Educators face new cases and shifting guidance as they try to reopen schools safely
August 6, 2020
(CNN)As Covid-19 case counts continue to climb, schools starting up the new academic year are faced with the task of creating a safe environment for students and teachers -- even as students test positive and safety guidance shifts.
"I believe strongly that if we brought the kids all in, it would endanger not only the teachers but also their family and, of course, the students themselves," Jeff Gregorich, superintendent of Hayden Winkelman Unified School District in Arizona, told CNN on Monday.
Concerns over students' educational, psychological and nutritional needs have pushed many school districts to make plans that include in-person learning. But cases have resurged across the country, and new research is starting to challenge the idea behind guidance by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that children are less likely to spread the virus, sending administrators to strategize over how to keep students safe on campuses.