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Coronavirus and Schools

The coronavirus pandemic has upended America’s K-12 education system, as most schools in every state close their doors for extended periods to combat the spread of the virus. Here, find the most relevant news, information, and resources on how schools are being impacted.

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States DATA: State Dashboards on COVID-19 in Schools and Instructional Models
Find publicly reported state data on COVID-19 cases in schools and information on the types of instructional models in use.
November 17, 2020
1 min read
Nurse Kathe Olmstead prepares a shot that is part of a possible COVID-19 vaccine being developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., in Binghamton, N.Y., in July 2020. Pfizer Inc. has announced early results that the COVID-19 vaccine it’s developing with German company BioNTech is 90 percent effective.
Nurse Kathe Olmstead prepares a shot that is part of a possible COVID-19 vaccine being developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., in Binghamton, N.Y., in July 2020. Pfizer Inc. has announced early results that the COVID-19 vaccine it’s developing with German company BioNTech is 90 percent effective.
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Student Well-Being A Highly Effective Vaccine Is Likely on the Way. What Does That Mean for Schools and Kids?
Two infectious disease experts weigh in on how a COVID-19 vaccine that’s 90 percent effective, as early results are showing, could change school health and safety protocols.
Catherine Gewertz & Arianna Prothero, November 12, 2020
6 min read
A student at The Social Justice Public Charter School in Washington raises two fingers in answer to a question during an in-person English language arts class. Although some students are attending classes in the school building, others are still learning virtually.
A student at The Social Justice Public Charter School in Washington raises two fingers in answer to a question during an in-person English language arts class. Although some students are attending classes in the school building, others are still learning virtually.
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School & District Management How Hybrid Learning Is (and Is Not) Working During COVID-19: 6 Case Studies
The mix of hybrid learning approaches is dizzying, but schools are learning valuable lessons about what is worth replicating.
Mark Lieberman, November 11, 2020
17 min read
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Teaching Profession What Schools Are (and Aren’t) Doing to Support Teachers Worried About Safety of In-Person Learning
More schools are trying to shift to some in-person learning for students, but many teachers don’t believe it’s safe.
Elizabeth Heubeck, November 11, 2020
5 min read
Ruth Venman-Clay, a paraeducator at Green Street Elementary School in Brattleboro, Vt., checks the temperature of a student on the first day of school.
Ruth Venman-Clay, a paraeducator at Green Street Elementary School in Brattleboro, Vt., checks the temperature of a student on the first day of school.
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School & District Management Schools Are Doing COVID-19 Temperature Checks: Do They Really Help?
More than half of U.S. schools are conducting or plan to do temperature checks to screen for COVID-19, an Education Week survey shows.
Mark Lieberman, November 5, 2020
8 min read
Students line up to have their temperature checked before entering PS 179 in the Brooklyn borough of New York in late September. New York City was one of the first big-city districts to return students for some in-person learning during the coronavirus pandemic.
Students line up to have their temperature checked before entering PS 179 in the Brooklyn borough of New York in late September. New York City was one of the first big-city districts to return students for some in-person learning during the coronavirus pandemic.
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School & District Management Making a School Reopening Decision and Taking the Heat
School district leaders must make high-stakes decisions with woefully imperfect information.
13 min read
Teaching Profession Educator Morale, School Job Applicants Declining, Survey Shows
More than 8 of every 10 educators say teacher morale is lower than it was before the pandemic, an EdWeek Research Center survey found.
Holly Kurtz, November 4, 2020
3 min read
Educators say one-on-one and small group instruction are suffering in remote, hybrid, and socially distanced learning environments.
Educators say one-on-one and small group instruction are suffering in remote, hybrid, and socially distanced learning environments.
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Professional Development Why Personalized Learning Is Struggling During COVID-19
Tailoring lessons to individual students’ academic needs and personal interests might be getting pushed to the backburner, out of necessity.
Alyson Klein, November 4, 2020
9 min read
Despite the challenges of the pandemic, educators are learning important lessons on the fly that they believe will make their schools better for the long haul.
Despite the challenges of the pandemic, educators are learning important lessons on the fly that they believe will make their schools better for the long haul.
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Professional Development How Personalized Learning Is Weathering Tough Times: 'Iterate and Learn'
Educators are innovating and learning important lessons on the fly that they believe will make their schools better for the long haul.
Kevin Bushweller, November 4, 2020
6 min read
Saras Chung, center, her daughter Karis, 14, left, and her son Jaron, 12, walk up to Saras's workplace office in St. Louis. Karis and Jaron, who are attending school remotely full-time, are participating in personalized learning programs.
Saras Chung, center, her daughter Karis, 14, left, and her son Jaron, 12, walk up to Saras's workplace office in St. Louis. Karis and Jaron, who are attending school remotely full-time, are participating in personalized learning programs.
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Personalized Learning How the Pandemic Is Testing Personalized Learning
What schools are finding during COVID-19 is that personalized learning is very difficult to pull off.
November 4, 2020
2 min read
States Educators Prefer Governors With a More Cautious Approach to COVID-19
EdWeek Research Center survey tracks educator opinions of Trump, Devos, governors, and school boards on pandemic management.
Holly Kurtz, November 2, 2020
5 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
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School Climate & Safety Opinion What Demands to 'Open Schools Now!' Sound Like to a Teacher
COVID-19 deniers’ attacks on educators are part of a long history of asking public schools to do more with less, writes Lyn Peticolas.
Lyn Peticolas, October 29, 2020
5 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