Long Island Divided Over Back To School Plans

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Long Island News Post Published on August 17th 2020, Written by Nick P.

As we begin to start the back to school season, many parents are debating whether their kids should attend school in person or continue online learning. COVID-19 is raising many questions for parents about the safety of their kids in schools this coming year.

Many school districts are offering parents the option of having their kids learn online, in person, or a hybrid mix of the two. One Long Island mother, Stefanie Wener, described how she was surprised to see the Three Village Central School District was only offered in-person learning.

Long Island Divided Over Back To School Plans

The Three Village Central School District had a mask policy that initially encouraged but did not require, students to wear masks. This policy was updated to masks a mandate based on the response from the community.

According to the district's website, the current policy is as follows:

"All students and staff will be required to wear masks/face coverings regardless of physical distancing parameters except during meals."

The back to school debate will only continue to become more controversial as the school season becomes closer. Many parents have elected for online learning models as they do not want to expose their kids to catching COVID-19 at school. Coronavirus cases in Long Island Towns have seen a decline in recent months.

Many teachers have cited their concerns over back to school policies as well, stating that having to explain concepts and teach while wearing a mask all day will hurt interaction and relationship building with students. In addition, they are concerned that students will not put as much effort into learning the material from home as they would in school based on the end of the last school year.

At the end of the day, is it healthy for students to cover their face for 8 hours a day? Parents must think of the impact this will have on their kid's social life and social skills going forward. For those who elect for their kids to stay home, will they be held accountable for getting their work done with the same standards as in school? These are the questions that parents need to ask as Long Island gets ready for school.


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Long Island News Post Published August 17th, 2020

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