Pediatricians: Pandemic Recovery Plans Ignoring Child Health, Education – Inside School Research

From states’ reopening plans to federal emergency aid, the U.S. response to the novel coronavirus pandemic has “focused on the health and economic effects facing adults,” and top pediatricians argue child wellness and school reopening plans must be included in discussions for the nation’s recovery.

“Even as states provisionally plan on opening workplaces, most are giving no consideration to opening schools,” said Dimitri Christakis, director of Seattle Children’s Research Institute, Center for Child Health, Behavior, and Development and editor of JAMA Pediatrics, in the first of a trio of articles on the reopening problem published online today in that journal.

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The weird things Rand Paul said about reopening schools

During the exchange about schools, Paul, an ophthalmologist, offered his opinion on medical details, disagreeing with many researchers on the novel coronavirus, which has killed more than 80,000 Americans in the past few months. Paul is the only senator to contract covid-19, the disease the virus causes, but has since recovered.

Paul said that U.S. schools — virtually all of which closed in the spring when the coronavirus began to spread around this country — should open in the fall, and that it would be “ridiculous” if they don’t. He challenged predictions by Fauci and other experts in infectious diseases

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Kids shouldn’t sit at desks all day when schools reopen

States and school districts across the country are putting together plans for reopening schools when it is deemed safe, with features that allow for keeping students and teachers apart from each other as much as possible. Many of the plans call for students to stay at their desks in the same room all day, and even eat lunch there, reducing the movement they had in schools pre-pandemic.

Hanscom explains what the consequences can be if students are forced to sit at their desks for all or much of the day without opportunities for playing outdoors.

By Angela Hanscom

“It took

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Teachers Work an Hour Less Per Day During COVID-19: 8 Key EdWeek Survey Findings

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Less time teaching, dramatically reduced exposure to new learning material for students living in poverty, and lots of Zoom lessons.

That’s the emerging picture of public K-12 education in America under the coronavirus, according to a new nationally representative survey of the nation’s educators from the Education Week Research Center.

Since President Donald Trump declared a national emergency to combat the pandemic on March 13, 48 states, four U.S. territories, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense have ordered or recommended school building closures for the remainder of the academic year, affecting nearly 51 million

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NYC schools lift ban on Zoom as hackers hit other educational online

Online security concerns have been growing since schools across the country closed to try to stem the spread of the coronavirus and students were told to work remotely. Schools and districts rushed to create remote lessons and partnered with different online platforms, sometimes without strict security filters. There have been numerous reports of intruders disrupting classes and school meetings, from elementary school to higher education.

New York Attorney General Letitia James said late last week that Zoom Video Communications had done “substantial work” to ensure users “don’t have to worry while participating in a video call” as they become “more

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How parents can avoid exhausting their emotional energy too early and in the wrong places

Here are the first two parts of the series:

By Roxanna Elden

The first week in May is a big time for uplifting quotes about taking care of kids, encompassing as it does both Mother’s Day and Teacher Appreciation Week. With these celebrations comes a flurry of messages reminding both teachers and moms that we’re doing the “most important job in the world.” It’s usually meant as a compliment, but let’s be honest: That’s a lot of pressure. After all, if it’s true that “a hundred years from now, all that will matter is the difference you made in the

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K-12 school districts warn of ‘disaster’ from covid-19-related budget cuts

“[D]ark clouds are forming on the educational horizon that will spell disaster if Congress does not intervene,” the letter said. “Significant revenue shortfalls are looming for local school districts that will exacerbate the disruption students have already faced. Some 40 to 50 percent of school district revenue, in fact, come from local sources that are expected to drop precipitously in the months ahead. This revenue decline will come on top of revenue losses in the months to come from state sources that have been more widely reported. Several big city school districts are now projecting 15 to 25 percent cuts

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What Young People Don’t Know About Money Could Hurt Them in This Economic Crash. How Schools Can Help – Inside School Research

About 1 in 5 of the nation’s 15-year-olds don’t have basic financial skills at a time when 33 million Americans are out of work and the economy is expected to suffer continuing shockwaves from the coronavirus for months or years.

The Program for International Student Assessment 2018 financial literacy test, released today, gauged the money smarts of more than 110,000 teenagers in 20 countries and education systems, including the United States. It found U.S. students scored 506 on average on the 1,000-point test, statistically average with other countries in Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which runs the PISA.

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Khan App Boosted Early Literacy, Parent Teaching in Small Trial – Inside School Research

With even the youngest students exposed to hours more screentime than typical as school closures drag on, researchers from the Early Academic Development Lab at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst said schools can support parents as educators by guiding their use of educational apps.

In a small-scale randomized controlled trial researchers led by lab director David Arnold found the free literacy app Khan Academy Kids boosted early literacy skills—but parents also said it improved their skills in teaching their children literacy at home.

Researchers randomly assigned 50 preschool-age children from high-poverty families to use loaned iPads loaded with either the Khan

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