Don’t Like Your School’s Reopening Plan? Pull Your Child Out!
Washington Examiner: Fairfax may be a trendsetter among districts, especially crowded districts near cities, and more may follow its lead about how to handle reopenings. This crowding is proving to be its undoing thanks to health department regulations about keeping children 6 feet apart, which is, it turns out, a fairly arbitrary rule as the World Health Organization recommends individuals from different households keep half the distance apart than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does.
But “our hands are tied” is not an excuse for an entire school district announcing that it has abdicated the mission of educating children just because the logistics have become complicated. At private schools around northern Virginia, their phones are ringing off the hook with parents looking for another option to provide their children with an actual education. Distance learning didn’t work last year, nor does it have a chance, especially for elementary-aged children or the children of parents too busy or unwilling to babysit their online activities. Fairfax County was a particularly failed experiment, with the Washington Post calling it a “disaster.”
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