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Newswise: Balancing Speech Intelligibility, Face Covering Effectiveness in Classrooms During the Pandemic
3-Jun-2021 2:45 PM EDT
Balancing Speech Intelligibility, Face Covering Effectiveness in Classrooms During the Pandemic
Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

A better understanding of the impacts of face masks and shields on acoustic transmission in classrooms could help optimize educational settings. During the 180th ASA Meeting, Laura and Rich Ruhala from Kennesaw State University will talk about how various types of face coverings may affect students' understanding of their teacher. Their presentation, "Acoustical transmission of face coverings used to reduce coronavirus transmission in a classroom environment," will take place Tuesday, June 8.

Released: 4-Jun-2021 5:05 PM EDT
Most New Jerseyans Support Fully Reopening Public Schools in Fall, Requiring Vaccinations for Healthcare Workers, Rutgers Poll Shows
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

As vaccination rates increase and prospects of normal life return more than a year into the coronavirus pandemic, New Jerseyans differ on various aspects of this “new normal” and how comfortable they feel, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll.

Newswise: University of Kentucky Study Suggests School Reopenings ‘Substantially’ Increased COVID-19 Spread in Texas
Released: 12-May-2021 8:05 AM EDT
University of Kentucky Study Suggests School Reopenings ‘Substantially’ Increased COVID-19 Spread in Texas
University of Kentucky

A new study by University of Kentucky researchers estimates the return to in-person learning in Texas last fall led to at least 43,000 additional COVID-19 cases and 800 deaths within the first two months.

3-May-2021 7:05 AM EDT
New guidelines for schools recommend against food bans
McMaster University

The international guideline panel included 22 health-care professionals, school administrators, and parents of children with and without food allergy, along with a team of six researchers with methodology expertise. A systematic literature review of practices for managing food allergy in schools found a lack of high-quality evidence, so the guideline recommendations are graded as conditional.

Released: 29-Apr-2021 3:05 PM EDT
In-Person Schooling with Inadequate Mitigation Measures Raises Household Member’s COVID-19 Risk
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

People living with a child who attends school in-person have an increased risk of reporting evidence of COVID-19, but teacher masking, symptom screening, and other mitigation measures in schools may be able to minimize that excess risk, suggests a study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Released: 22-Apr-2021 4:20 PM EDT
CSU to Implement COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement Upon FDA Approval
California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

Requirement would go into effect for the fall 2021 term contingent upon one or more vaccines receiving full approval

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Released: 20-Apr-2021 12:40 PM EDT
UCI announces employee, student back-to-campus plans
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., April 20, 2021 — Taking what it has learned from remote work and learning practices over the past 15 months, the University of California, Irvine will begin instituting back-to-campus plans for employees and students that will include hybrid workplaces and flexible coursework. The transition back to campus will be managed in phases starting July 1, with the university being fully operational in person by Sept.

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Released: 20-Apr-2021 11:15 AM EDT
Virtual Health Pilot Program Expands for Salado ISD Students and Families
Baylor Scott and White Health

The innovative virtual health pilot program is designed to facilitate care for elementary and middle school students by connecting the school nurse, the child's parent or guardian, and a Baylor Scott & White McLane Children's Medical Center provider via a video visit.

Newswise: The perfect fit: a ‘shoe-in’ for a great start to school.
Released: 19-Apr-2021 9:05 PM EDT
The perfect fit: a ‘shoe-in’ for a great start to school.
University of South Australia

As the back-to-school rush begins, podiatry experts at the University of South Australia are encouraging parents to get their children’s school shoes professionally fitted, as new research confirms that ill-fitted footwear can significantly impede foot movement and comfort.

Newswise: Married same-sex couples more likely to raise kids over cohabiting ones, according to new BGSU research
Released: 12-Apr-2021 2:05 PM EDT
Married same-sex couples more likely to raise kids over cohabiting ones, according to new BGSU research
Bowling Green State University

When it comes to same-sex couples raising children, married couples are more likely to be raising children than cohabiting ones, according to new research by Bowling Green State University.

Newswise: Study Finds Americans Eat Food of Mostly Poor Nutritional Quality – Except at School
12-Apr-2021 8:05 AM EDT
Study Finds Americans Eat Food of Mostly Poor Nutritional Quality – Except at School
Tufts University

A study of U.S. dietary trends over 16 years finds food consumed from typical sources, such as restaurants, grocery stores, schools, and work, is mostly of poor nutritional quality, with the exception of food from schools. Disparities in dietary quality by race, ethnicity, and income persist.

Released: 30-Mar-2021 2:00 PM EDT
Study: Insights from two reopened schools during the COVID-19 pandemic
Santa Fe Institute

During the 2020-2021 fall semester, school districts around the United States navigated their reopening plans with little data on how SARS-CoV-2 spreads among children or how in-person learning would impact transmission in the schools’ communities. A new study in The Journal of School Health joins a growing body of evidence that, with appropriate measures, there are ways for schools to safely reopen.

Released: 26-Mar-2021 11:30 AM EDT
New clinical trial will test if COVID-19 vaccine prevents infection and spread of SARS-CoV-2 among college students
Covid-19 Prevention Network (CoVPN)

A new CoVPN study evaluating SARS-CoV-2 infection and transmission among college students vaccinated with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine was announced today. The new trial will tell us whether a person can become infected after they’ve been vaccinated and if the vaccine will stop the virus from spreading person-to-person.

19-Mar-2021 11:30 AM EDT
COVID-19 transmission rare in schools with masking, distancing, contact tracing
Washington University in St. Louis

Wearing masks, social distancing and frequent hand-washing have kept in-school COVID-19 transmission low, according to results of a pilot study in Missouri aimed at identifying ways to keep elementary and secondary schools open and safe during the pandemic. The study is part of a larger, ongoing collaboration involving Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other groups.

Released: 11-Mar-2021 1:15 PM EST
Mindfulness program in campus dorms, groups improved students’ mental health
University of Washington

Amid a growing mental health crisis among teens and young adults nationwide, a pilot program teaching mindfulness and coping techniques to students at the University of Washington has helped lower stress and improve emotional well-being.

Newswise: Navigating a new normal: Sara Guthrie
Released: 10-Mar-2021 9:35 AM EST
Navigating a new normal: Sara Guthrie
West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

This past year certainly hasn’t turned out to be what anyone expected. Our students shared challenges they’ve faced since the start of the pandemic and advice for others navigating this new normal. Meet sociology student Sara Guthrie.

Released: 9-Mar-2021 1:30 PM EST
COVID-19 testing in schools complex but doable, worth the effort -- RAND study
RAND Corporation

A RAND Corporation report funded by The Rockefeller Foundation shows that COVID-19 testing can be effectively integrated into K-12 schools' pandemic response plans, helping families and staff feel more comfortable with in-person instruction.

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3-Mar-2021 12:05 PM EST
Strategic Air Purifier Placement Reduces Virus Spread Within Music Classrooms
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

The University of Minnesota School of Music was concerned about one-on-one teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic and wondered if it should supplement its ventilation system with portable HEPA air purifiers. So, school officials reached out to Suo Yang, a professor within the College of Science and Engineering, and his team to figure it out. In Physics of Fluids, Yang and the researchers describe their work to predict how virus particles spread within a music classroom.

Newswise: #YearofCOVID: Helping Kids Cope
Released: 8-Mar-2021 3:35 PM EST
#YearofCOVID: Helping Kids Cope

Eleven-year-old Samantha Lewis is sad, and her mother says she's been sad for months. "She misses her friends," said Lisa Cockrell, a business operations manager at Cedars-Sinai. "And the saddest part is that she might end up graduating fifth grade and moving to a new school without the opportunity to say goodbye."

Newswise: University of Redlands plans to return to in-person instruction in fall 2021
Released: 4-Mar-2021 4:25 PM EST
University of Redlands plans to return to in-person instruction in fall 2021
University of Redlands

The University of Redlands is pleased to announce today that it plans to return to in-person instruction in fall 2021. This includes courses at the College of Arts and Sciences and the Schools of Business, Education, Theology, and Continuing Studies. The College of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School of Theology will also return to normal residential housing occupancy levels for their students.

Newswise: One Year In, Rensselaer Experts Keep Addressing COVID-19 Challenges in Inventive Ways
Released: 4-Mar-2021 11:50 AM EST
One Year In, Rensselaer Experts Keep Addressing COVID-19 Challenges in Inventive Ways
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Over the course of the last year, Rensselaer experts have made many meaningful contributions to the understanding of — and response to — the COVID-19 crisis. Here is a list of pandemic-related topics they can address.

Newswise: A Triumphant Return
Released: 2-Mar-2021 8:30 AM EST
A Triumphant Return
California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

Meet some CSU students who made the decision to return to school and persevere in earning their degree.

Released: 1-Mar-2021 8:00 AM EST
High school students tend to get more motivated over time
Ohio State University

Parents may fear that if their high school student isn’t motivated to do well in classes, there’s nothing that will change that. But a new study that followed more than 1,600 students over two years found that students’ academic motivation often did change – and usually for the better.

Released: 23-Feb-2021 5:25 PM EST
Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital Provides Helpful Tips for Returning to School
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

And while students and parents alike are looking forward to the return to in-person learning, a child and adolescent psychiatry expert at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt says they should expect some challenges.

Released: 16-Feb-2021 11:10 AM EST
Investing in Principals Offers Very Large Payoffs for Students And Teachers, Major New Research Review Finds
Wallace Foundation

Impact of effective principals even larger than previously reported, benefitting student learning and attendance, and teacher satisfaction and retention; study calls for ‘renewed attention’ to cultivating high-quality principal workforce

Released: 12-Feb-2021 11:55 AM EST
Limited transmission of Covid-19 from open schools but teachers were affected
Uppsala University

Most countries introduced school closures during the spring of 2020 despite substantial uncertainty regarding the effectiveness in containing SARS-CoV-2.

Newswise:Video Embedded covid-19-early-detection-system-tested-in-schools-by-uc-san-diego-and-san-diego-county
Released: 11-Feb-2021 10:45 AM EST
COVID-19 Early Detection System Tested in Schools by UC San Diego and San Diego County
University of California San Diego Health

In an effort to help schools reduce the risk of COVID-19 outbreaks as they resume in-person instruction, UC San Diego and the County of San Diego are testing the Safer at School Early Alert system to detect SARS-CoV-2 at schools and child care centers.

Released: 5-Feb-2021 1:55 PM EST
What Can We Learn About Nurturing SEL In and Out of School?
Wallace Foundation

Interest in social and emotional learning outpaces evidence on how to cultivate it. A new study helps narrow the gap.

Released: 5-Feb-2021 1:55 PM EST
Expert Event for New Report on How Principals Affect Schools
Wallace Foundation

An expert panel kicks off publication of the report that surveys two decades of research on school leadership

Newswise: The Fight Against COVID-19 Continues
Released: 2-Feb-2021 2:30 PM EST
The Fight Against COVID-19 Continues
California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

As the health crisis appears to plateau, CSU faculty and students continue to pool their time, talents and resources to fight the spread.

Newswise: Returning to In-Person School During COVID-19: A Live Q &A with Mott Doctors
Released: 27-Jan-2021 10:30 AM EST
Returning to In-Person School During COVID-19: A Live Q &A with Mott Doctors
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Some students are starting to return to face-to-face school after months of remote learning during the pandemic. Experts will address parents' top questions about the transition.

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Released: 13-Jan-2021 3:20 PM EST
New study suggests that college campuses are COVID-19 superspreaders
Taylor & Francis

College campuses are at risk of becoming COVID-19 superspreaders for their entire county, according to a new vast study which shows the striking danger of the first two weeks of school in particular.

Released: 8-Jan-2021 12:05 PM EST
School nutrition professionals' employee safety experiences during onset of the COVID-19 pandemic

A new study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, published by Elsevier, explores real-time personal and employee safety experiences and perspectives of school nutrition professionals ranging from frontline staff to state leadership across the United States during the early weeks of the coronavirus pandemic.

Released: 5-Jan-2021 12:55 PM EST
Reopening Florida schools followed by uptick in COVID-19 infections, Ben-Gurion U. study
American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Reopening Florida elementary and high schools in September was followed by increased COVID-19 infections, according to data analyzed by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Harvard Medical School and Tel Aviv University researchers.

Released: 31-Dec-2020 5:00 PM EST
Tracking COVID-19 in transmission in Chicago schools: Public health officials take data-driven approach to reopening city public schools
Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott

Data on COVID-19 transmission among Chicago youth – particularly in the city’s extensive network of Catholic schools – supports a strategy for gradual reopening of the city’s public school system, according to a report in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.

Released: 29-Dec-2020 11:50 AM EST
Parents Want More Bullying Prevention in Schools
Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Chicago parents continue to voice predominant concern about bullying and are turning most often to their children’s schools for help, according to new survey results from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

Newswise: FAU Offers K-12 Teachers Free Course on Tips to Teach Online
Released: 14-Dec-2020 8:30 AM EST
FAU Offers K-12 Teachers Free Course on Tips to Teach Online
Florida Atlantic University

To address the many challenges of teaching online, FAU’s College of Education is offering a free eight-hour online certificate course for K-12 teachers to assist them with teaching online. This continuing education certificate course provides school districts timely assistance to enhance teachers’ e-learning skills and provides time-saving tips in lesson planning and effective student assessments for online teaching.

Newswise:Video Embedded study-teacher-performance-measures-may-penalize-black-educators
9-Dec-2020 10:30 AM EST
Study: Teacher Performance Measures May Penalize Black Educators
American Educational Research Association (AERA)

By not adjusting for school and classroom factors outside the control of educators, classroom observation scores for Black teachers in Chicago Public Schools unfairly penalize them for being more likely to teach in schools in low-income neighborhoods with students who are academically disadvantaged, according to a study published today in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Educational Research Association.

Newswise: Masked Education: Which Face Coverings are Best for Student Comprehension?
2-Dec-2020 9:40 AM EST
Masked Education: Which Face Coverings are Best for Student Comprehension?
Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

With the ubiquity of masks due to the coronavirus pandemic, understanding speech has become difficult. This especially applies in classroom settings, where the presence of a mask and the acoustics of the room have an impact on students’ comprehension. Pasquale Bottalico has been studying the effects of masks on communication. He will discuss his findings on the best way to overcome hurdles in classroom auditory perception caused by facial coverings at the 179th ASA Meeting.

Newswise: Cultivating Campus Community
Released: 8-Dec-2020 12:00 PM EST
Cultivating Campus Community
California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

For college students everywhere, building a new community of friends and colleagues is every bit as valuable as the learning and career opportunities college provides. But doing so during COVID-19 comes with its own set of unique challenges. How do you create the campus experience when social distancing is the new norm? To combat that loss, staff and student leaders across all CSU campuses have been working to create spaces, largely online, where students can effectively and safely connect and regain that sense of campus life.

Released: 7-Dec-2020 5:55 PM EST
UA Little Rock ranked top university for social mobility in Arkansas
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

U.S. News and World Report ranked the University of Arkansas at Little Rock as the No. 1 university in Arkansas for social mobility. The ranking measures a university’s success in graduating economically disadvantaged students who are less likely to finish college.

Released: 4-Dec-2020 1:50 PM EST
COVID-19 in Victorian schools and childcare mainly driven by community transmission
Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

Analysis of Victorian data by the Murdoch Children's Research Institute suggests that COVID-19 cases in schools and childcare were mainly driven by community transmission

Newswise: Impactful science teaching requires minimum five hours instruction weekly
Released: 3-Dec-2020 2:25 PM EST
Impactful science teaching requires minimum five hours instruction weekly
University of Vermont

Teachers with at least five hours allotted for weekly science instruction are more likely to implement hands-on, inquiry-oriented teaching -- a 21st century approach to science teaching lauded by science and education experts -- in their classrooms.

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Released: 3-Dec-2020 12:20 PM EST
Cal State Apply Deadline Extended to December 15
California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

​​​​To better serve high school and community college students facing university admissions challenges caused by COVID-19, the California State University (CSU) will extend its fall 2021 priority application deadline to December 15, 2020. Students interested in attending any CSU campus can apply at the university's application portal, Cal State Apply.

Released: 30-Nov-2020 1:20 PM EST
Rethink COVID-19 infection control to keep primary schools open this winter, governments urged

An urgent rethink of infection control policies to keep COVID-19 infection at bay in schools is needed if primary schools are to be kept open this winter, and the knock-on effects on their families avoided, argue children's infectious disease specialists in a viewpoint, published online in the Archives of Disease in Childhood.

Newswise: Schooling Disrupted by the Pandemic in the United States Likely to Have Life-Long Impact, Study Says
Released: 24-Nov-2020 3:10 PM EST
Schooling Disrupted by the Pandemic in the United States Likely to Have Life-Long Impact, Study Says
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

A team that includes UCLA Fielding School of Public Health researchers has found American children whose educations have been disrupted by the pandemic, even as little as 2-4 months, may face shortened life spans.

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