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Debates turn emotional as schools decide how — or if — to reopen

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Posted at 12:24 PM, Jul 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-05 12:24:33-04

NEW YORK — School districts across America must make wrenching decisions over how to resume classes in settings radically altered by the coronavirus pandemic.

They face issues like school buses running below capacity, virtual learning, outdoor classrooms and quarantine protocols for infected children.

The plans for the upcoming school year are taking shape by the day, and vary from district to district and state to state.

In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio said he is committed to reopening public schools in September with precautions including face coverings, social distancing, hand washing stations, and deep cleaning buildings.

The debates have been highly emotional, with tempers flaring among parents and administrators. And discussions have been made all the more vexing by record numbers of COVID-19 cases being reported each day.

They must balance health concerns with clawing back as much normalcy as possible.