From Research to Policy: Reopening K-12 Schools in North Carolina During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

School-aged children experienced substantial challenges to health and well-being as a result of school-building closures due to the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. In hopes of supporting equitable and safe school reopening for every student across North Carolina (NC) and improving child health, researchers from Duke University and the University at North Carolina at Chapel Hill established the ABC Science Collaborative (ABCs) in July 2020. The ABCs collected data related to in-school severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 transmission and adherence to mitigation strategies. These data were presented to NC government officials, including the NC Department of Health and Human Services, the NC Department of Public Instruction, and Democratic and Republican representatives from the NC General Assembly. These data-sharing practices led to the implementation of in-person school legislation in early 2021 in which in-person school access for every student was required, the full-time in-person reopening of NC public schools was supported, and weekly reporting to the ABCs of coronavirus disease 2019 infections from >1 000 000 children and adults was required.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Zimmerman, KO; Jackman, JG; Benjamin, DK

Published Date

  • February 2022

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 149 / 12 Suppl 2

Start / End Page

  • e2021054268E -

PubMed ID

  • 34737170

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC9647738

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1098-4275

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0031-4005

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1542/peds.2021-054268e


  • eng