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COVID-19 and School Closures

Educational Objective
To understand how the short and long terms risks involved when discussing the continued closure or reopening schools
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To mitigate the spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the cause of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), US states enacted a suite of nonpharmaceutical interventions. School closures were among the most consistently applied of these interventions. Over a 10-day period in March, all 50 US states closed kindergarten-grade 12 schools and childcare centers; nearly all colleges and universities followed suit. These closures were unprecedented in scope, affecting 21 million children in childcare, 57 million students in kindergarten-grade 12, and 20 million college and university students.

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Article Information

Corresponding Author: Julie M. Donohue, PhD, Department of Health Policy and Management, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, 130 DeSoto St, Crabtree Hall A635, Pittsburgh, PA 15261 (jdonohue@pitt.edu).

Published Online: July 29, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.13092

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.

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