So they've said that the kids in the province I live in (Alberta, Canada) are all headed back to school come September. They seem to be pretty much leaving it up to each school or school board to decide how they want to handle it, but masks are not going to be mandatory, apparently, and they're not considering cutting the numbers in each classroom to allow distance.
I was talking to one of my co workers today and she was saying that she's stuck between a rock and a hard place. Her kids are all younger (the oldest is eight, the youngest will start school early next year) and they're clamoring to be allowed to go back. She really wants them back so she can concentrate on working, instead of having to supervise/homeschool them all day. But of course, she's really worried about the fact that at the start of school every year, kids come home with every bug going, and the entire family is sick for weeks. Now is really risking that that bug is going to be coronavirus, rather than a garden variety cold.
I saw a post on FB last night that said "What's the problem? Less than 1% of children catch coronavirus". Which is totally true, of course. Totally missing the point that they drag it home as asymptomatic carriers, and infect everybody else in the house, who then take it to work and pass it to their co-workers, and next thing bang, your province is shut down again. Which working adult has time to self isolate for two weeks? or even worse, be sick for three months, if they catch it from their little petri dishes?
The teachers are furious, and I would be too. They don't get paid enough to deal with these little assholes at the best of times, much less when they're risking their health to do it. I wonder how many teachers will quit this summer ...
Why, if they're making masks mandatory for everyone in indoor spaces starting next week, are 30 snotty, dirty kids in a classroom exempt? There's way less chance of them covering their cough or sneeze or washing their hands than your average adult, if the open mouthed hacking and snot-sucking I've seen in public is any indication. Ugh.
As I was talking to her, I realized how fucking grateful I am that the only person I have to worry about during this whole thing, is me. No worries that my kid is getting sick, or making me sick, or making their grandparents or someone else sick, or missing school, or not going to have a grad like happened this year, or any of that shit. Being a parent sucked before this pandemic, but man, does it suck hard now.
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