American society is having an important debate over schools. Parents, kids, teachers, and government officials are trying to decide when to open, how to open, and if they should open at all.

These talks were only intensified when a suburban Atlanta county opened its schools amid controversy and a growing case count, giving a preview of how difficult the school season could be. A week later, nearly 1,200 students and staff members in the district were ordered to quarantine. On Tuesday, one high school closed its doors until at least August 31. A second followed on Wednesday.

In the midst of it all, teachers all over the country started posting photos of what in-person learning looks like from their point of view, asking everyone to consider their perspective as well. I think we can all agree that it's only fair, right? Continue scrolling to check them out.

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No playing. Masks all day. Six feet apart at all times.
School seems like a frightening place, when you read about all the safety measures kids will have to adhere to this year.
Thankfully, there are educators, like Jennifer Birch Pierson, a Kindergarten teacher from Texas, who are making lemonade from some very sour lemons and making their classrooms as welcoming and comforting as possible for our littlest learners.
Check out how she set up her classroom desks to look like a bunch of trucks on the road. She even makes the required desk shields look like windshields.
Those students who enter her classroom may have a tough time, but clearly they are in the hands of a caring teacher, and that's something all parents can be grateful for.
Thank you to the teachers, who, like Ms. Pierson, are doing all they can and more to make our kids feel safe and happy.

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Kitsune Fox Girl
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10 months ago

so cute! Thanks Ms. Pierson

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Scott Nelson, a professor who teaches US history at the University of Georgia, shared a picture of himself standing behind a plexiglass shield that was just installed in every classroom in the university. The snap, showing Nelson towering over the glass that can reach neither his mouth nor his chin, seems like a really good representation of the current chaos within the education system.

"I taught in Virginia for 20 years before I came here, so am adjusting since I moved to UGA 4 years ago," Nelson told Bored Panda. "The administration appears to be controlled in Atlanta by a group of the Governor's appointees who have no experience with education. They've decided unilaterally that all schools will remain open. I assume once the infection rates and death rates become embarrassing then they'll stop. The faculty and staff appear to have no say in anything that happens on campus. Years ago, I worked for a Waldenbooks where we received orders every morning through the cash register. The administration seems like that."

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Dan Buczynski
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10 months ago

Is America Great Again yet? Are we sick of all the winning?

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Last month, the professor found out that he could teach online but most of his colleagues can't. "I'm gearing up to teach on Twitch and Zoom. There have been 4 COVID outbreaks on the South campus, so I'm not in my office much. I mostly work and write (and will now teach) at home. But I'm freaked out about my students, colleagues, and other staff members given the insanely high COVID rates in the state."

"COVID-19 has everyone freaked out, and I get that and recognize that things have to return to normal at some point. But many of my friends who are professors and faculty in the health sciences at UGA (which is amazing) say that the university administration has done a horrible job preparing." Nelson said the county school system in town is advised by the UGA faculty in public health. "They are doing distance learning. But the university wants to hear nothing from the public health faculty because they think they have it all figured out."

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Spinaap
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10 months ago

this is actually done nicely, but thats the classroom, how is everything else?

Gemjoybug
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10 months ago

Are all those pieces of plastic being sanitized between every class? Otherwise what's the point. Wouldn't 85000 be better spent on improving learning resources for online learning?

Billy Beecham
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10 months ago

Bingo! We have a winner who seems to have retained critical thinking skills! Kudos!

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Billy Beecham
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10 months ago

That's well and great if all viruses traveled only in straight lines. Unfortunately, they don't. They travel much like smoke, on air currents. Couple that with your heating/cooling system moving air all over the building and you can see the problem with opening schools, churches, etc. Until the orange oompaloompa in charge of this country can be either forcefully removed or voted out this is going to continue and I'm sorry to say it's going to kill many millions more. And what a shame. Had he stopped worrying about politics and performed his duties he swore he would do we wouldn't have over 150k dead.

WilvanderHeijden
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10 months ago

An $85,000 investment on masks would have been more efficient. But since Trump didn't believe in masks children are now hiding for a deadly virus behind plexiglass . It's like handing out sheets of paper to protect them from a school shooter.

Craig Lee
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10 months ago

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The simple nature of your hate shows the problems that the world faces today. You hate Trump so much, that you're blindly blaming him for children wearing masks. People don't decide to wear a mask or not based on Trump. But you would rather hate than accept the fact that it's up to individuals.

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Johnny
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10 months ago

What's with the pre-censoring? Posts that aren't even controversial that happen to mention masqs or covd are getting auto hidden.

Kelly
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10 months ago

How did you notice a pre-censoring? Most posts are a copy-paste from internet. But your suspect is interesting (I've been wearing mask and gloves since Feb 10th, btw).

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Johnny
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10 months ago

It's still not fully understood how airborne this virus is, but imaging someone in the back row is smoking. Do you think those panels are going to keep the smoke from wafting up to the teacher standing behind her plexiglass? Is there any reason to think that it's going to stop COVID? The plexiglass will stop large spit particles, but it's not going to stop the tiny particles that float in the air. And unless the teacher has an N95 mask (and wears it properly), he mask isn't going to protect her.

FABULOUS1
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10 months ago

I wonder what school this is, I happen to live in Orange County, CA. I doubt that the county will be taken off the list anytime soon. Considering we are supposed to be one of the top counties in the state little has been done to help the communities highly effected by the virus.

Steve Onyx
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10 months ago

This "solution" is a laughable lack of understanding of the sciences on many levels. Except it's not funny.

Karen Lyon
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10 months ago

Oh, you get no applause from me, you twit. Orange County residents have all measures for controlling this virus since the beginning. The chief health officer there resigned after getting death threats because she wanted the county supervisors to mandate mask wearing. So now you want to make it sound like it's the governor's fault you have to do this? GAAAH.

Joel Emmett
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10 months ago

100% will need a lavaliere sound system to hear the teacher and desktop mics for the students.

Daniel Presburger
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10 months ago

It's stupid, and it's not going to work.

Barry Parker
Community Member
10 months ago

Illusions of safety. All these students sitting, breathing and touching in the same room for hours on end as the air system circulates their germs around. Best of luck with that.

Olga Onal
Community Member
10 months ago

Well, that is a super rich school district.

Sandij D
Community Member
10 months ago

Many school districts can't afford this kind of protection. Orange County has an avg income of over $125,000 per household

Randy Klefbeck
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9 months ago

That is actually not bad for a start.

James Mills
Community Member
10 months ago

welcome to the OC bitch

Rich McCormick
Community Member
10 months ago

Very nicely done!

Kelly
Community Member
10 months ago

OP, tell Gina she did a great and good work.

Hollysmom
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10 months ago

I'm curious where the $85,000 came from. Is this a private school because what teacher or school could afford to do this?

Just JoLynn
Community Member
10 months ago

Orange County has VERY wealthy cities/neighborhoods so this is probably in one of those communities. It should also be noted that Orange County also has lower income cities and the wealthy ones do nothing to help those in need.

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A. Sabir
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10 months ago

Reminds me of Final Fight glass breaking stage.

Idontwantto
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10 months ago

And then the bell rings and that classroom setup becomes pointless.

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Gina Clayton-Tarvin, the President of Ocean View School District, said that COVID-19 has affected her as well, just like all human beings worldwide, adding that we are all just trying to stay healthy and alive. "I'm disappointed in our nation's response to the pandemic and look forward to change. My job has been moved completely online and I've been teaching remotely (and live) for months to my students."

Clayton-Tarvin's main source of inspiration that helps her to get through this difficult period is the children. "I want other parents to see that there are elected school board members out there that care and frankly, have the ability to get off their rear ends and buy safety equipment." She urged everyone to stop saying the money doesn't exist and go find it. "Demand accountability from your state and national leaders. No safety equals no school. Redress is critical, demand your child's safety."

"Can you believe we even have to answer this question?" Clayton-Tarvin wondered. "The reality is that until it is safe to come back to school in CA, and we are off the 'Watch List,' my commitment is to stay all virtual, even though CA allows waivers for K-6. Let's look to other nations that have brought kids back to school safely and learn from them. Americans are typically the most innovative leaders on tough issues facing our world, but at this, we have failed. Time to pull up our bootstraps, USA, and get to work, our kids are counting on us!"

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Anne
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10 months ago

That's a disaster waiting to happen..

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The CDC, on the other hand, released a statement, arguing for in-person learning. "Schools are an important part of the infrastructure of our communities, as they provide safe, supportive learning environments for students, employ teachers and other staff, and enable parents, guardians, and caregivers to work," the organization wrote. "Schools also provide critical services that help meet the needs of children and families, especially those who are disadvantaged, through supporting the development of social and emotional skills, creating a safe environment for learning, identifying and addressing neglect and abuse, fulfilling nutritional needs, and facilitating physical activity."

"School closure disrupts the delivery of in-person instruction and critical services to children and families, which has negative individual and societal ramifications. The best available evidence from countries that have opened schools indicates that COVID-19 poses low risks to school-aged children, at least in areas with low community transmission, and suggests that children are unlikely to be major drivers of the spread of the virus. Reopening schools creates the opportunity to invest in the education, well-being, and future of one of America’s greatest assets—our children—while taking every precaution to protect students, teachers, staff, and all their families."

What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

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Scott Nelson
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10 months ago

This is a lecture hall. If I sit down, the students can't hear me.

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Chelseayaknow
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10 months ago

Please inform me with full conscience and "sound of mind" tell me what the available options are for the working class parents that don't have any other options if they need to work to pay their bills? Don't judge the parents when the state/government is forcing the hand of the parents to even make the decision.

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Tabitha L
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10 months ago (edited)

Just commenting because the "top" comment has 25 downvotes.... It is not uncommon for teachers to have to purchase supplies for their classrooms. I'm glad this teacher is providing for her students and giving them a chance at safety.

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WilvanderHeijden
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10 months ago

For every dollar the USA spends on education, they spend 8 on the military. Some people may say that that's crazy. But to quote the best president ever: "It is what it is."

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Dan Buczynski
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10 months ago

Idiocy.

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Blackheart
Community Member
10 months ago

You have to take care of yourself, no matter what. Though it will not make it better, I can tell you, you are not alone. Thousands of teachers agree.

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WilvanderHeijden
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10 months ago

Well, grandparents can't speak up when they are gasping for air or are on a ventilator...

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Parmeisan
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10 months ago

Those kids are going to start dragging their desks next to their friends, too, I'm sure of it.

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NanZ
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10 months ago

It should not fall on the teachers to find a way to keep kids separated when the room size makes it impossible!

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Rebekah
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10 months ago

God, this just breaks my heart.

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Electric Ed
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10 months ago

I wonder where the rest of the kids go. To a neighbouring room? Or is physical attendance optional?

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Blackheart
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10 months ago

And masks are optional.....

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
10 months ago

Schoolboard: But according to our calculations you should be able to place all desks 6 feet apart. What do you mean chairs? Walking space? Students moving? 360° radius?

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Tabitha L
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10 months ago (edited)

I just hope this isn't an engineering class. . . .

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Dan Buczynski
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10 months ago

Yes. Set up a camera and go virtual.

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Parmeisan
Community Member
10 months ago

Water fountain is a risk factor, what do we do? Oh, just put a bag over it. It's not like anybody needs water to live or anything.

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Blackheart
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10 months ago

Though a bad situation, there are many good ideas here.

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My “classroom”—teaching third grade in the chapel this year. Lucky to at least be able to distance the kids. Weird time to be an educator.

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Lily Lu
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10 months ago

This is actually pretty clever!

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Blackheart
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10 months ago

Many teachers have had to remove them entirely to make more space.

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Rebekah
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10 months ago

I must appreciate his enthusiasm.

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Parmeisan
Community Member
10 months ago

Aw, can't wait to hug those adorable little disease vectors!

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My art classroom this year looks a lot different


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Bhadrika Love
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10 months ago

Looks like admin confused "6 ft apart" and "6 square feet each"

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Oscar Guerrero
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10 months ago

It's not even clean!

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JessG
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10 months ago

Nice setup though

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Jim Price
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10 months ago

Well... spitballs are going to become extinct.

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WilvanderHeijden
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10 months ago

Yes, I, as a principal, will be working from home for the time being, but you can always try to contact me via Zoom.

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My very depressing music classroom for up to 10 kids with Additional Support Needs.....Yes, a music room....and still expected to teach music.

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M O'Connell
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10 months ago

I really hope your district has provided enough spray disinfectant to hose-down the classroom instruments between groups. I really enjoyed handchimes when I was in elementary school, I hope your students can too.

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Mewton’s Third Paw
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10 months ago

What?