There is no science presently available that helps school officials know when the time is right to reopen schools. That goes for all institutions of learning, including colleges and universities. But the problem is most acute in K-12 (“States Face Thorny Issues in Deciding When to Reopen Schools Post-Pandemic,” Education Week, Apr. 15).
Unlike higher education, where almost everything takes place in a single classroom or lecture hall, K-12 must contend with lunch service, busing, and physical education classes. By their very nature, such things create large clusters of students. As a result, school officials will be forced to come up with innovative ways of handling matters.
Their No. 1 concern must be the health of students. In today’s litigious society, there will always be the threat of a lawsuit if any student dies as a result of reopening classes. I don’t think education in this country will be recognizable until a coronavirus vaccine is developed.
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