Panel Says Young Kids, Special Needs Students Should Go Back to School

July 16, 2020
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A scientific panel recommends that young children and special needs students return to school in person if possible, according to The New York Times. A report issued by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine says remote learning doesn't serve smaller kids well. The report, which says less about middle schools and high schools, provided a framework for school districts to figure out whether they should open and how to do so. The committee mentioned washing hands, physical distancing and limiting groups. They went beyond the CDC guidelines, however, by suggesting all teachers and staff wear surgical masks and that all children wear cloth face coverings. "It should be a priority for districts to reopen for in-person learning, especially for younger ages,” said Caitlin Rivers, a committee member. However, Dr. Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, says the report didn't address how community transmission levels may increase to unsafe levels because of the virus. “They punted the most critical question,” he said.