Are Schools reopening too soon?

Quinn Maroney, Publisher

Are Schools Reopening too soon?

I think that it is safe to say that we are living in some of the most unprecedented times of our generation. With work and schools closing, social distancing being mandated, and the utilization of masks in nearly every public place.

There are so many questions that we have: when are we re-opening? How long before a vaccine? What effect is this going to have on businesses, short term or long term? One of the most important, are schools opening too soon? This photo depicts a crowded hallway in a Georgia school, after initially opening.

Well, the opinions are mixed, there’s no doubt about that. As of now, in October 2020, most schools are adopting the ‘hybrid’ method for reopening schools. This includes half of the students entering school one day, while the other half is virtually tuning in. The next day the other half of the students enter the school while the students who went in on the beginning day tune in virtually. While some people support this method of reopening. However, others claim that the ‘hybrid’ method is still very risky, and it is too soon to reopen safely. Naturally, it is very hard to completely avoid the risk of contracting Covid-19, but what it really boils down to is whether or not reopening schools is worth the risk of a large spike in cases.

In some areas, there are already visible increases in COVID-19 cases, with an example of this being that in Florida, cases of COVID-19 have increased 34% since the reopening of school. On top of this, it is the state’s decision to release district data relating to the spread of COVID-19, so this makes it frustratingly difficult to understand the gravity of how many cases are increasing.

At the end of the day, no one can really tell if it is safe or not to partially reopen this soon. For now, we must do our best to be as safe as possible and only time will tell if this is a smart decision. As said before, the reward of reopening should hopefully outweigh the risk, and result in mostly positive consequences rather than negative. If this isn’t the case, then schools should seriously consider shutting down again.

 

(source:https://www.businessinsider.com/covid-19-increases-in-childrenflorida-schools-reopened-2020-9)