Is It Safe For Schools To Open?
This is a tough one for parents and teachers. Is it safe for kids to go back to school next month? My kids are all out of school but I can only imagine the stress of trying to figure out what's best for the students and teachers.
I totally understand the argument that kids need to get back in class for a better learning experience, not to mention the social aspect of being with their classmates. Parents need to work and it's a huge burden on families to have to home school or at least supervise the virtual learning.
I hear from some teachers that opening "as usual" is a danger to their health and the health of the students. Is it even possible to space the kids out, keep them in masks and follow the guidelines?
To make it even more confusing, there are no federal guidelines for opening schools. How do we handle the busing situation? How do we space out the kids in class and the hallways?
What happens if one kid gets sick? Do all the students in the class and the teacher have to quarantine for 14 days? The families, also? This sounds like things could just potentially snowball into another "virtual learning" thing again.
Areas of smaller population, I think, stand a better chance of getting back to a more normal school opening. It's the larger metro areas that present the biggest problems.
I, like everyone else, don't know what the answers are. I for one, if I had kids in school, would be very apprehensive about sending my kids back this fall.