Health experts say Philly-area schools could consider reopening this month based on coronavirus transmission rates

By Maddie Hanna and Jason Laughlin, The Philadelphia Inquirer | September 18, 2020

Former Stoneleigh Fellow and Board Member David Rubin spoke to The Philadelphia Inquirer about the potential to reopen Philly-area schools after witnessing little resurgence in COVID-19 cases in the wake of a holiday weekend, and after college reopenings.

With the school year underway virtually in many Philadelphia-area districts, some health experts are saying the time may be right to bring some children back to classrooms.

After advising schools last month to delay reopening, in part to account for possible spread of the coronavirus after Labor Day gatherings, David Rubin, a pediatrician who directs the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia PolicyLab, said this week that “we haven’t seen a huge resurgence” in the wake of the holiday weekend, and after college reopenings.

“We might see a second window opening up here in mid- to late September” for schools to bring back students, said Rubin, who, along with CHOP colleagues and a University of Pennsylvania physician, has been providing guidance to superintendents in the Philadelphia region, including in Delaware, Chester, and Montgomery Counties and a few in Bucks County.

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