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School reopening decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic: What can we learn from the emerging literature?

After near-universal school closures in the United States at the start of the pandemic, lawmakers and educational leaders made plans for when and how to reopen schools for the 2020-21 school year. Educational researchers quickly assessed how a range of public health, political, and demographic factors were associated with school reopening decisions and parent preferences for in-person and remote learning. I review this body of literature, to highlight what we can learn from its findings, limitations, and influence on public discourse. Studies consistently highlighted the influence of partisanship, teachers’ unions, and demographics, with mixed findings on COVID-19 rates. The literature offers useful insight and requires more evidence, and it highlights benefits and limitations to rapid research with large-scale quantitative data.
Keywords
COVID-19; school reopening; literature review
Education level
Document Object Identifier (DOI)
10.26300/z9w0-9q22

EdWorkingPaper suggested citation:

Singer, Jeremy. (). School reopening decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic: What can we learn from the emerging literature?. (EdWorkingPaper: 22-617). Retrieved from Annenberg Institute at Brown University: https://doi.org/10.26300/z9w0-9q22

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