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"If we knew in March what we know now, we never would have closed schools as a public health intervention."

Dr. Jeanne Noble
Director of Emergency COVID Response, UCSF

New guidance from a multi-disciplinary group of experts at Harvard University, Brown University, Boston University, Tufts University, and New America states that:

“In July, we published guidance for school leaders making decisions about school re-openings that offered a tiered structure for thinking about risk at different levels of community spread. We recommended that schools be closed once the average daily case rate rose above 25 cases/100,000 people, at the county level.

Since July, our scientific understanding of COVID has increased significantly, as has our understanding of degrees of risk in schools, and we can now recommend that schools be open even at the very high levels of spread we are now seeing, provided that they strictly implement strategies of infection control.”

  • 3 ft social distancing for young learners at all levels of community spread

  • 6ft social distancing for high school learners when levels of community spread rise above 100/100,000 daily new cases; 3ft social distancing below that level

Children in elementary schools don’t need to be kept six feet apart, the C.D.C. said.

By Roni Caryn Rabin and Dana Goldstein, The New York Times, March 19, 2021

Privilege? No, social equity. The Latino Community and Safe Return to Schools

By  JEANNE NOBLE AND MARA KOLESAS, The Los Angeles Times, March 17, 2021

Newsom’s plan to reopen schools is too weak to work. He owes California something bolder

Opinion by Dr. Jeanne Noble, The Washington Post, March 4, 2021

Another teacher’s view: The risk of reopening schools is there, but it is small

By Tracey Schwengel, Special to CalMatters, March 3, 2021

In Their Own Words: Why Experts Say Elementary Schools Should Open

By Margot Sanger-Katz and Claire Cain Miller, The New York Time, March 2, 2021

This Ohio school reduced spacing measures and is open to all, 5 days a week

By Bianna Golodryga and Meridith Edwards, CNN, Feb 25, 2021

Biden pushes full-time school, but districts are cautious after CDC weighs in

By Laura Meckler and Joe Heim, The Washington Post, Feb 25, 2021

For Some Teens, It’s Been a Year of Anxiety and Trips to the E.R.

By Benedict Carey, The New York Times, Feb 23, 2021

New CDC school opening guidelines fail to ‘follow the science’

By Vladimir Kogan and Vinay Prasad, STAT, Feb. 20, 2021

I’m an epidemiologist and a father. Here’s why I’m losing patience with our teachers’ unions

By Benjamin P. Linas, VOX,  Feb 15, 2021

White students in California more likely to be getting in-person instruction than Black, Latino and Asian students

Sydney Johnson and Daniel J. Willis, EdSource, Feb. 12, 2021

The CDC’s latest demands will keep millions of kids out of school unnecessarily

Opinion by Joseph G. Allen and Helen Jenkins, The Washington Post, Feb. 12, 2021

An open letter to Berkeley Unified School District: Open schools as soon as possible

By Dr. Jean Noble and 150 other doctors and health professionals, Berkeleyside, Feb. 10, 2021

Schools can reopen before teachers are vaccinated, CDC chief says

AP, The Los Angeles Times, February 3, 2021

Southern California pediatricians call for L.A.-area schools to immediately reopen

By HOWARD BLUME, The Los Angeles Times, February 3, 2021

San Francisco is suing its own schools after not reopening for almost a year

Joshua Bote, SFGATE, February 3, 2021

CDC finds scant spread of coronavirus in schools with precautions in place

Laura Meckler, The Washington Post, January 26, 2021

C.D.C. officials say most available evidence indicates schools can be safe if precautions are taken on campus and in the community

Roni Caryn Rabin, The New York Times, January 26, 2021

Newsom, Legislature must urgently prioritize kids and reopen schools

Cal Matters, January 24, 2021

Surge of Student Suicides Pushes Las Vegas Schools to Reopen

Erica Green, The New York Times, January 24, 2021

UCSF Doctors Call for Schools to Reopen

KPBS Radio, January 17, 2021


What Does a More Contagious Virus Mean for Schools?

Apoorva Mandavilli, The New York Times

January 14, 2021


Covid-19 Outbreaks Aren’t Driven by In-Person Classes, CDC Says

Michelle Fay Cortez, Bloomberg News

January 13, 2021

‘Schools can reopen safely’: Duke, UNC doctors find ‘extremely limited’ COVID-19 spread in schools

Andrew Dunn, Chatham Journal Newspaper

January 11, 2021

Duke, UNC study finds low rates of in-school COVID transmission

Michael Perchick, ABC, Eyewitness News

January, 11, 2021

Is it safe to send your kids to school? Health experts worry the issue has become politicized, and argue it's safer than one might think — with a catch

Nicole Karlis, Salon

January 12, 2021

UCSF health professionals call for February 1st school reopening

Dr. Jeanne Noble and other UCSF department leaders, SF Examiner

January 11, 2021

Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (U of MN), Three studies highlight low COVID risk of in-person school

Mary Van Beusekom

January 8, 2021

Where is it Safe to Reopen Schools–New Research Offers Answers


January 7, 2021

California’s plan to bring many students back to school for in-person learning in careful stages

Linda Darling-Hammond, Special to CalMatters
January 3, 2021

Private schools pull students away from public schools

Erica Pandey, Axios
January 2, 2021

Disadvantaged Students More Likely to Be Learning Remotely, Study Finds

Jason DeParle, The New York Times
December 24, 2020

Kids likely not driving household COVID-19 outbreaks

Stacy Kuebelbeck Paulsen, CIDRAP News
December 7, 2020

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