SCIENCE & DATA
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.
THREE VERSUS SIX FEET
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.
K-12 SCHOOL OPENING TRACKER
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
REOPENING DATES IN THE GREAT CITY SCHOOL DISTRICTS
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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. LISTEN TO EPISODE
RESEARCH FROM MCKINSEY & COMPANY
THE IMPACT OF SHUTDOWNS
The US education system was not built to deal with extended shutdowns like those imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Teachers, administrators, and parents have worked hard to keep learning alive; nevertheless, these efforts are not likely to provide the quality of education that's delivered in the classroom.
STUDY FINDS STUDENTS FALLING BEHIND IN MATH
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.