Recently, governors including California’s Gavin Newsom and New York’s Andrew Cuomo have started to talk about what school reopening might look like. From shorter days to smaller classes, school will likely look radically different in the fall.
Three-quarters of U.S. states have now officially closed schools for the rest of the academic year. While remote learning continues, summer is a question mark, and attention is already starting to turn to next fall. A federal government plan for reopening, according to The Washington Post, says that getting kids back in classrooms is the first priority for getting back to normal.
But there are still many more unknowns than guarantees. Among the biggest, says Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the National Education Association, the nation’s largest teachers union, is this: “Is it safe and healthy for my kids to pack them into that classroom?”
Here are nine key ideas — drawn from interviews with public health experts, education officials and educators around the country — for what reopening might look like.