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Back to School: How to Disinfect Classrooms in the Era of COVID

Back to School with mask

Whether or not we’re truly ready to send our kids back to school is a hotly-debated issue. As The New York Times put it:

“The first day of school is an annual rite of passage. But this year, the first day looks

very different for tens of millions of students returning to class. Students coming

back to classrooms face social distancing requirements and the risk of outbreaks

and emergency quarantines.”

Whatever opinion you have, it looks like a lot of students- from kindergarten through 12th grade- are heading back to school.

Unfortunately, the numbers associated with this development are not good. According to a recent report from Deloitte, at least 66% of parents are anxious about sending children back to school due to COVID-19, which isn’t entirely surprising. Into this matrix we must also consider the fact that while lower-income households are most likely to use non-digital resources, higher-income households, on the other hand, are more likely to use more personalized resources, such as live streaming and online tutors.

Without getting into the politics of such data, it’s clear- at least to the experts from McKinsey- that there are four priorities for school systems. They are:

  1. Maintaining health and safety of