CA public schools could reopen in 4 months if bill passes, but is it safe? Doctors weigh in


SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — San Francisco Assemblyman Phil Ting proposed legislation on Monday that would require California public schools to reopen “in most cases during the pandemic” when case counts go down. But is it safe?

“Schools are safer than we had feared particularly with young kids ages 5-12. They don’t carry the virus as much. They don’t spread it as much,” said UCSF’s Chair of Medicine Dr. Robert Wachter.

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Dr. Wachter says the data is clear, “We’ve learned that schools are safer than we thought, and we learned that the consequences of keeping them closed are worse than what we thought.”

For months seven-year-old Ben Kliban has been learning in front of a computer screen. He says every day is getting harder.

“It’s really hard for me to understand some of the stuff. So things like tests,” said Ben.

His mom, Sarah Kliban is not only worried about his academics but his mental health.

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