Are Schools Ready to Reopen?
The death of a teacher in Arizona is spreading alarm
Arizona teachers get Covid-19, raising concerns over the reopening of schools. Many health experts and groups are encouraging local leaders to figure out ways to reopen schools for the sake of children’s learning and even safety. Yet how to best protect children and the adults they will interact with—namely teachers—remains a challenge. A small community in eastern Arizona is dealing with the recent death of a teacher from Covid-19. The Hayden-Winkelman Unified School District is reporting that three teachers contracted Covid-19 while doing virtual teaching in the same room. One of the teachers died. This is despite the fact that the teachers followed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for social distancing, sanitizing, and wearing masks and gloves. Jeff Gregorich, the superintendent, said in an interview that he does not believe schools in Arizona are ready to reopen. “The learning can be made up, but the lives will never be brought back,” he said.
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