Yesterday, Thursday, July 23, 2020 the CDC released new recommendations regarding the importance of reopening schools. This document (link below) outlines extensively what we have been advocating for over the last few weeks. This document mirrors the recommendations of the physicians in our community who have come forward and pushed for a full reopening for families and teachers who so choose to attend the schools.
To quote the CDC in person education provides the following:
provides educational instruction;
supports the development of social and emotional skills;
creates a safe environment for learning;
addresses nutritional needs; and
facilitates physical activity.
To date, not a single school district has presented a plan to the community that shows equity for all students and families while following the recommendations of numerous organizations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to now the CDC. EXAMPLE: AAP recommends a 1 meter (or 3.2 ft) distancing guideline versus the 6 ft guideline that the schools and our state are choosing to follow. Numerous states and other countries all over the world are using this as their "golden rule" for distancing allowing schools a full and safe reopening. Rather school districts and local health officials continue to follow the agenda of a state that has created guidelines that are so convoluted and unachievable our schools will never be able to fully reopen. Our state leaders, health department and school officials have shown repeatedly they do not have the best interest of our children in mind.
What our school districts along with the state have been hard at work doing (insert sarcasm) is with our tax dollars creating a plan for absolute disruption of our state. This includes: children and families schedules/finances being turned upside down, the continued unemployment/upheaval of businesses unable to become fully operational as parents remain home with their children, and the absolutely sickening demise of our children's education, schools, and overall well-being.
For parents who are concerned about the safety of their children and the risks of COVID-19, the CDC states the following:
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of July 17, 2020, the United States reported that children and adolescents under 18 years old account for under 7 percent of COVID-19 cases and less than 0.1 percent of COVID-19-related deaths.
Although relatively rare, flu-related deaths in children occur every year. From 2004-2005 to 2018-2019, flu-related deaths in children reported to CDC during regular flu seasons ranged from 37 to 187 deaths.
During the H1N1 pandemic (April 15, 2009 to October 2, 2010), 358 pediatric deaths were reported to CDC.
For parents who are concerned about the safety of their children and the risks of COVID, the CDC states the following pandemic, deaths of children are less than in each of the last five flu seasons, with only 64.
Our question for parents, teachers, and our schools is - Why haven't we shut down the schools every flu season? Why was it safe enough to operate the last five flu seasons?
Furthermore, for teachers and their unions that continue to push the fear mongering narrative and even suggested this past week in a local union meeting that"teachers get their wills in order" - the CDC states the following (to back what numerous physicians both here locally and nationally have stated for weeks):
Scientific studies suggest that COVID-19 transmission among children in schools may be low. International studies that have assessed how readily COVID-19 spreads in schools also reveal low rates of transmission when community transmission is low.
Based on current data, the rate of infection among younger school children, and from students to teachers, has been low, especially if proper precautions are followed.
There have also been few reports of children being the primary source of COVID-19 transmission among family members. This is consistent with data from both virus and antibody testing, suggesting that children are not the primary drivers of COVID-19 spread in schools or in the community.
THE SAME TEACHERS WHO SAID THEY WOULD TAKE A BULLET FOR THEIR STUDENTS ARE NOW THE SAME TEACHERS WHO ARE TOO SCARED TO COME TO SCHOOL?
TEACHERS - YOU ARE ESSENTIAL. WE NEED YOU. STEP UP TO THE PLATE AND BE AN ACTIVE MEMBER IN OUR SOCIETY OR STEP ASIDE.