Medical experts offer crucial factors to consider for when schools are allowed to physically reopen

ABC News Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Jen Ashton offered some crucial factors we should consider for when schools are actually allowed to physically reopen again.

Denise Dador Image
Friday, July 17, 2020
EMBED <>More Videos

Gov. Gavin Newsom's strict criteria for reopening schools means most SoCal classrooms will not be allowed to open for in-person instruction for now. Medical experts are offering some crucial factors to consider for when schools actually are allowed to physically reopen again.

Gov. Gavin Newsom's strict criteria for reopening schools means most SoCal classrooms will not be allowed to open for in-person instruction for now. Medical experts are offering some crucial factors to consider for when schools actually are allowed to physically reopen again.

ABC News Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Jen Ashton said when returning to schools, we need to consider four elements.

"Density. How many students will that student be around?" she said, "How much time will students be in the room or in the school itself?"

Can schools hold classes outdoors or at least open windows?

"And how much space can be in between students? Some classrooms don't have the ability to space students out a minimum of six feet," Ashton said.

Ashton said, "It's a dynamic and rapidly-evolving situation so we'll have to take it day by day."

RELATED: Here are the counties on CA's COVID-19 watch list

RELATED: Newsom announces which CA school districts can reopen this fall

RELATED: Most CA schools 'shouldn't reopen' if COVID-19 trends continue, state superintendent says

RELATED: Doctor says returning to classroom is similar to entering ER