The craziness surrounding whether to send kids back to school in the fall has been something else.
This despite the fact that the science seems to be indicating that kids both rarely get the Wuhan coronavirus and rarely transmit it, as we reported.
But perhaps the worst reaction, once again, has to be NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio.
De Blasio is claiming that going back to school full time isn’t safe, so students will be having part time schedules in the fall, only going back one to three days a week. Ok, fair enough, what’s his solution? What’s going to happen with the kids who aren’t in school? You’re going to love this one.
As Twitchy caught, the mayor is arranging for childcare to be provided in community centers and libraries, with other kids and adult supervision.
The @NYCMayor is announcing a plan to provide child care for 100K NYC children in the fall. It will use community centers and organizations, libraries and other space to set up care. The number of spots he says could increase in the fall.
— Gloria Pazmino (@GloriaPazmino) July 16, 2020
And the difference between this and school is? If they can do that for 100,000 kids, why can’t they have them go back to school?
Ummm, and we can’t have school why exactly? https://t.co/Xo0Q70ELef
— David Marcus (@BlueBoxDave) July 16, 2020
I feel like I’m on glue. https://t.co/j2clHA63bX
— Karol Markowicz (@karol) July 16, 2020
I wonder if there any public schools that could be used to provide child care for NYC kids. Maybe they could even teach them a few things while they’re there. https://t.co/pp3PvZQ8Zs
— Cam Edwards (@CamEdwards) July 16, 2020
Apparently the virus can’t find the kids if they go to community centers instead of the school. This solution actually makes it worse, because then the kids are likely mixing with different kids then they are during the rest of the week at school.
While they’re at it, how about teaching them things when they’re in these “non-schools?”
This just shows how political the subject of sending kids to school has become because this response by de Blasio makes no sense.
While schools have been trying to use virtual learning to plug the gap, it has significant problems, as a stunning statistic in Philadelphia shows.
One half of Philadelphia's school children didn't log on to remote learning this spring, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman says on CNN, highlighting the disproportional impact this pandemic has had on our nation's most vulnerable. Stunning.
— Betsy Klein (@betsy_klein) July 16, 2020
How does that even happen and who was checking?
Meanwhile other countries have already figured out that not sending kids back or doing hybrid things isn’t working.
aMerIcA iS a gLobAL jOKe bEcAUsE wE'rE nOt taKiNg thE vIrUS sERioUsLy pic.twitter.com/cUFYWPMjj7
— David Edward™ (@_David_Edward) July 16, 2020
If this isn’t a screaming advertisement to send kids to private schools or home school, I don’t know what is. The virus has been going on for months now, they’ve had a lot of time to work towards opening up or providing for the fall, how could they have such an inept reaction? Meanwhile New York City parents still don’t know if they will get a slot for their kids in this “community center childcare” alternative, which will only cover 100,000, leaving many out in the cold.