@amit Comparing school reopenings to school shootings is a bit extreme. I don’t think any school administration (not state agencies) is planning on opening unless the positivity rate is below 5% in their jurisdiction. If done right, the benefits of in-person learning far outweighs the costs of remote learning.
@amit @amit Forgive me but I think the reality is not uniformly dire. Being a parent of a couple of elementary and high school kids who have done remote learning over a period of months followed by in-person I'd like to comment.
The precautions taken by the districts around here are thorough and the facility, teachers and students are provided every preventative measure that has been recommended. The teachers as well as parents/students are allowed to choose remote if desired. No one was forced. In fact people can change their mind every 9 weeks.
After nearly a month of in-person attendance student infections are at .046 percent (population is over 20,000). District employee infections are only a bit higher at .14 percent. Those figures include at-home as well as in-person people. And as @pratik said in-person learning is superior not just for education but for overall development as people.
Covid remains extremely dangerous but I believe with proper precautions in-person attendance should be an option.
@amit I think India is in a much worse situation now than U.S. is. Well, at least most part of U.S. In most regions that were hit hard earlier in the year, the situation has improved a lot and in Texas, school openings are tied to positivity rate at the county level. Many schools have reopened without a sharp uptick. Federal response has been dismal and confusing but locally, things are better.
But of course, all discussions are politically tinged now due to the election and people who supported reopening are now (rightly) suspicious coz Trump supported it. He's usually just saying things that he thinks will help him win reelection even if it doesn't make sense.
@ronguest It's heartening to hear that the necessary and more aggressive precautions are being taken. As a parent of an elementary school kid who is learning digitally from home, I have no doubt whatsoever that in-person is superior to this form. And it should be an option. By only point of cotention is around when can we do that. The belief around my circle is to be a bit more cautious while opening up, especially the schools. Maybe what matters is the difference of the overall demographic and how the things are setup around education. //@pratik