The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that “extended school closure is harmful to children” and that the school closures in March due to the pandemic have already “slowed academic learning for most children and stopped for some.”
With the federal government backing up the reopening with preparation guidelines, back-to-school day is closer than ever with many schools to open their doors in fall. But Twitter is far from impressed.
In a series of all-telling tweets about reopening, people are questioning if it’s truly the best idea. ‘Cause kids will be kids, and “anyone who thinks children won’t purposely lick their hands and chase each other yelling 'Corona!'” has probably never met one. So let’s take a look at what people had to say down below, which is really a lot to think about.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is arguing that “even though opening school does pose a risk for the spread of Covid-19, there are many reasons why opening schools in the fall of 2020 for in-person instruction is important.”
The main reasons, according to the CDC, are the following: “Schools play a critical role in the wellbeing of communities” and “Schools provide critical instruction and academic support.”
It also urges that K-12 schools should “coordinate, plan, and prepare” reopenings and expect “potential COVID-19 cases and increased school community transmission.”
Meanwhile, teachers remain skeptical about reopening. In a previous interview with Bored Panda, an experienced teacher named Melissa Hillman, whose Twitter thread on the alarming scenario of what will happen if schools reopen has gone viral, said that safe reopening is impossible.
“You can’t safely reopen schools when a third of your parents are not following the basic directives that keep the local community safe.”
The teacher also called schools “notorious petri dishes” and said that the danger lies in a “a significant percentage who are not just non-compliant with common-sense safety recommendations, but are actively hostile to them.”