Ordinarily, teachers and parents share similar views about the health and safety of children. But these are not ordinary times (“The Coming Showdown over Schooling,” Commentary, July 13).
Two-thirds of educators polled by EdWeek’s Research Center wanted to keep schools closed indefinitely. In fact, a USA Today/Ipsos poll found that one in five teachers would refuse to go back to school if their classrooms reopened. Although public opinion seems to favor in-person instruction, teachers and their unions said the risks are too great.
Which side is right? Only parents can decide if the harm of keeping schools closed outweighs the risks from Covid 19. There is no way to guarantee that schools will be totally safe from Covid 19. Catholic schools so far have been more willing to reopen than public schools, but that may change.
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