Could keeping students at home away from schools turn them into marshmallows? One local school board president believes it could.
At their recent regular meeting, Tamaqua Area School District board president Larry Wittig said keeping kids cooped up at home isn’t healthy.
According to the Times-News, Wittig said, “It just seems to me there’s an element out there that wants to scare everybody to death, so that everybody is paranoid about something.”
He adds, “If we want to be absolutely safe, stay at home, keep the doors locked, wear a mask. At some point, it’ll turn everyone into marshmallows.”
At this meeting, Wittig and other board members just heard how Tamaqua Area schools could re-open or not, in August.
He sounded convinced that the schools have plans to address safety and sanitation issues.
“It just seems to me that if we do the full return, there is a lot of safety measures in there,” Wittig said, according to the Times News report. Wittig seems to favor a full reopening because he believes a virtual, online education just isn’t the same as getting schooled in a classroom.
“We can not overreact on the cautious side,” he said.
Schuylkill County Schools Debate Reopening in August
School districts around Schuylkill County are currently planning what the upcoming 2020-2021 term will look like.
Will students go back to school as normal?
Is a hybrid option of some in-class and some virtual instruction a possibility?
Or will schools choose to instruct students completely online until they believe COVID-19 isn’t a threat to students and staff?
It seems no matter what schools choose, they’re going to hear some criticism.
Tamaqua Area school board meets Tuesday night, July 21, at 7:30.
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