The back-to-school season is in full swing amidst a global pandemic that’s seen US COVID-19 infections rise to 4.86 million in early August.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that around 7 percent of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. have been among children younger than 18, though one reason for this may be because most US schools shut down in March when COVID-19 took hold globally.
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In the coming months, this theory will be put to the test as 13,500 school districts debate between remote learning, in-person instruction, or a hybrid approach as they return to school in the fall.
The CDC’s guidelines to keep schools safe ask K-12 school administrators to consider “COVID-19 transmission rates in the immediate community and in the communities in which students, teachers, and staff live,” yet some of the communities hardest hit by COVID-19 are the ones sending kids back to the physical classroom.