The COVID-19 situation is still far too dangerous to reopen classrooms, writes Shardha Jogee of the New York Times. While the downsides of children not being in school are clear, the danger is still far too big. Many teachers would face health risks that could result in many deaths. Reopening the economy should not be the priority while so many people's lives are at risk. However, some children from disadvantaged backgrounds, whose homes aren't conducive learning environments, could return to school buildings under strong social distancing rules. Most students should continue classes online until we have gained better control over COVID-19.
It's time to send children back to school, holds Henrietta H. Fore of CNN. The COVID-19 lockdown has already adversely affected huge amounts of kids. Children being out of school for long periods results in more of them falling victim to physical, emotional and sexual violence. It has a huge effect on their mental health and poor kids become less likely to break the cycle of poverty. Online learning is much less effective, especially for children from less wealthy backgrounds. Kids are not majorly at risk of getting COVID-19 and generally recover. Additionally, parents cannot go to work if they need to take care of their children at home.