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The latest research suggests kids are just as infectious as adults, if not more so. This presents a clear problem for reopening schools—if community spread remains at a high level, it is likely that reopening schools would provide more opportunities for the virus to infect others and ultimately grow in a community. There is a consensus among epidemiologists and infectious disease experts that the coronavirus must be controlled before any major actions to reopen are taken. It's the only way to keep kids safe.

However others, like the White House make the unscientific argument that since children seem to be spared from the worst effects of the disease, it is a better tradeoff to reopen schools. From their perspective, the damage done to young children keeping them at home away from their friends and education is greater than the damage that would occur from reopening too early. To be clear, the consequences of this approach are the potential deaths of children, teachers and staff. 

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One of the biggest reasons for keeping schools closed is that other countries have tried and failed. In one of the clearest examples, Israel reopened its schools after it was successfully able to control and flatten the first outbreak of COVID-19. Then cases skyrocketed. 

Israel was in a better position than the United States but utterly failed to reopen schools safely. Their example shows that there is still so much that we don't know about the virus. Any single mistake could have disastrous consequences. For some parents, that risk is not worth reopening schools.

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The case for reopening schools falls into a couple of camps. One camp is led by the White House, which argues for just reopening schools and the economy without much else being done to make schools a safer environment. Very few experts agree with this viewpoint because it will likely lead to more deaths and children becoming sick. 

However, there is a case to be made that schools can reopen in the fall, provided they make necessary changes. This would entail universal masking, social distancing and reduced classroom sizes. Countries like Japan and Uruguay show it's possible to reopen schools while keeping students safe—as long as you're willing to follow guidance from experts. That may be a tall ask in the United States. 

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