As Schools Reopen, Child COVID-19 Cases Rise

Headline Roundup September 5th, 2021

Child COVID-19 cases have been increasing after a notable decline earlier in the summer, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. The organization highlighted a five-fold increase over the past month, which saw cases rising from about 38,000 cases in the week ending July 22 to nearly 204,000 in the week ending Aug. 26, when children made up 22.4% of all reported cases. Burbio, a data service monitoring the reopening trends of K-12 school districts, found that over 1,000 schools across 35 states have closed due to a rising number of COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the school year.

Despite concerns regarding these numbers and the contagious Delta variant, mask mandates in schools have persistently generated polarizing opinions in school board meetings and state legislatures across the country. According to a Gallup poll, 48% of K-12 parents believe that all students should be required to wear masks at school regardless of their vaccination status. There are currently 10 states restricting school mask mandates; five are being investigated by the U.S. Department of Education for “putting politics over the health and education of the students they took an oath to serve.” 

From the Left

At least 1,000 schools across 35 states have closed for in-person learning because of COVID-19 since the beginning of the school year, according to Burbio, a New York-based data service that is tracking K-12 school reopening trends.

Schools listed in the company's tracker have closed for anywhere from one day to several weeks. Most temporarily moved to remote learning. Others temporarily closed with no instruction. And a small number delayed the start of school or shifted into hybrid learning, according to Burbio.

The rising number of closures comes amid a battle over mask...

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From the Right

The start of the school year coincided with increasing COVID-19 infections among children, according to the latest data from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

"Having children in the classroom is critically important to learning," Dr. Patrice Harris, former president of the American Medical Association and current CEO and co-founder of digital telehealth company, eMed, told Fox News in part. "Keeping schools open is a particular challenge now as we have seen an increasing number of children with moderate illness and hospitalized with COVID-19."

As of Aug. 26, an estimated 204,000 new...

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From the Center

Alabama schools reported 13,000 coronavirus cases in a two-week period on Friday, according to data from the Alabama Department of Public Health and the Alabama State Department of Education.

The data shows a total of 9,195 cases were recorded this week in schools across the state, and 4,337 cases reported in the previous week. 

The number could be higher, because only 84 of the 143 school districts have reported their data, according to the dashboard. 

Alabama does not have a statewide school mask mandate in place, but 90 percent of schools have chosen to...

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