• Science

    Reimagining safe drinking water on the basis of twenty-first-century science

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    CDC says schools are safe, but Biden continues to ignore science, doctors

    “There is increasing data to suggest that schools can safely reopen and that safe reopening does not suggest that teachers need to be vaccinated in order to reopen safely. Vaccination of teachers is not a prerequisite for the safe reopening of schools.”   – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky Great news, right? If you’re a single parent who’s been trying to work while raising children and attempting to home school for the past 10 months, that CDC assessment may qualify as the best news you’ve heard in your adult life. But on cue, here comes the teacher unions that don’t seem to have the wellbeing of…

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    Science says schools are safe, so what’s keeping them closed?

    “The 360” shows you diverse perspectives on the day’s top stories and debates. What’s happening New research released by federal health experts has added to a growing scientific consensus that schools can safely be opened for in-person instruction without putting children, teachers and the broader community at risk. School-age children, especially young children, face significantly less risk of severe sickness from the virus and there’s “little evidence” that schools contribute meaningfully to community transmission, the researchers said. This new data bolsters the argument made by President Biden and governors across the country that the harm caused by keeping schools closed outweighs the health risks of bringing students back into the…

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  • Education

    CDC reports how classes can be safe, prevent spread

    In-person schooling can be safe, U.S. health researchers argue, but it requires schools and their surrounding communities to commit to a slew of public health precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. President Joe Biden and his administration have made a return to in-person instruction a priority, setting out to reopen most schools within his first 100 days. Last week, Biden directed the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services to provide clear guidance and resources to reopen schools and child care centers. On Tuesday, two epidemiologists and a researcher from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published an opinion piece in the Journal of the American Medical Association, writing that “accumulating…

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    ‘Help us feel safe at school’: Biglerville High School students call for social justice after racism concerns

    Students, who wish to remain anonymous out of fear of retaliation, have created a Facebook page and petition where they share their experiences with racism. BIGLERVILLE, Pa. — More than 1,500 people have signed onto an online petition which calls to help Biglerville High School students feel safe at school while holding students and staff accountable for alleged racist views within the school community. The petition on Change.org also includes anonymous stories from students and alumni which detail their accounts of abuse by students and staff in the Upper Adams School District. Creators of the petition share different examples of racism they say students experienced:  “I am a 14-year-old black…

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    More Evidence Suggests In-Person School is Safe, as Long as Virus Is Controlled | Education News

    Reopening schools for in-person learning did not result in an increase in coronavirus hospitalizations as long as hospitalization rates in the community were low at the time of reopening, according to the latest study to wade into the controversial K-12 reopening debate. The study – conducted by researchers at the National Center for Research on Education Access and Choice, a school choice advocacy, policy and research organization run out of Tulane University – seems to bolster the emerging narrative that the benefits of getting children back into the classroom outweigh the risks as long as infection rates are relatively low and schools are vigilant about mask-wearing, social distancing and sanitization.…

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    School districts across southwest, central Virginia offer various learning models to keep schools safe amid pandemic

    (WFXR) — Amid concerns about a post-holiday coronavirus surge, students across southwest and central Virginia are heading back to school in ways that school officials and families believe will keep them safe. The following school districts have announced specific plans within the last two months with regard to students’ model of learning amid the coronavirus pandemic: Alleghany County Due to a rising number of coronavirus cases amid the holiday season, as well as guidance from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), Alleghany County Public Schools extended the online learning plan for one more week, from Monday, Jan. 4 through Friday, Jan. 8. During this remote learning period, school officials say…

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