Wednesday afternoon, the Washington Post reported: “CDC finds scant spread of coronavirus in schools with precautions in place.” While children across Virginia have been unable to re-enter the classroom, with leaders citing fear of COVID spread, the science has continued to suggest otherwise.
“The preponderance of available evidence from the fall school semester has been reassuring,” wrote three CDC researchers in a viewpoint piece published online Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. “There has been little evidence that schools have contributed meaningfully to increased community transmission.”
“The conclusion here is with proper prevention efforts … we can keep transmission in schools and educational settings quite low,” said Margaret A. Honein, the lead author of the JAMA report.
“With good prevention, we can safely reopen and keep open more schools,” said Honein, lead for the CDC State and Local Health Department Covid Task Force.
As a 30 year school teacher, Kirk knows how important in-person learning is, and he knows just how crucial providing quality education is for the future of Virginia’s children. Kirk has been calling for schools to open for in-person instruction since last summer, but the reality is that many children remain online. As evidence continues to pile up supporting the conclusion that schools can, in fact, reopen safely — Kirk will continue his fight to return students to the classroom.
“Every day kids aren’t back in the classroom is another day that students struggle, parents scramble to find childcare, and already disadvantaged children fall even further behind. The science is clear. Schools can safely reopen. Kirk Cox has continued to fight to resume in-person education, while Democrats across the state have remained silent on the issue. It’s time we make the right, data-driven decision and open our schools.” – Kirk Cox for Governor Press Secretary Kristen Bennett