2020 back-to-school edition: how to navigate the transition

The upcoming school year is still evolving. Experts weigh in on how to prepare.

After this spring’s digital scramble to finish out school terms disrupted by COVID-19 closures, millions of children around the country are eagerly anticipating seeing friends and breaking out fresh school supplies.

Or not.

Because infection rates differ drastically in each region, back-to-school plans vary widely from state to state and even in adjoining districts: Parents are hearing everything from full in-person attendance to a hybrid of in-person and virtual instruction to all-online. That is, if their district has even announced the decision yet.