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Saturday, August 8, 2020

After one week, there is more than enough proof that schools will close, so why are we risking lives?

I am sure we all saw the pictures of the school in Georgia. You know I don't blame the kids. Kids will do what kids will do, nope, I blame the adults. The ones who are supposed to use facts and evidence to make decisions, the ones who are supposed to make sure kids are safe. They are the ones who failed and failed spectacularly. Sadly Georgia isn't the only place this has happened.

There has been a trickle of school openings and to say the experiment has been a failure is an understatement. People have been exposed and schools have closed. Everyone knew this would happen but we rushed headlong into it for what?

Here is a round up of just a few stories.

90 staff members in Georgia forced to quarantine.

 A school district in Georgia has decided to start the school year with virtual learning, after more than 90 staff members were forced to quarantine due to a confirmed or suspected case of Covid-19, or due to being exposed to someone who did.
"If today was the first day of school, we would have been hard-pressed to have sufficient staff available to open our schools," Barrow County Schools Superintendent Chris McMichael said in a statement on Wednesday. 
Two schools in Indiana close in less than a week.
A second Elwood student has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to an email sent to parents Wednesday. 
The student was in close contact with the student who tested positive earlier in the week. Both attend Elwood Junior Senior High School, which is conducting a week of eLearning this week after at least one staff member tested positive and several others were exposed to the virus.

Chicago goes completely virtual.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she bowed to the science, not the teachers union, in abruptly shifting Chicago Public Schools to a remote learning plan for the fall that officials say will have far more structure and accountability than in the spring.
The mayor cited worsening public health conditions and parent concerns about in-person schooling Wednesday in backing off a proposal to return to classrooms next month. To improve the experience for parents and students, schools chief Janice Jackson promised full-day live online instruction by all teachers five days a week and some small group online learning.

Schools in Tennessee closing down 

The district shared a Facebook post from the Coffee County School Bus Garage - Manchester, TN Facebook account, which attempted to "give some more clarity" regarding the closures. 

The account said all buses will run their normal schedule, but children who attend North Coffee Elementary and Coffee County Middle School need to stay home. Both schools were closed by Coffee County schools administration.

116 children in Mississippi quarantine.

Last week, schools in Corinth, Miss., welcomed back hundreds of students. By Friday, one high-schooler tested positive for the novel coronavirus. By early this week, the count rose to six students and one staff member infected. Now, 116 students have been sent home to quarantine, a spokeswoman for the school district confirmed.

A football team and band quarantine in Alabama. 

 The entire football team and marching band at a small-town Alabama high school are under quarantine following exposure to the new coronavirus

Oneonta High School coach Phil Phillips told WBMA-TV that a fifth player has tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19. It’s the second quarantine of the summer for the team.

Above is from all over the nation and in some places where the virus is reasonably under control unlike say Florida where the governor and education commissioner are bullying districts to open.

This is already a disaster, one that will get much worse. When more schools open, more people will get exposed, some will get sick and worse and schools will close. The pandemic will get worse, everything will get worse. I know it, you know it, the medical experts know it and if our leaders don't they should. 

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