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Trump & Some States DEMAND Schools Reopen This Fall IN PERSON, Teachers PROTEST Against It+ Two Largest School Systems Will Reopen Virtually

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As we get closer to the start of the academic school year, the nation seems torn on whether students should actually step back into the classroom or continue virtual learning. Teachers are protesting, while two of the nation’s largest school systems have already decided they’re reopening virtually. More inside…

Early this spring, school systems across the nation were abruptly shut down due to the rapid spread of the Coronavirus. Schools are a breeding ground to pass viruses from person-to-person, so school districts didn’t waste any time shutting down once it was official the world was battling a global pandemic.

As we approach the 2020-21 school year, it’s still unclear when/if students will return to the classroom. A little over a week ago, Trump hopped on Twitter to DEMAND all schools reopen this fall:

Despite Trump’s “demands,” two of the nation’s largest school systems have already decided they will NOT reopen with students returning to the classroom and have opted for virtual learning or just a few days a week in school – at least for the first nine weeks.

Coronavirus cases and hospitalizations have been going up in Florida, Arizona, Texas and California, so parents and teachers are concerned about keep the children safe, as well as the teachers and administrators.

The Los Angeles and San Diego school districts will start the upcoming year totally virtual. New York City schools will reopen with hybrid learning where there will be a mix of in-person classes and online learning. In Washington, D.C., they’re proposing to kick off the school year with virtual learning as well.

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly (D) said she would delay the reopening of the state's K-12 schools for nearly a month until after Labor Day because of a resurgence of positive Coronavirus cases.

Texas schools still don’t have any concrete reopening rules for the fall. According to reports, Houston schools – the state’s largest district – announced the fall semester will start later than usual and expect students to spend at least six weeks learning virtually before possibly going back into classrooms.

Teachers in Texas have been protesting against in-person school reopenings:

In Florida, an executive order was signed by Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran (a Republican and former speaker of the Florida House of Representatives) that orders all brick and mortar schools, including private and charter institutions, to reopen in August at least five days per week for ALL students.

Alberto Carvalho, Miami-Dade County Public Schools superintendent, tweeted his support of school reopening:

The fact that the superintendent is defending schools reopening for the fall is just insane right now based on the rising numbers of Coronavirus cases in Miami-Dade County.

The Miami Herald reports:

Florida’s Department of Health on Thursday confirmed 13,965 new cases of COVID-19, the second highest single-day total recorded in the state since the pandemic began in March. The state now has a total of 315,775 confirmed cases.

There were also 156 new Florida resident deaths announced, bringing the statewide resident death toll to 4,677. Read more here: 

Teachers across the nation have been protesting schools reopening in the classroom because teachers don't want to get sick:

Most places are going with a hybrid offering - your child can do either online or in person.  But there's still plenty of issues, esp. with some officials attempting to demand schools to open in person only.  What do you think is the best option for school reopening this fall??

 

EXTRAS:

1. Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has tested positive for Coronavirus. STORY

 

Photo: Rido/Shutterstock.com

 

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