More questions than answers

There was a Facebook posting that said, “Could we have a 2020 do-over?” I chuckled. Yes, a 2020 do-over would be nice. Always in the backs of our minds is the question, “Can we do this activity safely and can our family and children be protected from the Coronavirus?” A do-over would eliminate this question. So many questions would be eliminated.
Beginning in March, parents discovered that they had to become teachers, working with their children through virtual classrooms to complete their school year. Parents and care givers discovered that teaching was difficult. Time has drifted along and now newscasts and programs are debating sending children back into the classrooms. It is a very lively debate between parents, teachers, politicians and health professionals.
All agree that the health and safety of children and teachers is all important. Greater employment is needed to get the economy working and that requires the opening of schools and day care facilities. The question facing everyone is “How can we create a safe environment for students and teachers?” In a school in Atlanta 80 students and staff tested positive for the Coronavirus last week and now everyone in the school is in quarantine. One wonders “Could this happen where my student attends classes?”
Children and students learn from teachers, from each other and come into a safe environment every day when attending school. Teachers every day greet their students with questions of how they feel and what is happening in their lives. At the end of the day parents then ask their children what happened in school and if they had fun. Just attending school expands student’s world and social activities.
I sympathize with teachers worried that they will be unable to meet the social distancing requirements in the classroom or expecting students and themselves to wear face masks throughout the school day to protect each other. I can feel the indecision of parents debating whether or not it is in the best interests of their children and their family to have their students attending school. I can feel the frustration of parents again being faced with being a teacher of classroom studies to their children of different grades in their home.
In Monday’s Globe there was a story about universities in the Maritimes opening up and out of province students arriving to attend classes beginning after Labour Day. Any students outside of the four maritime province bubble have to quarantine in residence for 14 days with monitors allowing them only to leave their dorm rooms to go to the bathroom. All meals are being brought directly to their rooms. Any social interaction between freshmen can only take place through the internet.
Parents and students from across the district are debating about driving off to colleges and universities in the next week. With many universities and colleges only offering online courses, is there value in being on campus? Should they take a year off and wait to 2021?
There are no easy answers. So many questions continue to grow.