More Evidence Suggests In-Person School is Safe, as Long as Virus Is Controlled
January 7, 2021
Reopening schools for in-person learning did not result in an increase in coronavirus hospitalizations as long as hospitalization rates in the community were low at the time of reopening, according to the latest study to wade into the controversial K-12 reopening debate.
The study – conducted by researchers at the National Center for Research on Education Access and Choice, a school choice advocacy, policy and research organization run out of Tulane University – seems to bolster the emerging narrative that the benefits of getting children back into the classroom outweigh the risks as long as infection rates are relatively low and schools are vigilant about mask-wearing, social distancing and sanitization.
Notably, the study is the first to examine how reopening schools in person has affected COVID-19 health outcomes as opposed to positivity rates.