Alexander: ‘Schools should plan for COVID to last at least a year’

In a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee hearing Wednesday, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee), who chairs the committee, outlined a few of the challenges schools across the country are facing during the coronavirus pandemic, including:

  • Limited space in public schools for social distancing.
  • Rigid rules for district administrators as a result of state, local and union rules and regulations that make changes to academics, class size and schedules difficult.
  • Creating a mask-wearing and rigorous hygiene culture among younger children.
  • Systematic testing of children.

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