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A red London Transport bus passes a Covid-19 sign during England's third national lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus on Jan. 8, 2021.
A London bus passes a COVID-19 public service announcement after Great Britain began its third coronavirus lockdown. A new strain of the virus was discovered in England late last year.
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School & District Management Explainer Will New COVID-19 Strains Mean More Cases in Schools? An Explainer
Three new, more contagious strains of coronavirus may force schools to rethink the calculus on reopening.
Sarah D. Sparks, January 11, 2021
5 min read
Vaccine in a bottle with a syringe.
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Student Well-Being Explainer COVID-19 Vaccines and Schools: Your Questions Answered
Will teachers get priority? Can shots be required? EdWeek answers educators' frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccines.
Education Week Staff, January 5, 2021
6 min read
Illustration of medical staff administering coronavirus vaccine
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States Explainer School Employees May Get Early COVID-19 Vaccinations. Here's How States Will Decide When
State and federal leaders face a host of questions in allocating the scarce vaccine even among "essential workers," like those in education.
Evie Blad, December 15, 2020
8 min read
Young child wearing a mask getting a vaccine.
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Student Well-Being Explainer Will a COVID-19 Vaccine Be Mandatory for Students?
Early answers to some of the biggest questions about public school students and vaccines.
Arianna Prothero, December 3, 2020
5 min read
Student Well-Being Explainer How Should Schools Quarantine Students Exposed to Coronavirus? An Explainer
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is changing its quarantine guidelines for people who had close contact with COVID-19.
Sarah D. Sparks, December 3, 2020
4 min read
Teachers and staff protest outside Franklin D. Roosevelt High School in New York Oct. 2, calling for more and better COVID-19 testing and precautions. Teacher retirements are actually down this year in the city despite the pandemic.
Teachers and staff protest outside Franklin D. Roosevelt High School in New York Oct. 2, calling for more and better COVID-19 testing and precautions. Teacher retirements are actually down this year in the city despite the pandemic.
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Teaching Profession Explainer Did COVID-19 Really Drive Teachers to Quit?
An Education Week analysis shows that the predicted wave of leavers has not yet materialized across the nation.
16 min read
Student Well-Being Explainer Do Face Shields Protect Against COVID-19? A Mask and Shield Explainer
While transparent face shields help teachers better communicate with students, they are less effective at controlling coronavirus spread.
Sarah D. Sparks, November 2, 2020
6 min read
High school students take a physical education class at their school gym in Gifu, central Japan, on June 1, 2020. Air ventilation measures have been taken in schools all over the world to reduce the risk of coronavirus infection.
High school students take a physical education class at their school gym in Gifu, central Japan, on June 1, 2020. Air ventilation measures have been taken in schools all over the world to reduce the risk of coronavirus infection.
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School & District Management Explainer Air Purifiers, Fans, and Filters: A COVID-19 Explainer for Schools
Learn what does and does not work to protect your students and staff from contracting coronavirus through the air.
Mark Lieberman, October 27, 2020
10 min read
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Equity & Diversity Explainer Closing COVID-19 Equity Gaps in Schools
Education Week talked to dozens of educators and parents about how to infuse equity into learning plans. Here's what they said.
September 16, 2020
4 min read
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Student Well-Being Explainer Teaching Social-Emotional Skills Amid COVID-19
There are ways to attend to students’ social-emotional growth even when they are learning remotely or sitting in a classroom six feet apart.
September 2, 2020
3 min read
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Student Achievement Explainer Overcoming COVID-19 Learning Loss
Halting erosion to learning is critical as the new school year begins. Well-known practices backed by research are the best solution.
August 19, 2020
4 min read
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Teaching Explainer Teaching and Learning in the Pandemic
Advice for deciding what to teach, how to teach it, and how to make sure students and teachers both get the support that they need.
August 5, 2020
8 min read
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Classroom Technology Explainer COVID-19 & Remote Learning: How to Make It Work
Read our tips, checklists, best practices, and expert advice on how to make teaching and learning at home engaging, productive, and equitable.
Mark Lieberman, July 22, 2020
7 min read
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School & District Management Explainer Getting Kids to School: Tackling the COVID-19 Transportation Problem
Reducing ridership, "walking school buses," and staggered schedules are among the strategies districts are considering.
July 8, 2020
5 min read