Schools are closed, but they’re scrambling to find ways to get food to students in need anyway

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30 million American children rely on schools for lunch. With schools closed, many are still offering food. Millions of students are now out of school because of the coronavirus crisis—and may be home for the rest of the school year. For many students, that also means that it could be harder to eat: 30 million American children rely on free or reduced-price lunches, and some also eat free breakfast and dinner at school. It’s one reason that some cities resisted closing schools earlier. As of March 18, 39 states have closed schools. Read Full Story

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How safe are children from COVID-19? Many kids get critically ill, say researchers

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Media reports have underemphasized the risks posed to children during the coronavirus pandemic. Children are not safe from COVID-19, according to a new study in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice . Both media and medical reports have focused on child death rates, which are low, but not rates of seriously ill children, which have been underemphasized in the media. Read Full Story

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To reopen schools safely, close streets and create outdoor classrooms

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New York City plans to open schools in the fall but reduce the number of children who come into the classrooms. What if these schools expanded into city streets instead? Just like restaurants have expanded into streets across the country, come fall, closing off the streets in front of schools may be a key factor in reopening children’s education. this ability to increase capacity with a flexible, modular space would satisfy common-sense social distancing practices that would be impossible to enact within the current classroom configuration found at most schools. And, most important, it comes at no cost to the city. Read Full Story

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The economic insecurity of Black breadwinner moms affects us all

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In this op/ed, the founder of Pipeline Equity highlights the social and economic impact of racial injustice on Black breadwinner moms, who have the largest gender pay gap of any cohort of women in the U.S. Almost four years ago, my children’s elementary school was tagged with hate graffiti. We chose to send our children to this particular school because it has a newcomer center that supports immigrant and refugee children and their families entering the U.S. This is important to me because nearly six decades ago, my sisters were those newcomer children. Read Full Story

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I redesigned a school playground for my PhD—and the children got better grades learning outside

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As the coronavirus pandemic rages on, schools would be wise to take the classroom outdoors. The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the education of at least 1.5 billion school students. That’s more than 90% of the world’s children. Although many schools in the west, along with private schools in the developing world, have continued some school activities online, more than 50% of learners worldwide do not have a household computer. The absence of face-to-face learning and opportunities for playing with friends will hugely impact child mental health. Read Full Story

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See a hospital designed by patients

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The new children’s ward at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston was designed for, and by, patients and their families. It’s a unique challenge to design a place where no one wants to end up. When the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston started making plans several years ago to redesign its children’s ward—a facility where premature babies get ventilated in the intensive care unit and children with cancer endure the slow trauma of a life in treatment—its leaders decided early on that the new building needed a design that was as empathetic as possible to patients and families who would rather be anywhere else. Read Full Story

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