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Children Heading Back to School

I fully empathize with Michael Feigin (“My Kids Will Go to School” July 30, 2020), and all other parents who are advocating for schools to open. I also recognize that schools plan to take all necessary precautions to safeguard the health of the children. However, nowhere in my article did I state that “all schools must categorically remain closed.” I urged extreme caution since we are dealing with the lives not only of children, but of all the adults in schools as well. All medical experts are concerned about a second wave of COVID-19, and teachers with a variety of pre-existing conditions are at risk. Furthermore, contrary to Mr. Feigins’s assertion, children are at risk as well as adults. A study published in JAMA Pediatrics and backed up by leading virologists indicates that children may carry the virus at high levels. I also suggested that as in any case involving potential life threatening situations, halachic guidance be sought. Let us pray that we are making the right decisions.

Rabbi Dr. Wallace Greene
Fair Lawn
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