The dangers of going back to school after coronavirus

Europe has two problems when it comes to reopening schools.

First, there’s weighing the risks of opening the gates again against the potential damage done by keeping them closed, whether to economic recovery or mental health. Even more challenging may be convincing anxious parents that now is the time to send their children back to school.

Each country in Europe has had a different approach to reopening schools. Germany has already reopened its schools with older students returning first. England won’t reopen until June with younger students returning at first.

We need to think about the risks of both opening schools and keeping them closed to children, parents, teachers and support staff.

Martin McKee, professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Europe’s experience with reopened schools will be a preview for the US of what it will take to reopen and what happens when you do.