be sitting.

CDC Finds Scant Spread of Coronavirus in Schools with Precautions in Place

Schools operating in person have seen scant transmission of the coronavirus, particularly when masks and distancing are employed, but some indoor athletics have led to infections and should be curtailed if schools want to operate safely, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded in papers published Tuesday.

COVID-19 Cases and Transmission in 17 K-12 Schools ...

What is already known about this topic? COVID-19 outbreaks related to kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12) classroom settings have been rarely reported; however, in-school transmission risk has not been well described. What is added by this report?

CHOP Doctors Endorse Return to In-person School in Philly Area

Philadelphia is now averaging about 3,500 new COVID cases a week. That's a 50% drop from the city's peak in early December, but still significantly more than when the pandemic first hit last spring. While many suburban school districts have resumed some in-person classes, the School District of Philadelphia has kept its buildings shuttered since March.

COMMENTARY: To Help Get Kids Back in School, California Should Temporarily Suspend Local Collective Bargaining

Credit: Photo by Allison Shelley for American Education Everyone that I know wants to get California's 6 million-plus public school children back in school as quickly and as safely as possible. If we're really going to get there though, state leaders, starting with Governor Newsom, are going to have to think out of the box as this once-in-a-century pandemic continues unabated.

Judge Denies Bellevue School District Request to Order Teachers Back into Classrooms

Teachers fear spiking coronavirus infections as the district calls 2nd graders back to in-person school. BELLEVUE, Wash. - The battle between the Bellevue School District and its teachers over returning to the classroom went to court.

Partly Hidden by Isolation, Many of the Nation's Schoolchildren Struggle with Mental Health

More than 10 months into the pandemic, mental health is a simmering crisis for many of the nation's schoolchildren, partly hidden by isolation but increasingly evident in the distress of parents, the worries of counselors and an early body of research. Holed up at home, students dwell in the glare of computer screens, missing friends and teachers.

We are Ready to Get Students Back in Classrooms

As students and staff returned to school from the holiday break, there were just over 100 days left in the current school year. With mandatory safety measures such as masks and physical distancing strictly enforced in our schools, along with a little help and cooperation from our communities, it is possible to safely return to in-person learning.

How These Leaders Opened Their Schools Up

From communication to flexibility, superintendents across the state discuss how their districts safely reopened.

UCSF Doctors Call For Schools To Reopen

It's Been Nearly A Year Since Many Schools In California Shut Down Because Of The Pandemic, And For Much Of The State, They Aren't Any Closer To Reopening. Now, A Group Of 30 Medical Professionals At UCSF Have Published An Open Letter Calling For Schools To Be Reopened By The Beginning Of Next Month.

Covid-19 Worsened an Already Dire Childhood Obesity Epidemic

Two pediatricians fighting the childhood obesity epidemic say the weight gain they are seeing in kids during the Covid-19 pandemic is neither trivial nor can it wait -- and kids from Black and Brown communities have been disproportionately affected.

Children Cannot Afford Another Year of School Disruption

NEW YORK, 12 January 2021 - "As we enter the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, and as cases continue to soar around the world, no effort should be spared to keep schools open or prioritize them in reopening plans.

NYC Teacher, School Secretary Added to DOE COVID Death Toll

The number of NYC students and staff testing positive for COVID-19 has surged past 10,000, as another public-school teacher and a school secretary have died from the virus, The Post has learned. The city Department of Education quietly added the two new deaths to its tally of 81 employees lost to COVID since March.

How Much Learning have Washington Students Missed? THE STATE DOESN’T KNOW!

There's little information on how students are faring academically, or how this grand experiment in online learning disrupted instruction. It matters to public schools because, after enrollment declines this year, districts could lose millions of tax dollars. And more parents...

Opinion | Montgomery Schools Are Failing Minority Students

Montgomery County Public Schools is failing its Black, Latino and disadvantaged minority students, who are falling further and further behind their peers. Though school closures may have been necessary in the spring, numerous U.S. and international studies demonstrate they are unnecessary now and that school districts that continue to insist on this approach are relying on outdated science.

Photos: Cabell County Schools Employees Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

Cabell County Schools employees 50 and older receive the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, at Huntington High School.

Covid-19 Vaccine Line has Washington Teachers near Front, Students in Back. What's That Mean for Reopening Schools?

Washington received its first batch of coronavirus vaccines this week, but vaccine makers have only just started testing the group that will likely be the last inoculated: children. As a result, it could be as late as mid-2021 before most children are vaccinated, several experts say, although older high schoolers may be inoculated sooner because the recently authorized Pfizer vaccine is approved for people 16 and older.

Washougal Greenlights School Reopenings

Several dozen parents and students gathered in front of the Washougal School District office on Dec. 17 for an informal rally, waving signs in front of honking automobiles and calling for the district to reopen its buildings for in-person instruction. One girl, a fifth-grader, held a sign that said, "All I want for Christmas is school."

School reopening → Economy reopening

At the Chamber, we are laser-focused on the health of local businesses in our community and getting our members open and operating at full capacity as safely and as soon as possible. However, it's clear that safely reopening our economy in full will not be possible until we safely reopen our schools.

Schools Face A Massive Challenge To Make Up For Learning Lost During The Pandemic

With millions of kids still learning remotely, the learning losses are piling up. Some school districts are reporting a higher level of failing grades this fall. A report from the consultant McKinsey & Company estimated that students were three months behind in math when they started the school year.

A Quiet And ‘Unsettling’ Pandemic Toll: Students Who’ve Fallen Off The Grid

For American families and their children, school is more than just a building. It's a social life and a community, an athletic center and a place to get meals that aren’t available at home. The pandemic has disrupted - and continues to disrupt - the lives of U.S. students in profound ways.

How Cancel Culture Keeps COVID-19 Lockdown Doubters Silent

"Thank you so much for speaking out to open schools. I can't do it myself, for obvious reasons." "I completely agree with you about opening schools in September, but I'm afraid I'll be targeted at my job."

Editorial: Teachers Say Remote Learning Is Even Less than It’s Cracked up to Be

Distance learning in Los Angeles schools is definitely working better than it did last spring, but that's hardly a ringing endorsement. Generally speaking, remote classes are still an abysmal operation in which most students lose out, and the ones with the greatest need lose most.

Schools Rethink Covid Rules. ‘We’re Over-Quarantining Kids Like Crazy.’

Superintendent Jonathan Cooper this summer helped write a fall reopening plan for his southwestern Ohio school district with a rule based on the state's policy: Any student potentially exposed to Covid-19 in Mason City Schools had to quarantine for two weeks, no exceptions. This fall, he began rethinking it.

Disadvantaged Students More Likely to Be Learning Remotely, Study Finds

Research from Columbia University suggests that less effective instruction will widen the achievement gap. WASHINGTON - Disadvantaged students are much more likely than others to be engaged in remote schooling during the coronavirus pandemic, increasing the risk that less effective instruction will widen the achievement gap, according to the first comprehensive analysis of attendance patterns.

US Students Are Failing at Frightening Levels During the Pandemic.

Nationwide, schools have reported record numbers of students with F-grades, amid an unprecedented academic year where many schools have turned to online class because of the pandemic. The gaps in academic achievement have disproportionately struck poorer students and families of color because they disproportionately have less access to internet or connected devices.

Amid Concerns over Youth Suicide, Here are Five Tips for Parents and Caregivers

The stresses of the pandemic mean that public health officials are keeping a close eye on the rate of suicide. That includes among youth. The number of youths under age 18 in King County who have died by suicide this year is similar to last year, but the average age this year is younger.

Public Schools Face Funding 'Death Spiral' as Enrollment Drops

Congress is sending more relief money to schools, but coronavirus-related costs and declining state funding tied to student enrollment are driving districts toward a financial crisis. SACRAMENTO - In Texas, the Austin public schools might lay off 200 people and still not fill the financial hole created by the coronavirus.

Let’s Put the Straw Man of Pandemic Denial Out of His Misery - STAT

isten to the chorus and you'd come to think that our biggest problem in responding to the pandemic comes from Americans who think Covid-19 is a hoax - the so-called Covid denialists. But the claim is a straw man: there is no epidemic of pandemic denial.

Meet the NYC Moms Who Helped Lead the Fight to Reopen Schools Amid Covid-19

As a founding member of the "Keep New York City Schools Open" movement, Daniela Jampel and a handful moms went from Googling "how to make a petition" to garnering more than 15,000 signatures in effort to reopen the city's schools.

College Students Recruited as Teachers to Keep Schools Open

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - As the coronavirus sidelines huge numbers of educators, school districts around the country are aggressively recruiting substitute teachers, offering bonuses and waiving certification requirements in order to keep classrooms open. Coming to the rescue in many cases are college students who are themselves learning online or home for extended winter breaks.

'Let Us Play’: Youth Sports Say Restrictions Causing Upheaval in Kids’ Mental Health

PUYALLUP, Wash. -- As the pandemic continues to consume the year, parents are being encouraged to continue conversations with children of all ages about anxiety and depression. And mental health experts say student athletes can be all the more susceptible in this kind of upheaval.

Opinion | A Mom’s Letter to Inslee: Take Action on Reopening Schools | Seattle’s Child

Going out on a limb here. I wrote to the governor. I poured my heart into this letter. I only wish I could have read it to him in person. I am past bad feelings and blaming. We need to focus on the solution and coming together and being RESULTS-ORIENTED.

Maine Teen Feeling Isolated From Restrictions Commits Suicide. Mother: 'This Remote Learning Is Crap'

A 16-year-old boy in Maine, despondent over his isolation because of coronavirus restrictions that made his school resort to remote learning, committed suicide last Friday, triggering his mom to write on Facebook, "This remote learning is crap." Spencer Smith, a sophomore at Brunswick High School, felt increasingly isolated as a result of distance learning.

Parents and Students Rally to Open Schools

About two dozen supporters of re-opening schools gathered at the Capitol Campus before moving to a rally at Lincoln Elementary School in Olympia.

Number of Failing Washington Students Rise, Concerning State Superintendent

Student grades are slipping in the state of Washington and the state superintendent of public instruction says many students are failing. Chris Reykdal says it could be because of a number of reasons, but it definitely stems from distance learning put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Coaches, Players Rally in Olympia Calling on Inslee to Allow Youth Sports During Pandemic

"The mental health of our kids is in jeopardy," said one coach who, along with players, rallied at the Capitol calling for the reopening youth sports in the state. OLYMPIA, Wash. - It's been nearly three weeks since Gov. Jay Inslee implemented increased restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Washington state.

A Lost Generation: Surge of Research Reveals Students Sliding Backward, Most Vulnerable Worst Affected

After the U.S. education system fractured into Zoom screens last spring, experts feared millions of children would fall behind. Hard evidence now shows they were right. A flood of new data - on the national, state and district levels - finds students began this academic year behind.

Is Anyone Asking Us Students for Input about Reopening Schools?

I'll admit it: I'm lonely. I miss high school, I miss competing in track and cross country events, and I miss seeing my friends and teachers. Five days a week, I spend the better part of the day at home completely alone staring at my computer.

Illinois Schools are Not COVID-19 Superspreaders, Data Shows

In all, there were 16 schools statewide in the past month that were identified as having experienced an outbreak of the coronavirus, according to state records. "It's safe to keep schools open," said Dr. Daniel Johnson of University of Chicago Medical Center.

Students Falling Behind in Math During Pandemic, Study Finds

The findings may be underestimating the effects on minority and economically disadvantaged groups, many of whom were missing from 2020 testing. A disproportionately large number of poor and minority students were not in schools for assessments this fall, complicating efforts to measure the pandemic's effects on some of the most vulnerable students, a not-for-profit company that administers standardized testing said Tuesday.

WSJ News Exclusive | Student Test Scores Drop in Math Since Covid-19 Pandemic

American children started school this fall significantly behind expectations in math, and modestly behind in some grades in reading, according to one of the first reports on widely used tests since the coronavirus pandemic shut schools in March.

Keep Focused on Reopening Schools as Soon as It’s Safe

COVID-19 infections are skyrocketing in Washington. Nevertheless, strong state leadership on reopening schools safely is crucial in this moment. Right now. We cannot wait for when the surge of cases subsides, or when an effective vaccine becomes widely available. Remote learning is failing to educate so many Washington children.

Remote School Is Leaving Children Sad and Angry

Sophia Sanchez, age 9 and stuck in perpetual Zoom school, is crying a lot lately. Her mother and sister rush in and ask what went wrong. Did the Internet go out again? Is her computer plugged in? Is the math too confusing? Sophia can't really answer.

Failing Grades Spike in Virginia's Largest School System as Online Learning Gap Emerges Nationwide

A report on student grades from one of the nation's largest school districts offers some of the first concrete evidence that online learning is forcing a striking drop in students' academic performance, and that the most vulnerable students - children with disabilities and English-language learners - are suffering the most.

Opinion | Are We Seriously Talking About Closing Schools Again?

Finally, we need to recognize that some teachers are at higher risk than others, and be thoughtful in how we protect them. We need to invest in rapid, repeated testing schemes to provide an added layer of protection. Many colleges and universities have figured this out.

Emily Oster: School infection rates are low even in areas with high COVID-19 rates, according to data on 550,000 US students

Over the last four weeks, economist Emily Oster been working on the COVID-19 School Response Dashboard, collecting data from US schools on COVID-19 infections, reopening plans, and mitigation. In the most recent two weeks, the infection rates were 0.13% for students and 0.22% for staff.

Are The Risks Of Reopening Schools Exaggerated?

Despite widespread concerns, two new international studies show no consistent relationship between in-person K-12 schooling and the spread of the coronavirus. And a third study from the United States shows no elevated risk to childcare workers who stayed on the job. Combined with anecdotal reports from a number of U.S.

CDC Director Says Schools Are among ‘Safest Places’ Kids Can Be

When it comes down to where children are safest during the coronavirus pandemic, CDC Director Robert Redfield says schools are the best place to be. At a coronavirus task force briefing held at the White House on Thursday, Redfield said evidence shows that students are contracting the respiratory illness from family gatherings and local events rather than schools.

Opinion | We've Figured out It's Safe to Have Schools Open. Keep Them That Way.

Danielle Allen is a Post contributing columnist. Ashish Jha is a physician and dean of the Brown University School of Public Health. Attention is focused on what Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) is closing in the face of an explosion of covid-19 cases: indoor restaurant dining, offices, high schools and colleges.

50,000 Students Are Gone from Arizona Public Schools. Where Did They Go?

PHOENIX - An estimated 50,000 students vanished from Arizona's public district and charter schools over the summer, preliminary student count numbers for the 2020-2021 school year show. That means the state has lost 5% of its students between this school year and the end of last.

Opinion | Schools Are Not Spreading Covid-19. This New Data Makes the Case.

November 20 Emily Oster, a professor of economics at Brown University, is the author of " Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool. " She is a co-founder of the website Covid-Explained. As covid-19 surges nationwide, the debate over school reopening has intensified.

Analysis | The Health 202: The Evidence Doesn’t Support Closing Schools to Stop the Coronavirus

Political leaders and school administrators are once again shifting millions of American kids back to virtual learning as coronavirus cases mount. Yet data from the fall semester indicates schools aren't a big vector for the virus after all.