Back To School? Or Is Now Too Soon?

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Should we send our kids back to school? As the Fall semester quickly approaches many parents, teachers, and school districts are faced with the question of sending children back to school and if that choice is safe to answer yes to.

Reasons NOT To Send Kids Back To School

At the start of the pandemic during the spring semester, schools shut down and shifted to an entirely online learning environment to avoid spreading the virus to more people. This reason has only grown stronger since March as the United States still passes 50,000 new cases per day and peaked at over 78,000 cases in on July 24th.

Sending kids back to school could result in another massive spike in cases. Kids being near one another in a classroom could expose each other to the virus, and in turn, expose teachers and parents. Continuing the spread of the coronavirus could prolong the pandemic and the negative impacts on the economy. The longer the pandemic continues the longer the safety of everyday life will be in jeopardy.

Reasons TO Send Kids Back To School

On the other hand, there is an argument to be made for sending kids back to school for the Fall semester. The biggest component of the case is that online learning is not flawless, especially not with younger children. Parents will likely have to keep an eye on them as they are completing their work, and this is not realistic for parents who cannot work from home. Younger children also miss out on the crucial development of emotional and social skills by not going to school physically. Making sure that students with special needs are accommodated for their specific learning needs is also much more difficult in remote learning environments.  Parents who have occupations where it is not possible to work from home, such as mechanics and other blue-collar workers, cannot leave their kids at home by themselves while they work for 8-10 hours a day.

Along with these concerns of development and accommodation, there is also scientific evidence that suggests children are less susceptible to the disease. However, there has been a surge in cases among children recently which raises concerns around opening schools.

If Schools Reopen

If schools do reopen in the Fall it is important to teach children about how to avoid getting sick. School districts will have to make sure safety systems are put in place to slow down the spread of COVID-19. With evidence to support either side of this issue the choice surrounding sending kids back to school remains unclear.

What Do You Think?

Do you think that kids should stick to online learning for the Fall semester, should they go back full time, or should schools implement a hybrid system?

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