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Tue May 12, 2020, 02:37 PM

Rand Paul - misses point on children, COVID-19 and Schools

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I'm not sure what the acceptable mortality rate for children is in his mind, but does he think that children are the only people that get exposed to COVID-19 at school?

Teachers and school staff are adults - often belonging to vulnerable age and health groups. Children return home to parents and grandparents.

This stupid. It burns.

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/12/dr-anthony-fauci-sen-rand-paul-spar-over-safety-and-death-rates-among-children-with-coronavirus.html

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Response to ThoughtCriminal (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 02:58 PM

1. He misses most points. n/t

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Response to ThoughtCriminal (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 03:18 PM

2. He is clueless.

I taught in a small school with a little over 100 students. We had one teacher per grade level K-5, a principle we shared with another small school, a nurses aide, a secretary, and a cafeteria lady. We shared a PE teacher, a music teacher, an art teacher, a special ed teacher, a speech therapist, and a guidance counselor with several other schools. That is a lot of adults coming and going from school to school. Add to that parents, volunteers and bus drivers.

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Response to ThoughtCriminal (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 03:27 PM

3. This is very true

But, both of the limitations you mention are more manageable for college age kids. I have been trying to game out what could work for them.

For one, resident college students don't go home every night so it represents less risk to their older relatives. In a way, it might be safer to have them off at school for months at a time than coming home from a job everyday.

Second, how do you protect the remainder of the older adults on campus? Perhaps it is possible to let professors lecture on closed circuit and let grad students do in person tutoring/labs/etc. Dorms would have to be managed by young adults but they usually are anyways. Food service would be difficult but I could see having a hot zone on the cafeteria side for the kids and an adult zone in the kitchen. Actual serving and table cleaning could be handled by students and young adults.

Of course all of this assumes that kids that age have very low danger. I suspect, the colleges will offer a discount to students who will attend online and try to open at 50% capacity.

Granted, I have a daughter meant to start in the fall so I have an ulterior motive. It will be bad if she doesn't get to go so I am trying to think like a college administrator as to what might work.

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