It’s too early to re­open schools

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With 60 years of ex­pe­ri­ence teach­ing, in­clud­ing 24 years as a health ed­u­ca­tor, I can clearly see that the plan to re­open schools won’t work.

When I taught adults English and Span­ish, we acted out plays. When I taught young chil­dren, we played cir­cle games. The idea of stu­dents be­ing able to carry out these ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties while stay­ing 6 feet apart is ab­surd.

Pres­i­dent Donald Trump doesn’t care. He doesn’t think of a sick child with no symp­toms in­fect­ing teach­ers, or teach­ers and staff in­fect­ing each other. He just wants the world “nor­mal” be­cause he thinks that will help him win. He can act as if the coro­n­avirus was just a bad dream. But we need more dis­tanc­ing and masks be­fore we talk schools. That re­open­ing plan won’t work right now, sir.

Fran B. Reed

Hil­ton Head Is­land, S.C.

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