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A million new cases of COVID-19 were reported Monday in the United States. That's a new record, and one that comes the same week millions of American students are supposed to be headed back to school following the holiday break.

And maybe they will. This isn't March 2020: There seems to be a growing — if unsteady — consensus that kids should be in the classroom while omicron burns through the landscape around them. New York Mayor Eric Adams (D) has vowed schools will stay open, for example, and all but a few cities are either following that lead or delaying their return by just a few days. The White House is on board with this approach. Officials are uncomfortably aware there might be a political price to be paid for school shutdowns, and there's evidence Zoom classrooms have taken a terrible toll on kids' mental health and academic achievement.

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