COVID-19 is creating a new lifestyle for everyone, and for people who have kids in K-12 the impact is more pronounced. Schools suddenly closed in March and quickly pivoted to remote learning by April. By May, schools were arranging virtual proms and graduations; and as we headed into summer vacation no one knew what the guidelines were for re-opening. All this happened while we watched confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths reach new highs every day.
My 15-year old daughter is starting 10th grade this fall. Her school district is offering options of 100% online or 50/50 campus format, which gives students in-person learning 2 ½ days a week. She’s excited about the latter option because it allows her the social experience of attending school. But, as a parent I am concerned about how my daughter, her classmates, teachers and school staff can safely be around each other during these 2 ½ days each week.
Although the district did provide a detailed plan addressing COVID-19 and student safety – how classroom desks and items are sanitized, if HEPA air filters will be available, their sick policy, social distancing rules, mask requirements and more – it did not include cafeteria or bookstore protocol.