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Education news, analysis, and opinion about COVID-19 and its impact on schools and communities
Anti-vaccine mandate protesters rally outside the garage doors of the Los Angeles Unified School District, LAUSD headquarters in Los Angeles on Sept. 9, 2021. The Los Angeles board of education voted to require students 12 and older to be vaccinated against the coronavirus to attend in-person classes in the nation's second-largest school district.
Anti-vaccine mandate protesters rally outside the Los Angeles Unified School District headquarters in September, 2021.
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Student Well-Being Q&A Communications Expert Explains: How to Talk to Parents About COVID Vaccination
A Johns Hopkins University expert discusses a new training project on how to communicate about the sensitive issue.
Sarah D. Sparks, January 19, 2022
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Elementary school girl in school cafeteria.
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Student Well-Being From Our Research Center COVID Precautions in the Cafeteria? 1 in 5 Educators Say Schools 'Not Doing Anything'
An EdWeek Research Center survey finds wide variation in what schools are doing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during mealtimes.
Evie Blad, January 14, 2022
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Student Well-Being To Play or Not? CDC, Schools Diverge on Sports
Omicron has made sports riskier this winter and schools are all over the map on whether the games must go on.
Sarah D. Sparks, January 12, 2022
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School & District Management Staff Shortages Are Bringing Schools to the Breaking Point
High rates of sick staff members have forced districts to move some of their schools temporarily back to remote learning.
Stephen Sawchuk, January 10, 2022
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Blue illustration of global COVID-19 line graph and bar chart showing an increase.
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Student Well-Being Latest Wave of Pandemic School Disruptions Has Yet to Crest, Global Data Show
Infection rates among children are higher than ever, says the World Health Organization, but Omicron's symptoms are somewhat less severe.
Sarah D. Sparks, January 6, 2022
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Children wait with their father as they wait in a line spanning several blocks in order to be tested for COVID-19.
Students wait in a line spanning several blocks in order to be tested for COVID-19 outside an elementary school in northwest Washington, D.C.
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School & District Management 4 Reasons COVID Testing Students and Teachers Is Now a Nightmare
Schools face a bevy of logistical and financial challenges in trying to set up COVID-19 testing for students and staff.
Mark Lieberman, January 4, 2022
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Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Amber Updegrove interacts with her students, while she and the students are wearing masks to protect against COVID-19 at Warner Arts Magnet Elementary in Nashville, Tenn, on Friday, Aug. 20, 2021.
Kindergarten teacher Amber Updegrove interacts with her students at Warner Arts Magnet Elementary in Nashville, Tenn., in August.
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Teaching Profession For Anxious Teachers, Omicron 'Feels Like Walking Into a Trap'
As COVID cases rise sharply, educators brace for another semester of staffing shortages, student absences, and potentially getting sick.
Madeline Will, January 3, 2022
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Law & Courts Federal Judge Blocks Biden's COVID Vaccine Mandate for Head Start Teachers
In a challenge by 24 states, the judge's preliminary injunction also blocks a mask mandate for Head Start students age 2 or older.
Mark Walsh, January 2, 2022
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Ms. Kaiser, a teacher from the Earth school, holds a sign in solidarity with other teachers who are speaking out on issues related to lack of COVID testing for students on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021, in New York.
Ms. Kaiser, a teacher from The Earth School, holds a sign in solidarity with other teachers who are speaking out on issues related to a lack of COVID-19 testing for students on Dec. 21 in New York.
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Student Well-Being CDC Recommends Shorter COVID Isolation, Quarantine. What This Means for Schools
The new guidance could help schools maintain in-person learning while facing down an increase of COVID-19 cases from the Omicron variant.
The Associated Press & Stacey Decker, December 28, 2021
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Parents pick up their children while wearing masks outside of P.S. 64 in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan on Dec. 21, 2021, in New York.
Parents pick up their children while wearing masks outside of P.S. 64 in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan on Dec. 21, 2021, in New York.
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School & District Management As Omicron Surges, Schools Battle Pressure to Stay Open
The hyper-contagious Omicron variant is spreading swiftly, prompting some K-12 leaders to shut down schools amid intense pressure to stay open.
Catherine Gewertz, December 21, 2021
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City residents wait in a line extending around the block to receive free at-home rapid COVID-19 test kits in Philadelphia, Monday, Dec. 20, 2021.
Residents wait in a line extending around the block to receive free at-home rapid COVID-19 test kits in Philadelphia, on Dec. 20, 2021.
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School & District Management Omicron and Schools: Resources to Manage the Next COVID Wave
A guide to key decisions around school operations, instruction, and the health and safety of students.
Lesli A. Maxwell & Sarah D. Sparks, December 21, 2021
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Student Well-Being Can Testing Kids Exposed to COVID-19 Help Keep Them in School? New CDC Report Says Yes
The White House is urging schools to frequently test students who have come into contact with the virus, instead of quarantining them.
Alyson Klein, December 17, 2021
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Student Well-Being What the Research Says Most Schools Are Teaching in Person This School Year, Latest Fed Data Say
But many schools still face staffing shortages and coronavirus outbreaks that force students to stay home.
Sarah D. Sparks, December 17, 2021
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A child gets a COVID-19 test.
A student is tested for COVID-19 in Holyoke, Mass., on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021.
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Student Well-Being Chicago Schools Are Sending Students Home With COVID-19 Tests Over Winter Break
“I’m not looking for a repeat of last winter. I still have nightmares and insomnia about that," said Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey.
Tracy Swartz, Chicago Tribune, December 16, 2021
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