Former education secretary discusses safely returning to school

Former Education Secretary John King has some recommendations on how schools can reopen safely in the coming weeks, amid the coronavirus pandemic.  

He says that effective contact tracing and national, large-scale testing access are only the first steps that need to be taken to return kids to school. For King, who served in the Obama administration as both education secretary and deputy secretary, redesigning schools to enforce social distancing recommendations is a far more complex issue.

“The best advice we have is that students need to be physically distant, which means we need to bring class size down so that students are at least six feet apart,” King told CBS News’ chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett on this week’s episode of “The Takeout” podcast. “We’ve got to make sure that students are wearing masks, [and] that teachers are wearing masks,” he added, declaring that installing plexiglass barriers around desks is

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