New COVID-19 vaccines offer families hope that everyday life, including school, can get back to normal.
Vaccines likely will not be available for most students this school year. The good news is that reopening schools for in-person learning does not seem to significantly increase community transmission of the virus. But it depends on whether schools are able to follow COVID-19 public health guidance.
All schools should aim to have students attend school in person, which is how they learn best. This means working with public health officials to get community spread of the virus under control. And then, when it is possible to re-open a school for in-person learning, layered safety measures can help keep students, teachers, and staff safe.