When our children return to school this fall it won’t be the same educational environment as when school let out for the summer. The Covid-19 virus has turned everything upside down.
When students enter Carson City classrooms this fall, they’ll have to sit at least six feet apart from each other according to the federal Centers for Disease Control. It means that instead of 30+ students in a classroom, it’s likely to be half that – which means a lot of children will have to remain at home unless the community comes up with a more creative approach to the problem.
There are a lot of options out there, but one version that’s being talked about is something that’s likely to be presented to students and their families – and that is half the students are in school while the other half are learning remotely from home. Then during the week they alternate – kids at home come to school and the kids at school attend remotely from home. That way there’s constant contact with all the kids while maintaining continuity of scholastic achievement. Some parents may choose to home school their children or enroll them in private schools.
It may sound a little chaotic but the set-up will hopefully be limited to only half of the school year. By then a vaccine and therapies to fight the virus will be universally available to all kids and their families so things can get back to normal after the first of the year, or shortly thereafter.
There are two school board meetings coming up to sort all this out. The first meeting is scheduled for July 14th with the Carson City School Board reviewing the start-up plan 20 days before the first day of school. Then two weeks later the School Board is expected to finalize the plan and prepare everyone for the start of the school year in the Fall. Because of the unique circumstances there is some talk that the school year may start a week or two or three late.
Again, world-wide scientists are getting closer and closer to a Covid-19 vaccine along with medical treatments for those already infected. It’s a hard lesson that we’re learning that it takes everybody in the world to solve a world-wide threat. The old Boy Scout motto “Be Prepared” will be top of mind for anyone who lives through this pandemic.