It’s Time to Face the Facts on School Closings

Principal Nathan Hay checks temperatures of students in Orlando, Fla., as they begin the current school year. (Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
The prevalence of remote learning in schools educating our most vulnerable students was no accident.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I f you were a school superintendent considering whether to keep your district open in-person or move to online, how would you decide? Most people would suggest you look at COVID-19 case numbers in your community. Perhaps you would consider the vaccination rate, and if you had students with auto-immune disorders or other risk factors, maybe you would consider that. Most Americans would find these sorts of considerations reasonable.

As it turned out, this was far from what happened in American schools last year. An analysis of school-closing data on the nation’s 150 largest school districts reveals something entirely different. Rather than

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