The American Academy of Pediatrics now says ‘science should drive decision-making on safely reopening schools’
The association that once recommended that students physically attend classes is now walking back their support for in-person schooling.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a new statement yesterday on the contentious topic of reopening schools, explaining that while “children learn best when physically present in the classroom” and “returning to school is important for the healthy development and well-being of children,” it’s the public health agencies who must make recommendations “based on evidence, not politics.”
“Science should drive decision-making on safely reopening schools,” the statement — made jointly with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the National Education Association (NEA) and AASA, the School Superintendents Association — reads. “We should leave it to health experts to tell us when the time is best to open up school buildings, and listen to educators and