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Risk Assessment and Testing Protocols for Reducing SARS-CoV-2 Transmission in K-12 Schools

Risk Assessment and Testing Protocols for Reducing SARS-CoV-2 Transmission in K-12 Schools cover
Caitlin Rivers, Christina Silcox, Christina Potter, Michelle Franklin, Rebecca Ray, Mira Gill, Mark McClellan
Date posted:
October 14, 2020
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The Rockefeller Foundation, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, and Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security
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For many children in the United States, the 2020 school year is beginning online, presenting a difficult set of challenges to keep kids learning. The importance of schools goes far beyond the academic benefits of in-person instruction. Schools provide meals, access to health services, and a safe space for students to develop social and emotional skills. Prolonged school closures can jeopardize access to these resources, particularly for the most vulnerable students. School closures also affect parents and guardians. More than 41 million adults were a care provider for a child under the age of 18 in the United States in 2018. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the care of children for many of these adults has collided with work. A survey of working parents in May and June by Northeastern University reported that 13% of the 2,557 participants had to reduce their working hours or leave work entirely to compensate for the loss of childcare availability due to school and childcare closures. Those still working reported an average of eight working hours of the week lost to childcare needs.



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