Most European schools aren’t palaces. Schools have reopened anyway.

Yesterday, in an otherwise excellent article about Rhode Island reopening its schools, journalist Susan Dominus seemed to suggest that the hesitancy to reopen United States schools last fall — when schools across Europe reopened — was somewhat justified by conditions in our school buildings compared to other countries:

At the time, encouraging research in Sweden and China suggested the possibility of safety in schools, but it was hard to know whether those studies would be relevant to large American districts like