Last week, Lucy McBride and I got an email from camp director Steve Baskin of Camp Champions in Texas. He and I met last summer when we were all studying how to operate schools safely and I was launching the COVID-19 school dashboard. Meanwhile Lucy was witnessing the emotional toll of pandemic restrictions on her teen patients and consulting with a handful of DC area schools on safe reopening.
Last summer Steve was trying hard to keep his campers, counselors, and staff safe — and he succeeded. His camp had zero cases of COVID-19. He had expected the summer of 2021 to be easier. Epidemiologically, it was. Emotionally, it was not.
With the fall approaching, students, teachers and parents turn their minds toward a return to in-person schools.Read More