My feelings are a bit mixed as there are painful consequences on both sides of the equation. However, I ultimately feel that schools in their current set up cannot work in the current environment and shouldn't be re-opened. The likelihood of the virus spreading and killing grandparents, parents, and teachers is guaranteed. But I feel like the US has to address the negative consequences of kids staying at home. What that would look like, I'm not 100% sure. I don't even think you can apply a set of guidelines that would fit every situation out there.
Some things that I think would work in some areas:
- Open air schools
- Cafeteria food delivery to students on free, or reduced lunch.
- School-provided internet hot spots (I think this is being provided for already in some places)
- Traveling teachers- teachers providing some sort of in-person check ups on students, especially those that are at-risk.
- Schools move towards being open in the Spring, Summer, and partial Fall, with Winter break replacing Summer break.
- Schools partially re-open, with 1/5th the students coming in on one day a week.
Would really be interested in hearing the thoughts and ideas of others on this topic. Especially the people who work in the education field.