Back to School with Covid-19

Cade Sleight, Staff

With the pandemic constantly spreading, is it a good idea to send kids back to school? It is a good idea to go to school, but still maintain social distancing to a certain extent? Covid could spread widely in a school building with hundreds of kids, but luckily, students do not spread the virus widely. “Children are not COVID-19 super spreaders,” Alasdair Munro from BMJ Journal said. 

Cleaning will get the job done. If people clean the classrooms, and sanitize seats and desks, the spread of bacteria that could cause covid would slow down. “  Cleaning and disinfecting and promoting hand hygiene are important everyday actions schools can take to slow the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases and protect students and staff,” CDC said.  

“Cleaning does not take that long, but it is effective. Cleaning removes dirt and most germs and is usually done with soap and water. Disinfectant kills most germs, depending on the type of chemical, and only when the chemical product is used as directed on the label,” Minnesota Department of Health said. 

Kids are losing the social aspect of life while being out of school. “In one county, there was a 67% increase in teen suicides in 2020 compared with 2019,” Dr. David C. Rettew said.

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released guidelines emphasizing that students get back to the classroom for the sake of their own emotional well-being,” CNBC said. 

Students need to be back in school, not only for a good education, but to also learn how to be good human beings.