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When thinking about reopening schools, the rate of community transmission is a key factor

When thinking about reopening schools, the rate of community transmission is a key factor

We are all tired of the pandemic. We'd like to wake up one day and have life returned to normal. A big step towards normalcy would be allowing schools to open in the fall. Schools provide education, social environments, and meals to their students. Schools also provide a chance for parents to have free time for work or relaxation. However, schools are an optimal place for the virus to spread: a daily mass gathering. Following John Harte's great piece on mass gatherings, we would like to discuss important considerations for reopening schools, and what to look for over the next couple of months to better understand the risks.