Opinion: Sending children back to school would worsen COVID-19 problem

Opinion: Sending children back to school would worsen COVID-19 problem

County’s virtual plan has enough class time

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To the editor:

I am a junior at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, responding to the letter from Darci Rochkind (“Please give us more school time,” Aug. 29).

Although, as students, our education is incredibly important and must be treated as such, we cannot ignore the number of lives that will be lost if schools open before we are ready.

I truly do miss sitting in class, going to Starbucks and even practicing with my POMs team.

However, the pandemic is incredibly real and is sweeping through our nation, with about a thousand people dying every day.

Children flooding back into school will cause death and sickness for so many Maryland residents.

Although the death rate in children is relatively low, these children will spread the virus, putting their teachers’ and immunocompromised family members’ lives at risk. Our hospitals will fill up and the death rate will rise.

Stories of lost loved ones and schools and colleges shutting down due to outbreaks are plastered all over our news pages daily.

The only way to get through this is together. We cannot leave our most vulnerable behind solely to get back to our “normal” lives. This is a privileged and irresponsible way of dealing with this situation.

Gov. Larry Hogan’s response to reopen schools days before counties were prepared to open virtually was irresponsible.

Our county’s virtual plan has enough class time. Reach out to your teachers for extra support if you need it.

You cannot compare Zoom and in-person class time. Putting more Zoom hours in the schedule will only cause more stress and anxiety for high schoolers.

We must keep Maryland residents safe, even if it means delaying your high school experience.

Please think about others before making a decision that could cause irreparable harm.

Neha Kohli

Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School

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