Will Schools Open in the Fall?

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Debates turn emotional as schools decide how and if to open

By Patrick Whittle and Carolyn Thompson/apnews.com

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — School districts across America are in the midst of making wrenching decisions over how to resume classes in settings radically altered by the coronavirus pandemic, with school buses running below capacity, virtual learning, outdoor classrooms and quarantine protocols for infected children the new norm.

The plans for the upcoming school year are taking shape by the day, and vary district to district, state to state. The debates have been highly emotional, with tempers flaring among parents and administrators, and have been made all the more vexing by record numbers of COVID-19 cases being reported each day.

In Florida, some school districts want students back in the classroom in early August, even though the virus is surging through communities. On average, Florida has reported more than 7,000 new cases each day recently — more than seven times what it was reporting a month ago.

New Mexico, which has been largely spared major outbreaks, plans a hybrid model of virtual and in-person learning. Parents in New York have demanded schools reopen in the fall. And in Maine, more outdoor learning is planned. Districts nationwide are coming up with various rules for wearing masks. Some want all students to wear them. …read more:

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Carol graduated from Riverside White Cross School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio and received her diploma as a registered nurse. She attended Bowling Green State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Literature. She attended the University of Toledo, College of Nursing, and received a Master’s of Nursing Science Degree as an Educator.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. If politics is left out of the calculation, there should not be a school reopening at end of Summer. There are liability issues here that supersede school boards, or state boards of education. I’ll make a prediction: There will be no students on college campuses, no collegiate athletics, no secondary or primary classes, neither this Fall, nor until a viable, proven efficacious, vaccine is available.

  2. Public education today mostly consists of indoctrination and brainwashing. The teaching of the pseudo science of gender fluidity disregards the science of genetics in favor of political correctness. And speaking of political correctness , nowhere is it more enforced than in public schools.
    Common Core, another rip off and failure. Created by some busy bodies in Washington supposedly to make math more universal ( and easier to understand) is being replaced by the new political correctness: math is racist, science is racist and every other negative aspect of humanity is because of those two disciplines.
    This is what’s being taught in America’s public education: dogma at the expense of an education which should have readied young people for either college or a trade. Instead many who graduate cannot read beyond the 6th grade as the results having shown up at colleges who now have remedial reading courses just to bring the student up to speed. Some “graduates” cannot read at all.
    Today’s public schools have also become another form of day care as moms as well as and dads now have to work in order to pay for the indebted lifestyle they chose.
    And the worst is yet to come when they enter college. safe spaces, trigger warnings, crying closets and the tyranny of the cancel culture.
    Yup……America is moving forward.

  3. I’ve been a teacher since 1971 and although schools have changed dramatically in the past fifty years, they are still the only hope out there for bringing most kids around to being full human beings. I currently am a high school Special Education teacher and the kiddos I work with wouldn’t have even been in school 50 years ago. They love coming to school. It is their only chance for social interaction with “normal” teenagers. And, I get to work with the best kids in the school when they come down to be peer tutors with them, altruistic, compassionate, outgoing, just what you would hope your own children could become. I don’t know what planet that dude who posted earlier came from, but it certainly isn’t the one I live on.

  4. Classic case of “inside the box thinking”. Schools have been under siege and the decisions about this have been hampered by options. The number of options is guided by habit and dogma.
    The issue I have studied, is ” why is public school compulsory ?”. The top of the list for why is, “data suggesting children are abused and vulnerable if they do not attend school”, so this is the thing. but the real reason is , compulsory education is necessary for predatory capitalism to thrive in the richest country in the world. It is a weeding process used to organize labor and exploit every facet of human potential or weakness. Education , has merits, but the compulsory nature of it is not one of those merits.

    • Even worse are the cartoon versions of history we were all taught. Then later on discovering most of it was b.s.