COVID-19 Case Rates in Rural and Urban Pennsylvania

Author: Raeven Faye Chandler, Ph.D. , Katrina Alford, M.S. , Leif Jensen, Ph.D.
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Article Topics: school districts, racial disparities, health, education When the COVID-19 pandemic became widespread in the United States, much of the discussion and attention centered on urban epicenters with rapid spread due to the high population density. While rural areas are less populous, other characteristics of rural America make those individuals living there far more vulnerable than their urban counterparts. In this post we describe the unique dynamics making rural residents more vulnerable, provide a comparison of COVID-19 trends in rural and urban areas in Pennsylvania, and offer insight as to why the COVID-19 pandemic highlights and magnifies the…

Adding Nuance to School Reopening Plans during COVID-19

Author: Erica Frankenberg, Ed.D. , Katharine Dulaney
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Article Topics: school districts, racial disparities, health, education Note: This blog is a follow-up to our August report published at the Center for Education and Civil Rights. You can find that here: https://cecr.ed.psu.edu/sites/default/files/COVID_Fall_2020_plans_in_PA.pdf In 2020, as school boards around the country weighed the public health and education concerns brought on by COVID-19, we observed that districts were developing vastly different reopening plans for the fall. The distinctions between these plans were especially apparent when compared to the similarities observed between districts in mid-March, a time when virtually all districts…