Commonwealth Policy Center

The American Academy of Pediatrics said, “that all policy considerations for the coming school year should start with a goal of having students physically present in school.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention agreed that “[e]xtended school closure is harmful to children,” and that “[r]eopening schools creates an opportunity to invest in the education, well-being, and future of one of America’s greatest assets—our children—while taking every precaution to protect students, teachers, staff and all their families.” So why is Gov. Andy Beshear telling schools they should delay in-person classes until Sept. 28? Good question. Coronavirus is generally not transmissible to kids under age 14 and it’s less deadly to that age group than the regular flu. What will be unhealthy for most of Kentucky’s school-aged kids is another season of online-education?