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"Delta Variant Fuels Anxiety as U.S. Students go Back to School"

The New York Times interviewed Dr. Anne Rimoin, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology, about the potential risks to K-12 students going back to school this fall

Saturday, August 7, 2021

Students across the United States have begun to head back to school, starting in Atlanta this week. But parents’ hopes for a return to normal instruction in the fall have begun to evaporate as the highly contagious Delta variant drives up cases and hospitalizations.

With policymakers from local school boards to the White House scrambling to balance public health and children’s learning needs, a patchwork of coronavirus rules is emerging nationwide, provoking debates, division and anxieties among families, teachers and education officials.

Some large school districts like Los Angeles are requiring all staff members to get tested for the virus each week. States led by Democrats, including New Jersey, California and Illinois, have imposed statewide mask mandates in schools.