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Record Wave of U.S. Omicron School Closures Is Set to Abate

  • Many to shift back to in-person class this week: Burbio data
  • About 1,338 schools to be shut Monday, from over 3,600 Friday
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U.S. school closures reached a record high for the academic year last week as omicron-fueled coronavirus cases caused staff shortages and disrupted classes, but the shutdowns are about to ease as more schools are set to reopen in-person.

At least 5,409 schools had canceled class or switched to virtual learning as of the end of last week, more than triple the count at the end of December, according to data from Burbio, which tracks closures.