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Do any real people actually want schools to reopen as it stands now? Im hearing so much about it but it feels like a weird disconnected political thing and not a live humans with kids thing. *Obv the goal is to get covid under control so kids can go back safely, this is assuming infection rates stay steady or continue to climb

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I am a working mom of two and I want schools to reopen for in-person classes (for those who want the option). Virtual classes are honestly not a learning option for young kids and childcare is a huge issue that will disproportionately fall on women and underserved communities. I understand that there is risk, but I am willing to accept the risk given the lower health risk amongst healthy young kids and the importance of early childhood education. I am a big proponent of public schools but virtual learning is not an option for our family so I am now looking into private school for my kindergartener. Frankly I have been impressed with what private schools have to offer and may continue with private even though I had been resistant.

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@Creative Director 1 I grew up attending public schools with a pro public school mentality but my partner just quit public education after 5 years and I could not agree more about how bad public schools are. I haven't explored private but definitely will when I have kids. It is a shame because I want quality education for all, but the current system is extremely broken

We’ve had 4 months to get the virus under control and haven’t so I’m thinking it’s here to stay for at least another year until most people have caught it. Based on that I think we need to learn to live with it and adjust life based on risk. Children have not been shown to be COVID spreaders despite spreading most other germs. Healthy children should go to school and high risk children should have remote learning opportunities. We are already behind most other developed countries academically and another year of online learning will only make it worse because online learning to end the 2019/2020 school year was a joke.

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WORDS OF WISDOM! Thank you! I could not have said it better myself!

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I Would love for my son to go back to school. I am dying and counting days. Now, will I let him go now that covid cases are increasing ? Of course not. His health before my sanity. Your question really is: do parents feel comfortable letting their kids go to school ? Because if you ask about what I wish for or desire loool....

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We don’t even have enough teachers. We don’t need them dying due to Covid and parents having to home school, well I am exaggerating a little but honestly, I am so much more appreciative of teachers now. They are not getting paid enough to say the least, Gosh. I don’t even know how they do it. Teachers and stay home mom’s, are my heroes, kudos to them, 👍🏾🤝👏🏾👏🏾💪🏾👍🏾... Back to your question : I think for the most part, people here (this bowl) are pretty stable financially , emotionally and education wise ( speculation for just reading other posts) and would definitely prioritize their kids health and so teachers as well. But if you ask the same question somewhere else, you may get a complete different answer.

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My biggest fear is the gap it’s going to cause between upper and lower class students. Upper class people I know are already planning on homeschooling and hiring someone to do the teaching. If they have one on one or one on three/four, those students are going to either learn way more or whiz right through the lessons. The students who have to learn online through public schools and don’t have someone to explain everything to them are going to struggle and fall behind.

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EY1: that sounds horrible. My heart goes out to you. Do you have any family in the area that can help? Are there any other moms you can pull resources with?

This country gives zero shits about teachers.

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People like A1 are hilarious. yOu WoRk At MeRcEr 🤤

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Schools must reopen. Yes people will get sick and some will die, but that is the sacrifice we make living in a civilized society. We cannot sacrifice the future of many to save the few. Kids need to learn and develop social skills. We need to do our best to protect teachers and manage illness.

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I view in person teaching as an essential service like nursing and food service.

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I want my nieces and nephews to be socially adjusted and fear that not going to school could really stunt them during the formative years of their lives. Won’t stunt them as much as death though.

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Bro I’m a half-informed uncle I don’t know

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It doesn’t matter if they open or they don’t. If the infection rate is high, the schools will close again. It won’t take long. Sadly, maybe we lose my favorite lunch lady or a school bus driver or a teacher. We won’t win this fight with corona.

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We just voted on an online poll that we would vote for full on-campus attendance opposed to full-online. This is elementary, the middle and high school are talking a hybrid split-days so part online and part on campus or just opt out completely. But if our huge school district or our county or our State shuts it all down anyway, our vote is a moot point. We’re homeschooling, and working, and going crazy together....

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YES. Reopen everything. We have the means to stay safe and the vulnerable have the means to self-quarantine and still participate in society. People will die no matter what we do, but if we allow our civilization to crumble we could easily become Venezuela where a few hundred thousand people dying won't even make the news anymore because we will be too busy rioting and eating zoo animals.

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Also schools are going to be in big trouble financially because many parents may decide to home school instead of enrolling in public online school and school funding is based on enrollment/attendance. Teachers will get laid off. Be careful what you wish for.

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If you’re calling for schools to re-open you should be willing to spend 8 hours a day in a small room with 20-30 other people and no PPE.

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I have a nanny, so fully focused on my work, thanks. We are in a global pandemic, but sure, let's send our kids back to school and make this worse. This is why this is not going to end. We should be focused on getting this under control at a national level and not all these crazy plans to send kids back that are not based in reality or safety. Other countries have shown us how to do it...but here we are, unable to convince people that this is real and to wear a mask.

Yes, kids need social interaction. But worry for teachers and other employees

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If the guys that proposed to inject people with cleaning supplies (better known as a “stable genius) says that we should, then I will not take my children to school anytime soon

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I’m in favor of opening with as many precautions as possible. Offer simultaneous virtual learning for those who choose not to go in person, or for those who can’t. If an illness occurs in the school or state rules change, then move to virtual learning immediately for all. Agree that the politicization of the virus, wearing masks and opening schools is ridiculous. I know many parents dealing with this issue; their views don’t line up by political leaning.

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To me, it doesn’t appear that the goal is to get Covid under control, at least not by our politicians. My son will go back to school soon, but will be doing this remote based on the plan by the school district. I really don’t have confidence that the school, and admin, can keep a safe environment, and frankly don’t think my son really knows how to control himself, I.e., distancing, keeping hands out of mouth, keeping mask in place properly, etc., yet.

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I would support schools opening if the government would offer true support to schools. They need resources, plans, and compensation. Until safety and fairness is provided, I say keep students home.

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We are having repeats of NY all over. If you correct for population the country is much much worse off now than nyc was in April. Thankfully we’ve learned a lot in our ICUs and have some treatments that are driving the deaths down. Maybe even nature is working in our favor as virus mutates.

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