no longer have to shut temporarily whenever two unrelated virus cases are detected.

Many parents with children in schools said that the rule disrupted learning and created an environment of daily uncertainty. Schools have closed multiple times, sometimes opening for just a few days at a time. In recent weeks, closures have accelerated as middle and high school students returned after months of all-remote learning.

Epidemiologists and medical experts told ProPublica and the education news site Chalkbeat that New York’s two-case rule was arbitrary and had led to unnecessary closures. They called on the mayor to adjust it. There has been very little virus transmission in the city’s classrooms since they reopened last fall.

“The way to beat Covid is not by closing schools excessively, but by suppressing transmission both inside and outside of schools,” Dave A. Chokshi, the city’s health commissioner, said during a news conference on Monday.

three feet apart.


The number of students across the country attending school in person has increased significantly in recent weeks. One reason: Governors from both political parties have decided to prod, or in some cases force, schools back in session.

In Ohio, DeWine offered school districts a deal: early access to vaccines for their staff members if they committed to opening classrooms by March 1.

In Washington, Gov. Jay Inslee banned fully virtual instruction starting in April.

In Massachusetts, Gov. Charlie Baker required most elementary schools to offer full-time in-person instruction by April 5, and most middle schools by April 28.

Wayne State University in Detroit, the University of Connecticut and Bates College in Maine.

  • The University of Richmond walked back a decision to keep the names of people associated with slavery and segregation on campus buildings.

  • Almost 100,000 students in Massachusetts cannot get transcripts from the state’s public colleges and universities because of overdue balances.

  • Lake Superior State University, in Michigan, will offer the first scholarship in the U.S. to study the chemistry of marijuana.

  • George Soros will give Bard College $500 million, one of the largest gifts ever to U.S. higher education.

  • A good read from The Times: Community colleges represent a low-cost path to an education. Now they’re struggling, along with the working-class students they aim to educate.


  • Youth sports are ramping up in many parts of the country. But without a vaccine for children, we still need to avoid spreading the coronavirus.

    Jenny Marder broke it down. Here are a few key points.

    Most important, the founding director of a girls’ soccer club said, find a way to safely “help them have some joy.”


    Email your thoughts to educationbriefing@nytimes.com.

    Was this email forwarded to you? Sign up here.

    View Source