What kids really think about masks, vaccines, and in-person school

We asked children about their thoughts on hot-button issues. Here’s what they had to say.

2021 is going to be a back-to-school year like no other.

Since March 2020, most students have been attending classes either 100 percent remotely or through some kind of hybrid model. But after both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics strongly recommended that schools reopen their doors, those students are now returning to in-person learning.

That transition would be challenging enough—but it’s not the only issue students are facing as they go back to school. The more infectious Delta variant has caused a surge in pediatric COVID-19 cases, now representing 18 percent of all reported cases nationwide, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Of that number, the CDC reports that 8.1 percent are five-

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