Commentary: Coronavirus Could Result in School Closings in the U.S.

February 27, 2020

We must make sure these closings meet the needs of low-income children.

Ruth R. Faden, The Baltimore Sun. Feb 27, 2020.

It is official. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has alerted the American public that it is only a matter of time before we will see community transmission of coronavirus in the U.S. The CDC asked Americans to start preparing now for the major disruptions of daily life that are likely to occur.

Dr. Nancy Messonnier, the CDC’s director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, specifically called out the possibility of school closings. And with good reason.

All schools in China are closed indefinitely, affecting 200 million school-aged children, as well as schools in Hong Kong. There are also significant school closures in Japan, South Korea, Mongolia, Vietnam and Iran (including in Tehran, the capital). Thus far, Italy has closed schools in the Lombardy region, including Milan, and as a result of local decisions some schools in Turin and Venice are closed as well. …

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