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The Education Week Spotlight on Student Health & Safety is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on what the data says and how educators can play a part in protecting their students; the risks for unvaccinated students; how other educators are handling the delicate situation of returning to in-person learning; and pinpointing most effective mitigation steps.

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Student Well-Being What the Research Says CDC: Lags in Childhood Vaccines Could Spark Outbreaks in Other Illnesses
Regular childhood immunizations haven't caught up to pre-COVID-19 levels, and schools are urged to take steps now to stem outbreaks.
Sarah D. Sparks, June 17, 2021
4 min read
Dr. Ashish K. Jha, dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health.
Dr. Ashish K. Jha, dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health.
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School & District Management Vaccinated Staff at 'Exceedingly Low' Risk of Getting COVID-19 From Unvaccinated Students
Dr. Ashish K. Jha, dean of Brown University's School of Public Health, offers guidance to K-12 leaders on the next phase of the pandemic.
Catherine Gewertz, June 2, 2021
5 min read
Mark Lane, the superintendent of the Decorah Community School District in Iowa, is still going to wear his mask to school, and is encouraging teachers and students to do the same, even though a new law forbids schools and businesses from requiring people to wear masks.
Mark Lane, the superintendent of the Decorah Community School District, is still going to wear his mask to school, and is encouraging teachers and students to do the same, even though a new Iowa law forbids schools and businesses from requiring masks.
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School & District Management The Governor Banned Mask Mandates in Schools. This Superintendent Won't Stop Wearing His
Schools in Iowa can't require masks anymore. A small town superintendent keeps his on, and finds most of his school community doing so, too.
Catherine Gewertz, May 27, 2021
6 min read
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Privacy & Security What Educators Should Know About Digital Self-Harm During Hybrid and Remote Learning
Some research suggests the phenomenon known as "digital self-harm" is on the rise and schools need to address it more directly.
Mark Lieberman, February 16, 2021
6 min read
Jennifer Becker, right, Science Teacher at the Sinaloa Middle School, talks to one of her students in Novato, Calif. on March 2, 2021.
Jennifer Becker, right, a teacher at Sinaloa Middle School, wears a mask to stem the spread of coronavirus as she talks with a student earlier this year in Novato, Calif.
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Student Well-Being What the Research Says Masks, Tracking, Desk Shields: How Much Do School Measures Reduce Families' COVID-19 Risk?
A new study pinpoints the most effective mitigation measures and suggests that the more of them schools use, the better.
Sarah D. Sparks, May 11, 2021
5 min read
Student's on screen picture in contrast to real life isolation
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Student Well-Being Opinion What We Know About Suicide During the Pandemic (and What We Don't)
Preventive services must be rooted in what we know to be true about suicide, writes school psychology professor Marisa E. Marraccini.
Marisa E. Marraccini, March 31, 2021
4 min read
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School & District Management Opinion School Reopening Requires More Than Just Following the Science
Educators can only “follow the science” so far. Professional expertise matters too, writes Susan Moore Johnson.
Susan Moore Johnson, March 25, 2021
5 min read
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