Virus Outbreak Schools Reopening

In this April 27 file photo, a worker passes public school buses parked at a depot in Manchester, N.H. School districts across America are in the midst of wrenching decisions during the summer about how to resume classes in settings radically altered by the Coronavirus pandemic.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — School districts across America are in the midst of making wrenching decisions over how to resume classes in settings radically altered by the Coronavirus pandemic, with school buses running below capacity, virtual learning, outdoor classrooms and quarantine protocols for infected children the new norm.

The plans for the upcoming school year are taking shape by the day, and vary district to district, state to state. The debates have been highly emotional, with tempers flaring among parents and administrators, and have been made all the more vexing by record numbers of COVID-19 cases being reported each day.

In Florida, some school districts want students back in the classroom in early August, even though the virus is surging through communities. On average, Florida has reported more than 7,000 new cases each day recently — more than seven times what it was reporting a month ago.

New Mexico, which has been largely spared major outbreaks, plans a hybrid model of virtual and in-person learning. Parents in New York have demanded schools reopen in the fall. And in Maine, more outdoor learning is planned. Districts nationwide are coming up with various rules for wearing masks.

(2) comments

Jimzan

The taxpayers would save a fortune...how much of our property taxes, goes to schools..?

Jimzan

Home school with "Mega Testing Centers" to verify that the student has done the work...(I know of Moms that did their child's homework) (Those children...became Democrats[smile]). No cell phones, high monitoring (ultra) during the test...individual cubicles..let TSA set it up, and control it.

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