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What do you think schools should do if someone tests positive COVID?

I have been thinking about what would happen if schools were to open in the fall. If kids go back to school in September and a kid or staff member tests positive, what do you think the school should do? Send that kid home for 14 days? Isolate the class and teachers as well as the the classes that shared a room as like music, art, gym, cafeteria, school bus...ect? Should the school require a negative nasal swab and/or antibody testing to come back? Would the whole class and other school contacts also need testing before they returned? Would you be comfortable sending your kid to school?

Not a snarky question, I’m just very conflicted and am not sure how the schools could handle it. I was wondering if anyone had any ideas about what you would feel comfortable with.

Posted 5/13/20 7:56 PM
 
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What do you think schools should do if someone tests positive COVID?

My children's school had an open parent forum with the principal today. She told us that schools will most likely not reopen in September. She is hopeful that it will just be to work out the kinks, and they will open in October/November, but she can't see everything falling into place before that. Parents flipped.

Posted 5/13/20 8:16 PM
 

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What do you think schools should do if someone tests positive COVID?

I am not sending my twins to pre- k in the fall I work in COVID hell and I don’t want my kids bringing something to other kids potentially so for the protection of others and the best interest of them my kids will be doing homeschool next year. It’s preschool so I’m not worried about it and trying to get kids that young to keep hands out of their mouth is impossible. Also I think masks will end up being required and my son has sensory issues. I can’t even get him dressed besides one set of pajamas, no way is he wearing a mask. We are working on de-sensitizing him so I’m hopeful with a year of practice he can do it and be ready the following school year.
In terms of precautions, honestly once one gets it, incubation is 14days. They would like have to isolate the entire class. I think everything when kids return to school will be isolated to the classrooms including specials etc so anyone in contact with the positive student or staff member will likely have to isolate. I don’t think there will be anymore bussing to be honest- it’s just too close quarters. I think people will be temperature checked as well at the start and end of school days. Just my thoughts on that

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Posted 5/13/20 8:17 PM
 

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Re: What do you think schools should do if someone tests positive COVID?

Posted by Naturalmama

My children's school had an open parent forum with the principal today. She told us that schools will most likely not reopen in September. She is hopeful that it will just be to work out the kinks, and they will open in October/November, but she can't see everything falling into place before that. Parents flipped.



I'd flip too! They have had NINE weeks so far to figure this out PLUS the next 3.5 months. These kids NEED to be in school and getting a proper education. This is absurd. Schools better get their sh!t together and BEFORE September!

Posted 5/13/20 8:18 PM
 

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Re: What do you think schools should do if someone tests positive COVID?

Posted by TwinMommyToBoys

I am not sending my twins to pre- k in the fall I work in COVID hell and I don’t want my kids bringing something to other kids potentially so for the protection of others and the best interest of them my kids will be doing homeschool next year. It’s preschool so I’m not worried about it and trying to get kids that young to keep hands out of their mouth is impossible. Also I think masks will end up being required and my son has sensory issues. I can’t even get him dressed besides one set of pajamas, no way is he wearing a mask. We are working on de-sensitizing him so I’m hopeful with a year of practice he can do it and be ready the following school year.
In terms of precautions, honestly once one gets it, incubation is 14days. They would like have to isolate the entire class. I think everything when kids return to school will be isolated to the classrooms including specials etc so anyone in contact with the positive student or staff member will likely have to isolate. I don’t think there will be anymore bussing to be honest- it’s just too close quarters. I think people will be temperature checked as well at the start and end of school days. Just my thoughts on that



I get it. But how would that work with no busing? My kids are bused to their grandparents house after school because we work. My special needs son school is not close to where we live. I wouldn’t be able to drop them all off and pick them up and work. Just really trying to figure out how something like that would work.

Posted 5/13/20 8:24 PM
 

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Re: What do you think schools should do if someone tests positive COVID?

Posted by Hofstra26

Posted by Naturalmama

My children's school had an open parent forum with the principal today. She told us that schools will most likely not reopen in September. She is hopeful that it will just be to work out the kinks, and they will open in October/November, but she can't see everything falling into place before that. Parents flipped.



I'd flip too! They have had NINE weeks so far to figure this out PLUS the next 3.5 months. These kids NEED to be in school and getting a proper education. This is absurd. Schools better get their sh!t together and BEFORE September!



And what exactly are the schools supposed to do about this virus??

I think they should definitely prepare--- for good quality coordinated and effective online education.

Posted 5/13/20 8:25 PM
 

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Re: What do you think schools should do if someone tests positive COVID?

Posted by Naturalmama

My children's school had an open parent forum with the principal today. She told us that schools will most likely not reopen in September. She is hopeful that it will just be to work out the kinks, and they will open in October/November, but she can't see everything falling into place before that. Parents flipped.



I wish I had not seen this.

I cannot believe these decisions are being made now when we have NO IDEA what the status of the virus will be in 3.5 months.

To the OP, I don’t know what the answer is. But it isn’t keeping schools closed.

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Posted 5/13/20 8:29 PM
 

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Re: What do you think schools should do if someone tests positive COVID?

Posted by ChilisWife

Posted by Naturalmama

My children's school had an open parent forum with the principal today. She told us that schools will most likely not reopen in September. She is hopeful that it will just be to work out the kinks, and they will open in October/November, but she can't see everything falling into place before that. Parents flipped.



I wish I had not seen this.

I cannot believe these decisions are being made now when we have NO IDEA what the status of the virus will be in 3.5 months.

To the OP, I don’t know what the answer is. But it isn’t keeping schools closed.



She didn't say there was a decision made. It was the principal's speculation. And we do have prediction models at least- and they aren't pretty.

Posted 5/13/20 8:33 PM
 

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Re: What do you think schools should do if someone tests positive COVID?

So if there is never a vaccine (which there probably will not be), is that it? We just give up on our kids getting a real education, with teachers, music, arts, sports, socialization, etc? Forever?

Posted 5/13/20 8:33 PM
 

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Re: What do you think schools should do if someone tests positive COVID?

Posted by Chai77

Posted by ChilisWife

Posted by Naturalmama

My children's school had an open parent forum with the principal today. She told us that schools will most likely not reopen in September. She is hopeful that it will just be to work out the kinks, and they will open in October/November, but she can't see everything falling into place before that. Parents flipped.



I wish I had not seen this.

I cannot believe these decisions are being made now when we have NO IDEA what the status of the virus will be in 3.5 months.

To the OP, I don’t know what the answer is. But it isn’t keeping schools closed.



She didn't say there was a decision made. It was the principal's speculation. And we do have prediction models at least- and they aren't pretty.



Prediction models based on what? School opening? Or just in general?

Posted 5/13/20 8:36 PM
 

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Re: What do you think schools should do if someone tests positive COVID?

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So if there is never a vaccine (which there probably will not be), is that it? We just give up on our kids getting a real education, with teachers, music, arts, sports, socialization, etc? Forever?



Pretty much.
And concerts, sporting events, travel, Broadway, NYC in general, working in an office, human contact, weddings, family get togethers, Christmas etc.
We need to hide. So nobody ever catches this or any other virus for that matter .
Well it's been a good run at least. We made it to 2020.
I made it 46 years of having a life.
I just feel bad that my daughter only got to experience 9 years of a real life.
Oh well.... the main thing is nobody ever catches this.

Message edited 5/13/2020 8:40:11 PM.

Posted 5/13/20 8:37 PM
 

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Re: What do you think schools should do if someone tests positive COVID?

Posted by NervousNell

Posted by ChilisWife

So if there is never a vaccine (which there probably will not be), is that it? We just give up on our kids getting a real education, with teachers, music, arts, sports, socialization, etc? Forever?



Pretty much.
And concerts, sporting events, travel, Broadway, NYC in general, working in an office, human contact, weddings, family get togethers, Christmas etc.
We need to hide. So nobody ever catches this or any other virus for that matter



I understand. Especially since this virus only has a 99% survival rate. That is way too low to risk leaving the house.

Posted 5/13/20 8:39 PM
 

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Re: What do you think schools should do if someone tests positive COVID?

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Posted by NervousNell

Posted by ChilisWife

So if there is never a vaccine (which there probably will not be), is that it? We just give up on our kids getting a real education, with teachers, music, arts, sports, socialization, etc? Forever?



Pretty much.
And concerts, sporting events, travel, Broadway, NYC in general, working in an office, human contact, weddings, family get togethers, Christmas etc.
We need to hide. So nobody ever catches this or any other virus for that matter



I understand. Especially since this virus only has a 99% survival rate. That is way too low to risk leaving the house.



Yes. I agree. Well society has had a good run....
#alonetogether

Message edited 5/13/2020 8:41:17 PM.

Posted 5/13/20 8:40 PM
 

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Re: What do you think schools should do if someone tests positive COVID?

Posted by NervousNell

Posted by ChilisWife

So if there is never a vaccine (which there probably will not be), is that it? We just give up on our kids getting a real education, with teachers, music, arts, sports, socialization, etc? Forever?



Pretty much.
And concerts, sporting events, travel, Broadway, NYC in general, working in an office, human contact, weddings, family get togethers, Christmas etc.
We need to hide. So nobody ever catches this or any other virus for that matter



I cried for hours after I heard that, it ruined my evening. We live in Nassau County, which is pretty much an extension of Queens. The principal said that NYC public schools are being pressured by their teacher's union to make a decision for September in the next 2-3 weeks. They are saying most likely scenario is a hybrid model. I looked it up, and did find that article. I believe whatever NYC does, LI will do.
Her speculation comes from her belief that a hybrid model will never work, and she believes they will just give up and keep the kids home full time. Apparently there was a principal's meeting, and they were all in agreement that regular school will not be a thing for the next 1-2 school years.

Posted 5/13/20 8:42 PM
 

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Apparently there was a principal's meeting, and they were all in agreement that regular school will not be a thing for the next 1-2 school years.



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And what exactly are the schools supposed to do about this virus??

I think they should definitely prepare--- for good quality coordinated and effective online education.


Yup. Not sure what people expect schools to do about busing, bathrooms, mealtimes, supplies, etc.

Posted 5/13/20 8:46 PM
 

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Posted by NervousNell

Posted by ChilisWife

Posted by NervousNell

Posted by ChilisWife

So if there is never a vaccine (which there probably will not be), is that it? We just give up on our kids getting a real education, with teachers, music, arts, sports, socialization, etc? Forever?



Pretty much.
And concerts, sporting events, travel, Broadway, NYC in general, working in an office, human contact, weddings, family get togethers, Christmas etc.
We need to hide. So nobody ever catches this or any other virus for that matter



I understand. Especially since this virus only has a 99% survival rate. That is way too low to risk leaving the house.



Yes. I agree. Well society has had a good run....
#alonetogether



Well at least we will be alive. In our house. Alone. Watching Netflix reruns. Well, at least until theres no more food out there. And no more money to be printed. And no more house to hold onto. But at least until then we can enjoy our lockup!

Posted 5/13/20 8:46 PM
 

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Re: What do you think schools should do if someone tests positive COVID?

Posted by seaside



And what exactly are the schools supposed to do about this virus??

I think they should definitely prepare--- for good quality coordinated and effective online education.



Yup. Not sure what people expect schools to do about busing, bathrooms, mealtimes, supplies, etc.




I am not trying to be snarky at all but honestly is the grand plan really going to be not allowing the human race to have any contact with each other for years to come?

Posted 5/13/20 8:49 PM
 

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Posted by seaside



And what exactly are the schools supposed to do about this virus??

I think they should definitely prepare--- for good quality coordinated and effective online education.



Yup. Not sure what people expect schools to do about busing, bathrooms, mealtimes, supplies, etc.




I am not trying to be snarky at all but honestly is the grand plan really going to be not allowing the human race to have any contact with each other for years to come?


I'm trying to figure that out as well....in all seriousness.

Posted 5/13/20 8:50 PM
 

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Re: What do you think schools should do if someone tests positive COVID?

Posted by ChilisWife

Posted by Naturalmama

My children's school had an open parent forum with the principal today. She told us that schools will most likely not reopen in September. She is hopeful that it will just be to work out the kinks, and they will open in October/November, but she can't see everything falling into place before that. Parents flipped.



I wish I had not seen this.

I cannot believe these decisions are being made now when we have NO IDEA what the status of the virus will be in 3.5 months.

To the OP, I don’t know what the answer is. But it isn’t keeping schools closed.




They probably know that it’s going to take quite a bit of time to invest in the technology and operations that will be required to perform proper online learning.

They can’t wait to the last minute to make a decision because if that happens, they will not have time to implement a program.

They can implement programs now, because it will probably cost them a lot of money which they don’t want to spend unless they know for certain the schooling will be online.

Posted 5/13/20 8:53 PM
 

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Re: What do you think schools should do if someone tests positive COVID?

“quality online learning” is, to me, an oxymoron

my school district and the teachers have done a phenomenal job the past two months trying to keep things going and it is not their fault, but online learning isn’t even in the same hemisphere as in-school instruction

Posted 5/13/20 8:58 PM
 

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“quality online learning” is, to me, an oxymoron

my school district and the teachers have done a phenomenal job the past two months trying to keep things going and it is not their fault, but online learning isn’t even in the same hemisphere as in-school instruction



Agree. I cannot continue to homeschool my 3 children (one with special needs). It is a disaster all around. I am burnt out and they are burnt out. I hate it and they hate it. They tell me every day this is not school and when can they go back and it’s not fair? That’s when I go into the bathroom and have my 5 minutes of crying time alone to piece myself back together. Can’t do this much more. Still working. DH is working. Both remote. We are all hanging on by a thread.

Posted 5/13/20 9:07 PM
 

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Posted by Naturalmama

My children's school had an open parent forum with the principal today. She told us that schools will most likely not reopen in September. She is hopeful that it will just be to work out the kinks, and they will open in October/November, but she can't see everything falling into place before that. Parents flipped.



I'd flip too! They have had NINE weeks so far to figure this out PLUS the next 3.5 months. These kids NEED to be in school and getting a proper education. This is absurd. Schools better get their sh!t together and BEFORE September!



And what exactly are the schools supposed to do about this virus??

I think they should definitely prepare--- for good quality coordinated and effective online education.



Online education will NEVER replace what kids get in school. School is more then just academics. Also, what should parents who need to work do in this situation where schools don't open??

COVID is another virus, one of MANY we've had to deal with over the years. The virus isn't going anywhere and life cannot stop forever. We are going to have to get back to life despite the virus, that's a simple fact.

Posted 5/13/20 9:12 PM
 

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Re: What do you think schools should do if someone tests positive COVID?

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Posted by ChilisWife

So if there is never a vaccine (which there probably will not be), is that it? We just give up on our kids getting a real education, with teachers, music, arts, sports, socialization, etc? Forever?



Pretty much.
And concerts, sporting events, travel, Broadway, NYC in general, working in an office, human contact, weddings, family get togethers, Christmas etc.
We need to hide. So nobody ever catches this or any other virus for that matter .
Well it's been a good run at least. We made it to 2020.
I made it 46 years of having a life.
I just feel bad that my daughter only got to experience 9 years of a real life.
Oh well.... the main thing is nobody ever catches this.



Exactly. I just want to cry. The thought of my kids not being in school, or being able to see and hug their grandparents, or go on a vacation, or walk freely without a mask, or have a birthday party or any of the countless other things that are life makes me sick to my stomach.

Jesus Christ, it's almost a 98% recovery rate, they're good odds. We cannot keep everyone from dying, that's a hard fact and while none of us are immune from this we need our freaking lives back. I cannot and will not live like this. We all deserve better, especially our children.

But yea, let's keep living in fear as society, the economy, relationships, education and mental health crumble all around us. Makes sense. Chat Icon

Posted 5/13/20 9:21 PM
 

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Re: What do you think schools should do if someone tests positive COVID?

So my point of the post was to be realistic. COVID will spread in the fall if schools open. I hear all the frustration about keeping kids home and I get we need to send them back. If they do send them back in the fall, you have to have realistic expectations. So that’s what I’m focusing on.

An idea I have been thinking was if they established a schedule where a small number of assigned classes have school
1 or two days a week and do remote learning the other days. This way they can meet in person and reinforce the remote learning that occurred during the rest of the week. All specials can lunch can occur in the same room. This way if there is an outbreak it would have truly been confined to one room and one group of kids and they can just skip their in class learning for 2 weeks. Other classes could still go on in non contaminated rooms. Just an idea.

I know schedule modifications like this make it impossible for working parents, but you can’t cry to send them back to school without accepting there has to be a plan for the inevitable. Would you send your kids to school if COVID starts to spread? I think it would be way more traumatizing to the kids if there has to be another abrupt school closure. There needs to be a plan. I get frustrations here but “just send them back” without a plan that will include distance learning is not in the best interest of the kids or families vulnerable to COVID at home.

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