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Amid growing COVID-19 transmission, hospitalization and death rates, mask mandates are returning in some states. Luis Alvarez/DigitalVision via Getty Images

State policies can provide clear guidance on when to put on and take off masks – with benefits to health, education and the economy

After the CDC changed course in late July, recommending universal masking indoors, Nevada became the first state to adopt a flexible masking policy that can quickly adjust to changing COVID-19 rates.
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We can’t close schools every time there’s a COVID outbreak. Our traffic light system shows what to do instead

We need a layered strategy — depending on the amount of community transmission – to ensure the response isn’t the same every time with each snap lockdown: to close schools. Here’s how to do it.
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Behind Victoria’s decision to open primary schools to all students: report shows COVID transmission is rare

A new report shows out of 1 million students enrolled in all Victorian schools, only 337 may have acquired the virus through outbreaks at school.
South Africa has to balance a number of factors when considering how to handle schools during the pandemic. MICHELE SPATARI/AFP via Getty Images

Case law suggests South Africa must do more about disrupted schooling

The country’s Constitution, as well as several court rulings, offer clear guidelines for how children’s best interests should be managed and prioritised.

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