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Does reopening schools cause COVID-19 to spread? It's complicated

Jean McCarthy helps a first-grade student at South Boston Catholic Academy on Sept. 10, 2020. David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Does reopening schools cause COVID-19 to spread? It's complicated

Jean McCarthy helps a first-grade student at South Boston Catholic Academy on Sept. 10, 2020. David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Does reopening schools cause COVID-19 to spread? It's complicated

Jean McCarthy helps a first-grade student at South Boston Catholic Academy on Sept. 10, 2020. David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Does reopening schools cause COVID-19 to spread? It's complicated

Jean McCarthy helps a first-grade student at South Boston Catholic Academy on Sept. 10, 2020. David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

We are not able to assess how much these steps might help because we do not have information on safety protocols in individual schools or whether schools are following those protocols.

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