Education news, analysis, and opinion about COVID-19 and its impact on schools and communities
A second grade student is given a COVID-19 rapid test at H.W. Harkness Elementary School in Sacramento, Calif., on Feb. 11, 2022. As a new school year approaches, COVID-19 infections are again on the rise, fueled by highly transmissible variants, filling families with dread. They fear the return of a pandemic scourge: outbreaks that sideline large numbers of teachers, close school buildings and force students back into remote learning.
A 2nd grade student is given a COVID-19 rapid test at H.W. Harkness Elementary School in Sacramento, Calif., in February. The Biden administration plans to send millions of COVID-19 tests to school districts over the 2022-23 school year as part of its COVID-19 response.
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Student Well-Being White House Outlines Key COVID-Prevention Strategies for This School Year
Prevention best practices focus on testing, vaccinations, and school building ventilation.
Libby Stanford, August 17, 2022
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Image of a face mask on a school notebook.
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Teaching Profession From Our Research Center 'Over It': Most Educators Say They Won't Mask This Fall
But teachers are more likely than administrators to keep masking, EdWeek Research Center survey data show.
Madeline Will, August 12, 2022
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Student Well-Being CDC's Latest COVID Guidance for Schools Ends 'Test-to-Stay,' Quarantine Recommendations
Guidance from the CDC on COVID-19 de-emphasizes some school strategies, like social distancing and screening testing.
Evie Blad, August 11, 2022
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A partially unzipped backpack contains a face mask, pencils, scissors, and hand sanitizer for the return to school during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Student Well-Being As Students Head Back to School, COVID Protocols Wane
Many districts have dropped one of the most visible and contentious responses to the virus: mandatory universal masking.
Evie Blad, August 4, 2022
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Long COVID Hourglass Illness Time
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School & District Management From Our Research Center Survey Shows Extent of Long COVID in Schools
Lingering symptoms of the virus are among the challenges school communities confront in recovering from the pandemic.
Evie Blad, July 26, 2022
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School & District Management Schools Are Ditching COVID Leave Policies, Even as the Virus Surges Again
Numerous districts in recent months have abandoned policies preventing employees from draining sick time for COVID absences.
Mark Lieberman, July 26, 2022
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Jimbo Jackson, the long time principal of Fort Braden Elementary School in Tallahassee, Fla., died May 28, 2022, after first contracting COVID-19 in 2020.
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School & District Management Obituary Principal Who Criticized His State's Return-to-School Mandate Dies From Long COVID
Jimbo Jackson was remembered as a man "who always had time for children."
Apoorvaa Mandar Bichu, July 19, 2022
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Illustration of a young boy holding his hands against his temples with his eyes close. Clouds and virus pathogens circling around him.
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Student Well-Being Thousands of Students Will Face Long COVID. Schools Need to Plan Now
The issue may not be on educators' radar screens, but should be.
Catherine Gewertz, June 20, 2022
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Conceptual illustration of a sitting child casting a long COVID-19 shadow
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Student Well-Being What the Research Says COVID Linked to Dramatic Increase in Children's Risk of Mental Health Problems
Kids may show less-severe COVID-19 symptoms than adults, but a new study suggests it may triple their risk of mental illness.
Sarah D. Sparks, June 9, 2022
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Image of young boy wearing a mask getting a bandage applied after a vaccine.
Student Well-Being What the Research Says COVID Vaccination Rates for Kids Are Stalling. What It Means for Schools
What's a school to do when just 1 in 3 elementary students are on track to be fully vaccinated by the end of the school year?
Sarah D. Sparks, May 24, 2022
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Students are reminded to wear a mask amidst other chalk drawings on the sidewalk as they arrive for the first day of school at Union High School in Tulsa, Okla., Monday, Aug. 24, 2020.
Chalk drawings from last August remind students to wear masks as they arrive at school.
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School & District Management Some Districts Return to Mask Mandates as COVID Cases Spike
Mask requirements remain the exception nationally and still sensitive in places that have reimposed them.
Libby Stanford, May 16, 2022
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Trainer Collette Yee walks with Rizzo, a medical detection dog with Early Alert Canines, as she sniffs senior Madison Schoening to detect COVID at Mills High School in Millbrae, California, on May 5, 2022. As part of a pilot COVID-testing program, some students volunteered to be screened by trained dogs before prom.
Trainer Collette Yee walks with Rizzo, a medical detection dog, as she sniffs senior Madison Schoening at Mills High School in Millbrae, Calif., in early May. As part of a pilot program, some students volunteered to be sniffed for COVID by trained dogs before attending the prom.
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Student Well-Being Tuxedos, Gowns, and COVID-Sniffing Dogs: A Pandemic Prom
Some schools are turning to highly trained dogs to detect COVID ahead of big events. 
Catherine Gewertz, May 9, 2022
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Unvaccinated and vaccinated cutout people with vaccine syringe. Illustration showing 3 out of 10 not boosted.
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School & District Management From Our Research Center 3 in 10 Educators Haven't Gotten a COVID Booster Shot
Some educators don't believe boosters are worth the potential side effects, or that they need one after having gotten COVID.
Mark Lieberman, May 5, 2022
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Stressed and unhappy girl or woman is under a storm of negative emotions with lightning with virus pathogens floating around her. Her head is in her hands.
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School & District Management 'They Might Look Fine, But They're Not': Educators With Long COVID Share Their Stories
Educators share the painful, debilitating, scary symptoms they've experienced for months or even years after contracting COVID-19.
Mark Lieberman, April 28, 2022
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