Jessica Dickler of CNBC explains: When it comes to public vs. private schools, some families may choose based on reopening plans.

Dickler writes:

  • As many institutions evaluate reopening plans for the fall, some families will choose the schools that hold in-person classes, regardless of whether they are public or private.
  • At the same time, the cost of an education weighs heavily.

I said:

Emily Glickman, the president of Abacus Guide Educational Consulting, said she is working with a few parents who are in the process of moving their children to private schools from public ones.

“They do perceive that private schools are in a better position to implement safety measures, whether it’s putting in a new ventilation system or doing a better job distancing the students,” Glickman said.

On the flip side, Glickman is also working with several families who are choosing to leave private school, for other reasons.

And yet, many schools haven’t determined whether they will hold classes in person or online, which could be the deciding factor. “In almost every case, planning is still up in the air,” Glickman said.