Here are some things we know to be true a year into this pandemic:
One, remote learning is awful for most students, and outcomes are worst for the youngest students and those already disadvantaged. (“An estimated three million children nationwide — many impoverished or homeless — are going without any form of school,” New York magazine reports.)
Two, children are a very low-risk demographic for serious cases of COVID-19, and repeated studies have shown they are not a significant vector of viral transmission. Kids are more likely to receive COVID-19 from an adult than vice versa.
And three, open schools are not doomed to be super-spreader locations.