The Latest Updates About The Pandemic's Impact On Back-To-School Season
Today we have our eyes on students of all ages as they adjust to yet another year of uncertainty. Follow the back-to-school updates below for a mix of the latest news and what you need to know about the pandemic's impact on this important transition, including:
- Three states are at the center of battles over mask mandates, where some school leaders are defying their states' bans on mask requirements. Here's what the U.S. Education Department is doing about it.
- College students are heading back to campus, though move-in day looks different this year. Plus, schools are trying hard to get them vaccinated.
- Some students and teachers are returning to classrooms for the first time after a period of reckoning over racial inequality. Also, some HBCUs are using federal relief money to erase student debt.
- The governor of Washington has announced all K-12 school employees and helpers must get vaccinated against COVID-19 or face possible dismissal. It's one of the strictest such orders in the nation.
🎧 Also on 1A from WAMU and NPR, can special education make up for lost time?
— The Morning Edition live blog team
(Nell Clark, Sneha Dey, Tori Dominguez, Dana Farrington, Alexandra Rivasplata, Rachel Treisman, Nicole Hernandez, Emily Alfin Johnson, Casey Noenickx, Jeffrey Pierre and Carol Ritchie)