Over 2,000 students, teachers and school staff members are quarantined in five states after 230 coronavirus cases were reported in their schools. Many hoped that the beginning of school would signal a return to normalcy, but the spread of cases points to a different outcome.
In Georgia, Cherokee County School District, 1,100 students teachers and staff were quarantined after cases were reported. A day after returning to in-person learning, 59 positive cases were reported. The two-week quarantine affected over a dozen schools in the district. “It doesn’t sound like this was a successful reopening,” former Georgia teacher Miranda Wicker told CNN’s Don Lemon.
Teachers around the country are worried about their own safety and those of the children as districts and governments push for in-person learning. Marie Tichenor, a New Jersey teacher who’s husband has an autoimmune disease and is therefore at a higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus, told CNN, “I know as an educator of small children, it’s going to be very difficult to social distance. Even if the kids kept on their mask and didn’t touch each other and stayed six feet apart … it’s little things like on the first day of school, children cry. A child will ask me to tie his or her shoes. My gut reaction is going to go near that child, to comfort that child, to help that child.”
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