COVID safety

After hovering around 45% last spring, the average school is 39% fully vaccinated at the start of the new school year.
Newark students can stop wearing their face masks on Monday due to advice from the city’s health department, the district announced.
New Jersey’s largest school district welcomes back more than 38,000 students to Newark schools with its mask mandate still in place.
The 2022-23 school year officially begins Tuesday across the state
While most New Jersey school districts, large and small, end face mask rules, Newark will keep a mandate in place for the start of the 2022-23 school year.
COVID-19 cases among students and staff increase during the first week of classes as restrictions are looser and a highly contagious variant circulates.
Parents disagree about the wisdom of the district’s approach to COVID for 2022-23.
Several parents said the mask mandate was unnecessary and harmful, but one parent called it common sense.
Mask optional policy and school-based testing continue, but no quarantine requirement for students unless they test positive
La Epidemióloga del Estado Rachel Herlihy explica cómo debe evolucionar el enfoque de Colorado en cuanto al COVID en las escuelas.
“I’m feeling more confident that this year will be a little bit more normal.” Quarantines are gone, and a new year is beginning.
No more on-site testing. At-home kits will continue to be sent home. Masking will mostly be optional. Students can return, masked, on Day 6 after testing positive.
On Monday, Gov. Phil Murphy ended the regular COVID testing requirement for unvaccinated teachers, child care workers, among others.
The district also announced COVID protocols covering vaccinations and a “mask to stay” policy.
City officials have not yet shared what COVID safety measures will be in place next school year or what the city’s testing strategy might be.
Schools can end quarantines and regular screening tests for COVID, new CDC guidelines say.
In an interview with Chalkbeat, State Epidemiologist Rachel Herlihy explains why she thinks Colorado’s approach to COVID in schools should evolve.
“The framework has flipped.” This year, districts requiring masks are few and far between. Philadelphia and Newark are outliers, for now.
“The framework has flipped.” This year, districts requiring masks are few and far between. Philadelphia and Newark are outliers, for now.
Chicago’s school board will vote Wednesday to renew its COVID testing contract with Fisher Scientific for another $85 million. The district initially awarded the company $60 million to run its optional testing program last year, but costs grew to $80 million.
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Providers hope the stress of maintaining safety protocols to keep the virus at bay will ease.
Most parents of children under 5 are hesitant. Efforts to change that are likely to run up against familiar challenges.
Starting June 13, children under 5 will no longer be required to wear masks.
The district will resume testing for summer school starting July 6, and will offer testing during the upcoming school year.
Among over 1 million child care workers, 405 died from COVID in 2020 — a higher rate than workers overall.
At least half of the nation’s 20 largest school districts will offer more full-time virtual schooling this fall than they did before the pandemic.
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