Health

Illustration of a woman with 6 mask options all around her and several question marks and coronavirus pathogens floating around her.
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Budget & Finance Schools Are Scrambling to Find Effective and Affordable Masks
High-quality masks can be expensive and scarce, with districts even competing to find and secure them for students and staff.
Mark Lieberman, January 21, 2022
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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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Teaching Profession What Happens When Teachers Are Out of Sick Days?
We asked EdWeek's social media followers to share their school policies on COVID-related sick leave. Here’s how they responded. 
Marina Whiteleather, January 14, 2022
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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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Members of the Supreme Court pose for a group photo last April.
The U.S. Supreme Court blocked a federal vaccine mandate for large employers, including school districts in about half the states.
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Law & Courts Supreme Court Blocks Biden Vaccine Mandate Applying to Schools in Much of the Country
The justices ruled 6-3 to stay an Occupational Health and Safety Administration rule that covered schools in 26 states and two territories.
Mark Walsh, January 13, 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 Explainer Teachers' COVID Sick Leave, Explained
Who gets paid? Are unvaccinated teachers eligible? How long should teachers be allowed to take off? Districts' answers will surprise you.
Mark Lieberman, January 11, 2022
7 min read
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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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The Supreme Court shown Friday, Jan. 7, 2022, in Washington. The Supreme Court is taking up two major Biden administration efforts to bump up the nation's vaccination rate against COVID-19 at a time of spiking coronavirus cases because of the omicron variant.
The U.S. Supreme Court is weighing two Biden administration efforts to bump up the nation's vaccination rate against COVID-19.
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Law & Courts High Court Appears Skeptical of Vaccine Mandate Covering Schools in Over Half the States
The Biden administration's OSHA rule applies to private employers with 100 or more workers, as well as school districts in 26 states.
Mark Walsh, January 7, 2022
4 min read
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Teaching Profession Some Teachers Are Running Out of Sick Days, and Administrators Are Hesitant to Help
With a shortage of substitutes and pressure to stay open, administrators are reluctant to extend paid time off for teachers with COVID.
Mark Lieberman & Madeline Will, January 7, 2022
13 min read
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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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