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Is it Safe to Reopen Schools? An Extensive Review of the Research   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Executive Summary: "[A] growing body of medical research and the firsthand experiences of school systems worldwide can provide a sound basis for determining a reopening strategy. This report examines the collective findings of more than 130 studies and considers their implications for adapting current policies. These studies cover a wide array of topics, including risks for children, transmissibility concerns, and the impact of school reopenings on community spread. It is vitally important to weigh the public health benefits of school closures against the academic and social-emotional costs suffered by students, families, and society as a whole. Many of the trade-offs--steep learning loss, declines in mental health, and the economic impact on families--will have far-reaching consequences that could last for years beyond the pandemic. We believe this report can be a starting point for evidenced-based conversations around reopening schools. There will be more studies of the coronavirus, its new variants, and the efficacy of mitigation measures, but they should be weighed against the substantial body of research already available."

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2021-03
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American Enterprise Institute; The Evidence Project; COVID Collaborative; United States of Care Campaign; Center on Reinventing Public Education; Opportunity Labs; Walton Family Foundation
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American Enterprise Institute: https://www.aei.org/
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