This morning, the Cumberland County Board of Education voted to keep all school children at home for the remainder of 2020. The vote was 6-3.
They should have waited a day.
At 3:00 p.m., Governor Cooper held a press conference. He announced that he was relaxing his current order. Now, any county in North Carolina can fully open schools for elementary age children.
I repeat: elementary schools can open fully under “Plan A” in North Carolina.
Cumberland Ignores the Science
The reasons given by Gov. Cooper and Mandy Cohen for the change:
- younger children are less likely to spread the virus
- younger children do not suffer as many significant health effects from the virus
- there has been no difference in community spread in counties that have already opened up in-person learning
Apparently, none of this “science” matters to the Cumberland County Board of Education. We are stuck in “Plan C.”
It’s possible that unless our school board re-evaluates this decision, we will be one of a few counties left without any in person education.
If you want to know why virtual learning is an inadequate substitute for a real classroom, please watch this video of a virtual meeting that occurred this morning:
Notice that several participants can’t get their cameras to work.
Notice how hard it is to hear and figure out who is talking.
Notice the confusion and the difficulty controlling the meeting.
It’s hard to follow isn’t it?
Now imagine these people are six years old.