Article: 3 Arizona teachers who shared a classroom all contracted the virus. One died.https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/education/2020/07/09/covid-19-school-reopenings-arizona-teachers/5411122002/?fbclid=IwAR2UGZbjxVWzRhOPfHVGX7CDnX-yBhoT_NpcZ-ITW9tK3Sne5jLsF-49l80
In all the years that I worked in schools, I've never heard of a teacher dying from the flu. I'm sure it's happened, but I've never heard of it. The Covid deaths are with schools closing in March...
I am very mixed about school re-opening. First -- I think most states/communities will
reopen schools, at least at the outset -- and at least partially. I know how hard it's been and I know the emotional toll on kids not having the social component and missing the opportunity to learn with teachers actually present (not to mention the toll on parents and school staff). I want schools to open. But... when you hear teachers dying of Covid it's pretty hard to ignore. Many teachers, paraeducators, lunch workers, custodians, administrators are over 55 and many have concerning pre-existing conditions. Trump's let's say, indelicate, declaration of schools must reopen -- contained fully with a solid threat -- is just another example of his failure as a leader. I do believe that he would have the vast majority of the country in his camp if he were to strongly state that kids mental health and academic needs are best met back in school (of course this in itself runs counter to the now almost silent voice of his Education Secretary, Betsy Devos who has not behaved as a particular fan of public education).
Trump could be a little sensitive to the implications of reopening -- maybe acknowledge that it's disconcerting. Maybe acknowledge that adults in schools might be at high risk for complication even as kids may be at lesser risk. Maybe acknowledge that there are some parts of the country, or some districts, that may be in the midst of crazy outbreaks and perhaps should be more cautious. Maybe he could not only emphasize, but back up with public $$ the idea of implementing stringent safety precautions when back at school.
You know, as each month of this dreadful presidency ticks down to its hopeful end, I am actually believing month to month that he is even worse as a president than I thought each previous month. The bar was painfully low to begin with, and he is getting lower and lower.
26 Teachers From England:https://www.tes.com/news/coronavirus-revealed-least-26-teachers-have-died-covid-19
28 teachers and 65 school employees From NYC:https://abc7ny.com/teacher-deaths-by-covid-19-teachers-killed-coronavirus-department-of-education-nyc/6133083/https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-03-17/sacramento-substitute-teacher-who-tested-positive-for-coronavirus-dies