Davis County School administrators and school board members have been wrestling with many weighty decisions for months, and the wrestling match isn’t likely to stop until an effective vaccine for COVID-19 is developed.
Meanwhile, the public needs to keep abreast of the factors going into their decision-making and give them the support they deserve.
School officials are closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 every day with the assistance of public health officials. They know that up until Monday, any spread among students and faculty members was not attributable to contact at school.
With the hybrid model of learning allowing only 50% of students to attend school on any given day, social-distancing is possible at school much of the time.
Administrators and faculty members are doing everything they can to adapt to the situation and efficiently offer instruction to socially-distanced students in the classroom on alternate days, while simultaneously assigning practice activities and reading assignments on days spent at home.
As the school year progresses, some teachers are even reporting more efficient, faster learning with fewer students and fewer disruptions in the classroom setting during onsite learning.
While school officials and the public agree onsite learning with students and teachers experiencing face-to-face interaction every day is preferable, that type of learning is likely to be unsustainable under the present circumstances.
That leaves us with the option of sending our students to school every day with the very real possibility of having to totally shut down as infection rates climb among students and staff, or continuing with the hybrid model and adapting instruction to the circumstances.
Continuing with the hybrid model is the obvious solution, but, even then, community support is needed to keep students in school in a socially-distanced environment.
If everyone — young and old — would practice social-distancing and wear masks at all times when the six-foot rule can’t be implemented, we could significantly decrease or stop the spread and keep our students in school.
Add to that good hygiene practices and staying home when not feeling well, and Davis County might be able to finally get COVID-19 under control.