What should school look like this fall?

Education and fellowship with other children is important.

Staying free of the Covid-19 virus and protecting families is also important.

I’m wondering if the risk to everyone involved in re-opening schools is a good choice.

I’m wondering about the budget to pay for all the extra efforts to clean everything from buses to classrooms to cafeterias every day is even possible or reliable. I wonder if testing everyone every day would be too expensive.

One of the arguments in favor of reopening is that many children do not have access to the internet. Could the money allotted for opening the schools be diverted toward making the at-home learning experience possible for all students. Pay for internet access education classes with the computers available to everyone.

Bring the furloughed teachers into this program with their great education experience and caring for their students. The teachers, many at a vulnerable age, would still be using their skills while avoiding the risk of exposure to the virus.

Also, a hardship allowance for parents who need to hire help to enable them to return to work is another option. Where there is a will, there is a way.

Jacqueline Robison

Edmonds

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