Who should have the power to reopen schools?

With an end in sight to quarantine, many facilities, such as schools, have started to look for a time to reopen.

While everyone knows that it is inevitable that students will return to school, many have questioned how and when this would happen. Would people just accept the news and go back, or would there be people who are still skeptical to return? If so, would students be reprimanded if they chose not to attend in-person schooling?

In actuality, schools should not have the power to decide whether students should be in or out of the classroom. Instead, the decision should only be made through the government.

While this reasoning may sound quite obvious to some, there is no guarantee when the government will do so. Currently, the only way for schools to reopen is through hybrid learning, where students alternate between on-campus and on Zoom.

However, not everyone is able to freely alternate between the two. Parents will need to make adjustments to whether their kids are home or not, and it is not possible for some to meet that need. It is a tiring process for everyone involved, from students to the staff. For example, teachers will have to work both on and off-campus, making it difficult since they practically have to do double the work for physical and online classes.

Even if they do go back to school, there is still a chance that the system will fail due to the nature of the students themselves. There is no guarantee that students will follow any new guidelines regarding distancing. Plus, there is also the fact that some parents will complain about how schools may pose to be dangerous to attend. Additionally, as seen in the past, certain actions and decisions regarding the school can take a long time to make. As such, who can trust the school to ensure everyone’s safety if anything goes wrong?

In reality, the hybrid process itself holds too many flaws to be considered an effective solution to the problem. So, what is the solution to this dilemma? The most obvious solution is to either wait for quarantine to end and continue online school or just open school completely. On one hand, online education and staying at home can provide most of the educational needs of a student. But on the other hand, it can also be detrimental to a student’s mentality.

Waiting on the government’s order is the best course of action as their decisions take into account the overall populous and not just at a specific area. Additionally, there will most likely be less backlash if the government says to reopen school rather than the school itself. This is because more people are generally more understanding if authorities outside of the school itself say to reopen.

Furthermore, there are many resources the federal government has access to that can help effectively determine the safety of schools amid a pandemic. And, the government itself has more authority to choose what to open and what to close, whereas the hybrid method is dependent on the school itself and takes time to make changes. While the hybrid system may serve as a temporary solution, what is the point of a solution that can cause more harm than good? The whole point of both of these methods is to allow the class to reopen without much danger or complaints. It is the duty of such systems to help improve the lives of others, not compromise on them.

Ultimately, the government right now is more assuring than any school could hope to be. Especially after how the school handled the online learning situation after the quarantine began, it is better to wait for a concrete plan in the coming school year. If there is anything that will make the students feel safe at school, then it will be the words of the government.

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