Almost everyone wants to get back to work, except perhaps for those among the huddled masses who are still terrified by the media of the most flagrant coronavirus fear-mongering. Most people recognize the importance of resuming lives as normal to fix our economy, help our neighbors, and get back on our feet. The public sector is unsurprisingly more cautious than private businesses, of course, because their wages depend more upon the government’s ability to print money to pay their wages than by real-world market predictions.
Also unsurprisingly, schools seem to be the last to open their doors, with most already advertising their intention to stay shut until the Fall. With teachers unions exerting incredible power over public education policy, teachers are among the class of public sector workers who will be paid whether they go to work or not. Why wouldn’t they want a six-month vacation?
In reality, children are among the least affected by the Chinese Virus. Most medical data suggests that children are practically immune to the illness. The latest reports indicate it’s almost unheard of for children to pass coronavirus on to adults, meaning that keeping kids from their parents or grandparents is just plain bad science (something first discovered in Sweden). Nonetheless, schools will remain closed “to be safe.”
Few have considered the dire consequences of trying to reopen an economy while parents have to remain home to care for and educate their children. The impossibility of having both an open economy and school closures has not been carefully considered.
However, Montana has a meritorious honor to our credit. The first school to re-open in the country is the Willow Creek School in Willow Creek, Montana. Fifty-six students and 18 faculty members will go back to school tomorrow, on Thursday, May 7.
School Superintendent Bonnie Lower said, “We ride that seesaw every day — is it a good idea? We’re not taking this lightly. We don’t want people to think we’re being irresponsible by making this choice. We’re trying to do what we feel is in the best interest of the students.”
So far, this school is the first one to take up Governor Bullock’s offer to start back up tomorrow.
However, the school is taking common-sense precautions. Staff and students will have their temperatures checked when entering the school and school buses. Desks have been spaced six feet apart and bathroom and lunch breaks will be staggered to keep to many kids in the same place at once. Recess will be held on the football field so there’s plenty of room to play.
Some are upset that the school is opening, sure that it will lead to a set-back in Montana’s coronavirus pandemic. But statistically, that pandemic never happened in the first place. Only six Montanans remain in the hospital because of COVID-19 and there have only been 16 deaths state-wide.