The Delta surge in cases was something that no one expected. Just when everyone thought we are finally getting closer to end the pandemic and start the new school year, the numbers started to rise resulting with fourth Covid-19.
Although some states are managing the current wave with lower number of cases compared to some others, one thing applies for every state, more and more student are getting infected at the start of the school year.
That forced some school districts to implement mask mandates in schools and enforce different kinds of Covid-19 measures, but despite all their efforts, some had to close the schools completely in switch to virtual learning.
According to the latest data, at least 1,000 schools across 35 states have closed for in-person learning because of COVID-19 since the beginning of the school year, according to Burbio, a New York-based data service that is tracking K-12 school reopening trends.
The company’s data indicate that majority of the schools switched to virtual learning, while some of them decided to postpone the start of the school year, some closed without further instructions and some shifted to hybrid learning.
What is even more alarming thing is the fact that the number of cases is rising even in schools where the mask mandate is already implemented. Some states are not allowing school districts to enforce mask requirement that led the school districts to file lawsuits against the state officials.
Late last month, President Joe Biden’s administration announced it is investigating five states that are banning districts from mandating masks, on the grounds that such policies violate the civil rights of children with disabilities and underlying health conditions.
“The department will fight to protect every student’s right to access in-person learning safely and the rights of local educators to put in place policies that allow all students to return to the classroom full-time in-person safely this fall,” Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said in a statement.
While schools are battling the spread of the virus with implementing different kinds of measures, Dr. Fauci, President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, started to prepare the public for vaccination in children under 12 claiming the only way to slow down the spread is everyone to get vaccinated.
It remains unclear how long the latest Covid-19 will last, but one thing is clear, children must not spend another year home since the whole situation is affecting their physical and mental development.
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