California closed its schools when the pandemic started on the assumption that children, teachers and staff would be safer at home.
More than a year later, we know from data and science in places that reopened their schools that it can be done safely and that it is essential to our children’s health and well-being.
Opening schools full-time for all ages is the best thing we can do for the long-term physical and emotional health of children.
Most children have not been in school for more than a year, and they are suffering as a result. The mental and physical health impacts of this could take years to heal. We must prioritize fully opening schools and keeping them open for the long-term health of children and the long-term health of our communities.
We are doctors, parents, teachers & community leaders who believe in the importance of
"Prolonged school closures are increasing stress-related physical and mental health issues in our children. Children thrive on in-person learning and schools are important settings for buffering the stresses brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our schools have the key tools to reopen safely for students, teachers, and staff. Let’s work together to reopen our schools safely so that our children can thrive."
Dr. Nadine Burke Harris
Surgeon General of California
"We’ve been able to successfully open in-person school in the Sausalito Marin City School District, five days a week, 6 hours per day since early September and we still have no in-school transmission of COVID-19. We understand that some may be nervous about going back to school. Our experience shows that in person school can be the safest place for students in this pandemic. We need to do this for the health and well-being of all children."
Itoco Garcia Ed.D
Superintendent of Sausalito Marin City School District
We know we can open schools safely right now with the right precautions in place.
UCSF Collaborative to Advise on Re-opening Education Safely (CARES) has been hosting a series of conversations on the re-opening of schools during the COVID-19 pandemic to help school administrators, public health officers, and policymakers make informed decisions as schools reopen.
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF
AN LAUSD STUDENT
Watch a day in life of Mia, a 2nd-grade student at Strathern Street Elementary school, as she safely navigates her way back to school during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Los Angeles Unified School District has plans to reopen schools in April 2021.
HEAR FROM TEACHERS AT SAUSALITO MARIN CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Teachers at the Sausalito Marin City School District were nervous about being back in the classroom amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. But, after going back in September 2020, they noticed how much more engaged and happy their students were to be back learning in-person with their classmates. Hear their stories.
"BACK TO SCHOOL? THE IMPACT OF COVID ON KIDS"
On this Fight Back episode, Jessica Cruz, the Executive Director of NAMI (CA) and Dr. Kim Newell Green, a pediatrician & Associate Clinical Prof. at UCSF discuss the health crisis that parents, children, and teachers are still dealing with after a year of school closures, what parents can do to prepare themselves and their children for a return to in-person learning, and much more.
"COVID-19 & SCHOOL REOPENING UPDATE"
This Primary Care Reviews and Perspectives (RAP) episode features Jeanne Noble, MD and Lisa Patel, MD. It is created by HIPPO Education - a lively pulse of primary care in an entertaining, monthly podcast.
WHO WE ARE
We are a group led by doctors, parents, teachers and community leaders who believe in the importance of reopening our schools to in-person education - using all proper precautions like mask-wearing and behavioral changes. So many parents, students, and teachers are ready. So let’s get started and let’s build towards opening all our schools as soon and as fully as possible.