The CDC guidelines for opening schools recommend keeping desks 6 feet apart, closing shared spaces like playgrounds and dining halls, and mandating masks for staff and children. These guidelines are excessive and create a culture of fear.
Which is what we have now.
With a few rare exceptions, the conversation about opening schools back up in the fall so far is dominated by short-term symbolism. [Emphasis added]
Absent some realistic plan to prevent its spread, we will continue to spin our wheels [ditto], remain stuck in idealism, and still impose huge costs on the most vulnerable among us. Sooner or later realism must take hold.
Symbolism has its uses, but this isn’t one of them. Message is: Get real.