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  • Celeste Smith

People Share Concerns About Children Returning To School In August

Updated: Jul 14

Tonight, following the recent release of the Meridian Public-School District, the Lauderdale County School District, and other districts official return to school plans, some people share their thoughts on students returning to school for the 2020-2021 school year.

Many of the plans presented by different districts provide students with a hybrid model option to partially learn in person and virtually, but with implemented social distancing, additional deep cleanings, and enforced temperature checks, while students will be required to wear masks when social distancing is not possible. Another option is for students to participate in a virtual-only learning option if their parents are not comfortable with their student returning to campus, or if the student is at risk.

Although, local districts have announced plans that have been developed to provide students and staff members with a safe return to school in August, many people are still concerned that it may be too soon, with COVID-19 still presenting a threat.

“I’m not sure if I’m ready for them to go back to school, I think the computer thing, that’s going on, would be a better thing than them going back to school, because too many people getting close to each other, and the disease – the virus is still going on. So, I don’t think – I’m not for it right now,” said Donnell Barnett, believes it to be too soon for kids to return for on campus learning.

“I think it’s a little too early, but you know, the kids need to get their education and stuff, but from what I got on the information, I don’t know the whole details, it’s a split decision, some wouldn’t mind and some don’t want them, but right now the way things are going. It’s hard to tell, but hopefully, they’ll figure our something, where the kids can still get their education,” said Roderick Barnes, believes it to be too soon for kids to return for on campus learning.

One woman shared that she believes children need to interact with others, and hopes the district’s will be able to perfect their plans before the 2020 to 2021 school year begins.

“Well, I know that children need to be in school and I know actually children need to be with other children. I think some of the ideas they have are good ideas. I’m not sure how well the plan will work, the virtual seems like it might work. I know that they’re doing it at doctors offices and places, but I really hope the children can get back in school, and I sure hope they can all be safe,” said Janet Culpepper, believes children need to interact with each other.

Local school districts have announced that they will continue to monitor recommendations from the CDC and the Mississippi Department of Education and make changes to their return to school plans if necessary.

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