If our schools are going to reopen in some sort of “normal” fashion, we need to have a coherent plan. Many parents are very reasonably concerned about the health of their children and then of whatever viruses the kids might bring home. Estimations are clearly guesses, but fewer contacts offer self-evidently lower odds.
One idea regarding reschooling stands out. At present, all teaching is online. What if we began to reschool kids in stages?
In Australia, schools are admitting students in quarters, one-fourth each day each week. Other countries are in step. One idea is to have half the students on campus half of each week. Locally, we might do this with Group A on campus Monday and Tuesday, Group B on Thursday and Friday. This cuts classroom attendance in half and permits alternating online connections with a teacher.
Asheville and Buncombe parents and students need assurance that a return to classrooms will be well-managed and safe.
The school systems should be promoting public discussion of possible plans now, before school registrations begin, or students might very reasonably stay home.
— Cecil Bothwell