Wow, it’s been a week. COVID-19 cases are spiking across the country as the debate around schools reopening heats up.
Here’s a look at some of the chatter across the country:
President Trump offered his take on what he thinks is best for students.
Now that we have witnessed it on a large scale basis, and firsthand, Virtual Learning has proven to be TERRIBLE compared to In School, or On Campus, Learning. Not even close! Schools must be open in the Fall. If not open, why would the Federal Government give Funding? It won’t!!!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2020
The American Academy of Pediatrics walked back their recommendations to reopen schools.
“Educators and pediatricians share the goal of children returning safely to school this fall…but we must pursue re-opening in a way that is safe for all students, teachers and staff.” Our statement with @NEAToday @AFTunion @AASAHQ: https://t.co/e4Oyorlo2o— Amer Acad Pediatrics (@AmerAcadPeds) July 10, 2020
Meanwhile, Alberto Carvalho, superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, a place that has seen a historic number of cases per day, pushed back against Gov. Ron DeSantis’ call to resume full-time in-person learning.
“It doesn’t make any sense whatsoever to empty restaurants, but pack schools. I think that defies logic and, quite frankly, is a proposition that I am not ready to impose on… our community,” says Alberto Carvalho, superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools. pic.twitter.com/0CVwZjVCOh— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) July 9, 2020
Many parents in Miami-Dade certainly agree with Superintendent Carvalho. In fact, 30% of respondents to the district’s reopening survey indicated their preference for online-only instruction.
While elected leaders and school officials duke it out, it all feels like one big dumpster fire for the parents left on the sidelines. Many parents are anxious about their decision to choose between in-person learning that could jeopardize their child’s safety, and a district-run online model that left a lot to be desired this spring.
It shouldn’t have to be this way. Families need more options.
Write to your state legislator today and demand expanded online options for families during the pandemic.