School Reopens during US Coronavirus Cases-has to shutdown within hours

Rajat Taheem

Aug 2, 2020

Coronavirus Update : Amid surging coronavirus cases in US & school closings, a school reopens and the Covid infection creeps in. Most of the schools abandoned the plan to reopen in person school after the school in Indiana, US has to shut down within hours. Students had to be quarantined for 14 days.

Corona Virus cases in US tops the world. After a lot of debate on the productivity of online-study, an in-person school reopens. A student at Greenfield Central Junior High School in Indiana tested positive for the coronavirus during the first day of the in-person school reopening. As a result all the students who came in contact or may have got in the contact of the particular student had to be quarantined for 14 days. School had to shut down immediately due to the illness. This has led to school closings across America.

Trump may have reopened the school but CoronaVirus cases force shut down it all. Covid 19 news has a new chapter to its credit. Just hours into the first day of school on Thursday, a call from the county health department updated Greenfield Central Junior High School in Indiana, US that a student who had walked the halls and sat in various classrooms had tested positive for the coronavirus.

School administration had to immediately implement the emergency protocol. All the students who were believed to be in contact with the Covid 19 infected student were quarantined for 14 days on immediate basis. However it is unclear if anyone else was infected with it.

Lesson learnt, hundreds of schools across the country that were once planning to reopen their classrooms, may be on a part-time basis, have cancelled there course in recent weeks, as infections have spiked in many states. Seems Covid 19 school closures would continue to be there for a while.

In California school closures during Covid 19 would be on the cards since the state has huge number of infections across the country. As per the new york times analysis, atleast 5 off the 500 people in a school would be infected during the first day of school reopening. Schools in Houston seems to be closed for the entire year. This might even affect the hybrid model of reopening the school where students might attend 1 to 3 days a week. In Chicago, schools plan to reopen but would immediately shut down if the total cases across Chicago, US, rises to more than 400 per week

As per the new established rules for Covid 19 school reopening in USA, if one or two cases are found positive in a classroom, entire classroom has to be quarantined for 14 days. While two or more positive cases across different classroom would necessitate entire school to be shut for atleast 2 weeks.

The Greenfield-Central Community School Corporation, with eight schools and 4,400 students, gave families the option of in-person or remote learning. About 15 percent of the 700 enrolled students opted for remote learning. It was overwhelming that families wanted students to return knowing the surge in Covid19 infections.

Some teachers in the district said the positive case on the first day confirmed their fears about returning.

“I most definitely felt like we were not ready,” said Russell Wiley, a history teacher at nearby Greenfield-Central High School. “Really, our whole state’s not ready. We don’t have the virus under control. It’s just kind of like pretending like it’s not there.”

“It’s just a mess,” said the father of a daughter who attended this school “I don’t know what the answers are.”

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