This was posted in the locked "WFAA reports Dallas ISD shuts down football" thread.
Pretty interesting perspective and very accurate from what I am hearing. Shutting down schools and going the virtual learning route may have a greater negative impact on the future than the virus.
posted by d0tc0m
"I work in administration at a school outside of Springfield, MO — would be a 4A Div. II school for context — and we are having on-going, ever-changing conversations and planning meetings on the coming fall. There is a massive pushback and hesitancy to go full online virtual learning, with no seated classes and no students on campus whatsoever. There's also the fear a full-blown normality either won't happen at all come August, or won't be sustainable through December. So currently, and this is specifically where I'm involved, we are building out plans and models for blended learning K-12, while gathering and processing data from families on the practical implications of doing something like that. What we're finding is most families in our community, and in Springfield, are going to struggle, logistically, from either a blended or totally virtual learning environment. It will possibly have a severe and lasting impact on a majority of families, not to mention questionable long-term effects on our students' education. The feedback we're receiving is that those particular risks far outweigh the risk of COVID-19.
I say all that to provide a small glimpse into the conversations being had at districts across the country. It's not a simple black-and-white issue, honestly. There are so many shades of grey in this, and so many long-term effects that extend past the health and well-being of the population. So yes, we can listen to the CDC and Health Officials say this is the world you can expect if you DON'T do A, B, and C. But we have a whole other sect of the population that's saying, Yes, but here's what you can expect if we DO abide A, B, and C. Both sides warrant discussion and critical analysis."