Packed hallways, less than half of the students wearing masks, what could go wrong?

Courtesy of US News:

Two suburban Atlanta school districts that began in-person classes Monday with mask-optional policies face more questions about COVID-19 safety protocols after on-campus pictures showed students packed shoulder-to-shoulder.

In Cherokee County, dozens of seniors gathered at two of the district’s six high schools to take traditional first-day-of-school senior photos, with students squeezing together in black outfits. No one in pictures at Sequoyah High School in Hickory Flat or Etowah High School in Woodstock wore a mask.

In Paulding County, student pictures taken Monday and Tuesday show crowded hallways at North Paulding High School in Dallas. Fewer than half of the students shown are wearing masks.

Critics widely derided the pictures on social media, although some residents of the counties voiced support.

Who voiced their support?

People from countries that hate America?

And there have already been cases identified within these schools.

Courtesy of AJC:

A handful of schools in Georgia opened this week as the pandemic raged beyond their doors, while officials worked to balance the risk of spreading the coronavirus against the urgent need to get students in front of teachers.

The pandemic did not stay outside the schoolhouse doors in Canton. In its second day of the new school year, the Cherokee County School District shut down a second-grade classroom at Sixes Elementary School after a student tested positive for COVID-19, spokeswoman Barbara Jacoby said Tuesday, adding that the teacher and 20 other students in the class must quarantine for two weeks. The teacher, who is symptom-free, will teach the class online from home and the classroom will be deep cleaned.

Jacoby said the Sixes Elementary student showed no symptoms during school on Monday; when the symptoms began after school, the student’s parents sought medical assistance and testing that resulted in the positive diagnosis.

Also, on the first day of school Tuesday in Marietta, where students are fully remote, a spokeswoman said five district employees had tested positive for COVID-19.

More than three-quarters of Cherokee County’s 42,000 students returned to classes Monday, while 23% chose the district’s digital learning option. Cherokee is among the first districts in the country to reopen in what will be a vast experiment in keeping a wily and determined virus at bay.

These aren’t children anymore, they are lab rats conducting a dangerous experiment to determine if it is safe to reopen schools to in-person instruction. 

The thing is we already have data from other parts of the world, and from summer camps here in America, that already tells us that it is not.