Dangerous bacteria is showing up in school water systems, reminding all buildings reopening amid COVID-19 to check the pipes

When water stagnates in pipes, harmful metals and bacteria can accumulate and make people sick. Buildings that were shut down for weeks during the pandemic may be at risk.

Andrew J. Whelton, Associate Professor of Civil, Environmental & Ecological Engineering, Purdue University • conversation
Sept. 8, 2020 ~8 min

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Several schools find harmful bacteria in water systems, reminding all reopening buildings to check the pipes

When water stagnates in pipes, harmful metals and bacteria can accumulate and make people sick. Buildings that were shut down for weeks during the pandemic may be at risk.

Andrew J. Whelton, Associate Professor of Civil, Environmental & Ecological Engineering, Purdue University • conversation
Sept. 8, 2020 ~8 min

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Reopening elementary schools carries less COVID-19 risk than high schools – but that doesn't guarantee safety

New research points to why reopening elementary schools is the safest bet and what else needs to happen for schools to have the best chance of staying open.

Justin Remais, Associate Professor and Chair of Environmental Health Sciences, University of California, Berkeley • conversation
Aug. 25, 2020 ~9 min

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School nurses should be leading the COVID-19 response, but many schools don't have one

School nurses were already overwhelmed, with hundreds of students and staff in their charge. Now, COVID-19 screenings and testing have become their priority.

Meg Sorg, Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing, Purdue University • conversation
Aug. 25, 2020 ~4 min

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What happens when COVID-19 and influenza collide? Can hospitals handle the strain?

Pandemic policy experts offer 10 recommendations that could reduce the risk that a bad flu season on top of the COVID-19 pandemic will overwhelm hospitals.

Leslie Ruyle, Associate Research Scientist and Assistant Director Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs, Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University • conversation
Aug. 20, 2020 ~8 min

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Kids are bigger coronavirus spreaders than many doctors realized – here’s how schools can lower the risk

Checking for symptoms is just the beginning. Here are 10 ways schools can help keep children, families and faculty safe.

Lucine Francis, Assistant Professor of Nursing, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing • conversation
Aug. 18, 2020 ~8 min

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Facial recognition in schools risks making racism worse

Deploying the use of facial recognition technology in schools "without understanding its implications would be unethical and dangerous," experts argue.

U. Michigan • futurity
Aug. 12, 2020 ~5 min

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4 ways schools can keep teachers from quitting

During the COVID-19 pandemic understanding why teachers quit is more important than ever. Here are some things schools can do to keep them on board.

Alisson Clark-Florida • futurity
Aug. 7, 2020 ~6 min

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Opening schools – and keeping them open – should be prioritised by Government, report says

Keeping schools open from September should be a Government priority as it manages the COVID-19 pandemic, while closures could have severe social and economic

Cambridge University News • cambridge
July 24, 2020 ~5 min

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Harvard expert outlines recommendations for school reopenings

As school officials worry about whether they can safely reopen their districts in the fall, Joseph Allen, a Harvard healthy buildings expert has an answer: yes.

Alvin Powell • harvard
June 25, 2020 ~6 min

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