THE PANIC OVER REOPENING SCHOOLS

The CDC issued additional guidance this week on safely reopening schools, with infections spiking in the South and West.

Some education leaders fear the guidelines are being disregarded, casting doubt anew on how the new school year will even be able to launch.

In Texas, the governor is now requiring face masks in public spaces in counties with 20 or more Covid-19 cases — but his order didn’t mention schools.

From social distancing to health checks, the list of concerns is seemingly endless as school districts draft their plans, many of which are still in the development stages.

Some districts are offering either virtual learning or in-person learning that “almost totally” disregards CDC guidelines because social distancing won’t be possible and students might not be wearing masks, said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director of a school superintendents association.

A bipartisan pair of House members, Republican Van Taylor of Texas and Democrat Josh Harder of California urged DeVos last week to issue “guidance and training” to educators on how to reopen schools.

That may be just as well for public education leaders and advocates who have spent the last couple of months battling DeVos, a school choice advocate, over emergency relief for private school kids and teachers.

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