Marnie Dobson, Ph.D. and Pouran Faghri, M.D. wrote “Reopening Schools: Ensuring Healthy Work for K-12 Educators” for the Center for the Promotion of Health – New England (a Total Worker Health Center of Excellence at UMASS-Lowell) newsletter. They begin:

School reopening during COVID-19 is a worker health and safety issue. This August-September, thousands of teachers and staff and their unions were concerned about being forced back into classrooms by state and local governments, some in districts which did not follow recommended CDC guidelines regarding physical distancing or mask-wearing. While many of the largest school districts in the country decided to begin the school year in online learning, many other schools even in regions with a high level of virus transmission that tried to open in-person, experienced outbreaks and were forced to close again.” Continue reading here