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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.
The arrival of flu season will put more pressure on hospitals already facing the coronavirus pandemic. Jeffrey Basinger/Newsday via Getty Images

What happens when COVID-19 and influenza collide? Can hospitals handle the strain?

Pandemic policy experts offer 10 recommendations that could reduce the risk that a bad flu season on top of the COVID-19 pandemic will overwhelm hospitals.
Students and parents at California’s Hollywood High School go through temperature checks before picking up laptops for online learning. Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images

Kids are bigger coronavirus spreaders than many doctors realized – here’s how schools can lower the risk

Checking for symptoms is just the beginning. Here are 10 ways schools can help keep children, families and faculty safe.
A seven-year-old boy waits at the bus stop in Dallas, Ga., for the first day of school on Aug. 3, 2020. Canadian schools are reopening in September, but is anyone really thinking about the well-being of the children? (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

As schools prepare to reopen during COVID-19, are the kids alright?

Any decision that places a child's physical and mental health at risk shouldn't be taken lightly, so policy-makers and parents alike should listen to those most affected — the children themselves.

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