Perspectives: Students, Safety and Closing Schools This Fall

Headline Roundup November 23rd, 2020

As COVID-19 coronavirus cases rise in many parts of the United States, local leaders are mulling over whether to close schools and how to keep students safe while continuing the school year.

Many voices on all sides agree that students learn best when physically in a classroom. Right-rated voices argue that school closures are unnecessary, and concentrate on data suggesting that COVID-19 risks for school-age children are generally lower overall than for other age groups. Some left-rated voices, while acknowledging similar facts, argue that the federal government has not yet given sufficient guidance for schools to reopen safely. Another focus of coverage on all sides was Dr. Anthony Fauci's statement Monday that "if you have a choice between closing the schools and closing the bars, close the bars."

Perspectives: Students, Safety and Closing Schools This Fall

From the Left

One of the most frustrating aspects of the pandemic has been watching school districts try to navigate the complexities of remote learning with so little guidance from Washington. The silence is equally deafening when it comes to figuring out when and how districts should reopen their campuses.

Yes, the federal government provided much-needed funding, which helped buy computers and broadband access for students and cover other pandemic-related costs. Far more money is needed. But just as essential, if not more so, were information and directives about how to proceed in...

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From the Right

Another wave of coronavirus cases is sweeping across the country and schools nationwide are shifting back to virtual classes.

Based on a growing body of evidence, researchers suggest that schools do not serve as hot spots or major points of spread for COVID-19. Instead, they argue the number of cases in schools reflect both the infection rates and social distancing policies of their surrounding communities. The data suggests schools can remain open to in-person instruction with adequate policies in place.

Democratic Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear switched his state to online-only...

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From the Center

The midday arrival of a school bus at Cyliss Castillo’s home on the remote edge of a mesa breaks up the long days of boredom and isolation for the high school senior.

The driver hands over food in white plastic bags, collects Castillo’s school assignments and offers some welcome conversation before setting out for another home.

The closing of classrooms and the switch to remote learning because of the coronavirus have left Castillo and other students in this school district on the sparsely populated fringe of the Navajo Nation in...

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