Officials Resist “Disruptive And Costly” School Closures Over Coronavirus

Friday, March 6, 2020
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge.com
Fri, 03/06/2020

While nearly 300 million students across 22 countries out of school due to the coronavirus, officials in Washington state are resisting calls to follow suit amid the nation’s hardest-hit outbreak of the deadly disease.

Microsoft employee Andrew Davidoff tells Reuters that while he’s been told to work from home to slow the spread of the virus, his daughter and other children in the Lake Washington School District (LWSD) should also be sent home after 12 people have died of COVID-19 in the state.

“LWSD is doing everything they can to get me sick,” said the 59-year-old Davidoff – one of more than 20,000 people who have signed an online petition demanding school closures.

The district, however – much like schools in New York and Los Angeles – has resisted calls to send students home.

“School closures can be disruptive and costly for families,” said LWSD in a statement, recommending that schools remain open unless there were specific COVID-19 risks.

The dilemma over whether to close schools has rolled into the United States as U.S. coronavirus cases top 200. The outbreak has had an unprecedented impact on schools worldwide, the education of over 290 million students affected in 13 countries, according to the United Nations.

Closures have long been a U.S. response to influenza, a dangerous and highly contagious disease for students. But health authorities are rethinking their approach for coronavirus, shown to have limited effects on children. -Reuters

Microsoft employee Andrew Davidoff tells Reuters that while he’s been told to work from home to slow the spread of the virus, his daughter and other children in the Lake Washington School District (LWSD) should also be sent home after 12 people have died of COVID-19 in the state.

“LWSD is doing everything they can to get me sick,” said the 59-year-old Davidoff – one of more than 20,000 people who have signed an online petition demanding school closures.

The district, however – much like schools in New York and Los Angeles – has resisted calls to send students home.

“School closures can be disruptive and costly for families,” said LWSD in a statement, recommending that schools remain open unless there were specific COVID-19 risks.

The dilemma over whether to close schools has rolled into the United States as U.S. coronavirus cases top 200. The outbreak has had an unprecedented impact on schools worldwide, the education of over 290 million students affected in 13 countries, according to the United Nations.

Closures have long been a U.S. response to influenza, a dangerous and highly contagious disease for students. But health authorities are rethinking their approach for coronavirus, shown to have limited effects on children. -Reuters

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