Social justice begins with open schools and school choice


We are all concerned about social and racial inequity. A better solution than defunding police and painting “Black Lives Matter” on streets is improving educational outcomes for students. Closing schools due to COVID-19 and opposing other options works against this objective.

According to Education Week, only Florida, Iowa, Texas, and Arkansas have ordered schools to reopen. Other states either let local officials decide or have ordered partial closures. Meanwhile, the nation’s three largest public school systems — New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago — remain largely remote.

Penalizing low-income children by systematically keeping schools closed is unjustified when the risk of spread is so minute. In a wide-ranging study conducted by faculty at Brown University, researchers found very low transmission rates inside the classroom, with infections occurring at significantly lower rates than previously thought to be the case in classroom settings. Internationally, Australia, France, Ireland, the Netherlands and Germany

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To open schools safely, mask up and close bars and malls


As school districts across the country ricochet between fully in-person, hybrid and fully online education, depending on the Covid-19 infection rates, we’ve learned something important about education: We can protect our society from coronavirus and prioritize schools to yield more effective overall public health.



a group of people in a room: Teacher Ursula Dysthe instructs a kindergarten class at Lupine Hill Elementary School in Calabasas, California, one of the first elementary schools to open up in L.A. County on November 9.


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Teacher Ursula Dysthe instructs a kindergarten class at Lupine Hill Elementary School in Calabasas, California, one of the first elementary schools to open up in L.A. County on November 9.

First, schools are not superspreaders. We know much more now than we did when the pandemic started, how the virus spreads and how to decrease transmission. Emerging evidence in Europe shows schools have not been major centers of transmission of the virus, especially for young children. And public health officials have acknowledged that schools have been among the most prepared institutions.

All schools — public and private — can

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The Latest: Cambodia Shuts Schools After Rare Outbreak | Indiana News


PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Cambodia’s Education Ministry has ordered all state schools to close until the start of the next school year in January after a rare local outbreak of the coronavirus.

Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron issued a statement late Sunday saying that all schools will be shut to prevent students from being infected. Public schools will remain closed until until Jan. 11, the start of the next school year, while private schools must close for two weeks, he said.

Students in private schools will be permitted to study online.

Cambodian officials said over the weekend that a family of six and another man tested positive for the coronavirus. Eight more cases were reported Monday among residents of Phnom Penh who were in contact with the family.

Prime Minister Hun Sen expressed concern that the woman believed to be the source had traveled extensively in the country. The woman’s

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Hong Kong to close schools amid virus surge


HONG KONG — Hong Kong has reported 115 new coronavirus infections, the first time it has seen cases in the triple digits since Aug. 2.

The government on Sunday also announced that classes at kindergarten, primary and secondary schools will be shut for the rest of the year in light of the worsening coronavirus situation in the city.

Of the 115 infections reported Sunday, 24 were untraceable. Another 62 were linked to recent outbreaks in dance studios across the city, taking the total number of infections in that cluster to 479, health officials said.

Employees and recent guests at three restaurants in the city have also been ordered to undergo compulsory testing after multiple positive cases had been linked to the venues.


Hong Kong has reported 6,239 coronavirus infections since the pandemic began, with 109 deaths.

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HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:

— With no

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In Canada, a Push to Keep Schools Open in Second Lockdown


He added, “Schools should be the very last thing to close.”

As a vast country with strong regional governments, back-to-school plans in September varied nationwide. For instance, in Quebec all elementary and high school students were required to attend classes in person, with masks required for grade 5 and up. In Alberta, children could return to school physically, or continue to attend online.

In the largest province, Ontario, masked high school students attend smaller classes in person, but only every other day — and often for just a few hours. Meanwhile, younger students are crowded into classes with no additional spacing between desks and, in some cases, no mandatory masks. That prompted protests and petitions by students and parents, criticism by epidemiologists and other experts, and a court case launched by four teachers’ unions, who were concerned their members would be put at risk. Newspapers carried stories about parents creating

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Over 620,000 students from 600 schools commit to 30 minutes of activity for 30 days for Dubai Fitness Challenge


(MENAFN – Emirates News Agency (WAM)) DUBAI, 21st November, 2020 (WAM) — Recognising the integral role that schools play in instilling fitness-focused habits in the country’s youth, Dubai Fitness Challenge, DFC, 2020 is ensuring that more than 620,000 students across 600 schools adopt healthier and happier lifestyles for 30 minutes for 30 days.

The fitness programme of free events, sports activities and family-friendly virtual sessions will continue throughout the month, while a new robust library of free online resources for parents and teachers will further, enable them to motivate children to get fit while having fun. Exciting activity calendars can be downloaded for free on the DFC website, catering to various learning models with over 80 fitness and wellbeing-focused activity templates and games for children aged two to 16 years. For an extra boost at home, kids can also join their beloved superheroes and cartoon characters in online workouts, wellness

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Portugal to ban domestic travel, close schools around national holidays


LISBON (Reuters) – Portugal is to ban domestic travel and close schools around two upcoming holidays in a bid to reduce the spread of coronavirus ahead of Christmas, Prime Minister Antonio Costa said on Saturday.

FILE PHOTO: A woman wearing a protective mask speaks with a driver of a tram during the coronavirus outbreak in downtown Lisbon, Portugal, October 31, 2020. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante/File Photo

Travel between municipalities will be banned from 11 p.m. on Nov. 27 to 5 a.m. on Dec. 2, and then again from 11 p.m. on Dec. 4 to 5 a.m. on Dec. 9, to prevent movement around national holidays on Dec. 1 and Dec. 8.

Schools will close on the Mondays before both holidays, while businesses must close early. Employers are being encouraged to give workers the day off in order to minimise travel activity.

“We continue to have a very high number of cases which

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Portugal to Ban Domestic Travel, Close Schools Around National Holidays | World News


LISBON (Reuters) – Portugal is to ban domestic travel and close schools around two upcoming holidays in a bid to reduce the spread of coronavirus ahead of Christmas, Prime Minister Antonio Costa said on Saturday.

Travel between municipalities will be banned from 11 p.m. on Nov. 27 to 5 a.m. on Dec. 2, and then again from 11 p.m. on Dec. 4 to 5 a.m. on Dec. 9, to prevent movement around national holidays on Dec. 1 and Dec. 8.

Schools will close on the Mondays before both holidays, while businesses must close early. Employers are being encouraged to give workers the day off in order to minimise travel activity.

“We continue to have a very high number of cases which is a threat to our health,” Costa told a press conference. “We must persist to not only halt that growth rate but invert it.”

Masks, already mandatory in public

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More than 50 private and public schools faced outbreaks in recent weeks


The details come as a growing number of schools nationally are retreating from on-campus instruction. In the Maryland suburbs, Montgomery County’s public health chief urged the same shift for private schools, citing a sharp surge in coronavirus cases.

“The risk of covid-19 spreading in a school is directly related to the level of covid-19 spread in the community and safety measures in schools,” wrote Travis Gayles, Montgomery’s health officer, in a letter Thursday night to more than 200 private schools.

Gayles asked schools to consider a return to full remote instruction until the case rate — 29.3 per 100,000 residents Friday — falls below 15 per 100,000 residents. Schools should report their decisions to the county by Dec. 4, he said.

As schools began to weigh the idea — a recommendation, not an order — state data in Maryland and Virginia gave a snapshot of several weeks of school-associated covid-19

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Hong Kong to close more schools to fight virus


HONG KONG — Hong Kong has suspended in-person classes for lower primary school students after the city’s top health official said the coronavirus situation in the territory was rapidly deteriorating.

Classes for primary 1 to 3 students will be suspended for two weeks from Monday. The suspension comes just over a week after kindergartens were ordered to close following an outbreak of upper respiratory tract infections.

Hong Kong confirmed 26 new coronavirus infections on Friday, 21 of which were local cases.

“I would appeal to people to stop all unnecessary gathering activities because the situation is severe now in Hong Kong,” health minister Sophia Chan said.


Hong Kong is due to launch an air travel bubble with Singapore on Sunday. Currently, the plan remains on track, although it could be suspended according to the agreement between Singapore and Hong Kong if the seven-day moving average for untraceable coronavirus infections exceeds

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