Returning more kids to school is going to require a bolder plan

What is it going to take to get all kids back in school? That’s the topic of this post, written by David Rubin, Meredith Matone and Susan Coffin — who are faculty members at PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia — and Meira Levinson, a faculty member at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.

By David Rubin, Meredith Matone, Susan Coffin and Meira Levinson

In the last few weeks, as schools have faced challenging decisions about reopening, our centers were among those that offered their administrators evidence-based guidance keenly focused on keeping children, families, teachers and staff safe. We proposed that communities should strive for thresholds of declining case incidence that, although conservative, reflected the low case counts other countries reported when they successfully opened, and kept open, their schools. Our guidance also emphasized strong safety plans — inclusive of strong masking, physical distancing and disinfection protocols, and stricter sick

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