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One of the great debates within our nation today has to do with the imminent return of our children to school, amid a rise in coronavirus cases being fueled by the ultra-contagious delta variant of the virus.
With many students still too young to be vaccinated, this has led to a number of concerns among parents, who are either worried that the schools themselves could assist in spreading the delta variant, or that the threat of the illness could be used by schools and governments to overstep their bounds when it comes to bodily sovereignty.
Or, worse yet, that schools will refuse to take students back on account of the hassle.
The Secretary of Education is putting the kibosh on that last concern, but with a caveat.
U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona has a message for schools across the country ahead of the new school year: Students need to be in classrooms.
“That’s where students learn best,” Cardona told NPR’s A Martínez. “Schools are more than just places where students learn how to read and write — they’re communities. They’re like second families to our students.”
On Monday, the U.S. Education Department will release a roadmap for the return to school, encouraging districts to invest in social and emotional support for students and outlining ways to “accelerate academic achievement.”
Here comes the part that many parents did not want to hear:
The roadmap also recommends that school systems follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s masking guidance for K-12 schools, which the agency revised last week, recommending “universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status.”
The move is sure to strike up some lively debates in school across the country in the coming weeks.
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