Education Roundup: July 14

We’re gathering school district policies and linking them here.

Education Roundup: This Science article is the best roundup I’ve seen of back-to-school tactics from around the world. It’s important to note, however, that MOST of these examples are from countries where the pandemic was under control before schools reopened. But not all.

Some never closed. Frankly, a lot of it is reassuring, in that children don’t seem to be main drivers of spread, but on the other hand, there are so many unknowns that it may not be reassuring to those whose lives are potentially on the line.

Swiss study: A Swiss study in Pediatrics found children were the first case in a household only 8% of the time. More often, adults drove the disease spread. The science on #covid19 & children is emerging; this study adds to the data, with implications 4 #whenwegoback to school.

By no means definitive results. Authors noted several issues. See for yourself:

Pediatrics report

Layman summary

REACH study: While the future is unknown, we do have more data about the good and bad of how education was handled in the spring. A study by the National Center on Research on Education Access and Choice found schools with responsive and comprehensive COVID-19 responses were more likely to be in urban areas and neighborhoods where adults had higher levels of education. Southern states didn’t fare well, and Arkansas was in the bottom 25% for states with comprehensive COVID-19 responses. We’ve got work to do.

Rob Wells

Rob Wells, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Journalism at the University of Arkansas School of Journalism and Strategic Media.


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