Omicron upends return to U.S. schools and workplaces

Some school systems around the U.S. extended their holiday break Monday or switched back to online instruction because of the explosion in coronavirus cases, while others pressed ahead with in-person classes amid a seemingly growing sense that Americans will have to learn to coexist with the virus.

Caught between pleas from teachers fearful of infection and parents who want their children in class, school districts in cities such as Milwaukee, New York, Detroit and beyond found themselves in a difficult position at the start of the second half of the academic year because of the super-contagious Omicron variant.

New York, home of the nation’s largest public school system, reopened classrooms to roughly 1 million students with a stock of take-home test kits and plans to double the number of random tests done in schools. Click here to read more: