School children wearing facemasks walk outside Condit Elementary School near Houston in December. The U.S. Department of Education announced Friday that it will begin collecting data on the status of in-person learning during the pandemic.

School children wearing facemasks walk outside Condit Elementary School in Bellaire, outside Houston, Texas, on December 16, 2020. – The coronavirus pandemic may be raging in the Houston area, but tens of thousands of students in one district are headed back to in-person classes in January because of poor results while learning from home.
The plight of the town of Pasadena is being repeated across America, as educators fret that online learning for children because of the health crisis simply might not work. (Photo by François Picard / AFP) (Photo by FRANCOIS PICARD/AFP via Getty Images)