Study: Utah a top 10 worst state for unsafe school reopening


Utah (ABC4 News) –The coronavirus pandemic caused vastly different experiences for students returning to school this fall. Some kids choose learning online, in-person classes, and some students participate in hybrid learning programs.

Personal-finance website, WalletHub released a report with data collected on the current public health crisis from COVID-19 throughout U.S. schools.

In order to determine the results of each state, WalletHub said they compared the 50 states across 15 key metrics. The data collection 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.

According to the study, Utah ranks 43 out of all 50 states under “Least Safe States” and 41 out of 50 on the list on “Risk of COVID-19 Infections’ Rank.” The study also lists Utah as 49 under “Highest Average Public-School Class Size.”

Safest StatesLeast Safe States
1. Vermont41. Florida
2. Maine42. Louisiana
3. Pennsylvania43. Utah
4. Massachusetts44. Missouri
5. New Hampshire45. Tennessee
6. Rhode Island46. Nevada
7. Ohio47. Arizona
8. New Jersey48. Arkansas
9. Connecticut49. South Carolina
10. Nebraska50. Mississippi

The study concluded that Utah has the highest student-to-school nurse ratio and the lowest total current spending on elementary and secondary schools per pupil.

See the WalletHub study for further details.

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