After months of discussions about when schools should open, hundreds of thousands of students finally return to classrooms on Tuesday in New York City.
With rigorous controls that include temperature measurement, mask-wearing, and social distancing, New York City’s public schools reopened their doors to welcome some student body.
According to Fox News, families can now choose remote learning. As reported by the city’s Department of Education, about 50 percent of families went with that option, probably influenced by the often unfounded fears imposed by the local government itself.
The reopening was initially scheduled for Sept. 10, but the start date was repeatedly delayed after the city’s teachers’ union imposed some constraints.
They said the schools’ ventilation systems are obsolete, and the supposedly reduced number of health personnel in the institutions, and other minor inconveniences were red-flagged.
Simultaneously, a shortage of teachers was reported due to poor organization by the city government. The city decided to implement a kind of triple-track system of elective education requiring three groups of teachers.
The first is face-to-face, the second is for remote students, and the third is for mixed program students when at home.
Such is the confusion that the Board of Supervisors and School Administrators on Sunday asked the state government to control the school system for the pandemic’s duration.
Governor Andrew Cuomo responded on Monday by saying that he understood the sector’s concern. The state will be watching the overall situation and could take action as events evolve.
During the pandemic, schools’ reopening involved a discussion with two opposing views by the two major political sectors in the United States.
In general terms, the Democrats were always reluctant to reopen schools and businesses and public offices.
On the contrary, the Republicans and the Trump administration defended an intelligent reopening of the economy and the schools.
“Our country has got to get back, and it’s got to get back as soon as possible. And I don’t consider our country coming back if the schools are closed,” President Trump said from the White House.
At that time, the president brought together health and education leaders nationwide to the White House. They assured him that the institutions are ready to open this Fall and can do so safely from their various perspectives.
“We want to reopen the schools,” Trump said. “Everyone wants it. Mothers want it, fathers want it, children want it. It’s time to do it.”
Students and their parents’ mental and emotional health was one of the most repeated arguments for the willingness of the scientists who accompanied the president to reopen schools.
The former head of neurology at Stanford Medical Center, Dr. Scott Atlas, in an interview with Fox News, stated that the risk of children contracting the CCP Virus and dying is practically zero. He added that children could rarely transmit the virus to adults, so under no circumstances could it be justified that they would not return to school in the Fall.
At the White House event, President Trump repeated his statement that Democrats want to keep schools closed for political reasons, not health reasons.
He made the same claim on Twitter the day before when he said, “Corrupt Joe Biden and the Democrats don’t want to open schools in the Fall for political reasons, not for health reasons! They think it will help them in November. Wrong, the people get it!”