As COVID-19 cases surge around the United States, the president is threatening to withdraw funding from schools that refuse to open in the fall. At the same time, the Department of Education head, Betsy DeVos is refusing to offer safety guidelines for how schools should proceed to open “safely,” leaving it up to local government and school districts to make decisions and risk Donald Trump lashing out at them.
In Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and many other countries, SCHOOLS ARE OPEN WITH NO PROBLEMS. The Dems think it would be bad for them politically if U.S. schools open before the November Election, but is important for the children & families. May cut off funding if not open!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 8, 2020
It also means that there are no clear guidelines for when to close schools. After a certain percentage of the school is infected? After a teacher is intubated? After the first kid dies from the virus?
When asked yesterday “what will be done of covid outbreaks in schools?”— Mohamad Safa (@mhdksafa) July 17, 2020
Betsy Devos Answered “you can’t plan for something that hasn’t happened yet”
Betsy DeVos, isn’t a teacher.— Tedra Cobb for Congress (@TedraCobb) July 16, 2020
Kayleigh McEnany, isn’t a scientist.
Mike Pence, isn’t a doctor.
Donald Trump, isn’t a leader.
Elise Stefanik, isn’t independent.
Let’s elect people who are willing to listen objectively & act responsibly. https://t.co/6dkh4enG06
It’s extremely morbid and frightening, but many teachers feel an obligation to go into school for the students. Or they really can’t afford to quit. CNN reports that many teachers are preparing for the worst-case scenario in which they must return to work, contract the virus, and eventually die. That means writing their wills and getting their affairs in order.
Saw my doc today for annual checkup. Her recommendations for me and my teacher friends:— Abby Cornelius (@abrarian) July 17, 2020
1)have at least 5 n95 masks (no homemade masks) and label them mon-fri. Let them sit for a week between wearing. 1/
4) don’t bring work stuff in house,— Abby Cornelius (@abrarian) July 17, 2020
5) buy life insurance and update will.
She was livid and so was I that she had to advise me in this manner.
“How are we in the middle of a pandemic, and I’m going into this germ factory, and we don’t have a will?” said Amy Forehand, a first-grade teacher. Facing the worst scenario in her mind is difficult for a number of reasons, but it seems to be especially stressful because she doesn’t know what to expect.
“I have extreme anxiety about death,” Forehand said. “I like to be in control. That scares me, because I’m not in control.”
"Teachers are writing their wills."— CNN (@CNN) July 13, 2020
A Texas high school teacher describes the anxiety among teachers about having face-to-face instruction in the fall, noting that the state's current education plan is "ignoring all the facts about how the virus works." https://t.co/keK6J9NGWl pic.twitter.com/2qqzMXufc9
Forehand says she has considered quitting, and her mother has “begged” her to do so. But she feels she must be there with her co-workers as they all head into the unknown. Forehand has found herself looking at her fellow teachers and thinking that “some of us may not live.”
Trump and his administration are demanding that schools reopen even though a certain percentage of people will die in schools from an avoidable disease, including children.