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Some public school teachers supposedly freaking out about going back to the classroom are getting or updating wills in case they die from COVID-19.
According to ‘fake news’ CNN, “Back-to-school is looking a little different for many teachers nationwide this year, as they grapple with returning to their classrooms amid a pandemic. Added to their list of concerns: Death…Teachers have been posting comments in groups across social media about preparing their wills and enrolling in supplemental life insurance as local Covid-19 cases keep rising.”
Classrooms throughout the education system traditionally have been germ factories, so teachers have legitimate worries to be sure.
Plus nobody really knows what’s around the corner for them personally as far as health is concerned, even under normal circumstances.
“How horrible is it that one of the things on the list to do is to have a plan for students and teachers dying?” an Orange County, Calif., teacher told CNN.
Her comments come after a school board for one of the largest districts in Orange County voted 4-1 against wearing masks and social distancing as kids return to school, CNN reported. The same board is, however, requiring daily temperature checks, frequent hand washing, and thorough and regular cleanings of classrooms and all school facilities including buses.
The question could be whether teachers interacting with students are more at risk for serious, life-threatening illnesses specifically from the coronavirus.
“Some teachers feel more vulnerable to the coronavirus because they are older or have health conditions,” CNN added.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “based on available evidence, most children do not appear to be at higher risk for COVID-19 than adults. While some children and infants have been sick with COVID-19, adults make up most of the known cases to date.”
Based on data published by the National Center for Education Statistics, moreover, the average of public school teachers is 42, which is generally not considered a cohort at risk for a COVID fatality. Only 18.8 percent of them are age 55 or older, which puts them in the higher-risk, demographic category.
Many local boards of education will likely be requiring mask-wearing, social distancing, and other safety measures and modifications as the fall term approaches.
School districts ideally should be able to reasonably accommodate those teachers nearing retirement age or with pre-existing medical conditions by keeping them out of the classroom or enabling them to work remotely, which hopefully can allow students and most other teachers to resume the standard educational process.
A political component, unfortunately, is also in play. Most teachers’ unions are an adjunct to the Democrat Party and currently oppose President Trump’s desire to reopen the schools in the fall. The president has threatened to pull federal funding from districts that don’t open their doors.
A majority of voters supposedly oppose schools fully opening this fall for in-person classes, according to a Morning Consult poll of 1,992 registered voters released yesterday.
Obesity and diabetes are among the major risk factors for COVID.
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