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Local teachers opine: So, how do we re-open schools?

There are so many things wrong with this global pandemic, it’s hard to figure out what can and cannot be fixed. The state tried to re-open businesses, but now that’s being reconsidered, at least at the county level. Last week, Hidalgo County’s Local Health Authority issued an order effectively closing schools in Hidalgo County, both public and private, until Sept. 27. Virtual classes are obviously approved, but campuses must remain closed to in-person instruction. School district staff may choose to work on campus, but they must still wear facemasks and adhere to social-distancing guidelines. Question is, what will happen after Sept. 27? If anyone has a valid idea of how to rid Hidalgo County of COVID-19 over the next approximately nine weeks when late September arrives, they’ve yet to make it known. In fact, there are many people in the field of education who now believe that next year’s entire academic calendar will be scratched as far as in-class instruction is concerned. After the county’s Health Authority issued the school notice last week, Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez, said, “I commend Dr. Melendez for putting the safety of our students, teachers and district staff first. As our numbers continue to rise, it is vital that we protect our children and our teachers. Until we can get a better handle on this virus we must continue to keep our distance from one another.” Even before the county’s announcement, both the city of Pharr and San Juan had passed similar ordinances, prohibiting school campuses within their respective city limits from opening. The question remains, however: how do we get a better handle on this virus while fatalities in Hidalgo County, along with confirmed cases, continues to rise in exponential fashion? Now, if you’ve followed national news stories, sadly, it would appear that the virus that causes COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, is not solely focused on adults. Teenagers, and in some cases, younger people, are also starting to contract it. Not only contract the virus, but die from the disease. In fact, if you do an online search for “COVID-19 attacks children,” and read many of the related stories, some from medical/science journals, chances are you’ll come away more concerned than re-assured about the future of our schools for the 2020/2021 academic year. In other words, there is a big problem, and no one yet has come up with an answer how to get kids back into their classrooms.

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