Michigan parents: School coronavirus measures great, but don’t stop sports

 Temperature checks? Absolutely. Face masks? Maybe. Closed playground equipment? No way, say Michigan parents in a new poll. (Shutterstock)

Michigan parents want stringent safety measures in place in Michigan schools if classrooms reopen amidst the coronavirus pandemic, including frequent testing and less-crowded school buses, according to a University of Michigan survey released Friday. 

Just don’t stop sports or rope off playground equipment, the parents say.

The survey, published by the Susan B. Meister Child Health Evaluation and Research Center (CHEAR) at U-M, found that one in eight parents prefers not to send their children back to school in the fall.

“On the one hand, sending children to school could increase the risk of COVID-19 among children and family members,” survey lead author Kao-Ping Chua, M.D., Ph.D., a pediatrician and researcher at Michigan Medicine, said in a news release. “On the other hand, children who don’t return to in-person school may experience disruptions in their education. Some families simply don’t have a choice because they need to go to work.”

Michigan’s public and private K-12 schools have been closed to in-person classroom instruction since mid-March in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19, which as of Friday had sickened more than 62,000 Michigan residents and killed more than 5,800. School leaders are struggling to balance the need to return children to classrooms, with the cost and logistics of additional safety protocols.

The poll, conducted June 12-22, asked 1,193 parents of school-aged children in Michigan, Illinois and Ohio for their views on reopening schools in September, before a vaccine for COVID-19 is developed.  The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent overall, and 5 percent for the roughly 400 Michigan respondents.

The findings, which were similar among the three states, were released four days before Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is expected to release a school reopening plan developed by an advisory panel that included school officials and health officials. Whitmer has announced that public and private schools will reopen in the fall, but is waiting until June 30 to announce specific, minimum health protocols for schools. Schools are welcome to go above and beyond the minimum standards, Whitmer has said. 

If the U-M survey is an indication, the majority of parents prefer safety over normalcy in classrooms this fall:

  • Three-in-four parents want daily temperature screenings as students arrive at school.
  • 64 percent want fewer children on school buses to allow for social distancing.
  • 63 percent favor a mix of in-person and homebound instruction so that there are fewer students in school at the same time.
  • 59 percent support staggered arrival and departure times to limit the number of students gathered outside of school buildings.

More than half (55 percent) of Michigan parents in the survey prefer that adults wear face masks at school. Though there was less support for student face coverings – 48 percent favored face masks for students in 6th grade and above; 43 percent for 3rd to 5th-graders; 37 percent for 1st and 2nd-graders, and 32 percent for kindergartners.

The least popular safety precautions offered as options in the survey: closing playground equipment (30 percent support) and eliminating extracurricular activities such as sports and music (27 percent).

“Preferences for the number and types of measures vary among parents,” said U-M researcher Chua. “But they broadly agree with the notion that schools should take steps to keep children as safe as possible.”

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Mon, 06/29/2020 - 8:14am

Many parents are more concerned about sports and school dances than academics.

Teresa M
Mon, 06/29/2020 - 10:19am

That's not fair. As a parent of school aged children, my kids' mental health took a drastic dive during quarantine, particularly when the weather was cold and rainy. Since sports have started up this summer, their attitude has made a 180-degree switch - they are happier, they are more engaged and more receptive to doing new things. These kids need socialization - they do not have the benefit of an established network where they can call friends on the phone to socialize, or get as much out of group zoom meetings as adults. They don't know how to engage effectively online - they need in person interaction. (Personally, there has been way too much screen time for them recently and it's not good for them.) Please realize that if we want them to be engaged in education, they need interaction. Our concern about "sports and school dances" is to try to help them grow into successful adults socially, as well as academically.

Monique Quinn
Tue, 06/30/2020 - 1:04pm

Socialization is important, but at what cost? Children need very responsible supervision and they will need mental health support as well. As parents, we're still on the fence, haven't answered any surveys, but are leaning toward not sending our children back to school for in-person classes in the fall. There are just too many people not taking this pandemic seriously. So when I read articles like this, I'm skeptical that so many parents will send their children back to school this fall: Survey: One-third of parents may not send kids to school as Whitmer readies reopening plan
Can schools function with so few students in attendance? What happens if schools have to close unexpectedly because of sudden outbreaks?

Librea Sun
Mon, 06/29/2020 - 10:44am

I didn't see any mention of school dances.

It isn't that parents are MORE concerned about recess and extracurriculars. Parents recognize that children cannot go to school for 7+ hours a day soley focused on academics. It is not responsible to expect 5-10 year olds to stay inside their classrooms all day.

My child will start kindergarten in the fall. If playgrounds are closed and extracurriculars are cancelled, he won't be going. There are many rigorous home-school curriculums.

Playing with fire
Tue, 06/30/2020 - 2:12pm

Playgrounds? We keep hearing about how resilient children and young adults are, how they aren't as susceptible to covid. Yet infections and death toll will be "very disturbing" if current trends persist, Fauci says: https://www.cnn.com/politics/live-news/covid-19-school-work-reopening-te...
What happens to these resilient children and college students when their parents are on ventilators? How can they focus on school when grandpa died and he was the primary caregiver to grandma who is on a ventilator? Meanwhile no one knows how to handle grandpa's funeral. How do kids focus on school when their parents are out of work, can't pay mortgages, rent, or make car payments? Do kids, mom, dad keep quarantining because of their exposure?

Did we all forget the last few months already? Opening too quickly, not taking precautions mean keeping the entire economy closed.

Craig K
Mon, 06/29/2020 - 8:47am

To more appropriately classify the 5800 people who have died... rather than stating " (Covid 19) killed more than 5,800", this should probably read "Covid 19 may have been a contributing factor to 5800 deaths".

Richard Burris
Mon, 06/29/2020 - 12:36pm


Marian Miller
Tue, 06/30/2020 - 10:41am

That's just GOP propaganda, the reason why there is so much under-reporting of deaths in Florida and rising new infections. Facts don't lie. Corrupt politicians do.

Sun, 07/05/2020 - 11:16am

We had a resident in our facility go to the hospital for pneumonia, he had three COVID tests all three were negative but they still listed his death as COVID pneumonia. The state gets extra funding for every COVID case and death, that’s why places are exaggerating the causes.

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 1:04pm

Nonsense. Prove it!

Patti R
Mon, 06/29/2020 - 9:11am

What a tough situation, juggling safety and education. I wonder about recess, where kids are typically yelling and exerting themselves. Potential for contamination? Same for choir and contact sports. More forceful exertion of breath droplets. It’s a tricky situation, but health for our kids has to come first. Let’s use common sense when making these decisions in this current, strange environment.

Cheryl S
Tue, 06/30/2020 - 10:44am

Agreed, there are just way too many unknowns.

Melanie Zeiger
Mon, 06/29/2020 - 9:21am

The excerpt: Preferences for the number and types of measures vary among parents,” said U-M researcher Chua. “But they broadly agree with the notion that schools should take steps to keep children as safe as possible.” is confounding to me as a logical step to keep children as safe as possible would be to limit playgrounds and sports. The recent uptick in the younger age groups that are out and about seem to verify my opinion.

Michigan Observer
Mon, 06/29/2020 - 6:00pm

Ms. Zeiger quotes U-M researcher Chua as saying, "But they broadly agree with the notion that schools should take steps to keep children as safe as possible." The first problem is that the researcher failed to define how much each possible measure would increase safety, let alone rank them in terms of promoting safety. How is a parent (or anyone else) supposed to make a judgment if they aren't given that information? This is another case where inputs, policy measures, are specified, but no effort is made to estimate outcomes, results. Just what is the risk if nothing is done? And how much would that risk be reduced by each proposed measure?

Oakland Mom
Tue, 06/30/2020 - 10:43am

Exactly, too few parents were surveyed and no parents were given meaningful criteria.

George Hagenauer
Mon, 06/29/2020 - 9:43am

No Covid 19 killed at least 5800 people. Having parents who can opt for in home or on line education is not a bad thing given the need to reduce temporarily the number of kids in school- that however is going to need a whole support structure for families and a lot of parent education especially at the lower elementary school levels. There are good resources for that but a delivery system needs to be developed to do it.

Craig K
Mon, 06/29/2020 - 10:35am

George. If a person dies due to car accident, heart attack or any other non-Covid situation, BUT then tests positive for Covid... the medical institutions are encouraged then rewarded (via Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement) for documenting the "cause of death" as Covid. This number goes into the 5800 count.

Mon, 06/29/2020 - 11:58am

Craig, you are posting complete nonsense. Please provide a citation.

Craig K
Mon, 06/29/2020 - 5:35pm

...hospitals get an extra $13,000 if they diagnose a death as COVID-19, an additional $39,000 if they use a ventilator. The figures cited generally square with estimated Medicare payments for COVID-19 hospitalizations, based on average Medicare payments for patients with similar diagnoses.

Next time, suggest you do your homework prior to suggesting "nonsense". Americans really need to go out and do their own research rather than relying on the media (both sides). Think AND ACT for yourselves, people.

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 10:49am

That is utter nonsense. There is no need for hospitals to use ventilators when not needed with so many people actually suffering an d dying from COVID19. Your post is shameful. If you know of such unethical hospitals, you should be trying to shut them down. If they did exist, they would probably be privately owned. BTW You still haven't provided any facts or citations. How do you explain all the surges in cases, mostly in Republican states? Is it because of corruption or a legitimate pandemic?

M brown
Mon, 06/29/2020 - 1:52pm

Yes, you are very right about that. I have a friend that does codes for an insurance company and said that is exactly what is going on.

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 4:02am

That is not a citation.

Just the facts
Tue, 06/30/2020 - 10:54am

M brown, so are you and your friend aware of the consequences of insurance fraud? Have you checked death rates from other years with the death rates this year? Clearly there is an inordinate increase this year that is attributable to COVID-19.


Tue, 06/30/2020 - 7:54am

I also have friends in medicine/hospitals who say the number of positives and deaths is likely much higher than reported due to false negatives and lack of testing, especially in the beginning of the rise. They're is anecdotal evidence from every angle.

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 1:22pm

Craig, so there should be the same relative numbers of deaths this year compared with last year, but they are much higher this year. Also why are so many hospitals operating at max capacity?

A Yooper
Mon, 06/29/2020 - 9:46am

Sports programs are a waste of time in high school. Dump them unless parents foot the TOTAL bill, including salaries for coaching staff and travel, etc.
Let's put that money in education, after all that's what "school" is all about.

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 5:48pm

I think sports in school have a lot of merit. Being in a high school sports team encourages children to value physical fitness, not just in school but throughout life. It allows them to be part of a community, and make friends. It teaches them discipline. I think education should be about more than just whats in the textbook, it should also be about raising children to be healthy, happy, and disciplined. I don’t think it is a waste of time at all. I was a three sport athlete in high school and I am now on my way to medical school, and I’m sure if you looked at the data there will probably be a trend that student athletes are just as successful if not more than non- student athletes.

I just think that sports are more important than you give them credit for. I think if the burden of funding moves onto the parents instead of the school, then there will be a lot less student-athletes. And especially when we have such a huge problem with child obesity already, we should be doing everything in our power to encourage healthy children.

Mon, 06/29/2020 - 9:56am

Protecting the teachers and staff must also be a priority. They’re far more likely to suffer from the virus.

Terrified Mom
Mon, 06/29/2020 - 10:03am

This parent didn't answer the survey because it is too early to tell if attending school in person or doing sports will be safe. especially after what just happened in East Lansing. Irresponsible Republicans are recklessly reopening the economy while creating unnecessary fear, supporting individual rights not to wear masks. Reckless people who refuse to take precautions, wear masks, during a pandemic are just as threatening to our safety as terrorists. Don't know if word police will let me post this, but hey. So be it. No doubt people will say, then just home-school your kids. That attitude is wrong. We would not say that everyone should just stay home if other terrorists were threatening our safety. What happened to all the people clamoring for "law and order", saying to "dominate" people threatening us?

Richard Burris
Mon, 06/29/2020 - 12:39pm

Republicans? Not one Republican issued an executive order to reopen anything. It has all been on the governor. Why are you bringing politics into this anyway.

Mike Hunt
Tue, 06/30/2020 - 9:16am

Get real, the GOP legislature has been pushing to reopen far too soon and too quickly. The president has been encouraging them, telling to "Liberate Michigan!" All these unnecessary pressures across the country have made curbing the virus impossible, unlike other developed countries. We are now pitied by countries all over the world who see how weak we are as a country, no more a superpower. Trump made us the lapdogs of Putin's Russia, yeah, Putin, the guy who put bounties on our troops, with impunity. Putin has Trump's blessings. Wake up!

Mon, 06/29/2020 - 2:38pm

As of this weekend they said that zero of the new cases from the bar in East Lansing have been hospitalizations . Most likely younger, healthier people getting it who can handle it ok. Hopefully it stays that way

In God's hands
Tue, 06/30/2020 - 4:12am

"Thoughts and prayers", right? That's not much of a policy.

"Our oversight of the line on our stairs has been successful, but trying to get customers to follow our recommendations on the public sidewalk has been challenging," the statement read. "Because we have no authority to control lines on public property, we are left with the dilemma of staying open and letting this situation continue, or closing until we can devise a strategy that eliminates the lines altogether." Who really knows how many people got infected BEFORE entering the bar or whether any will be hospitalized or infect others who were outside and never entered the bar?

Craig K
Mon, 06/29/2020 - 5:38pm

Republicans? Last I checked, our governor was a tried and true Democrat. Let's see the Covid stats around hospitalizations in cities that participated in the peaceful riots.

Kevin O
Tue, 06/30/2020 - 10:58am

Last I checked, our governor has been condemned for all her precautions from day one, by Republicans both in state and at the federal level. Don't you remember the militant vigilantes?

Bring it!
Tue, 06/30/2020 - 11:10am

Craig, how about the Trump or Pence rallies? Sign a disclaimer, don't wear a mask, remove social distancing markers!

Teresa M.
Mon, 06/29/2020 - 10:39am

Teachers and school staff cannot become the next Tyson meat packers for parents who can't wait another six months to live vicariously through their children's sports.

Mon, 06/29/2020 - 12:14pm

I agree. It's just too dangerous to reopen this fall. Instead of focusing on reopening, teachers should be focusing on delivering better instruction online. There were many shortcomings that should be fixed. Work on better instruction, better broadband services, better online security measures, better assistance to students with special needs (more individualized help), tutoring availability, etc.

We talk about socialization, but ignore the fact that children who stay home (whether by parental concern or necessity because of extenuating health circumstances, like protection of extended family, owners of small businesses, underlying health concerns, etc.) will be treated like scorned second class citizens. These children will be much more rebellious because they won't understand why other children are able to roam about without regard to any pandemic concerns.

Also, do we really expect kids at school to wear masks all day long, to not touch their faces, to scrub their hands? What happens when some of the students develop fevers during the school day? Do all the students and teachers go into quarantine for two weeks? Especially with the new spites, it make no sense to plan for a fall opening in person. The schools will all be closed again within a month and everyone will be scrambling to arrange for alternative plans, like last March.

Plan for the worst, then adjust. Don't peddle unrealistic expectations.

Mon, 06/29/2020 - 2:09pm

Finally, someone who has common sense!

It's people like you that give me hope!!

Mon, 06/29/2020 - 4:03pm

My reply was meant to support what Jennifer said, not 'seriously'. I support Jennifer not being petrified of covid 19 and letting the fear dictate her and her children's life and I disagree with fear over a virus with a 99+ % survival rate.

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 11:04am

Thanks for the clarification, Missy. We now know that you don't care about the almost 130,000 dead Americans or all those who survived, but went through hell or all the first responders who put their own lived on the line. You don't seem to see what they see in the states where the numbers are rising exponentially and cannot handle the influx. You don't care if we slide back to where we were headed before the shutdown.

Mon, 06/29/2020 - 8:32pm

"Seriously" is the one making sense here.
Plan for the worst, start online and take tiny steps to start getting back slowly.
Does anyone really think a kindergarten teacher is going to be able to prevent the spread of a virus. They cannot stop the spread of head lice.

Layal S
Tue, 06/30/2020 - 11:25am

Fish, no kidding. I only pray our elected officials in Michigan think more like "Seriously" than the reckless posters here who are COVID-19 deniers.

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 8:35am

When you plan for the worst that's what you will get! Like schools canceling because of a snow forecast, they never cancel their cancelation when it doesn't show! Teachers can and should be responsible and wear masts and sanitize. Kids not so much but most evidence is they have little to be concerned over so why wipe out the school year? Although I think getting more integration with on-line resources or using the existing ones, Khan Academy, never hurts. I doubt the teacher union will like that one!

No Red Herring
Tue, 06/30/2020 - 11:15am

So your plan is "thoughts and prayers". When you plan for the worst, you are prepared for the worst. "When you plan for the worst that's what you will get!" is complete nonsense. That's why we have fire departments. We don't wait for a fire to plan for one.

Mon, 06/29/2020 - 10:42am

I have no problem with sports, but I will not want my school tax money go to any sports that students take a knee and staff,I'm a Vietnam vet I don't agree with this disrespect to America and our military, I think, no I know if this happens I will get a petition to end all sports, Thank You for your time

Joe Clementi
Tue, 06/30/2020 - 4:33am

Thank you for your service, but really? You think taking a knee to peacefully protest heinous and prevalent racism in our country is our biggest problem right now? Remember that you were conscripted to fight to uphold our constitutional right to peacefully protest unlawful police action. I have not seen any kneeling at school sporting events, but if it were a thing, as a white person, I would join in solidarity. That said, more than twice as many Americans have died from COVID-19 than soldiers during Viet Nam. Think about that for a second. Right now, first responders are the soldiers putting their lives on the line to save you and the rest of us. All they ask is that you wear a mask and distance yourself socially, but for many people that is too great a sacrifice. That is the real outrage to me. It is so selfish and unpatriotic.

Mon, 06/29/2020 - 11:58am

I, as a parent of 3, think school should be business as usual. If you want precautions for your children then you bear the burden personally. My children will not wear masks, social distance, play school sports or attend public school at all if it's tailored around Covid. We've already nixed football for all 3 because our asthmatic children cannot have their oxygen intake reduced by a mask. I will not subject our family to quarantine after quarantine because someone they were around had a fever. If we get quarantined, we cannot work. If we cannot work we cannot pay our bills, feed and clothe ourselves. I'm not partaking in the paranoia. It's fear driven and fear driven alone.

Ann catherine
Mon, 06/29/2020 - 5:19pm

I couldn't agree more!

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 11:08am

I too could not agree with Jennifer.

Viv G
Tue, 06/30/2020 - 4:39am

Your post makes no sense. Children are vectors for viral spread. It's all or nothing. If schools are open for some, they will expose all of us and yes we will all pay with having to stay in quarantine disrupting the economy even more, if you aren't more worried about actually dying/becoming violently ill. Keeping your own kids home solves very little, if anything.

James K
Tue, 06/30/2020 - 8:56am

It's not paranoia, it's risk reduction. Sending kids to school is high risk, low benefit.

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 9:48am

You have that pretty much exactly backward.

Sending kids to schools where reasonable hygiene and safety rules are being followed, is very low risk, and of high benefit for the students and families. If the daycare workers providing childcare for essential workers could manage 5 and 6 day/ week operation with almost no disease transmission and no clusters of cases nationwide, our dedicated and highly educated teachers should be able to do the same thing.

Michelle Ranier
Tue, 06/30/2020 - 1:13pm

Citations? Safer for kids in daycare to contain Covid than at home?

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 4:40am

Anna, have you ever been on a school bus? Good luck with that very low risk reasonable hygiene and safety rules being followed!

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 10:00am

Jennifer, if your children are not fully immunized or cannot wear masks while in close proximity to others, they belong at home with you or someone you've hired to care for them. Publicly-funded schools must follow public health rules, and for now those rules include wearing masks, temperature checks and quarantines for those exposed to suspected or known COVID-19 infections until negative test results are shared.

School sports are completely unnecessary, even without concerns about spreading a pandemic virus, and should be dropped completely in favor of daily exercise opportunities for ALL students, outdoors whenever the weather permits. Football in particular is actively harmful/dangerous to almost every student who parfticipates. School districts should use the money they currently waste on insuring, coaching, and equipping varsity sports teams to pay for the extra cleaning supplies and PPE needed to open schools safely.

Carrie Sanders
Tue, 06/30/2020 - 11:21am

So Jennifer, are you planning to homeschool? I can't tell from your post. I doubt many parents agree with you that the solution is to just continue with business as usual and no covid precautions at schools or anywhere else for that matter.

Roger Steeple
Wed, 07/08/2020 - 1:19pm

Jennifer, Covid 19 is real. I'm glad your children will not be attending public school. I hope you find a nice private school that better aligns with your views/beliefs or that you homeschool. I agree with business as usual if that means online work because business is just not usual now. It's like sending your kids to school during a tornado, objectively not good parenting, more like child endangerment.

A Yooper
Mon, 06/29/2020 - 12:24pm

When we refer to "sports" kids who get gym time, swim time, etc., is fine with me, but not competitive sports.
Having lettered in football, basketball, baseball,and track, sports did nothing to build character. Those kids who were great athletes, got kudos, those who were so-so rarely played and often times were humiliated and bullied. I received two concussions and a broken ankle and now have total hip and knee replacements.
Dump them.

Richard Burris
Mon, 06/29/2020 - 12:33pm

The media and the state of Michigan has done such a great job with their propaganda during the so-called crisis that I bet when schools reopen attendance will be down by over 50%. They have scared the crap out of do many for no reason. Do you think the parents driving around in their car with a mask on, which is totally unnecessary, will be willing to send their kids back to school. there will be huge teacher layoffs and if it lasts too long school closings as more parents will go to online schooling their children.

C White
Tue, 06/30/2020 - 4:46am

That's how the politicians used to talk in states like Texas, Arizona, Florida, and Kentucky, not so much anymore. I'd rather hear from Fauci, Birx, and other epidemiologists. Your opinions are just that, opinions, not something we should rely on for the health and welfare of our state, let alone our children.

How will this work
Mon, 06/29/2020 - 1:05pm

Hmmm...so close schools and do online in the fall....how many parents will have to quit their jobs because they cannot work from home and/or help with the online learning for younger students? What about single parent households?

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 4:52am

Easy, most people will have to work from home also. Those who must work outside the home have to do so with GREAT caution. We need more testing, contact tracing, mask wearing and social distancing. Compare the approaches in S Korea, Europe, and the US. The US is the biggest failure with the most deaths, illness, and hardest hit economy. Why is that? It is the same virus hitting all three geographic areas.

All in together
Tue, 06/30/2020 - 9:09am

We all have to make sacrifices and single parents need to rely on close family or friends for help, maybe quarantine together.

Mon, 06/29/2020 - 3:34pm

This survey is BS. 400 participants from Michigan and you call this a survey? There are tens of thousands of parents in Michigan and this survey narrows it down to just 400. It's really hard to take the out come statistics as a precursor to what parents true feelings are. Bridge, you can do much better than this.

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 4:57am

Exactly and how a parent might have felt a week or two ago is probably much different from today, not to mention how they will feel in two weeks, let alone two months. It all depends on how the seriously our country takes precautions. When I see the yahoos screaming in stores without masks, it scare the hell out of me. That's not happening in countries where things are under control.

Jennifer G
Mon, 06/29/2020 - 9:17pm

Schools do need to open in the fall for face to face instruction - just instruction. No sports, no after school activities, no clubs, just education until people feel safe. Yes, there are many who think this covid thing is the end of civilization and there are other who basically think it's a hoax. As with most issues, it's probably somewhere in the middle. So yes, schools need to act, but they don't need to overreact . And they need to ease into it just like restraunts and businesses. So get the education part of it down and then gradually open up the after school stuff. Sports, while an important part of many schools bring too many risks at this time. Too close of contact between athletes, athletes moving between districts for games (harder for contact tracing), and many coaches aren't school employees so they are bringing potential sickness with them from thier primary places of employment.

So let's put the educational part of school on the front burner for now and bring back the fluff when people feel safer. And this will only work if ALL schools in the state do it or we will have parents shopping for schools that have sports (or other extracurricular activities).

Jerry A
Tue, 06/30/2020 - 11:35am

We will see how things go this month with summer camps, summer sports training, church services, restaurants and bars. My guess is that it won't go well based on what we see so far, crazy people who refuse to at a minimum wear masks or socially distance themselves. The proof is in the rising infection rates across the country. So we should plan for online classes in the fall and open schools at a later date, if possible. There is NO EVIDENCE that schools can open safely based on what we see now.