The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announced Monday that it was converting to all virtual classes after reporting 135 new COVID-19 cases and four clusters within a week of having started in-person classes for the fall semester — becoming the first college to send students home after having reopened.
It’s dumbfounding that they tried. Especially after this happened in Georgeduh:
Meanwhile, in the Terrible Sand Kingdom of Arizonastan:
A school district in Arizona that was set to open for in-person teaching on Monday was forced to cancel all classes after teachers staged a “sickout” to protest unsafe working conditions during the coronavirus pandemic.
And dramatic news out of Utah(!) –
In Salt Lake County, at least 79 educators have either resigned or retired early due to fears of COVID-19 spreading in schools, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. Of those resignations, at least 16 were given just last week.
I’ll be a teacher’s pet: we need to shut-down the country again and get back on track with testing and contact tracing. The sooner the better, but in the meanwhile schools need to go 100% remote. Even the WHO says that it is now young people who are driving the pandemic (tho it is the Olds who are still dying at greater numbers).
Anecdotal evidence from the People’s Republic of Seattle: on Sunday when I walked around to see if the mail collection boxes were missing (and they were, and some of those that remained were locked!), the callous Yutes of Today were waiting in lines, unmasked and un-distanced to go to brunch in the trendy restaurants in my ‘hood. Notably three sorority sisters (greek letters on tee-shirts) were walking around with their iced coffee drinks and masks fashionably draped around their necks, laughing as they plowed through the outdoor tables, doing the “Look At Me” parting of the crowds, and flicking their hair. It was quite a scene.
I swear I did not see one person under 30 wearing a mask. Depressed me like all of Hell.