Wake County Schools is the latest district to ignore the scientific consensus on COVID

Keung Hui of the News & Observer has the latest:

Wake County students will not return to in-person instruction for at least another month due to concerns about rising COVID-19 numbers in the community.

The Wake County school board voted 7-2 on Thursday to continue with remote instruction and to reassess the situation in mid-February. Many of Wake’s 157,000 students had been scheduled to resume in-person instruction next Wednesday, following what was originally called a temporary switch to remote learning due to the post-Christmas COVID spike.

The school board’s decision comes days after the publication of a study by Duke University researchers.  In a study of COVID-19 infection and transmission in North Carolina public schools, they found no reason to keep schools closed.

Our cohort study demonstrated that enforcing SARS-CoV-2 mitigation policies such as masking, physical distancing, and hand hygiene, resulted in minimal clusters of SARS-CoV-2 infection and low rates of secondary transmission in schools, and did not cause a larger community infection burden. Our data indicate that schools can reopen safely if they develop and adhere to specific SARS-CoV-2 prevention policies.

Many parents in Wake County now must wait and hope that the majority of the school board changes course in February.

Terry Stoops / Director of the Center for Effective Education | John Locke Foundation

Terry Stoops is the Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies at the John Locke Foundation. Before joining the Locke Foundation, he worked as the progra...