Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Exclusive: Growing Number Of Kansas City Youngsters Impacted By Illness Related To Coronaviurs Threatens To Cancel School Reopen Through Remainder Of 2020
As the pandemic moves along and Kansas City navigates the tumultuous "reopen" process, a new facet of growing infections threatens to complicate plans.
To wit and without our normal hyperbole . . .
Behind the scenes, KCPS now considers cancelling the 2020 fall classes given the growing number of infections now hitting students and youngsters along with the inability to enforce social distancing among teens.
Okay, just a bit of hyperbole . . .
SCHOOL'S OUT FOREVER AS LONG AS CORONAVIRUS CONTINUES SPREADING!!!
At the outset of the pandemic there was a myth that youngsters weren't hurt by the pandemic. However, this neglects that teens and youngsters can act as "super spreaders" and many students suffer immunocompromised conditions.
Fact: Students have always been germ-y but coronavirus adds a frightening and potentially lethal element to these large gatherings of youngsters who habitually are gathered close to one another only to return later in the day to homes and communities.
Accordingly, KCPS still has a while to figure out the dilemma. The number of infections, hospitalizations and deaths as we move forward should help determine the best course of action.
Sadly, the schools across the metro might not look the same anytime soon and it seems that Zoom classrooms have largely failed the NEXTGEN. Meanwhile, KC's provisionally accredited school district works to protect teachers, staff, administrators and students as the pandemic evolves.
Check the links . . .
Fox4: Second case of rare illness affecting kids confirmed in KC as doctors try to find COVID-19 connection
KCTV5: Kids with suspected Covid-related syndrome need immediate attention, doctors say
Wired: The pandemic has been emotionally devastating for us adults, but its impact on teenagers is arguably far greater.
NPR: 4 In 10 U.S. Teens Say They Haven't Done Online Learning Since Schools Closed
NBC: 70 cases of COVID-19 at French schools days after reopening
Telegraph: Young adults most likely age group to be infected with coronavirus, new data shows
UST: Why are young people so bad at coronavirus social distancing? Blame their brains.
Flatland: Pandemic Compounds Child Care Crisis During a Summer Like No Other - What About the Children?
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