Last week, the Centers for Disease Control confirmed what my fellow physicians and I have been saying for months: It’s both safe – and critically important – for children to return to school, in-person, this fall. Across the country, state and local officials have closed classrooms based on bad science at incalculable cost to tens of millions of American students and their families.
Due to the significant risks of keeping kids out of school and the low risk of sending them back, I joined with over 1,500 physicians from around the country last week to sign a petition organized by the Job Creators Network Foundation calling for elementary and middle schools to reopen their classrooms to in-person education this fall.
There can be many policy debates about how society should respond to COVID-19, but school reopening should not be one of them. It’s time for state and local officials and teachers unions to stop ignoring the scientific consensus and the needs of America’s children.
Read the full op-ed on The Center Square by Dr. Kelly Victory, a physician in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and a partner of the Job Creators Network Foundation.