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Hong Kong Under Fire for Shutting Schools While Others Open Up

  • City sends kids home for third time as it battles new wave
  • Growing body of research that schools should stay open
School students in Hong Kong on Nov. 30.
School students in Hong Kong on Nov. 30.Photographer: Vernon Yuen/NurPhoto/Getty Images

More than a million students in Hong Kong are back at home for the third time this year as the Asian financial center fights a new wave of infection, even as governments around the world prioritize keeping kids in schools.

The city’s decision to stop in-person instruction again despite a growing body of research that it’s safe to keep kids in classrooms has been a controversial one. No virus clusters in Hong Kong have been linked to schools, and there’s mounting concern that closures will extract a major social and mental toll on children, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds.