DALLAS, (US) -Putting your child on the bus on the first day of school is always a test of faith for the parent. Now, in addition to the common concerns about the recruitment of young teachers and classmates, there is COVID-19.
Rachel Adamus felt those feelings at sunrise Monday as she prepared 7-year-old Pauline for her first day of second grade and 5-year-old Neva ready to start kindergarten.
With the new school year starting this week in some states, Adamus struggles to balance his fears with his belief that his children need the well-being and education provided by the school. The death toll in the U.S. from coronavirus has reached nearly 155,000, with cases rising in many states.
“We have protected them for a long time,” said Adamus, who said his aunt had died at COVID-19 in Alabama and his great uncle had contracted the virus at a New Jersey nursing home. “They don’t go to restaurants.” We only go to the parks and no one else is there. Let’s take them to the grocery store. Now they will be in a classroom with many children even though all day with the teachers. ”
Adamus children are among tens of thousands of students across the nation who have been postponed to return to school on Monday for the first time since March. Parents in Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee will also be among those attending the new school year this week.
Many schools that continue with personal instructions provide parents with a practical option to stay home. Some devise a method of sterilization, and the children take turns between in-person classes and online instructions.
But disruption in COVID-19 cases in many states has prompted districts to demolish classes at least early in the school year, including Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Washington.
Both Adamus children wear a mask, though that is not mandatory for 30,000 students in Paulding County, about 15 miles [25 km] northwest of Atlanta. Adamus said his son and daughter understand what is happening on a basic level – that there are germs and they need to stay home.
“My daughter has been talking a lot lately, ‘I can’t wait for the germs to leave,'” she said.
Adamus lives near North Paulding High School, where the principal sent a letter over the weekend announcing that the footballer had been tested for coronavirus after attending the practice. The Georgia High School Association, held last week, said it had received 655 test reports since the start of football and other sports on June 8.
In Mississippi, where the virus is spreading rapidly, 44 counties are launching in person this week, starting Monday with a 1,700 home-based student program in Newton County east of Jackson. The Corinthian state of 2,700 students of the first traditional district class in Mississippi last week. By the end of the week, one Corinthian high school student had been tested to the point that he hoped that more or more of his fellow students would be detained.
In Indiana, where schools reopened last week, a student at Greenfield-Central Junior High was tested for the first day he returned to class. School Superintendent Harold Olin said the student was alone at the school’s clinic, and the school’s nurses were working to find others who might be in close contact.
“This doesn’t change our plans,” Olin said. “We knew we would have a good case later in the fall. We never thought it would happen on Day One. ”
Elsewhere in Indiana, Elwood Junior Senior High has suspended two-day classes during the school year after examining at least one person.
Another absent student starting at North Paulding on Monday was Aliyah Williams. His mother, Erica Williams, said she kept the 14-year-old man at home because two of her young sons had cystic fibrosis and could not risk being exposed. Williams said he thought his daughter would be ready for an online course, of which 30% of students were enrolled.