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Are The Risks Of Reopening Schools Exaggerated?

Are The Risks Of Reopening Schools Exaggerated?

Research Finds Few Links Between Schools And COVID-19 Cases New research has found few links between in-person K-12 schooling and COVID-19 case rates. "There is not a consistent pattern," one study author said.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 of where schools are open, as well as a of around 2,000 U.S. schools, some medical...

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School Attendance In The COVID Era: What Counts As 'Present'?

School Attendance In The COVID Era: What Counts As 'Present'?

With Students Attending School Virtually, Taking Roll Is Not So Simple With millions of students logging in from home, the pandemic has disrupted the traditional school function of making sure students are "in school."From shiny red pencils reading "My Attendance Rocks!" to countless plaques and ribbons and trophies and certificates and gold stars: For as long as anyone can remember, taking attendance — and rewarding kids for simply showing up — is a time-honored school ritual. For good reason: Just being there, day in, day out, happens to be one of the most important factors that...

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New York City Delays School Reopening; Campus Lockdowns Grow

New York City Delays School Reopening; Campus Lockdowns Grow

COVID-19 Challenges Continue For Schools and Colleges Our roundup of education stories looks at the turmoil following Mayor Bill de Blasio's latest delay announcement; and the continuing struggles on campus to control COVID outbreaks.Monday, Sept. 21, was supposed to mark the start of in-person classes for New York City's 1.1 million public school students. It was the only big-city district planning to start the school year in person. But with just four days to go, Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) announced that only the youngest students, in 3-K and Pre-K, and those with significant special needs,...

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Active Shooter Drills May Not Stop A School Shooting — But This Method Could

Active Shooter Drills May Not Stop A School Shooting — But This Method Could

School shootings like the recent one in Santa Clarita, Calif., have focused the nation's attention on school safety. And schools across the U.S. are wrestling with how to prevent themselves from becoming the site of the next tragedy. Many schools are turning to highly visible "hardened" security measures. For example, at least eight states now have laws mandating active shooter drills in schools. But there's little research yet that shows that those drills are effective. Meanwhile, a new comprehensive report from the U.S. Secret Service underlines the agency's previous findings that there...

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