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Review of 130 studies favors reopening schools with safety measures

Kara Arundel, K-12 Dive |

The safe reopening of schools for in-person learning — with the use of mitigation efforts — is a critical step in addressing the physical, academic and emotional stress students have faced during the pandemic, school administrators, researchers, physicians and scientists said during two separate press briefings Thursday.

Research conducted over the past year shows several factors support the responsible reopening of schools, including low COVID-19 transmission rates in children, the benefits of mitigation efforts and the negative consequences of learning loss and social isolation, according to a report released Thursday and discussed during one press briefing.

The report is meant to be used as a reference for school administrators as they determine best strategies for reopening schools. The report was supported by the American Enterprise Institute, the Center for Reinventing Public Education and other organizations.


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