As U.S. cities struggle to reopen schools amid lawsuits and union battles, large South American cities are beginning to reopen theirs.

On February 15th, public school students in Bogotá, Colombia will do something many students across the United States haven’t done since last March: step inside classrooms. Last week as Bogotá Mayor Claudia López announced public schools would reopen on February 15th, she noted that Bogotá’s young people are its “treasures” who have “sacrificed the most” during the pandemic: