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good morning. Can teachers be vaccinated quickly? Can most schools reopen safely now? Yes and yes.
There are two clear ways to reopen schools. The first is to take precautions such as wearing masks that reduce the risk of an outbreak inside school buildings. The other is to vaccinate the country’s teachers as quickly as possible.
It now appears that both strategies are possible – and yet neither of them happens in many places.
instead of, About half of K-12 students They still don’t spend any time in the classroom. School closure rates are highest in Maryland, New Mexico, California and Oregon. According to Borbio. Experts say that prolonged absences cause Major learning problemsEspecially for low-income students.
Today’s newsletter looks at how American children can get back to school quickly and safely.
There are adequate doses of the vaccine
The country now has enough doses of the vaccine to take teachers to the front of the classroom without much delay in vaccinating anyone else.
nationally , About 6.5 million people Work within the K-12 school. It is a much smaller group of the 21 million healthcare workers, many of whom were in the first group of Americans to become eligible for vaccinations.
As a point of reference, Moderna and Pfizer provided an average Over a million new doses To the federal government every day this month. This daily figure is on track To exceed three million next month. An immediate vaccination of every school employee would pay everyone else’s vaccine for a few days at most.
Some states have already prioritized teachers, and Kentucky appears to be the farthest. According to Education Week. He’s finished giving the first dose to a large chunk of K-12 employees who want one. “This will help us get our children back to school safely faster than any other state, and it will allow us to do so without risking the health of those who come to serve these children,” said Governor Andy Pecher.
Schools have safely reopened
Even before teachers were fully vaccinated – a process that could take more than a month after the first shot – many schools showed how to reopen their doors.
It includes “concealment, social distancing, hand washing, proper ventilation and contact tracing,” writes Susan Dominus (in a great story for Times Magazine) About how Rhode Island keeps its schools mostly open). It also includes setting up virtual alternatives for some students and employees who want this. When schools took this approach, they usually worked, according to research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and others.
In one of the most rigorous studies, a group at Tulane University looked at hospitalization (a more reliable measure of positive tests) before and after the school reopened. The Results It indicates that at least 75 percent of American communities now have Covid well enough under control to reopen schools without sparking a new outbreak, including many places where schools remain closed.
The evidence is much blurry for places with the worst current outbreak, such as Much of Carolina. Some schools appear to have reopened insecurely, including the Georgia area that is the subject New CDC case study.
However, Douglas Harris, the economist at Tulane who directs the research group, told me, “All studies indicate that we can do this, if we put our minds into it.” “We cannot go to school the old fashioned way, but we can do better than that,” he added.
One final note: I have been writing recently about costs Overly negative message Lots of people post about vaccinations, despite vaccinations Virtually eradicate severe forms of Covid. Schools are another place you can see these costs – in Oregon.
Like Kentucky, Oregon has made vaccinating teachers a priority. But some teachers’ unions there have expressed skepticism about reopening even after teachers are vaccinated, my colleague Sean Hubler said. Wrote.
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Baseball’s Latest Trend: Lose Now
Spring training has begun, and Major League Baseball is in a strange affliction: some high-profile teams don’t even try to win. The Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies and the Pittsburgh Pirates all dumped the best players in recent deals, receiving only a modest return.
It’s very frustrating for fans. “Can you file a complaint on behalf of all the Rockies fans with the Better Business Bureau against the Rockies management because that’s just so horrible?” One He recently wrote to The Denver Post.
What’s going on? Baseball teams are businesses, and winning isn’t always the best way to win. Teams earn significant income from merchandise sales, television contracts, and more. The pandemic has crushed the form of revenue that is highly dependent on performance – people who buy tickets.
In response, several teams chose to cut salaries. The executives promise fans that it’s part of a plan to add exciting young players later. “The idea of shredding – which some call it a tank – is not new,” Tyler Kepner of The Times told us. “But it’s definitely more common now.”
As Tyler points out, many players are also frustrated, thinking the owners are behaving like a cartel slashing salaries. The bargaining agreement ends after this season and the next round of negotiations It can be rocky.
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