GUIDING SCHOOLS’ RETURN-TO-SCHOOL AND RECOVERY DECISIONS USING DATA AND EVIDENCE
Conversations with education leaders across the country have underscored their interest in concise research briefs from both researchers and practitioners on how to navigate decisions on how to best prepare for students’ return to in-person schooling. The Annenberg Institute at Brown University, together with partners across the country, has leveraged collective networks of state and local education policymakers and practitioners to identify approximately 50 questions across 7 topics areas. For each of these topic areas, we have created dynamic resources for education leaders that bring together relevant research on options districts might consider when navigating student’s return to school.
Finances and Operations
This study quantifies the relationship between school closure timing and COVID-19 deaths and cases in the general population in all U.S. states. COVID-19 has higher symptomatic infection rates among the elderly, suggesting school closures could be unrelated to transmission. However, predicting daily cumulative COVID-19 deaths by state, earlier school closure is related to fewer deaths per capita and slower growth in deaths per capita. Results are similar for COVID-19 cases per capita.