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Remote learning doesn’t work for all children. Students sit behind screened-in cubicles at St. Barnabas Catholic School in Scarborough, Ont., on Oct. 27, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Students with disabilities should have the option of in-person learning during COVID-19 school closures

As provinces consider extended holidays, or school closures loom as a possibility under COVID-19, schools should commit to providing in-person schooling for students with disabilities.
Researchers take a closer look at how activities that engage the whole family can help young distance learners build STEM skills. MoMo Productions/Getty Images

Getting kids – and their caregivers – to practice STEM at home

A new hands-on learning program helps families with young children build their engineering skills.
Mathematical models can help figure out class sizes and configurations to minimize disruptions and school closures. (Shutterstock)

Large class sizes during the coronavirus pandemic are a triple whammy

Schools reopening during the current coronavirus pandemic need to calculate class sizes to prevent the spread of disease and minimize disruptions.
A Guatemalan immigrant tries to log on to his Chromebook while remote learning in Stamford, Connecticut. John Moore/Getty Images

For many immigrant students, remote learning during COVID-19 comes with more hurdles

Immigrant students often have work commitments outside class, and they may need additional language support. Giving them equal access to technology during remote learning might not be enough.
Schools in Ohio and Pennsylvania have already found Legionella, the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease, in their water systems. Andrew Whelton/Purdue University

Dangerous bacteria is showing up in school water systems, reminding all buildings reopening amid COVID-19 to check the pipes

When water stagnates in pipes, harmful metals and bacteria can accumulate and make people sick. Buildings that were shut down for weeks during the pandemic may be at risk.
Safety precautions like wearing face masks and leaving space between desks are also important to limit the coronavirus’s spread. Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images

Reopening elementary schools carries less COVID-19 risk than high schools – but that doesn’t guarantee safety

New research points to why reopening elementary schools is the safest bet and what else needs to happen for schools to have the best chance of staying open.

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