Fourth grader Casey Carter and his classmates sign in for virtual learning at Goodman Community Center. Credit: Ruthie Hauge / Cap Times
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Today we highlight a WPR story about what parents should consider as they weigh sending their children back to reopening school buildings at this stage of the pandemic.

“There are the children’s needs as students, like specialized services for those with learning differences that might work better in person, individualized attention and a relief from the screen fatigue that can make it difficult for some to focus,” Madeline Fox reports. “There are also their needs as children, such as socializing in-person with their classmates, seeing other trusted adults and getting easier access to wraparound services like school psychologists, school lunches and school nurses. Then, there are the families’ needs. Some rely on the child care school provides.” 

Fox’s story rounds up a list of questions parents can ask as they aim to balance “vigilance and unnecessary panic.”

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Second grade teacher Lauren Mau teaches at Ronald Reagan Elementary School on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. Mau is among the school staff who help make schools run during a pandemic. Credit: Angela Peterson / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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Quotable

“Each life lost to COVID-19 mattered and leaves a hole in the hearts of loved ones, family members, and their surrounding community.”

A Madison City Council resolution declaring March 1 a day of remembrance and recovery

Data to note

Here’s a look at the Department of Health Services’ vaccine dashboard, which shows that 48.1% of Wisconsinites ages 65 and older have gotten at least one dose — as have 14.2% of the state’s overall population. Racial disparities persist in distributing vaccines. The shares of Black, Hispanic and Native American residents to receive a dose remain significantly below that of white residents.    

Public health officials continue to urge Wisconsinites to wear masks and practice physical distancing until vaccinations are more widely distributed. 

WisContext offers this visualization of Wisconsin COVID-19 infections and deaths.

Calculate your exposure risk

In Wisconsin, even small gatherings can carry a risk of exposure to the coronavirus, according to a nationwide tool that estimates the danger by the size of gathering and county in which it is held. Data scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Stanford University developed the tool, which you can find here

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Fourth grader Casey Carter and his classmates sign in for virtual learning at Goodman Community Center. Credit: Ruthie Hauge / Cap Times

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