Maryland county moves classes online again citing COVID, sparking comparisons to successful Florida

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Prince George’s County public schools in Maryland are regressing back to peak coronavirus pandemic practices, announcing Friday that they would transition to virtual learning due to a rise in COVID-19 cases, leading some on Twitter to compare the outdated response the data-driven responses led by states like Florida.

“NEWS— Given the rise in COVID-19 cases, all students will transition to virtual learning, effective Monday, December 20 through Thursday, December 23,” the Twitter account for the school district tweeted.

The public schools will continue winter break as scheduled, but virtual learning will begin Monday, January 3 through at least Friday, January 14, despite the many well-known difficulties and downsides to the virtual classroom.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis continues to be a model for the rest of the country, refusing to impose the ineffective mask mandates and the highly contentious vaccine mandates that have become commonplace in other parts of the U.S.

DeSantis rejected the heavy-handed federal regulations that killed small businesses and the labor market elsewhere and has remained a staunch advocate for keeping children in the classroom.

The governor announced Friday that, despite the expected increase in case numbers this winter, Florida will not “indulge in the insanity” seen in other parts of the country like Prince George’s County.

Instead, the state plans to introduce the new AstraZeneca monoclonal antibody treatment to treat higher-risk, immunocompromised individuals.

Even with the rise in cases, DeSantis highlighted that the data on the omicron variant of the virus has thus far proven to be mild compared to the delta variant that led to an increase in hospitalizations.

Twitter users were floored by Prince George’s County’s decision to shut down in-person learning in spite of the increased understanding of the virus, its transmission and treatment options.

“Elected leaders who close schools or allow schools to close, when any venue with more adults is allowed to remain open, will be and should be clobbered at the next election,” one user tweeted.

“Anyone who’s making the decision to close schools at this point should never work in education again,” another user wrote.

“This is absolutely insane. Abusive to children while serving no other purpose,” one man added.

“I am alarmed by the rising numbers across our schools: A two-day total last week consisted of fewer than 100 cases. This week, we saw a high of 155 cases reported in a single day,” CEO of Prince George’s County Public Schools, Dr. Monica Goldson told reporters.

The school district was open for just one week before being shut down again because of the virus, according to WUSA.


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