Since we have just come out of Independence Day weekend, the biggest thing that everyone is thinking about is how they spend the rest of their summer amid this coronavirus pandemic.

The second most significant thing is what school is going to look like in the fall.

 

Many schools are still determining what their plan of action will be, though for the Portland district in Maine it seems as though there is going to be a potential hybrid plan of distance learning and sessions of school on grounds (outdoors), according to Fox 6 News.

But the same article also mentions that the school district is still considering these three options: "a full reopening, a partial reopening or fully remote learning."

On the other hand, The Portland Press Herald reported that North Yarmouth Academy, a private school, plans to have on-site learning in the fall.

So I guess we will see what happens as more schools lay out their plans the closer we get to the start of the school year.

The debate around the country of how to send children back to school is becoming emotional, political, and exhausting. Even though this is not Florida, which is averaging 7000 new cases of COVID-19 per day, according to Fox 6 News, there is no easy answer for this complex issue.

The news report also had this quote from Dr. Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, on “Fox News Sunday”:

“If we see large outbreaks happening across communities, it’s going to be very hard to keep schools open, The good news is we think kids transmit less. They are certainly less likely to get sick, but … imagine Arizona right now. If schools were open right now, they would not be able to stay open.”

What are your thoughts? Do you think the students are ready to go back this fall, is it safe enough? Or would you instead continue distance learning?

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