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Though COVID-19 disrupted schools earlier in the pandemic, so far this school year most kids across the country have been able to attend classes in person, rather than work remotely at home, according to a new report by federal health officials.
Due to COVID outbreaks, school closures affected a total of 1,801 schools, more than 900,000 students and over 50,000 teachers in 44 states, according to the study by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC noted that “the number of closures was highest in the South.”
The report involved K-12 school closures related to COVID and found that “96 percent of public schools have been able to remain open for full in-person learning.”
The CDC gathered data on school districts nationwide from August 1 through September 17 and found that 8,343 schools (96 percent) were offering in-person classes. Only 322 (4 percent) were offering hybrid learning modalities, consisting of both in-person and remote learning.
In addition, 35 schools were offering fully remote classes, with remote learning more prevalent in the West region.
“The largest number of districts with full remote learning were in the West Census Region, followed by the South, ” CDC said in the report. The report by CDC relied on Internet searches, school surveys, website pages and media reports.
Meanwhile, in Florida, data collected by the Florida Education Association show only 31 “school campus closings or partial closings” since the start of the fall 2021-22 semester. And the report shows that 16 children in Florida have died from the coronavirus since July 2021.
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