Anya Kamenetz


Anya Kamenetz appears in the following:

Biden administration cautions that rolling back mask restrictions are premature

Thursday, February 10, 2022

More states run by Democratic governors have announced plans to ease masking policies, including in schools. But the federal government is still urging caution.


A top researcher says it's time to rethink our entire approach to preschool

Thursday, February 10, 2022

A long-term study of a statewide preschool program tracked students through the sixth grade and found those who attended prekindergarten falling behind.


New Jersey school mask mandates are set to end in 2nd week of March

Monday, February 07, 2022

New Jersey's governor is calling for a return to "normal" as the state's COVID cases start to fall. As of the second week of March, students and school staff will no longer be required to wear masks.


More than half of teachers are looking for the exits, a poll says

Tuesday, February 01, 2022

A new poll from the nation's largest teachers union finds burnout is widespread, and more educators say they're thinking about leaving.


Debate rages over whether kids should wear masks at school

Monday, January 31, 2022

Should we put KN95 masks on children or take all masks off? A new camp of parents, doctors and advocates who are pro-vaccine but against mask mandates for children is getting louder.


After 2 years, growing calls to take masks off children in school

Friday, January 28, 2022

While issues around masking remain polarized, there are growing calls for a post-omicron off-ramp for kids and masks.


How to talk to vaccine doubters: 5 tips for parent 'ambassadors'

Saturday, January 22, 2022

A health communications expert has developed a free online course to help people talk to those who are vaccine hesitant — and to fight misinformation with empathy.


Parents and caregivers of young children say they've hit pandemic rock bottom

Thursday, January 20, 2022

The people who take care of and educate children under 5 years old, who are too young to be vaccinated, are in a special kind of hell right now.


The omicron variant is wreaking havoc at day care centers

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Children under 5 are still too young to be vaccinated for COVID-19, and that is leading to a lot of stress and disruption among their parents and their caregivers.


How the current COVID surge is hurting learning and kids' mental health

Monday, January 10, 2022

Thousands of schools around the country have once again shifted to remote learning as COVID cases rise. It's taking a huge toll on children.


What it really takes to keep schools open during the omicron surge

Friday, January 07, 2022

Schools are just starting to get regular access to testing; teachers are still paying out of pocket for masks and air purifiers; and qualified substitutes and bus drivers can be hard to find.


Officials are determined to keep schools open, despite omicron

Monday, January 03, 2022

As coronavirus cases and pediatric hospitalizations surge in the U.S., the majority of U.S. schools are staying open for in-person learning.


Schools will usher in another new year defined by the pandemic

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

School leaders say the pressures of the pandemic had already made this school year the most challenging of their lives. Then came the omicron variant.


$17 trillion: That's how much the pandemic could take away from today's kids

Monday, December 27, 2021

A new report from UNESCO estimates the potential lifetime earnings lost to the world's children due to school closings. But there are ways to prevent this from happening.


How school closures from COVID-19 have cost society

Sunday, December 26, 2021

Closures from COVID-19 have affected 1.6 billion children worldwide. Nearly two years into the pandemic, experts say the economic costs are in the trillions and the social costs are incalculable.


Here's what schools are doing to try to address students' social-emotional needs

Thursday, December 23, 2021

New federal numbers show the nation's schools are hiring and training staff and expanding previous curricula to address student mental health.


Extra learning time is helping these students catch up from COVID interruptions

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

After school "learning hubs" are helping some high school students in North Carolina catch up on academic time lost due to COVID — and stay on track for graduation.


New CDC guidance encourages more testing to limit school quarantines

Friday, December 17, 2021

The CDC is updating its guidance after studies show "test to stay" policies can keep more children in school without spreading the coronavirus.


Where are the students? For a second straight year, school enrollment is dropping

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

The declines many school districts reported last year have continued, an NPR investigation finds. What educators don't know is where those students have gone.


Parents are scrambling after schools suddenly cancel class over staffing and burnout

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

School districts around the country have been announcing extra days off this fall to address staff shortages and mental health. For some families, the unpredictable schedule feels like a betrayal.