Opinion on In-Person Classes During the Pandemic
Opening schools during the pandemic, if done, must be done with an abundance of care, based on the best possible scientific evidence, to maintain the health and safety of students, teachers, and staff, especially in the absence of broadly available effective treatments and vaccines. The terrible rise of COVID-19 infections and deaths leads us overwhelmingly to the opinion that schools should not be fully open while pandemic conditions exist. We are aware that knowledge of the COVID-19 virus is evolving and that the suggestions below may require updating and further investigation by individuals and institutions given the best verifiable information at the time.
In detailed consultation with medical professionals, and aided by an extensive review of reliably sourced information, we offer the following recommendations regarding in-person instruction:
Only schools which actively and consistently employ all these safety procedures, supported by overpowering evidence, should be considered operating under reasonable safety precautions: