Tuesday, February 16, 2021

NYT Surveys 175 Pediatric Doctors on Schools - Nearly All of Them Said to Open; New Biden K-12 Plan Will Cancel Sports For Nearly 83 Percent Of Counties, and other C-Virus Updates

NYT Surveys 175 Pediatric Doctors on Schools - Nearly All of Them Said to Open:
A survey of 175 pediatric infectious disease experts conducted by The New York Times found that the overall scientific consensus is that children and teachers should return to classrooms.
As schools nationwide remain closed, with many closing their doors to conduct ineffective online learning programs that leave kids isolated and parents forced to stay home in many cases to supervise, The Times asked experts on the matter to weigh in. Their conclusion: The threat is very minimal to students, faculty and staff members, as long as precautions are taken.
This is of course counter to the Biden administration’s definition of what school openings look like — with one day per week in-person instruction. But President Joe Biden vowed throughout the campaign to listen to the science.
Scientists, perhaps to the chagrin of Democrats and liberal teachers unions, are telling teachers to get back to the business of teaching.
Claire Cain Miller, Margot Sanger-Katz and Kevin Quealy of The Times shared the results of their survey on Thursday. --->READ MORE HERE
New Biden K-12 Plan Will Cancel Sports For Nearly 83 Percent Of Counties:
More and more, any return to normalcy is being subverted by those unwilling to take a look at the clear science.
On Friday the Biden administration released an “Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Mitigation” plan that will leave about 83 percent of counties closed for sports and extracurricular activities. That amounts to 2,599 out of 3,138 counties.
The plan divides counties into statuses: blue for “low,” yellow for “moderate,” orange for “substantial,” and red for “high.” In the high red transmission category, “sports and extracurricular activities are virtual only.”
In other words, student athletes can kiss organized sports goodbye for the time being.
According to the most recent CDC guidance, which Biden is relying on for threshold definitions, 391 counties are in the orange phase (12.5 percent), 148 are in yellow (4.7 percent), and only one is in blue phase. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky urged schools to return to in-person learning as soon as possible in the new report, noting that “in-person learning in schools has not been associated with substantial community transmission.” --->READ MORE HERE
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