Editor’s note: This article is based on the coronavirus situation in Australia as of March 19. The situation may change over time.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said government schools across Australia will remain open for the foreseeable future as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads. He added that:
as a father, I’m happy for my kids to go to school. There’s only one reason your kids shouldn’t be going to school and that is if they are unwell.
However, many parents are already voluntarily keeping their children home in an effort to “flatten the curve” – or are considering doing so.
We asked five experts to answer the question: schools are staying open but should I voluntarily keep my kids home anyway, if I can?