Tracy Novick spent time with the sources cited by Gov Baker and DESE in their encouragement for students to be in schools. While I also agree educationally, kids do belong in the school learning environment, under the pandemic circumstances, only when it is healthy to do so.
Here are the sources cited with Tracy's summary so you can read along and decide for yourself.
"On Friday, after the latest round of the Governor/Secretary/Commissioner's pounding their fists on tables (metaphorically) about getting students back into buildings, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education issued updated guidance. As the Governor and Commissioner continue to cite what is known from other countries, I was interested to see what they cited as their sources in urging all students, even those in communities where the virus is surging, to go back into buildings for school.
The Department has four footnotes on their recommendations:
- This August 12 Public Health England study
- This August 4 study looking at Korea
- This Eurosurveillance piece posted in September looking at Germany
- This piece posted August 6 looking at the European Union and United Kingdom
The short answer is that none of these pieces say that."