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The onset of the coronavirus outbreak has disrupted schooling for millions of children across the United States. All evidence has shown that the shift to remote learning has been devastating for students. Technological barriers prevent some students from even accessing materials, parents are torn between career and educating their kids, teachers are overwhelmed by changes, and districts have been held back by a lack of funding. Worse still, there doesn't seem to be much of a focus from local, state, or federal leaders to address what is clearly becoming a national crisis—the nation's children are missing out on key education and development and nothing is being done about it.

Reopening schools is a clear option here—the American Academy of Pediatrics strongly called for reopening schools, saying the benefits outweigh the risks. Some evidence shows that children are not effective spreaders of coronavirus—looking at childcare centers for essential workers which stayed open found few cases among staff and almost none with children. Reopening is entirely possible, it's just a matter of political will to make the changes necessary to keep children and teachers safe.

However, critics argue political will is exactly the issue—reopening schools requires a coherent and coordinated response to the pandemic. The United States has shown a basic inability to control the spread of the virus. While children seem to have a degree of resistance to COVID-19, faculty and staff are still at risk. The United States needs to solve the fundamental issues with the spread of the pandemic first.

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Here's the conundrum parents find themselves in: children are clearly suffering and are falling behind, but parents are worried schools will not be safe. 

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Those opposed to reopening base their argument on the fact that community spread is running rampant in the United States. Any reopening strategy that has been successfully implemented first requires a community to control the spread of the virus. Reopening schools while there is still significant community spread is like reopening businesses while there is significant spread—it will have disastrous consequences. 

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The other side of the argument accepts that the benefits of getting kids back into school outweigh any potential risks. There are ways to do it safely—we just need to put in the work now to make schools safe and prepared in the fall. 

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Should schools reopen in the fall?
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