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Is Reopening Schools As Easy As Trump Seems to Think?

July 15, 2020

The following was recently shared on Facebook by Gary Mack. It illustrates quite well the contrast of Donald Trump’s call for the reopening of schools with the reality of what would be involved in actually doing so in a responsible manner. In terms of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and this country’s response to it, the likelihood of such an opening being even worse than, say, opening bars, is real.

Our President is trying to rush state and local officials into reopening this vital element of our society regardless of the effects on teachers, school administrators and staff, as well as everyone else these people come into contact with outside of schools. As has been the experience of those states that chose to open other activities too quickly, this approach places ever increasing danger of exposure of even more people to the virus than has already been the case. The President thinks this will save the economy from the devastation his totally incompetent response to the crisis and save his chances for re-election.

Our children and everyone else placed in added danger are more valuable and do not deserve to be used as cannon fodder for Trump’s determination to save his political ass by making the rich richer and more of the rest of us dead. This is a raw deal and if Trump can sleep with this on his conscience (which he goes out of his way to prove he doesn’t even have) he needs to be removed from office by defeat in the November. Preferably sooner. Time to protest at the White House again. – rjc

A retired administrator posted this. A lot of food for thought! Parents and teachers, some tough questions re: schools opening

Betsy DeVos, we have a few questions for you:

• If a teacher tests positive for COVID-19 are they required to quarantine for 2-3 weeks? Is their sick leave covered, paid?

• If that teacher has 5 classes a day with 30 students each, do all 150 of those students need to then stay home and quarantine for 14 days?

• Do all 150 of those students now have to get tested? Who pays for those tests? Are they happening at school? How are the parents being notified? Does everyone in each of those kids’ families need to get tested? Who pays for that?

• What if someone who lives in the same house as a teacher tests positive? Does that teacher now need to take 14 days off of work to quarantine? Is that time off covered? Paid?

• Where is the district going to find a substitute teacher who will work in a classroom full of exposed, possibly infected students for substitute pay?

• Substitutes teach in multiple schools. What if they are diagnosed with COVID-19? Do all the kids in each school now have to quarantine and get tested? Who is going to pay for that?

• What if a student in your kid’s class tests positive? What if your kid tests positive? Does every other student and teacher they have been around quarantine? Do we all get notified who is infected and when? Or because of HIPAA regulations are parents and teachers just going to get mysterious “may have been in contact” emails all year long?

• What is this stress going to do to our teachers? How does it affect their health and well-being? How does it affect their ability to teach? How does it affect the quality of education they are able to provide? What is it going to do to our kids? What are the long-term effects of consistently being stressed out?

• How will it affect students and faculty when the first teacher in their school dies from this? The first parent of a student who brought it home? The first kid?

• How many more people are going to die, that otherwise would not have if we had stayed home longer?

30% of the teachers in the US are over 50. About 16% of the total deaths in the US are people between the ages of 45-65.

We are choosing to put our teachers in danger.

We’re not paying them more.

We aren’t spending anywhere near the right amount to protect them. And in turn, we are putting ourselves and our kids in danger.

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4 Comments
  1. Some important questions that definitely require answers.

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  2. CDC has an excellent chart with links embedded on this question. Almost every question asked by Gary Mack is answered. I am going to bet every Premier of every Province in Canada is using it as a guide to reopening schools here. I’ve read the orange haired monster in Washington took this valuable information from CDC after pulling support from WHO.

    Since the American Health Insurers, are making incredible profits, they should pay the bill for every American child going back to school.

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  3. Thank you, Dennis. On a somewhat related topic what is the latest info concerning where the Toronto Blue Jays will be playing their home games this year?

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    • Latest one I read was on their Facebook Fan page where they are talking about Austin, Texas while someone else is saying Buffalo, New York. They have 4 million fans on Facebook and they let the government shut down their team!

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