posted on May, 24 2020 @ 04:59 PM
The CDC has released school opening guidelines, and they're predictably nuts.
Wear masks if over the age of two
Discourage sharing of items or supplies that can’t be easily cleaned between uses
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces between uses
Develop a schedule for increased, routine cleaning and disinfection
All belongings separated into individual cubbies or labeled containers
Avoid sharing electronic devices, toys, games, or learning aids
Desks should be 6-feet apart and all facing the same direction
One child per seat on school buses and skip rows between riders
Install sneeze guards or partitions where 6-feet-apart won’t work
One-way routes in hallways
Tape on sidewalks and walls to ensure kids stay 6 feet apart
Close shared spaces like cafeterias and playgrounds
Physical barriers or screens between sinks in bathrooms
Children either bring their own meals or serve individually plated meals in the classroom
Kids eat lunch in classrooms
Virtual events in lieu of field trips
The same children stay with the same staff all-day
Avoid switching groups or teachers
Stagger student arrival and departure times to limit crowds of kids
Limit non-essential volunteers and visitors
If possible, daily health and temperature checks
Can you imagine being a gradeschool kid going to a school like this?!
I've seen this the first one talked about on a local news article from a daycare. They were seriously going to try to implement it and require all
the kids there over the age of 2 wear masks all day. When the gal was questioned about the difficulty with getting kids that young to put on a mask
every day, 8 hours a day, she suggested parents wear masks at home with their kids to condition them! So no one was ever supposed to not wear masks
now if your child is going to daycare in an attempt to enforce an uncomfortable face covering on toddlers.
And it's not going to get much easier on school age kids. My son has a hearing disorder. He wears an earpiece, and we've already lost it twice and
had to replace it. Sure a mask would be easier to keep track of, but anyone who's ever had their kid not come home with a glove or a scarf or glasses
or any other article knows this one. And that's before we get into keeping them on the right way.
Then there's the obsessive cleaning and disinfecting protocol. When? Who? It's not that it's a bad idea, but it is wildly impractical.
And the supplies ... Either you require every kid to supply their own or you figure out how to fund schools to supply every kid. Either one isn't
happening now. That's why supply sharing happens. Not every kid can afford their own, and the schools don't have the means to supply every kid. What
about books? Single copies of books build massive classroom libraries, but those are shared. You can't have enough to for every kid to have their
own. And most sets only supply four to six copies, not enough for a whole classroom.
Let's them talk about they want every classroom to resemble a prison. Teachers take advantage of different seating configurations and types of seats
to appeal to every learning style. My own kid needs to be seated close to the teacher. He's highly distractible thanks to the hearing and another
learning issue. But regimented seating won't allow that freedom to any teacher, and the plexiglass partitions are worse.
Oh and let's ditch gym class and recess ... it's not like we have an obesity epidemic which is one of the underlying issues for severe COVID-19. And
have you ever tried to get a gradeschool kid to sit through an entire day without any breaks at all? Just sitting in his or her desk, not moving? Good
luck with that ...
These are so silly, I have to wonder if the people who wrote them have ever been anywhere near a school at all ...