Schools Face Tough Choices About Reopening As Parents, Teachers Weigh Risks | TODAY

published on July 20, 2020

COULD PUT MORE PEOPLE AT RISK OF GETTING THE VIRUS AS THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR APPROACHES, THIS MORNING QUESTIONS ABOUT COVID IN THE CLASSROOM ARE GROWING >> THERE’S NO WAY WE COULD

SOCIALLY DISTANCE SECOND GRADERS >> Reporter: WHILE THE PRESIDENT IS PUSHING FOR A FULL REOPENING OF SCHOOLS ACROSS THE COUNTRY >> WE’RE NOT GOING TO GIVE THEM

MONEY IF THEY’RE NOT GOING TO SCHOOL >> Reporter: EXPERTS WARN THAT ONE SIZE FITS ALL APPROACH WILL NOT WORK >> A NATIONAL MANDATE FOR

SCHOOLS TO ALL OPERATE UNDER THE SAME APPROACH I THINK IS A MAJOR MISTAKE >> Reporter: MANY SCHOOL DISTRICTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY NOW DECIDING HOW TO REOPEN

LOS ANGELES IS GOING ALL ONLINE THIS FALL OTHER BIG CITIES LIKE NEW YORK AND CHICAGO CONSIDERING A MIX OF REMOTE AND IN-PERSON LEARNING >> I THINK THE HYBRID MODEL IS

THE BEST OPTION FOR US, BECAUSE IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT >> Reporter: AS MANY SCHOOL SYSTEMS WEIGH THEIR OPTIONS AND EVALUATE DAUTA, A LARGE STUDY IN

SOUTH KOREA SHOWS KIDS YOUNGER THAN 10 SPREAD THE DISEASE HALF AS MUCH AS ADULTS BUT CHILDREN ABOVE THE AGE OF 10 CAN SPREAD THE VIRUS AT THE SAME RATE AS ADULTS

>> OLDER KIDS, THOSE TEENAGERS, GET INFECTED MORE FREQUENT THAN YOUNGER KIDS THAT IS SOMETHING WE DO HAVE TO BE MINDFUL OF AS WE DO BRING KIDS BACK TO SCHOOL

>> Reporter: IN ARIZONA WHERE CASES ARE SURGING, THIS TEACHER IS AFRAID OF GOING BACK TOO SOON >> WE ALL WANT TO BE BACK TO THE CLASSROOM

THAT’S WHAT TEACHERS MISS MORE THAN ANYTHING, BUT WE WANT THEM TO DO IT SAFELY >> Reporter: SHE HAS BEEN ORGANIZING MOTOR MARCHES DOZENS OF TEACHERS DRIVING

PAINTED CARS HOPING TO CALL ATTENTION TO THE DANGERS TEACHERS WILL FACE IF SCHOOLS REOPEN TOO SOON >> I DON’T WANT MY THIRD GRADERS TO HAVE TO ATTEND MY FUNERAL

I DON’T WANT TO ATTEND ONE OF MY THIRD GRADERS’ FUNERALS THAT IS THE TRAUMA THAT I THINK PEOPLE SHOULD BE TALKING ABOUT >> Reporter: THERE ARE SOME LEGAL QUESTIONS HERE LIKE WHO IS

LIABLE IF PEOPLE GET SICK THREE NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS THAT REPRESENT PUBLIC SCHOOL LEADERS AROUND THE COUNTRY HAVE

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