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In Honolulu, nearly all public schools are planning to allow students to return for just part of the week. But at Punahou, private school for grades kindergarten through 12, school will open full time for everyone. The school has an epidemiologist on staff and is installing thermal scanners in hallways to take people's temperatures as they walk by. It has a new commons area and design lab as well as an 80 - acre Campus that students can use to spread out. There were already two teachers for 25 children, so it would be easy to cut classes in half to meet public health requirements for small, consistent groups. The same thing is happening in communities across the country: Public schools plan to open at all or just a few days a week, while many neighboring private schools are open full time. Private schools may reverse course if there are outbreaks in their communities, and governors could still shut down all schools if they determine that local infection rates call for it. Some families and teachers wont feel comfortable returning. But the ways in which private schools are reopening show it can be done with creative ideas and money to carry them out. Public schools, which serve roughly 90 percent of American children, tend to have less money, larger class sizes and less flexibility to make changes to things like curriculum, facilities or work force. Virus is this huge stress test on our education system, says Robert Pianta, dean of the School of Education at University of Virginia. It has exposed a great deal of inequity, and we are going to see this only exacerbated in coming months, not years. Certain kids in certain systems, depending on resources, are going to get much closer to what looks like typical high - quality education than others. Gretchen Hoff Varner, lawyer in Alameda, Calif., And mother of two elementary schoolers who will go to school part time this fall, said public school educators had do heroic job with what they have. But the fact that they cannot fully open while independent schools can, she say, represent failure of political will and resources. Weve been very fortunate in this respect that our donors and our alumni have been able to give US additional money to make that possible, say Mike Latham, Punahous president. Size makes a difference, too. When Justin Guerra, sixth - grade English teacher at Athenian School in Danville, Calif., Taught Public School, he had three times as many students as he has now. He is comfortable returning to the classroom when Athenians opens, given new safety measures in place, but said he was sympathetic to public schoolteachers fears about returning. It such painful mixed emotions, he say. Remote Learning is freaking hard amount of work that goes into it. For return you get is painful. You want to be with kids; It reason to do this job.

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Exacerbating inequity

Racial and economic inequities have long existed in America's school systems, and are about to get worse, experts warn. With Coronavirus cases still high around the country, half of US Elementary and high school students will attend school virtually this fall, according to a study by Burbio, which aggregates school and community information nationwide. That will have grave implications for minority and disadvantaged students, said Madeline Hafner, executive Director of Minority Student Achievement Network Consortium at Wisconsin Center for Education Research. The past five or six months have really brought to light these racial disparities that have persisted for generations, she say. More from Invest in You: Desperate Parents turn to learning pods. Here's what it can cost Parents are at breaking point as they try to cope with School Preparing for Emergency: financial first - Aid kit You need nexus of schooling, health care and the nature of this virus are all coming to create this perfect storm. Black and brown families are disproportionately affected by viruses and face inequality in health care, and a lot of families live in multi - generational housing, Hafner points out. When it comes to school, many families use it for services and support, including food, health care and libraries. In addition, educators agree that virtual learning can't completely replace in - person learning. For disadvantaged students, stakes are even higher: Thirty percent of all K - 12 Public School students, about 15 million to 16 million children, live in homes that don't have Internet connection or adequate device for distant learning at home, study by Common Sense Media and Boston Consulting Group find. That lack of access, coupled with inadequate help at home and a quiet place to learn, means lower - income, black and Hispanic children may struggle, June report from McKinsey & Company find. The average learning loss for students is seven months if in - school instruction doesn't resume until January 2021, report say. However, black students may fall behind by 10. 3 months, Hispanic students by 9. 2 months, and low - income students by more than a year. School closures will also probably increase high - school drop - out rates, according to McKinsey. We estimate that this would exacerbate existing achievement gaps by 15% to 20. McKinsey report not returning to classrooms until January will also hurt earning power, with the average K - 12 student possibly losing 61 000 to 82 000 in lifetime earnings, report say. Breaking it down by race, McKinsey estimates white students would earn 1 348 years less over a 40 - year working life, Black students would bring in 2 186 years less and Hispanic students would earn 1 809 less.

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In-person plans

With COVID - 19 cases spiking, Rice say officials from Charles Wright, like other private SCHOOLS in the area, have regularly been talking TO experts and reviewing ever - changing public health guidance, all while doing their best TO plan FOR uncertain fall. We have been planning physical REOPENING since June, studying and researching and working on how we can do that in the safest possible way, Rice say. At Charles Wright, academy's current plan calls FOR using its 107 - acre campus to reduce the chance of spreading COVID - 19. Large campus serves only 525 students from preschool to 12th grade, which gives Charles Wright the ability to integrate open - air Model FOR STUDENTS while leveraging outdoor space, Rice say. To further improve physical DISTANCING, Rice say, Charles Wright has relied on a space planning algorithm known as Rosner Model TO map its campus. Masks WILL be require, and SCHOOLs which charge tuition ranging from about 1 600 to about 3 000 range per month WILL use a single entry point, where medical checks WILL be perform, she add. Rice also says Charles Wright WILL offer distant learning option FOR ANY family that does feel comfortable returning TO in - person learning, while every Charles Wright student has a SCHOOL - issue laptop or tablet. Teachers WILL be provide opportunity to work remotely IF they choose, Rice say. Similarly, Jen Willey, spokesperson FOR Annie Wright SCHOOL, says the school is preparing TO open FOR in - person learning in coming weeks FOR preschool through 12 grade, with many OF the same measures in place. Like at Charles Wright, Willey say, Annie Wright's large campus and relatively small student body allow SCHOOL to be flexible and nimble in our ability TO keep our community safe and still deliver a high - quality Annie Wright program. Wiley says teachers and staff at Annie Wright ARE committed to nurturing and teaching our STUDENTS, while acknowledging that some, understandably, as concerned as we all ARE with the uncertainty of the coming year. Many faculty are eager to return to the classroom, but we also have some that feel anxious, Wiley say, noting that the school is in the process of getting feedback from its TEACHERS and staff so that needs can be address. Overall, Wiley says Annie Wright feels very confident in its plan TO REOPEN, while reiterating that the SCHOOL is also prepared to transition TO online IF necessary. Annual tuition at Annie Wright ranges from 17 000 to 29 920, depending on grade level, Willey say. At Bellarmine Prep, Catholic High SCHOOL has plans to employ a hybrid approach this fall that combines in - person instruction with distance learning, according to TO spokesperson Craig Coovert. Coovert describes the Bellarmines plan as a Hyflex Model, allowing school to easily pivot between hybrid model, distance learning Model, and full face - TO - face Model without impacting our schedule and instruction. Coovert, like officials from Charles Wright and Annie Wright, say Bellarmine WILL rely on evolving COVID - 19 safety guidance and recommendations and stands prepared TO make changes.

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Is it safe?

Facing a resurgence of coronavirus, public schools in suburbs of the nation's capital decided in recent weeks that more than a million children would start the school year from home. On Friday, officials in Maryland's most populous County said that private schools, including some of the nation's most elite, had to join them. Gov. Larry Hogan, Republican, abruptly overruled that directive this week, contending that Maryland private schools should be allowed to make their own reopening decisions. The Governor stake out his position on the same day that a group of parents filed a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn the Countys order, saying it discriminates against private and religious schools. Wrangling throws into sharp relief challenges facing local health officials as they piece together a response to the pandemic only to see their efforts encounter political resistance and legal pushback. Montgomery County officials tried again on Wednesday, issuing a new order to keep schools closed that cites a different source of authority under state law. Parents in private schools are just generally more able to get their preferences heard, said Christopher Lubienski, professor of Education policy at Indiana University, adding that allowing private schools to opt out of Public Health orders provides new evidence of how schools in the United States were really efficient engines of inequality. Mr. Hogan said on Monday that County Health officers do not have authority to order private schools to teach online, noting in his statement that school boards and superintendents have to make individual decisions on plans for reopening with the help of Local Health officials. Private institutions, he say, should be allowed to do the same. This had nothing to do with public health, and everything to do with their own notions of fairness and equity, said Timothy Maloney, lawyer for parents suing County Health officer. His clients include families whose children attend Our Lady of Mercy, Catholic School in Potomac, Md., Which plans to offer in - person Learning options with mask - wearing mandate and social distancing, among other measures. About 90 percent of US children attend public schools, which tend to have less money and larger class sizes than private and parochial schools, and less flexibility to make changes to their curriculum, facilities or work force. Public schools in many places must also negotiate with teachers unions, many of which have pushed for their schools to remain online or adopt more stringent health measures. Public Education is about leveling the playing field, says Pia Morrison, president of the Service Employees International Union chapter that represents some public school employees in Maryland and Washington. But the pandemic has exacerbated economic disparity between many public and private school students, she say. Returning to school has already proven challenging, with some districts that open classrooms this week and last seeing positive cases immediately and having to quarantine students and staff members, or even shutting down temporarily.

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Drop-Off and Entrance Protocols

Although most primary and secondary schools worldwide remain closed, some countries have stayed open as of publication. Others, including China, Denmark, Japan, and Norway, recently reopened their schools, and many European countries have announced plans to reopen in coming weeks or months. In the United States, 43 States and Washington, DC, have ordered or recommended keeping in - person schooling closed for the rest of the academic year. 1 1. Map: Coronavirus and School closures, Education Week, update April 24 2020, edweek. Com. As school - system leaders weigh possible timelines, they can consider four interlocking components of reopening: risks to public health, schools ' importance to economic activity, impacts on students ' learning and thriving, and safeguarding readiness. The most critical question is whether reopening schools will lead to a resurgence of infection among students, staff, and the broader community. Evidence here is still nascent. Children's risk of contracting COVID - 19 appears to be lower than that of adults. In China and the United States, countries with the largest number of confirmed COVID - 19 cases, children represent 2 percent of cases. 2 2. Jennifer M. Mcgoogan and Zunyou Wu, Characteristics of and important lessons from Coronavirus Disease 2019 outbreak in China: Summary of Report of 72 314 cases from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Journal of American Medical Association, February 24 2020, Volume 323, Number 13, pp. 1 239 - 42; Coronavirus Disease 2019 in the States, February 12 - April 2 2020, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, April 2020, Volume 69, pp. 422 - 26, CDC. Gov. Emerging evidence also suggests that children are more likely to be asymptomatic, less likely to be hospitalize, and much less likely to die if they do develop COVID - 19. 3 3. Yuanyuan Dong et Al., Epidemiology of COVID - 19 among children in China, Pediatrics, April 2020, Aappublications. Org. Covid - NET Hospitalization data is preliminary and subject to change as more data becomes available; see COVID - NET: COVID - 19 - associate Hospitalization Surveillance Network, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, updated April 18 2020, gis. Cdc. Gov. Although the risk to students themselves appears relatively low, reopening schools will also expose teachers to riskespecially, those who are older or immune - compromisedand might contribute to higher risk for the larger community. Childrens role in transmitting novel Coronavirus is still unclear, making it difficult to estimate the extent to which reopening schools might contribute to resurgence. Potentially relaxed confinement measures outside the education sector add to uncertainty. Decision makers will therefore need to determine when to reopen schools in the context of reopening society at large. A major part of the sequencing puzzle is the importance of schooling in providing childcare. Workers with children under 15 years old in their household who have no alternate caregiver will likely need childcare before being able to return fully to work. The proportion of workers who cannot return to work without childcare varies significantly across countriesand even within them. In the United States, 16 percent of the workforcerepresenting 26. 8 million people dependent on childcare to work.

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'A no-win situation'

As families and policymakers make decisions about their children returning to school, it is important to consider the full spectrum of benefits and risks of both in - person and virtual learning options. Parents are understandably concerned about the safety of their children at school in the wake of COVID - 19. The best available evidence indicates that if children become infect, they are far less likely to suffer severe symptoms., Death rates among school - age children are much lower than among adults. At the same time, harms attributed to closed schools to social, emotional, and behavioral health, economic well - being, and academic achievement of children, in both short - and long - term, are well - known and significant. Further, lack of in - person educational options disproportionately harms low - income and minority children and those living with Disabilities. These students are far less likely to have access to private instruction and care and far more likely to rely on key school - supported resources like food programs, Special Education Services, counseling, and after - school programs to meet basic developmental needs. Aside from children's home, no other setting has more influence on children's health and well - being than their school. In - person School environment Do following: provide educational instruction; Support development of social and emotional skills; create a safe environment for learning; address nutritional needs; and facilitate physical activity. This paper discusses each of these critical functions, following a brief summary of current studies regarding COVID - 19 and Children.

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Desire for options

The surge in interest in private schools is largely coming from parents who want more options than their local public school can provide, says Myra McGovern, Vice President of media at National Association of Independent Schools, which represents more than 1 600 schools. It may be that parents need to work and need their children in the classroom to do that. There may be health issues with students or family members that put them at greater risk and they want smaller schools to ensure their children remain connected while learning remotely. Parents are looking at their situation and factoring in all of these complex decisions that we all have to make now and they are re considering different options, she say. What private schools are offering to parents is not one solution or another, it's just a range of options that they didn't have in their previous school. Mcgovern says having choices makes paying for education worth the cost, even if it's not something families would have previously consider. When classes begin on Aug. 31 Peter Catholic School in North. In Paul, Minnesota, there will likely be 10 students more than last year, with waiting lists for many grades. The school teaches preschool through eighth grade and its principal, Alison Dahlman, has fielded around a dozen calls from families thinking about enrolling each week. She normally gets that many calls over the course of the entire summer. Despite increased interest, school doesn't have room to accommodate more students and keep proper social distancing in place. We think it's moral good to educate children in the best way that we know how, and so that's what we are trying to do, Dahlman say. If it means new families might come and join our mission and join our schools, we feel privilege to be able to meet and welcome new families as well.


Union flabbergasted

With less than two weeks before school starts in Oakland unify, district is still in negotiations with its labor unions trying to hammer out how it will deliver distance learning and how it will determine when it is safe to bring students and staff back to campus on Wednesday's community update, district said it could not release clear detailed plans to reopen schools until it establish agreements with each of its unions, including Oakland Education Association, which represents teachers. States require districts to provide 180 days of instruction, establish a minimum number of minutes each day for various grade levels, and require daily live interaction between teachers and students, but do not specify how much of instruction must be live versus pre - record or delivered through online platforms or paper packets. District is proposing to exceed minimum distance learning requirements and is proposing more of each type of instruction at all grade levels than Union, which is seeking more flexibility, time for planning and wellness time. Side - by - side comparison of district and Union proposals created by Union shows that besides disagreeing on the way instruction is deliver, two sides also disagree on how to determine when it is safe to return to campus and how soon learning can begin if all students do not have access to technology and internet, and how School schedules will be create and approve. Union released a video on Monday highlighting its concerns about the high number of Covid - 19 cases in Oakland, which it says should be taken into consideration when deciding when it is safe to reopen campuses, instead of relying on average data that spans all of Alameda County. The district acknowledges that all students do not yet have access to technology and the internet, but said in a July 22 message to the community that it has ordered nearly 25 000 Chromebooks, which it will to distribute as close to the start of school as possible, starting by late August and extending into September.

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