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Massachusetts ranked one of the safest states to reopen schools, New England overall fared well

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With some students learning online or a hybrid of online and in-person classes due to COVID-19, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on the Safest States for Schools to Reopen.

To identify which states have the safest conditions for reopening schools, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 15 key metrics which includes the number of child COVID-19 cases per 100,000 children, the average public-school class size, and the ratio of students to school nurses.

Massachusetts ranked 4th safest in the country, according to the report. Some of the highlights include:

(1=Safest, 25=Avg.)
19th – Child COVID-19 Cases per 100,000 Children
1st – Child COVID-19 Deaths per 100,000 Children
7th – COVID-19 Cases in the Last Seven Days per 100,000 Residents
26th – Share of K-12 Public School Students Transported Through School Transportation
8th – Average Public-School Class Size
9th – Pupil-Teacher Ratio
5th – Share of Children Living in Crowded Housing
11th – Overall Likelihood of COVID-19 Infections
4th – Student-to-School-Nurse Ratio

Rhode Island ranked 6th in the United States coming in 14th for risk of infection and 3rd in “Health and Financial Infrastructure.

New Hampshire and Connecticut were also in the top 10. 5th and 9th respectively.

Maine had the best area ranking at 2nd in the country.

For more on the report, click here.

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