Wake County Schools have growing Coronavirus issues


Extending the Xmas break until January 15 may not be enough:

The district has reported 432 cases since Oct. 26, when the first students began returning for in-person instruction. Since Oct. 29, Wake has reported 244 cases among staff and 183 among students.

Friday is the last day of classes before Wake County students go on winter break. Difficulty finding substitute teachers and the fear of a post-Christmas COVID-19 spike caused the Wake school board to vote Tuesday to suspend in-person instruction for all schools from Jan. 4-15.

Just to be clear, "finding substitute teachers" is not the problem you should be concerned with, it's the needing so many that should keep you up at night. And the hundreds (thousands?) of other staff members who are going to work either terrified or greatly concerned about their exposure. And this is starting to sound arrogant:

“Our staff is not immune to the rapid spread of the virus in the greater community,” Wake says on its website. “When cases increase, so do the number of our employees who are required to quarantine as a result.”

This constant refrain of, "They got it somewhere else" is mostly supposition, with a dash of whistling past the graveyard. You don't know where they contracted the virus, but logic dictates that some of them got it at work. And the growing number of students infected backs that up, to a certain degree.

If you're going to err, err on the side of caution, not preconceived notions or concerns about filling replacements.



Our school board in Chapel Hill - Carrboro...

voted last night to delay until at least March with bring back students. They're waiting until they see the late January numbers before they make any decision, but they're basing it on the science and what they're being told by infectious disease experts from Duke. This is how you actually run a school district responsibly in a pandemic.

Oh, and they also...

surveyed teachers and staff to find out what we thought about a return to in-person instruction and the interim superintendent himself presented the results to the board during the meeting. So they're not just listening to the disease experts, they're also listening to the education experts they should depend on most, their teachers.