While I can’t speak for Britain, I am convinced that another reason for keeping schools closed, at least in the US (in New York in particular), is that schools aren’t prepared for social distancing, just as they weren’t prepared for virtual learning and dithered in March (“The cost of keeping schools closed will be dreadful”, FT Weekend, June 13).
Photos I have seen from places where schools have reopened — in Denmark, for example — show classrooms with half the usual number of pupils, with the other half in a classroom next door or elsewhere. I can’t imagine New York has or could acquire the resources and personnel required to make that happen here, and I doubt it ever occurred to anyone they should plan for something like this.
Like so many other aspects of this miserable crisis, nobody thought it could happen here.
New York, NY, US
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