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Students Returning to School Is Going Great! Why Do You Ask?

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | August 6, 2020 |

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | August 6, 2020 |


This is the lede in a piece from The Guardian today:

Coronavirus may be more easily transmitted in school and summer camp settings than previously understood, after the emergence of new details of outbreaks in the US state of Georgia and in Israel that have underscored the risks of school reopenings.

No shit? You don’t say! I don’t believe it! Because just four days ago, the Vice President and the Secretary of Education visited a fourth grade classroom in North Carolina without masks to illustrate how safe it is to return to school!

Oh, weird. This happened just four days later?

I’m sure it was a weird anomaly. Of course, schools are safe! Why would you ask?

Remember that photo of a crowded hallway in a Georgia school we posted the other day? No, no one has tested positive there … yet. What’s that?

And multiple teachers at North Paulding say there are positive tests among school staff, including a staff member who came into contact with most teachers at the school while exhibiting symptoms last week. Teachers and staff said the school won’t confirm coronavirus infections among district employees, citing privacy reasons.

But the kid who took this photo? He was suspended.

Oh, and the school nurse resigned (she actually resigned before the photo came out, but the photo validated her decision). Meanwhile, at least it’s going well in Florid … DAMNIT.

Thankfully, at least Facebook and Twitter are getting better at cracking down on Covid-19 misinformation. Both suspended the Trump campaign’s twitter account yesterday for posting a video from Fox News where Trump said that students are “almost immune” from the Coronavirus. Although, clearly, Twitter got a little heavy handed with its suspensions.

In the meantime, we can all rest easily knowing that we are in good hands.

I don’t know what’s going to happen in the rest of the country where schools are concerned. What I do know is that, in Chicago, a hybrid model was announced, and within a few hours, the teacher’s union got involved and everything magically changed! Chicago will begin the year with remote learning. My guess is that we’re going to see that in more and more places, especially where the teacher’s unions are strong, and especially in cities, where government officials hopefully have more respect for their teachers. It’s going to be another long five or six months of remote learning, at least. I have no idea how any of us parents are going to get through it, but on the other hand, it’s better than sending our kids back to school, where it is clear that the virus spreads easily.

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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