Keeping Schools Closed May Be More Dangerous Than the Virus


MINOT, N.D. — The argument against holding in-person classes this fall in our K-12 schools is obvious.

COVID-19 is still very much with us. Opened schools could become new epicenters in this pandemic, spreading the virus to teachers and staff and students and thus homes across our communities.

The argument for in-person classes, beyond the immediate need to provide our children with a robust education of the sort you can only achieve in a classroom, is less obvious. The negative effects are harder to measure.

Harder, but not impossible. We’re beginning to get a clearer picture of what school closures have done to our kids, and it isn’t pretty.

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