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Dr. Jha: Cities That Close Schools Before Bars ‘Don’t Care About Kids’
By The 74,
Amid a tsunami of new COVID cases tied to the Omicron variant, and the first headlines pointing to K-12 schools extending winter breaks and pivoting to remote learning to cope with the surge, Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, appeared on MSNBC Monday and urged policymakers to treat school closures as only a last resort.
“What I’m hearing from school districts is already questions about going remote. I think it’s irresponsible at this point to do that,” he said.
“We have all the tools to keep schools open and safe: Vaccinations, testing, improvements in ventilation, tens of billions of dollars have gone to schools … If I hear of a single school district that goes remote but keeps bars open what that says to me is: They don’t care about kids — and they don’t care about COVID. Because bars spread COVID. Schools generally don’t — not if you put in place mitigation efforts.”
“I’m worried that city leaders are going to give up on kids and not do the right thing.” See Dr. Jha’s full comments: