1. “They need the structure, they need the socialization, they just need to go. I love you, but here’s your backpack, here’s your lunch… Have a good day.” ~ Missi Magness, Indianapolis parent
  2. “Given recent media coverage, parents and teachers could be forgiven for thinking that this year’s reopening of school was primarily made of two things: remote instruction and COVID outbreaks. However, the back-to-school experiences I’m seeing don’t fit into either of these two narratives. Millions of students are going back into school buildings in about half of school districts in the country, according to an analysis from CRPE cited in a recent HuffPost. And the return to in-person learning has not led to widespread COVID outbreaks so far.” ~ Alexander Russo, author, Spencer Education Journalism Fellowship winner, and founder/editor of The Grade
  3. “I’m not going to be the superintendent that risks anyone’s life on a what-if.” ~ Christopher Dormer, Norristown (PA) School District Superintendent
  4. “Obviously in-person is the best way to give a lesson, but it’s not the safest way. Hybrid is not the best way to teach kids, but it’s safe. And virtual is the worst way to teach, but it’s the safest.” ~ MJ Slaby, Indianapolis Star
  5. “I’m stressed, the kids are stressed. It’s tough.” ~ Tiffany Shelton, parent
  6. “It comes down to this: I wouldn’t want them at risk.” ~ Iesha Wooton, parent
  7. “My children’s school has been open for weeks and zero cases so far. But the media is highlighting the disasters.” ~ Sarah Lupe, education professor and parent
  8. “I am deeply concerned about our critical teacher shortage, worsened by COVID-19 that continues to create larger classrooms whether these classrooms are virtual or in-person.” ~ Kathy Hoffman, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction
  9. “The teachers are overwhelmed. There’s literally no way that you can form the types of connections that you would want to make as a teacher with your students.” ~ Valerie Lin, parent whose 1st grader is in a class of 70 children
  10. “I would content that students taking classes virtually would need even more one-on-one attention.” ~ Tega Taney, president American Federation for Teachers, Fayette County, WV
  11. “Cramming 50, 60, 70 or more students on to a Zoom screen or a Google Classroom shows there’s no intention for teachers to get to know their students and no intention to stimulate real discussion.” ~ Randi Weingarten, president, American Federation of Teachers
  12. “Adapting new technology eats into everyone’s learning time. It’s a work in progress, but right now, it’s slow-going.” ~ Juli Caruso, 8th grade science teacher

With my thanks, please add your school reopening opinion here: ________________________________________________

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