If sharing COVID case data is necessary, should students really be in school?

The Texas Education Agency has announced it will begin releasing information on COVID-19 cases in public schools, according to the Texas Tribune.

Here in Houston, HISD will begin the 2020-2021 school year virtually on Sept. 8.

Related: COVID-19 is now the third leading cause of death in the U.S., former CDC director says

Virtual instruction for all students will continue for six weeks through Friday, October 16. On Monday, October 19, face-to-face instruction for all students will begin.

Upon returning to the classroom, HISD, under the TEA’s decision will begin reporting COVID data, but is “subject to change based on COVID-19 conditions across the City of Houston, and recommendations from local, state, and federal health officials” according to a statement.

Many other schools have followed similar protocols, and also canceled fall sporting events.

Related: Navarro ISD confirms 18 coronavirus cases, halts football program

It’s been mentioned before that kids don’t COVID-19 symptoms as severe as those in adults, but it’s time for us to get real about re-opening schools. How could you possibly contain an outbreak among K-12 students?

According to the Wall Street Journal, “Children might be more vulnerable to COVID-19 than once believed, with new research suggesting that they are able to contract and spread the virus, especially if they don’t take precautions such as wearing a mask.”

As schools in the state have reopened, a number of “school-based COVID-19 cases followed closely behind,” as reported by the Texas Tribune.

What more information do we need? Being able to track COVID cases in schools is good, yes. But if the numbers are still high, students shouldn’t be back in the classroom.

Schools re-opening at full capacity only show me that academia is a business. Students and teachers shouldn’t have to risk their lives for education.



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