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Don't turn our schools into Petri dishes

We trust Connecticut leadership and follow state guidelines, but we are dumbfounded by unrelenting federal pressure to reopen schools. Schools hold fire and active-shooter training drills to protect students and teachers from danger, not run toward it. So, how can the higher risk of COVID-19 justify putting our children in harm’s way?

Businesses keep workers home because person-to-person contact is too risky. So, how can filling schools be safe for students and teachers? Restarting the economy is not the schools’ function. Children are not disposable pawns so businesses can restart!

Yes, children have lower disease incidence. And, infected children have less chance of serious illness. But kids do get sick; some get serious complications, a few die. Yet, even symptomless infections can transmit COVID-19.

There is no moral justification for creating a disease transmission petri-dish. Is “low risk” acceptable? Name a single child (or worker) in your school community you would be OK with losing.

COVID-19 is new to us, but pandemics periodically appear across human history. Until a vaccine is widely administered across our nation, the only response that has broken disease transmission is isolation.

Thank God, remote teaching gives us the chance to protect the next generation without sacrificing education.

Chaplain Matthew Shulman, retired

Groton

 

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