1 In 10 Americans Think Schools Should Open Normally
The 2020 school year ended unlike any school year in history. The start of the 2020-2021 school year looks like it will be unique too. Social distancing and masks appear as if they'll be the norm this fall at schools across Iowa and the nation. And according to a new survey of parents, that is O.K.
The Associated Press reports that a new survey found that only 1 out of 10 parents think that daycares, pre-schools, or K-12 schools should open this fall without any restrictions in place. In fact, 3 in 10 parents say that the teaching shouldn't happen in classrooms at all this school year. The majority of parents say that masks and other safety measures need to be in place before classes begin in person this fall. The poll also shows that Americans feel the same about colleges and universities opening too.
So what are school districts supposed to do? President Trump has expressed his desire for in-person learning this school year. The AP reports that the President even says he feels comfortable sending his own son Barron and his grandchildren to school this fall. In Iowa, Governor Kim Reynolds issued a mandate that 50% of learning this school year must take place in the classroom. The Iowa City school district had planned to be 100% online at least for the fall. They are petitioning the state to save that plan.
Meanwhile, the Cedar Rapids school district announced its plans. Students will attend classes 2 days a week in person, and online for 3 days. Other districts are set to announce their plans in the next week or two. It's a tough call for administrators on what plan to go with. And you can't blame parents for worrying about the safety of their children. I know I am.