School leaders say these keys have helped them stay open amid omicron

School leaders say these keys have helped them stay open amid omicron

  • Philadelphia is assigning virtual students a quarantine teacher to coordinate with instructors at school.
  • Since the risk of COVID spread is highest at lunch, charter school kids in Chicago go home before then.
  • Los Angeles’ vaccine mandate for teachers has kept all schools open.
  • Leaders in Atlanta review the severity of every COVID case before quarantining, closing classes.

The omicron COVID-19 variant couldn’t have hit at a worse time for U.S. schools. As consensus solidified that schools should strive to stay open, the mutation riddled staff and students with often mild but isolation-inducing illness.

Disruptions hit a new high last week: More than 7,000 campuses closed or went virtual for at least one day, according to the most recent data from school tracker Burbio, up from about 5,500 the week prior.

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