Massillon City Schools Administrators Use COVID-19 Money for Bonuses
OHIO - During the pandemic, a lot of school educators, faculty and staff had to pivot due to COVID-19. Now, the Massillon Education Association says they aren’t happy that some of those COVID Cares Act funds are going directly into the pockets of administrators. The Massillon City School Board approved paying dozens of administrators an extra ten days pay as a bonus for their work during the pandemic. The education association is questioning why that money isn’t being spent directly on students. The $150,000 is slated to come from ESSER, Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief, funding. Since March 2020, the school system has received more than $5.6 million dollars in COVID funding. The list of school employees slated to receive money includes dozens of administrators and a few school psychologists. In a letter, The Massillon Educators Association says all Covid related funding is supposed to be used on students, COVID testing, and preparing buildings to be safe for everyone. Alyssa Plakas, the Massillon Education Association Union Representative says all educators had to work more hours and the money needs to meet the needs of students directly.” (WKYC)
School Ventilation: A Vital Tool to Reduce COVID-19 Spread
REPORT - May 26, the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security at the Bloomberg School of Public Health released a new report calling on kindergarten through 12th grade (K-12) school administrators to urgently invest in ways to provide healthy air in schools to increase safety during the COVID-19 pandemic and potential future respiratory disease outbreaks, as well as to improve student learning. The new report, School Ventilation: A Vital Tool to Reduce COVID-19 Spread , reviews how improvements in building ventilation can reduce the risks of disease transmission. The report also summarizes current ventilation guidelines for K-12 schools and shares the results of an analysis finding that ventilation improvements are a cost-effective public health measure compared to enhanced (“deep”) cleaning that focuses on surfaces. (John Hopkins Center for Health Security)
Mask Use and Ventilation Improvements to Reduce COVID-19 Incidence in Elementary Schools — Georgia, November 16–December 11, 2020
CDC'S First Published Study Addressing Ventilation, May 28, 2021
STUDY - Summary: What is already known about this topic? Kindergarten through grade 5 schools educate and address the students’ physical, social, and emotional needs. Preventing SARS-CoV-2 transmission in schools is imperative for safe in-person learning.
What is added by this report? COVID-19 incidence was 37% lower in schools that required teachers and staff members to use masks and 39% lower in schools that improved ventilation. Ventilation strategies associated with lower school incidence included dilution methods alone (35% lower incidence) or in combination with filtration methods (48% lower incidence).
What are the implications for public health practice? Mask requirements for teachers and staff members and improved ventilation are important strategies in addition to vaccination of teachers and staff members that elementary schools could implement as part of a multicomponent approach to provide safer, in-person learning environments. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Characteristics of COVID-19 Cases and Outbreaks at Child Care Facilities — District of Columbia, July–December 2020
STUDY - Summary: What is already known about this topic? COVID-19 cases reported at child care facilities are correlated with level of community transmission.
What is added by this report? Among 469 child care facilities in the District of Columbia, 23.9% reported at least one COVID-19 case, and 5.8% reported outbreak-associated cases during July 1–December 31, 2020. Among 319 cases, approximately one half were among teachers or staff members. Outbreak risk was increased in facilities operating