Several experts from around the country offers their opinions.
Center for Disease Control
Dr. Dale Bratzler, University of Oklahoma’s chief COVID officer at OU Health
Cathy Makropoulis, Director of Montclare Children’s School in New York City
Vivian Mougios, a clinical psychologist
Dr. Larry Kociolek, pediatric infectious diseases specialist at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago
Rashelle Chase, content architect for KinderCare
(Thanks to article compiled by Nicole Fabian-Weber July 12, 2021)
For many families, the 2020-2021 school year was anything but normal — though, ironically, more normal than the latter half of the 2019-2020 school year. But what about this fall? What will Back to School 2021 have in store? While things are always in flux and school districts need to retain the ability to — using 2020’s word du jour — pivot at any given point, predictions for 2021, thankfully, look much less bleak than last year.
“As vaccination rates go up and case counts go down, the likelihood of virus transmission reduces substantially, so schools are likely to open full time and in person.”
Dr. Dale Bratzler, Chief COVID Officer, University of Oklahoma Health
So what will Back to School 2021 will look like?
Some people ask: