Letter: Send the littlest kids back to school
To the editor:
Here's a thought — not a new one I'm sure, but I haven't heard anyone but the Danes propose it:
Send just the children up to age 10 back to school, and have them attend full-time. They can spread out into the classrooms of the older kids. Teachers can stay with one group in one classroom. Advantages to this approach include:
1. Children under 10 apparently spread the virus the least, so teachers and staff will be least compromised.
2. Teachers will only see about 15 kids, not multiple groups of kids.
3. The little kids are least-able to do remote learning, and the most in need of face-to-face instruction. (How do you learn to read remotely?)
4. The older kids have a better chance of learning remotely.
5. Parents can get more work done at home with older kids at home than with the younger ones.
6. Child care issues might be easier for older kids staying at home.
I will be very interested in hearing the reactions to this idea from those who know a lot more than I do about all the issues involved.
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