Under the disguise that children are not as susceptible as adults to COVID-19, and that children remedy the disease better than adults, the Trump administration is insisting schools re-open for face-to-face instruction for the 20-21 school year under threats of withholding funds to schools that fail to re-open as brick-and-mortar operations.
In essence, as COVID-19 infections soar above 3-million cases in the United States (US) and deaths dreadfully surpass 131,000 Americans, and with no end to the pandemic in sight, the Trump administration seeks to sacrifice America's school children to the deadly Novel Coronavirus.
As a parent of four-sons - two Ivy League College grads, and two present school children in Washington, DC, and as a member and past president of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA), and as a member of the Local School Advisory Team (LSAT), I reject any notion to sacrifice children in any covert ploy to attempt to achieve herd-immunity to COVID-19.
Moreover. I submit that it would be a very high liability to school districts to re-admit children for face-to-face learning amid the current pandemic. Additionally, in the absence of clear scientific guidance amid evidence that COVID-19 is airborne, I also reject any gamble with the health of children for political gain.
I speak for many parents in hoping that our children return to school. However, there must be clear guidance for protecting all students, teachers, custodians, security officers, drivers, crossing-guards and staff. This guidance must be rooted in science and not in the aspirations of any one man.
Until clear scientific guidance is given to schools per safe re-opening, parents who love their children, should continue to nourish their children's educational, social and emotional needs, at home.