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School closure and management practices during coronavirus outbreaks including COVID-19: a rapid systematic review

In response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, 107 countries had implemented national school closures by March 18, 2020. It is unknown whether school measures are effective in coronavirus outbreaks (eg, due to severe acute respiratory syndrome [SARS], Middle East respiratory syndrome, or COVID-19). We undertook a systematic review by searching three electronic databases to identify what is known about the effectiveness of school closures and other school social distancing practices during coronavirus outbreaks. We included 16 of 616 identified articles. School closures were deployed rapidly across mainland China and Hong Kong for COVID-19. However, there are no data on the relative contribution of school closures to transmission control. Data from the SARS outbreak in mainland China, Hong Kong, and Singapore suggest that school closures did not contribute to the control of the epidemic. Modelling studies of SARS produced conflicting results. Recent modelling studies of COVID-19 predict that school closures alone would prevent only 2–4% of deaths, much less than other social distancing interventions. Policy makers need to be aware of the equivocal evidence when considering school closures for COVID-19, and that combinations of social distancing measures should be considered. Other less disruptive social distancing interventions in schools require further consideration if restrictive social distancing policies are implemented for long periods.

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Published Date: April 6, 2020

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With schools closed because of coronavirus pandemic, WIAA cancels spring state championships

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association waited as long it could to avoid canceling the spring state championships. Monday’s announcement by Gov. Jay Inslee that schools will remain closed the rest of the academic year because of the coronavirus pandemic became the final domino to fall on that matter. That order meant the WIAA had no choice but to cancel spring sports championships, which typically come at the end of May. The WIAA confirmed Monday night it received the clarification it sought from the governor’s office and there was no way to salvage any spring sports.

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Published Date: April 6, 2020

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TCU reports 2nd coronavirus case as student tests positive

A TCU student has tested positive for coronavirus, the school announced late Thursday night.

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Published Date: April 3, 2020

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April 6, 2020

School closure and management practices during coronavirus outbreaks including COVID-19: a rapid systematic review

In response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, 107 countries had implemented national school closures by March 18, 2020. It is unknown whether school measures are effective in coronavirus outbreaks (eg, due to severe acute respiratory syndrome [SARS], Middle East respiratory syndrome, or COVID-19). We undertook a systematic review by searching three electronic databases to identify what is known about the effectiveness of school closures and other school social distancing practices during coronavirus outbreaks. We included 16 of 616 identified articles. School closures were deployed rapidly across mainland China and Hong Kong for COVID-19. However, there are no data on the relative contribution of school closures to transmission control. Data from the SARS outbreak in mainland China, Hong Kong, and Singapore suggest that school closures did not contribute to the control of the epidemic. Modelling studies of SARS produced conflicting results. Recent modelling studies of COVID-19 predict that school closures alone would prevent only 2–4% of deaths, much less than other social distancing interventions. Policy makers need to be aware of the equivocal evidence when considering school closures for COVID-19, and that combinations of social distancing measures should be considered. Other less disruptive social distancing interventions in schools require further consideration if restrictive social distancing policies are implemented for long periods.

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April 6, 2020

With schools closed because of coronavirus pandemic, WIAA cancels spring state championships

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association waited as long it could to avoid canceling the spring state championships. Monday’s announcement by Gov. Jay Inslee that schools will remain closed the rest of the academic year because of the coronavirus pandemic became the final domino to fall on that matter. That order meant the WIAA had no choice but to cancel spring sports championships, which typically come at the end of May. The WIAA confirmed Monday night it received the clarification it sought from the governor’s office and there was no way to salvage any spring sports.

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April 3, 2020

TCU reports 2nd coronavirus case as student tests positive

A TCU student has tested positive for coronavirus, the school announced late Thursday night.

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