When will schools reopen? It depends on where you live, who’s in charge and whether they believe Anthony Fauci.
When will schools reopen in the United States?The unsatisfying answer is that it all depends — on where you live, who is in charge and how much the decision-makers respect the opinion of infectious-disease specialist Anthony S. Fauci and the other scientists leading the fight to stem the spread of the coronavirus.Officials in 21 states have ordered or recommended that all schools — many of which have been closed for at least a month already — stay shuttered throughout the end of the 2019-2020 school year, according to a tally kept by Education Week. Two more states are closed “until further notice,” while other states have varying opening dates, some of which have been pushed well into May. Tens of millions of students are at home, attempting distance learning with varying degrees of success.President Trump has said repeatedly he wants to open the country for business as soon as possible, often mentioning May 1 as a goal. Yet epidemiologists are warning that the coronavirus, which has already killed more than 22,000 people in the United States, will be a threat to public health for many months. And Fauci, who is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious