School ‘Reopening’ Won’t Solve the Schools-As-Daycare Problem

If Fairfax County and Arlington County in Virginia are any indication, I think many parents are going to be in for a rude awakening when school ‘resumes’ in September.

I put resume in scare quotes because having classes two days per week isn’t going to solve a serious problem for parents: schools are de facto day care for working parents, up and down the income ladder. Not just for little kids, but for younger teenagers too.

This is going to be a problem, and I sure as hell don’t have a solution, except to suggest that if you want school on normal(-ish) schedules, you better be wearing a fucking mask and not doing needless, high-exposure shit. Even in parts of the U.S. that have been relatively competent in their COVID-19 response (which might be damning with faint praise), there are still too many infected people to have large gatherings (especially on a daily basis). Want schools? Then crush the curve.

September is probably going to be awesome–in the biblical sense of the word.

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1 Response to School ‘Reopening’ Won’t Solve the Schools-As-Daycare Problem

  1. afeman says:

    “September is probably going to be awesome–in the biblical sense of the word.”

    So it’s going to be effed.

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