A new study from the USC Leonard D. Schaeffer Center of Health Policy and Economics offers substantial new data to help policymakers better assess when COVID-positive children should return to school. Current policies — which have been implemented in school districts across the nation — have been guided by little data so far, the authors said.

The results, published in JAMA Pediatrics, point to more effective ways of halting the spread of the virus while also protecting children from a negative impact on their educations.

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