7 Oct 2021
How are parents in the US managing the return to school?

Back-to-school season has brought conflicting feelings for parents who are seeing their children off to classes for the first time since the start of the pandemic. As COVID-19 wears on, so does the debate about how to keep kids safe. How can moms and dads be helped to manage their concerns?

​​Erica Gray leads the public opinion research and content creation for HCM Strategists’ K-12 portfolio. HCM Strategists is a public policy and advocacy consulting firm that helps its clients reduce disparities and lift lives through education and training opportunities. Gray received her master’s degree in public policy from George Mason University and was a special education teacher for nearly a decade.

Heather Schwartz is the director of the Pre-K to 12 educational systems program and a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. She researches education and housing policies intended to reduce the negative effects of poverty on children and families. Schwartz received her PhD in education policy from Columbia University.

Heather Tirado Gilligan is a journalist based in Oakland. She covers health and health policy and her writing has appeared in publications including Slate, The Nation, and The Huffington Post. Follow her on Twitter @heathergilligan.