Science brief: Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in K-12 schools
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Science brief: Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in K-12 schools

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      Updated Mar. 19, 2021 Schools are an important part of the infrastructure of communities. They provide safe, supportive learning environments for students and employ teachers and other staff.1 Schools also provide critical services including school meal programs and social, physical, behavioral, and mental health services.1,2 Schools have indirect benefits to the community, including enabling parents, guardians, and caregivers to work.1,3 In the spring of 2020, all public kindergarten to grade 12 (K-12) schools in the United States closed for in-person instruction as a strategy to slow the spread of SARS-CoV-2. With the beginning of the fall term 2020, K-12 schools have variably used several models of instruction, including in-person, virtual, and hybrid models of instruction. Other countries have opened schools at varying points in the pandemic. Their experiences have contributed to our knowledge of the nature of SARS-CoV-2 transmission in schools and their surrounding communities.
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