I swear that Texas and Florida are running neck in neck to see who has the dumbest state.

Courtesy of The Dallas Morning News:

There have been 4,519 documented cases of COVID-19 in Texas public schools since the start of the 2020-21 school year, according to new state data released by the Texas Education Agency and the Department of State Health Services.

Thursday’s announcement, which only included a statewide aggregate, is the first attempt to track novel coronavirus cases in Texas schools. A district-level breakdown will be available next week, TEA spokesperson Jake Kobersky said.

The total represents around 0.2% of the estimated number of staff and students currently on Texas campuses, according to the agency. For students, there are 2,344 cases from an estimated 1.1 million students who took part in on-campus instruction or activities since the start of August. Last week, 990 students tested positive, an increase of 48% from the previous week as more schools returned to in-person instruction.

But 1.1 million students is only a fifth of the state’s 5.5 million public school students.

School districts are required to offer virtual learning, and several of the state’s largest school districts — including Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth and Arlington — haven’t resumed in-person classes yet.

Everywhere you look there are red flags to alert us to the fact that in-person teaching is an incredibly stupid idea right now. 

My question is how many children’s deaths are an acceptable number? 

Is it 10? 100? 1000?

How many children do we sacrifice in our desperate attempt to “get back to normal?”