Should Schools Remain Online? A Debate is On the Rise.

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As back-to-school ads and trade-mark supplies begin to once again litter our local stores, some wonder if schools should be reopening at all.

The United States is now sporting a death toll of 146,000 in regards to the coronavirus, and experts believe it won’t stop here. Just last week, for four days in a row, roughly 1,000 U.S. citizens infected by the virus have died each day. With hospitals throughout the country barely being able to supply the needs of all their current patients, many begin to wonder if the U.S. will ever get its numbers down.

Quite a few schools appear to be looking towards a hybridized school system to follow during the upcoming school-year. This system would be a way to split each school’s mini population into two groups; having half its students in and attending the physical building on some days while others are at home getting their education and instruction from teachers online, then alternating throughout the week. This plan would limit the number of people traveling through the halls, however, even with this plan there may be too many individuals to worry about and protect from the virus.

Researchers working with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention assume that by August 15th, the United States will be witnessing a new total death count of 175,000 in the hands of COVID-19. Nonetheless, some United States leaders are pushing for schools to reopen, explaining that it is possible to hold onto social distance practices within the building as long as students are willing and compliant. This caused over 100 professionals in the fields of medicine, science, education, and more to construct a letter begging the country’s higher-ups to retreat to another country-wide shutdown in order to contain the virus.

Friday, four states managed to record “record-breaking numbers” in their COVID-19 cases as the fear of the pandemic withers away allowing citizens of some states to eat at indoor restaurants, go out for a new hairstyle, and even pamper themselves with a personal massage. In a letter to the Trump administration along with a few members of Congress and state governors, experts wrote: “We are on a path to lose [over] 200,000 American lives by November 1st.”

Do you think it’s a good idea to keep these fun, yet non-essential businesses open to the public? What’s your view on this year’s school situation? Every opinion matters.

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