Schools Walk the Tightrope Between Ideal Safety and the Reality of COVID

Schools Walk the Tightrope Between Ideal Safety and the Reality of COVID

Gavin Newsom recently told school administrators — breaking with the politically powerful California Teachers Association, which wants all teachers vaccinated before reopening. And they want assurances that schools won’t relax masking, physical distancing and other safety measures. Mark Schleiss, MD, a pediatrics professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School, agreed that health measures must be enforced even after vaccination. “Because the pandemic became so politicized, districts found themselves in political debates in their own communities.”For instance, some politically motivated decisions to reopen schools were made despite dangerous surges in COVID cases over the summer. We don’t want the perfect to be the enemy of the good.”This story was produced by KHN, which publishes California Healthline, an editorially independent service of the California Health Care Foundation.

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