An active shooter drill at a high school. Photo: Ronen Tivony/NurPhoto via Getty Images

"While schools are as safe as they've ever been, school shootings are happening more than often and have become a commonality in America's culture today," writes Ashley Fetters of The Atlantic.

Why it matters: There have been 17 school shootings in the first five months of 2018, per data from the Washington Post. As they've become more common, so have the recovery strategies employed by schools and communities.

Schools normally return to business as usual in three steps, Fetters writes: A short school closure, a memorial of some kind to welcome students back and an increase in security measures.

Return times

Immediately following school shootings, Fetters writes, facilities close down for obvious reasons. But the goal is to return back to their normal schedules as soon as possible.

Schools that suffer more damage tend to have heavily delayed returns, Fetters writes, and often have to remain closed because schools are active crime scenes with elements that may traumatize students.

Increased security

Schools initially tend to increase security for the rest of the year after a shooting, and then worry about long-term measures later. This fall, students are returning to school facing metal detectors, bulletproof glass, and an increased police presence in the hallways.

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Appeals court upholds six-day extension for counting Wisconsin ballots

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A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a lower court ruling that extended the deadline for counting mail-in ballots in Wisconsin until Nov. 9 as long as they are postmarked by the Nov. 3 election, AP reports.

Why it matters: It's a big win for Democrats that also means that the winner of Wisconsin, a key presidential swing state, won't be known for six days after the election. Republicans are likely to appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court, as the Pennsylvania GOP did after a similar ruling on Monday.

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  3. Health: Americans won't take Trump's word on the vaccine, Axios-Ipsos poll finds.
  4. States: NYC's coronavirus positivity rate spikes to highest since June.
  5. Sports: Tennessee Titans close facility amid NFL's first coronavirus outbreak.
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What to watch in tonight's debate

Joe Biden (left) and President Trump (right) are facing off in Cleveland for the first presidential debate. Photos: Alex Wong (of Biden) and David Hume Kennerly (of Trump)/Getty Images

President Trump will try to break Joe Biden's composure by going after his son Hunter and other family members in tonight's first presidential debate — a campaign source tells Axios "nothing will be off the table" — while Biden plans to stick to the economy, coronavirus and new revelations about how Trump avoided paying taxes.

Driving the news: Biden and Trump are set to debate at 9pm ET at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, and it will be moderated by Fox News' Chris Wallace.