While I, like every other highschool student who has been isolated for nearly seven months, am itching to go back to some sense of normalcy, I have to wonder if on-campus learning is really the best option in the long run for students or simply an idea too good to be true.
As of now, Dana students are scheduled to go back to school Oct. 12th if they had previously signed up to go back to hybrid learning. This momentous occasion is right around the corner. But the closer it comes the more questions arise of whether or not this is the safest bet. According to the New York Times, there are roughly 56,346 coronavirus cases in Orange County as of today. Just hearing that high of a number makes me nervous, not to mention the number of people who have not been tested, are asymptomatic or simply do not bother to practice precautionary measures, such as wearing a mask in public.
While I would love to go to school and act as if everything wrong with the world is right, I cannot ignore the fact that no plan is foolproof when dealing with COVID-19.
While I would love to go to school and act as if everything wrong with the world is right, I cannot ignore the fact that no plan is foolproof when dealing with COVID-19. Just this past week the president of the United States tested positive for the virus. This is the same person who is getting tested daily and has some of the top doctors, scientists and researchers at his disposal, as well as one of the most secure buildings in the U.S., the White House, to quarantine in. Yet, President Trump still got it. So who’s to say that a bunch of highschool kids can’t either?
My biggest concern is not about the majority of kids that are going back to school, but rather the small group of kids that may completely undermine the entire program being put into place. The kids that go to school with a 100 degree fever because they do not believe in COVID-19, the kids that will wear their masks under their nose or take it off completely because it is ‘too hard to breathe in.’ My fear is that one idiotic student with a complete lack of basic human respect for others, will get the virus and give to one their friends who will give it to one of their friends and get the entire school shut down once again. Then what? We are back to square one.
Although I fully understand the impact COVID-19 has had on certain individuals’ mental and physical health, I do not understand the need to go back to school with many risk factors in play when for the first time in months, things are finally beginning to settle down and become “normal” in online school.
While I do believe that the better option would be to have everyone continue with online learning until second semester or at least when COVID-19 is less of a threat, I understand the want, and in some cases need, to go back to school and finally have a sense of “normal” social interaction. All we can hope for is a smooth and safe transition into these next few weeks as we all go into this unified.
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