National & Civic Issues

COVID-19 Resources for Schools, Students, and Families

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This webpage, produced by the Department of Education, contains fact sheets, data points, and ongoing articles relevant to the school response to Covid-19.

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The Department of Education

What COVID-19 revealed about US schools and 4 ways to rethink education

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This video talks about the abrupt shift to online learning due to COVID-19 and how it rocked the US education system. Educator Nora Flanagan says we can reframe this moment as an opportunity to fix what's long been broken for teachers, students, and families -- and shares four ways schools can reinvent themselves for a post-pandemic world.

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YouTube

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Nora Flanagan

Published:

February 12, 2021

HHS Announces Nearly $1 Billion from American Rescue Plan for Rural COVID-19 Response

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This article describes how funding will help communities, hospitals, health clinics respond to the pandemic and support local efforts to increase vaccine confidence in rural communities.

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U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

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May 4, 2021

How Americans View Biden’s Response To The Coronavirus Crisis

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This article asserts that less than a month after he assumed office, many more Americans approve of President Biden’s handling of the pandemic than former President Donald Trump’s.

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FiveThirtyEight

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Jasmine Mithani, Aaron Bycoffe , Christopher Groskopf and Dhrumil Mehta

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June 17, 2021

Guidance for Wearing Masks in Schools

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This article provides guidance for unvaccinated people to help slow the spread of Covid-19.

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CDC.gov

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CDC

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April 19, 2021

Press Briefing by White House COVID-19 Response Team and Public Health Officials

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This article details the Covid-19 response as of mid-June 2021. As a result of our success vaccinating Americans, cases and deaths are down more than 90 percent since President Biden took office on January 20th.

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The White House

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June 17, 2021

Why the United States Was So Slow to React to the Coronavirus Outbreak

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Tim Ziemer, the former Head of Global Health Security, left his office two years ago and was not replaced. In 2019, the budget for the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) was cut by 80%. Undervaluing public health in the United States has contributed to the coronavirus crisis.

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Channel 4 News

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3/14/2020

Public Health Response to the Initiation and Spread of Pandemic COVID-19 in the United States

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By mid-March of 2020, coronavirus cases were rapidly increasing in the United States. Public health responses to the coronavirus included efforts to detect cases and trace contact and quarantining portions of the population.

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CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)

Author:

Anne Schuchat

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5/8/2020

Governors Form Compacts to Coordinate Reopening Society Amid Pandemic

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President Trump stated on Twitter that it was his decision when states would reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic. In response, governors in two separate regions announced that they are working together to coordinate reopening society in order to keep residents safe.

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NewsELA

Author:

Geoff Mulvihill

Published:

4/15/2020

The United States Leads in Coronavirus Cases, But Not Pandemic Response

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The United States has surpassed all other nations in the reported number of people infected with the coronavirus. Across the country, officials are scrambling to find ventilators and protective gear and put in place stay-at-home orders. There is not a solid national plan for how to respond to the coronavirus, which has caused more people to get infected.

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Science News

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4/1/2020

Coronavirus Response: Things the US Has Got Right – And Got Wrong

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The United States has slowed the spread of the virus through shutdowns and social distancing measures and hospitals have not surpassed their capacities. However, President Trump has also overhyped treatments that are dangerous or untested, the United States does not have adequate testing, and economic aid has not been efficiently distributed.

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BBC News

Author:

Anthony Zurcher

Published:

5/13/2020

What Would the U.S. Pandemic Response Look Like if Someone Else Were President?

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Countries like South Korea and New Zealand have done a better job than the United States at reducing the transmission of coronavirus. President Trump has fumbled the United States’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, and did not quickly develop a widespread testing program.

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Esquire

Author:

Jack Holmes

Published:

5/5/2020

How the US Stacks Up To Other Counties in Confirmed Coronavirus Cases

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The United States has the most confirmed cases of coronavirus in the world and has tested people at a slower rate than most other developed countries. The U.S. health system was not prepared for a pandemic, which has led to more deaths.

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Vox

Author:

Dylan Scott & Rani Molla

Published:

5/11/2020

There are Sensible Ways to Reopen a Country. Then There’s America’s Approach

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The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic continues to climb and millions of Americans are now unemployed; it didn’t have to be this way. Other countries like New Zealand, Norway, and Switzerland acted more quickly to curb the spread of the coronavirus and have suffered less damage.

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Time

Author:

Haley Sweetland Edwards

Published:

5/14/2020

The Horror of the Coronavirus Data Lag

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People in the United States are confused about what is happening with the coronavirus pandemic because states have all responded differently to the crisis. Every state tests at a different rate and counts results differently; as some states begin to open, others with similar rates of the virus remain closed.

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The Atlantic

Author:

Amanda Mull

Published:

5/15/2020

Why the American Approach is Failing

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The United States is losing the battle against the coronavirus because the government was too slow to respond. This podcast shows how the response has been a patchwork effort across the country; each state responded differently.

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The Daily

Author:

Michael Barbaro, Claire Toeniskoetter, Rachel Quester & Kelly Prime

Published:

3/24/2020