Should we be Attending School During a Global Pandemic

By: JULIA ZARO

There has been a popular debate on whether it is safe for students to attend school or not. Students have been struggling with online classes, but does that mean that we should be exposing students and their families to this pandemic? Overall attending school is not a wise decision.  Students going to school would just make Covid-19 spread faster.

Over the last four weeks, there has been a 90% increase in the number of Covid-19 cases among children in the United States, according to a recent analysis by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association, Several clusters of coronavirus cases emerged in Florida, Georgia and Mississippi schools within days of starting classes. 

Joe Biden urges schools not to reopen, “Everyone wants our schools to reopen. The question is how to make it safe, how to make it stick, forcing educators and students back into a classroom in areas where the infection rate is going up or remaining very high is just plain dangerous.” Biden later goes on to say, “Science, not politics, should decide school reopening.” This could not be more true, politicians are more worried about students’ education instead of their health.

A student speaks up, “We could have just delayed opening like many other schools,” the student, Hannah Watters, told CNN last week. “They kind of sent us to school and used us as guinea pigs to see what would happen later on.” The government is putting everyone at risk by doing this, and Hannah is just one example.

Children and faculty are at risk. This is at the government’s hands. Sure some students want to be at school, but what you want isn’t always what you need. This is shown by the increase in Covid cases. There is no need to be putting everyone at risk when students can just attend online school.

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