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Johns Hopkins public safety expert talks about return to school

Posted at 9:35 AM, Aug 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-10 10:35:50-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - An expert from Johns Hopkins is weighing in on whether kids should return to school.

"My take is that we need to reemphasize reopening schools because kids have so much they risk losing by not being in school. This is especially true in disadvantaged communities where the kids are getting millions of meals a day, they are getting health services at school, it is a place of safety and security, especially if there parents are essential workers and not home to supervise them during the day," says Dr. Megan Collins, Johns Hopkins Medicine.

An estimated 50 million kids suddenly switched to virtual learning in the spring, creating problems and shortcomings that couldn't be helped.

"There are already massive achievement gaps in the U.S. especially those from low-income families, children of color, children with special learning needs. With those kids the gap is going to be widened because of COVID-19,' continues Dr. Collins.

Along with the return to school she adds that there should be certain protocols in place, they should be understood and agreed upon. The cooperation should exist on the local, state and national level for the school year to be successful.