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Every night, we wait for the email. Sometimes it arrives late in the afternoon, but many nights it doesn’t hit my inbox until 10 or 11 am. Finally, it arrives, written by a school principal that we know that my son’s high school is still closed.
My family is in a similar situation to thousands of others in Victoria, where around 100 schools are dealing with similar situations.
After months of distance education, students aged 11 and 12 returned to class on 14 July in Melbourne. For my son, who is in the 11th grade, stayed in this school for less than a week – we were informed on 20 July that A.W. The student at his school tested positive for coronovirus and the person learning in all would be suspended if the school operated cleanliness and contact tracing.
From today to 31 July, the school is clean but contact tracing continues. Parents or students have never been given a timeline of how long the tracing will take. We wait day to day to update whether we will resume school the next day. The principal waits on the health department to let them know when contact tracing is complete, and does the superlative work of the health department to – I believe – its best wait for coronovirus examination results.
With debate in the United States as to whether schools should reopen after the annual summer vacation, there are some useful lessons in the struggles of our schools in Victoria. An opinion piece in the Times this week asked, “What happens when a school has a case of Kovid-19?” Well, here in Melbourne, many schools are already answering this question.
I spoke to Times Education reporter Eliza Shapiro today, while briefing her about plans drawn up by the New York City school district – the largest in the US – to reopen. It is one of the only large districts in the country that is trying to learn anytime soon, with most major districts opting for distance education for the visionary future.
Eliza’s reporting with Dana Goldstein showed that most large school districts are at risk of large community coronaviruses if they reopen, but New York is eager to move forward and the Eliza I described are complex and ambitious, Which are with specific standards. When and under what conditions will the schools be closed.
“It’s really complicated,” he told me. “We have so many vulnerable children, so many disabled children, so many homeless children, so there is a lot of interest in getting back as many children in the classroom. But once we really open up – if we open up – real life collides with these plans and it’s going to be really tough. “
Americans may not fully understand what we have already learned in Victoria: Plans can quickly disappear if the virus plays out unexpectedly. Each case or cluster becomes its own mystery, which demands time and resources, creating concern at new levels.
To be clear: I do not blame anyone for my son’s school status. It is an unused word in these bizarre times, but the situation is unprecedented and extremely complex. I applaud everyone involved for trying to keep the community as safe as possible. But Victorian schools are in a better position than many American school systems by almost every metric, and yet here things are muddled and unpredictable and often delayed for reasons that are unknown or not fully shared.
Just like our nightly ritual of knowing exactly what our situation will be the next morning, the most worrying thing about this virus is the extreme uncertainty and endurance. What will tomorrow bring? Or the next day, month and year? I hope that we can, at the very least, help inform other parents, students and school districts about what they are doing and what their own future holds. And for now, it’s mostly anticipation after disappointment.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Updated July 27, 2020
Should I refinance my mortgage?
- This can be a good idea, as mortgage rates have never come down. Refinance requests have pushed mortgage applications to some of the highest levels since 2008, so be prepared to get in line. But defaults are also coming up, so if you are thinking about buying a home, keep in mind that some lenders have tightened their standards.
What is school going to look like in September?
- It is unlikely that many schools will return to a normal time this fall, with the online learning mill required to continue child care and workdays. California’s two largest public schools – Los Angeles and San Diego – said on July 13, the instruction would only be in the fall, with concerns that increasing coronovirus infections in their areas also pose a threat to students and teachers. The two districts together enroll 825,000 students. They are among the largest in the country to drop plans for a partially physical return to classrooms when they reopen in August. For other districts, the solution would be an all-or-nothing approach. Several systems, including the nation’s largest, New York City, are preparing hybrid plans, including spending some days in classes and some days online. There is no national policy on this yet, so check in regularly with your municipal school system to see what is happening in your community.
What is Coronavirus Virus?
- Coronovirus can remain for hours in small drops in stagnant air, infecting people as they breathe, growing scientific evidence suggests. This risk is highest in crowded indoor locations with poor ventilation, and may help explain the super-spreading events reported in meatpacking plants, churches and restaurants. Linse Mar, an aerosol expert at Virginia Tech, said it is unclear how much spread of the virus through these small droplets or aerosols compares to larger droplets that cause a sick person to cough or sneeze or be exposed to contaminated surfaces Is expelled upon arrival. Aerosol is also released when a person without symptoms is a Dr. According to Marr and more than 200 other experts, he talks, speeches or narrates, which outlined the evidence in an open letter to the World Health Organization.
What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
Does Kovid-19 have asymptomatic transmission?
- So far, the evidence seems to show this. A widely cited paper published in April shows that people are most infected about two days before the onset of coronovirus symptoms and it is estimated that 44 percent of new infections were as a result of transmission from people who have yet to have symptoms Were not showing Recently, a top expert at the World Health Organization stated that transmission of coronovirus by people who did not have symptoms was “very rare”, but she later reverted to that statement.
And you …
Last week We wrote about pandemic reading, And asked what you were reading right now. Here are some reader responses and suggestions:
I am reading a novel that is not about the epidemic, but, I think, well captures the sense of stay-at-home claustrophobia: “A gentleman in Moscow,” by Amor Towles.
– Kurt van der Walde
An illuminated biography of Nicola Tallis, “The Uncovered Queen” has really helped me in the current state of being safe. It is about Tudor matriarch Margaret Beaufort, Henry V11’s mother and her extraordinary life.
– Peter James
During the Kovid quarantine I have discovered Australian women writers and am enjoying books that focus on station life in the Outback rural areas. Authors such as Fleur Macdonald I found it brilliant in developing complex characters, relationships and behaviors, particularly for Australian rural areas. I found several books by Curley Lane, which are also based in rural Australia. I can recommend searching for the books of Anne Rainey, Dee Morrissey and Kate Grenville; All accomplished authors of Australian fiction.
– Wendy Williams
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