Learn more about the arguments in the debate over school closures during the coronavirus pandemic

Discussions about policy responses to the coronavirus are happening at a fast pace. As part of our ongoing coverage Documenting America’s Path to Recovery, Ballotpedia has published a series of articles capturing the regular themes in support of and opposition to these policy responses.

Here’s how it works. First, we identify a topic area, (such as mask requirements or testing. Next, we gather and curate articles and commentary from public officials, think tanks, journalists, scientists, economists, and others. Finally, we organize that commentary into broad, thematic summaries of the arguments put forth.

We’ve identified the following arguments in favor of school closures:
  1. School closures are necessary to prevent the spread of the virus.
  2. Evidence from past pandemics supports the efficacy of school closures.
  3. Reopening Universities will increase COVID-19 spread
  4. Reopening schools puts people of color at higher risk.
  5. We should keep schools closed because COVID-19 outbreaks are inevitable.
We’ve identified the following arguments in opposition to school closures:
  1. School closures are ineffective in preventing the spread of the virus.
  2. School closures pose significant unintended consequences.
  3. School closures and reopening plans have disparate economic effects.
  4. School closures and distance learning exacerbate digital divide
  5. We need to reopen schools to protect the economy.
  6. School-aged children have reduced COVID-19 risk.
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Joel Williams

Joel Williams is a staff writer at Ballotpedia. Contact us at editor@ballotpedia.org.