Boy this reopening the schools plan is really working out isn’t it?

Courtesy of WJTV:

State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said schools in 71 Mississippi counties have reported COVID-19 cases in schools.

Dobbs said 245 teachers and 199 students have tested positive for the virus.

He also said 589 teachers and 2,035 students have been quarantined.

Mississippi is by no means the only state seeing a huge number of infections and quarantines. 

A Kansas teacher took it upon herself to create a database to track the number of new cases connected to the reopening of schools. 

Courtesy of WaPo:

Alisha Morris usually spends early August preparing lesson plans and getting her classroom set up at Olathe West High School in Olathe, Kan. But this year she was stuck at home, anxiously scrolling through an endless stream of stories about schools that opened only to quickly shutter or send hundreds of students home to quarantine because of exposure to the coronavirus.

“I was feeling overwhelmed by all the articles I was seeing online,” Morris, 29, told The Washington Post. “I really thought I was seeing duplicate articles.”

To keep track of what was happening in districts across the country, Morris organized the information from each article into a Google spreadsheet.

“At first I thought it was kind of great that I have something to do now — it can help ease my anxiety and become a purposeful task,” Morris said. “And then it exploded into something pretty overwhelming and pretty depressing.”

In 10 days, her spreadsheet has gone from 30 entries to more than 700 as of early Monday, each representing a separate school that has been affected by covid-19. Its reach is beyond anything she imagined. What started as a tool for her and her colleagues has swelled into a national resource for hundreds of educators and parents around the country.

Yeah, I think we can all see that this plan to reopen schools in most states has been an abject failure. 

There are some communities, including up here in Alaska, where there are either no or few infections that have been able to reopen without incident, but those are few and far between. 

For most school districts opening schools for in-person instruction presents a real and present danger to their students.