School Facilities & Design

Mayor Bill de Blasio, center, checks the movement of a window inside a classroom at Bronx Collaborative High School, during a visit to review health safeguards in advance of schools reopening on Aug. 26, 2020, in New York.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, center, checks the movement of a window inside a classroom at Bronx Collaborative High School, during a visit to review health safeguards in advance of schools reopening earlier this school year.
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School & District Management What the Research Says High Costs, Outdated Infrastructure Hinder Districts' Air-Quality Efforts
A national survey finds the pandemic has led districts to update schools' ventilation systems, but their options are limited.
Sarah D. Sparks, May 5, 2021
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A student listens to a presentation in Health class at Windsor Locks High School in Windsor Locks, Conn. on March 18, 2021.
A student listens to a presentation in health class at Windsor Locks High School in Windsor Locks, Conn.
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School & District Management Districts Are Spending Millions on ‘Unproven’ Air Purifiers
Schools are buying technology that academic air-quality experts warn can lull them into a false sense of security or even harm kids.
Lauren Weber, Kaiser Health News & Christina Jewett, Kaiser Health News, May 5, 2021
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A worker finishes up for the day at the Cardoza Senior High School, as renovations are under way, Monday, March 11, 2013 in Washington.
A worker finishes up for the day at the Cardoza Senior High School, as renovations are under way, Monday, March 11, 2013 in Washington.
Alex Brandon/AP
School & District Management Explainer The Dismal State of School Infrastructure, in Charts
School buildings across the country are in disarray. Here's how it happened and what it would take to fix the problem.
Mark Lieberman, April 27, 2021
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President-elect Joe Biden speaks at The Queen Theater on Dec. 29, 2020, in Wilmington, Del.
President-elect Joe Biden speaks at The Queen Theater on Dec. 29, 2020, in Wilmington, Del.
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Education Funding Biden Infrastructure Plan Calls for $100 Billion for School Construction, Upgrades
President Joe Biden's $2 trillion American Jobs Plan would also fund replacement of lead pipes and expand broadband internet access.
Evie Blad, March 31, 2021
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An massage parlor staff member wearing a protective suit uses an ultraviolet sterilizer wand to demonstrate COVID-19 safety measures to media in Hong Kong, in August 2020. Such tools have sparked interest among school and district leaders, but there is little evidence if the effectiveness of handheld UV sanitizers in a school setting.
Ultraviolet light systems are used in a wide variety of public spaces, like these New York City subway cars, to deactivate the virus that causes COVID-19. Now schools are following suit.
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School & District Management Explainer Should Schools Use UV Light to Eliminate COVID-19?
Some schools have begun to use ultraviolet light systems to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but their effectiveness and safety can vary.
Sarah D. Sparks, March 18, 2021
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Jack Fitzgerald, 14, an 8th grader at Hogg Middle School in Houston, Texas, plays Rocket League at home this week when school was cancelled because of icy weather and widespread power outages. Jack's family had to stay with friends briefly when their home lost power and indoor temperatures plunged.
Jack Fitzgerald, 14, an 8th grader at Hogg Middle School in Houston, Texas, plays Rocket League at home this week when school was cancelled because of icy weather and widespread power outages. Jack's family had to stay with friends briefly when their home lost power and indoor temperatures plunged.
Courtesy of Ginny Goldman
Families & the Community Audio A Storm, Power Outages, and a Pandemic: Texas Educators and Families Describe a School Year Upended
On top of the deadly pandemic, millions of people in Texas lost heat and water for days after a winter storm. Hear how families and educators coped.
February 19, 2021
2 min read
New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza, left, feels for airflow from a ventilation unit inside a classroom at Bronx Collaborative High School, during an August visit with Mayor Bill de Blasio, right, to review health safeguards in that city's schools.
New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza, left, feels for airflow from a ventilation unit inside a classroom at Bronx Collaborative High School, during an August visit with Mayor Bill de Blasio, right, to review safeguards against COVID-19 in city schools.
Bebeto Matthews/AP Photo
School & District Management What the CDC Guidelines Don't Say About Classroom Ventilation and COVID-19 Spread
The new guidance focuses less on ventilation than masking or distancing, but research shows some attention to ventilation can help.
Sarah D. Sparks, February 17, 2021
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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
Custodian Joel Cruz cleans a desk in a classroom at Brubaker Elementary School, last month in Des Moines, Iowa. School districts are spending millions of dollars on specialized cleaning products and protocols to instill confidence that buildings are safe for in-person instruction.
Custodian Joel Cruz cleans a desk in a classroom at Brubaker Elementary School, last month in Des Moines, Iowa. School districts are spending millions of dollars on specialized cleaning products and protocols to instill confidence that buildings are safe for in-person instruction.
AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall
School Climate & Safety Aging Buildings. Poor Ventilation. What Will It Take to Keep Coronavirus Out of Schools?
Spending millions to guard against COVID-19 spread, district leaders also must convince parents school buildings are safe.
Daarel Burnette II, August 12, 2020
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Teacher Danielle Elliot wears a face mask while speaking to Hayden A. while Rayonna A., Lauren T., Alice C. and Luciano M. sit at an appropriate social distance during an arts and crafts class at Chase Avenue School in El Cajon, Calif.
Teacher Danielle Elliot wears a face mask while speaking to Hayden A. while Rayonna A., Lauren T., Alice C. and Luciano M. sit at an appropriate social distance during an arts and crafts class at Chase Avenue School in El Cajon, Calif.
Ariana Drehsler for Education Week
School Climate & Safety Pulling Off a Regular School Schedule—With Modifications—in the Pandemic
In communities where cases of COVID-19 remain low, schools can plan for students to be in classrooms every day with some important modifications. Understand the pros and the cons.
Denisa R. Superville, June 24, 2020
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School & District Management Interactive Data: The Schools Named After Confederate Figures
Since June 2020, Education Week has tracked if & when the over 200 schools named after men with ties to the Confederacy changed their names.
Corey Mitchell, June 17, 2020
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School Climate & Safety Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: Stories You May Have Missed
A collection of short stories you may have missed.
June 15, 2020
8 min read
Fourth-grade students keep their distance on stairs as they walk to classrooms in the Goldbeck School in Hamburg, Germany.
Fourth-grade students keep their distance on stairs as they walk to classrooms in the Goldbeck School in Hamburg, Germany.
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School Climate & Safety What Needs to Change Inside School Buildings Before They Reopen
Here’s a checklist of changes for inside and outside buildings to keep students and staff six feet apart and ensure cleanliness—and how much it could cost.
Madeline Will, June 10, 2020
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School & District Management Explainer The Socially Distanced School Day
Classrooms. Hallways. Extracurriculars. Every facet of the school day will have to be fundamentally altered when students return to school.
Madeline Will, June 10, 2020
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