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Preventing Child Abuse Is Paramount, But Not a Reason to Open Schools

by Mical Raz & Frank Edwards - September 14, 2020

As the start of the academic year approaches, schools across the nation are struggling to find an acceptable balance between providing much-needed in-person education, alongside the imperative to prevent further spread of COVID-19. This spring, more than 50 million schoolchildren abruptly found themselves outside the classroom. There is broad agreement that enabling children to return safely to schools is of utmost importance, both in terms of children’s academic and emotional development. These decisions also have profound economic implications; an estimated 27 million American adults rely on the school system for childcare in order to participate in the workforce.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: September 14, 2020
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 23431, Date Accessed: 9/20/2021 3:31:07 PM

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  • Mical Raz
    University of Rochester
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    MICAL RAZ, M.D., Ph.D., MSHP, is the Charles E. and Dale L. Phelps Professor in Public Policy and Health at the University of Rochester and a practicing hospitalist at Strong Memorial Hospital.
  • Frank Edwards
    Rutgers University
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    FRANK EDWARDS, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University.
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