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Should schools reopen?You decide!1.1Discussion Questions:1. The "PRO" side has many premises about the negative impacts of school closures onstudents. Did any of these premises cause you to think differently about this topic? Whichpremises, and why?2. The "CON" side has a premise that social benefits of in-person school are mostly lost dueto COVID. How important is it to you to be able to see other students in person?3. Do you find that you tend to learn better in-person or online, and why?4. How much of this decision should be made by teachers, and why?We should not reopenschools.1.4If opening schoolswill cause significantharm to students,teachers, and theirfamilies then weought not reopen.2.5Reopening schoolswill cause significantharm to students,teachers, and theirfamilies.2.6Precious time andresources will be losttrying to reopenschools.3.7It is very expensive, interms of time andfinancial resources, tomake COVID friendlychanges to the schoolenvironment.4.5The hybrid learningsystem, an essentialcomponent ofreturning to school, ismuch more expensivethan fully online orfully in personlearningenvironments.5.5CDC approved socialdistancing and deepcleaning protocolsare very expensive toimplement.5.6All of these resourceswill simply be for notwhen schoolsinevitably have toclose again andresume remotelearning.4.6Reopening schoolsplaces students,teachers, and theirfamilies at risk ofmental and physicalharms.3.8The mental healthcosts of openingschools aresignificant.4.7Opening schoolsmight place studentsand teachers in aposition where theywill know someonewho contracts or diesfrom COVID.5.7It is likely that we willsee an increase inCOVID cases onceschools reopen.4.8The studentsthemselves will be atrisk of developingCOVID.5.8The rates of childrenwith COVID are notzero.6.3Students might notobey social distancingprotocols (at least notconsistently) and theydo not typically havethe best hygiene.6.4In areas whereschools havereopened, cases havespiked.5.9Children may contractCOVID and bring ithome to theirfamilies, which mightinclude peopleseverely at risk.5.103.3 million peopleover the age of 65 livein a household with aschool age child.6.5If we can keepschools closed whilecontinuing to providequality education tostudents then weshould do so.2.7We can keep schoolsclosed whilecontinuing to providequality education tostudents.2.8Online education isconstantly improvingand we are moreaware, now, of thechallenges thatstudents face inonline environmentsas well as how tocorrect for itsshortcomings.3.9BACKGROUND:As COVID cases and deaths continue tomount in the US, everyone seems to have anopinion about whether schools should meetin-person, online, or some variation of hybridmodel. Administrators and teachers arebeing tasked with the impossible: trying toensure both safety and high-quality learningfor all students.1.2We ought to reopenschools.1.3If opening schools isnecessary for theoverall wellbeing ofthe country, weshould do so.2.1Opening schools isnecessary for theoverall wellbeing ofthe country.2.2Opening schools isnecessary for thewellbeing of students.3.1Children's physicaland mental wellbeingis harmed by keepingschools closed.4.1Children miss vitalopportunities forsocialization and canexperience fear,loneliness, and stressas a result whenschools are closed.5.1Children often lackaccess to resourcesnecessary for theirhealth if schoolsremain closed.5.2Minority students andstudents from lowersocioeconomicclasses often lackconsistent access tolunches when schoolsare not there toprovide it for them.6.1Children sufferacademically whenschools remainclosed.4.2Minority students aredisproportionatelyaffected because theyare more likely to lackaccess to onlineresources andlearning support (likea full time caregiver)outside of school.5.3It is not feasible toprovide qualityeducation online.5.4Research shows thatthe best learningoccurs when studentsare physically presentwithin the classroom.6.2Opening schools isnecessary for theeconomic wellbeingof the country.3.2The closure of schoolshas caused the loss ofmillions of jobs assupport staff withinschools are laid off.4.3Remote learningoften requires at leastone caregiver to stayhome from work. Thisresults in familieshaving less income.4.4It is possible to openschools safely.2.3We now know theappropriatemeasures that mustbe taken in order tomitigate the risks ofCOVID-19 in schools.3.3Children are less likelyto spread COVID-19than older adults.3.4If it is possible toopen schools safelythen we ought to doso.2.4Schools serve manyvital functions withinour democraticsociety.3.5With schools beingclosed we lose all ofthose importantbenefits.3.6

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