Even if more and more schools reopen full-time face-to-face courses
United States- A new study released by the government shows that even if more schools reopen full-time face-to-face courses, there are still a large number of students in the United States who have not returned to the classroom.
The findings reflect that a country has been in a debate about the safety of reopening schools during the coronavirus pandemic. Although the national COVID-19 case rate continued to decline in February, the reopening indicators of key schools have changed little.
The survey showed that in February, almost 46% of public schools provided face-to-face teaching to all students five days a week, but only 34% of students attended full-time classes. The gap between high school students is even more pronounced, where only 29% of eighth graders receive face-to-face learning five days a week.
The new findings indicate that President Biden’s goal of reopening most elementary schools five days a week for the first 100 days in office has not been achieved. Educational products are actually the same as last month’s report. However, among the eighth graders, the transition from full-time courses to blended learning was small.
In the report on the coronavirus, White House Covid-19 adviser Andy Slavitt said these findings are a step in the right direction.
Slavitt said: “This is encouraging. Data from February shows that the president has made progress towards his goal of reopening elementary schools five days a week.”
The survey results are based on a survey of 3,500 public schools serving Grade 4 students and 3,500 schools serving Grade 8 students. It used data from schools in 37 states that agreed to participate in the study. This is the second round of data released by a public opinion poll initiated by the Biden administration to assess the progress of reopening schools.
The data reflects the momentum of the reopening of schools in one month. In February, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that schools can safely reopen and require the use of masks, social distancing and other measures. A few days later, after critics stated that his previous promise was unambiguous, Biden re-established his goal of reopening the school.
Since then, as more teachers have received vaccinations and some states have relaxed their social isolation requirements, schools have continued to reopen. The latest estimates from Burbio’s data service show that as of Sunday, more than 55% of students in kindergarten through 12th grade returned to the classroom full-time.