“Every day is the eternity of young people,” said Democrat Insley. “We just can’t wait.”
In the weeks since most governors took action, cases across the country have started to rise again, which may complicate efforts to get children back to school. Vaccines have been provided to many school staff, which reduces the resistance of teachers’ unions to reopening, and if the staff’s vaccination rate is high, it will limit the chances of the virus spreading in schools.
Even so, in areas where the situation has increased dramatically, such as Michigan, some schools have to temporarily resume distance learning due to many students being quarantined.
In Ohio, by early 2021, almost half of all students will be in completely remote areas. By March 1st, this number had dropped to 4%, and it decreased further in the following weeks.
In Washington, before Mr. Inslee’s announcement, Seattle Public Schools, the state’s largest district, was at a deadlock with the teachers’ union due to plans to reopen. A few days after Mr. Inslee announced that all districts were required to return to school at least partially, the two parties reached an agreement requiring all preschool and elementary school students and some older disabled students to return before April 5.
In Massachusetts, Mr. Baker’s actions triggered a sea change. For the first time since the pandemic began, dozens of districts have brought students back to school, and hundreds of people have switched from part-time to full-time.
DeWine, a Republican, said of his decision to provide vaccines to areas that Ohio has promised to reopen, saying: “It works very well.” “We have brought these kids back to school.”