In-Person, Mask-Free Classes: Some Schools About To Resume Despite Coronavirus Resurgence


https://www.forbes.com/sites/danielcassady/2020/07/28/in-person-mask-free-classes-some-schools-about-to-resume-despite-coronavirus-resurgence/#52f69637511d

In-Person, Mask-Free Classes: Some Schools About To Resume Despite ...

TOPLINE

As coronavirus infection rates continue to spike across the nation, some school districts—including Jefferson City Schools in Jefferson, Georgia—have decided to trudge forward with reopening plans and offer face-to-face classes without requiring face masks.

 

KEY FACTS

Jefferson City Schools plans to begin face-to-face classes on Friday, one of the earliest starting dates in the country, according to a report from the New York Times.

School officials in Jefferson said they would strongly encourage students or teachers to wear face masks, but wouldn’t require them to do so.

The debate over face masks has proven divisive among the town’s residents, 80% of whom voted for Trump in 2016, with high school students creating petitions both for and against mandatory face masks.

Jackson county, of which Jefferson is the county seat, has seen 162 new Covid-19 cases in the past 7 days while Georgia as a whole, a recent hotspot for the virus, has seen over 170,000 cases and more that 3,500 deaths.

At least 14 other school districts have chosen to open for full, in-person classes between July 27 and August 7, according to Ed Week, each with different rules regarding face masks.

At least 14 other school districts have chosen to open for full, in-person classes between July 27 and August 7, according to Ed Week, each with different rules regarding face masks.

KEY BACKGROUND

There has been a debate about when and how schools should reopen almost since the coronavirus pandemic began. Last week President Trump, who has been adamant that schools reopen in the fall, reversed course saying that schools in coronavirus hotspots should delay reopening, but that doing so would prevent them from receiving billions in federal aid. The CDC has also backed reopening schools as of last week, saying in a statement “Reopening schools creates opportunity to invest in the education, well-being, and future of one of America’s greatest assets — our children — while taking every precaution to protect students, teachers, staff and all their families.” Some school districts are operating more judiciously, halting reopenings until the coronavirus outbreaks subside, or relying on virtual lessons and hybrid classes.

 

 

 

 

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