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Schools nationwide walk the tightrope between ideal safety, COVID-19 reality


February 9, 2021

Public health officials say districts must acknowledge that holding school in person is a calculated risk, and take concrete steps to minimize the danger for staff members and kids. Nearly one year into the pandemic, fewer than half of students are attending schools that are teaching in person every day. Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash

California mom Megan Bacigalupi has had enough. She wants her kindergartner and second grader back in their Oakland classrooms.

But the coronavirus is spreading too quickly to open schools in Alameda County, based on the current state standards. And the local teachers union hasn't agreed to go back - even after teachers have been vaccinated. So she expects her kids will be logging on to school from home for a while.

"The impediments to opening are just too great," said Bacigalupi, who is lobbying California lawmakers to establish firm, statewide health metrics that, once met, would require schools to open. "In the end, it comes down to a lack of political will to get the kids back in the classroom."


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