There is mounting evidence that reopening schools with proper precautions will not increase the spread of Covid-19, with the Centers for Disease Control concluding on Tuesday that in-person learning does not cause significant outbreaks – but warned that indoor athletics could derail in-person safety efforts. schooling.
“As many schools have reopened for in-person instruction in parts of the United States and around the world, school-related cases of COVID-19 have been reported, but there is little evidence that the schools have contributed significantly to increased community transmission, ”CDC researchers wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The debate over reopening schools gripped districts across the country throughout the duration of the pandemic. For the fall 2020 term, 24% of public school districts were fully online, while 51% were using a hybrid model and 17% were fully open to in-person instruction, according to data firm MCH. Although large school districts and local authorities, recognizing the harms of distance learning for students, are starting to push for full in-person instruction, they sometimes disagree with teachers’ unions, who say that districts do not take strong enough measures to protect teachers.
There was a major epidemic linked to the reopening of schools in Israel last spring. But CDC researchers say the outbreak was linked to overcrowded classrooms, exemption from face mask use, and “continuous air conditioning that recirculated indoor air into closed rooms during a wave of heat”.