Schools reopening

A detailed look at the issues related to schools reopening

Blog Post Date: Aug 1st, 2020

Blog Post Last Update: Sep 2nd, 2020

This will be a running collection of tweets (with links to news stories, research papers etc) that addresses everything related to schools reopening:

  • List all indoor events that lead to mass infections (similar conditions to schools)
  • List all schools that report infections within a few days of reopening
  • List all protests by teachers / staff about school reopenings
  • List all boneheaded moves by Republican governors that will endanger Americans, to help re-elect Trump


Sep 2nd

WH Task force urged Missouri to require masks statewide. Gov Parsons refused and is causing the virus to spread out of control

The consensus is clear: Things are much worse in Missouri because of @GovParsonMO’s failure to take action. It’s costing our economy. It’s costing lives. And it should cost him his job.

Ohio opening schools / colleges just as COVID cases are surging (not ideal at all to send kids to school in these conditions)

Ohio bill to shield first responders, businesses and schools from COVID-19 related lawsuits

More evil by the GOP. Force parents to send kids to school in dangerous conditions and then take away their ability to sue the schools if their kid dies of COVID

More than 3,300 COVID-19 cases in Indiana have been connected to large gatherings and to places like schools, gyms and bars

Aug 31st

With a population of 328 million in the United States, it may require 2.13 million deaths to reach a 65 percent threshold of herd immunity, assuming the virus has a 1% fatality rate.

Let’s not try out this strategy. What if the virus has a 2% fatality rate? 4.26 million deaths is acceptable?

Cases, hospitalizations and deaths from the coronavirus have increased at a faster rate in children and teenagers than among the general public, a new data set shows

It is insane and cruel that the 30 Republican states are opening up schools and colleges with R0 greater than 1, Positivity rates well north of 10% and cases rising in kids. This is straight up murder! They are endangering millions of kids, teachers, staff and parents

What @GovRonDeSantis is now pimping is “herd immunity.”

Herd immunity in Florida is a death sentence for the elderly and high risk. Ron’s ineptitude and complete lack of empathy has resulted in mass #COVID19 illness and death. Now he is doubling down.

Aug 28th

Trump and the Republicans come up with a plan to kill 2.3 to 3 million Americans

They complained that 4 Benghazi deaths were too many. Now they are signing off on Putin paying Taliban to kill American Soldiers and the genocide of 2-3 million Americans.

Good thing that they are pro-life. Imagine if they were the pro-death party?

1-year-old becomes Georgia’s youngest COVID-19 victim

Aug 27th

COVID-19 outbreaks close nine Tennessee schools as reopenings continue, state says

Aug 26th

The CDC, changing its Covid-19 testing guidelines, no longer recommends testing for most people without symptoms

Even if they've been in close contact with someone known to have the virus. Many doctors are puzzled by the agency's change.

Even the former CDC director is puzzled and worried. He fears that this will cause more #NeedlessDeaths

Aug 25th

A new report from President Trump’s COVID task force shows GA had the second-highest rate of new #coronavirus infections in the nation

That is over the last week, and the task force continues to urge state leaders to impose a mask mandate to stem the spread of COVID-19.

FL coach, teacher aged 46 dies from #COVID19

Number quarantined in Mississippi schools grow to 8018

Mississippi has now quarantined at least 7,429 students and 589 teachers due to confirmed or potential #COVID19 infections. That's almost a four-fold increase in quarantines since last week.

Corrupt CDC and FDA chiefs yielding to Trump's demands, endangering Millions of Americans

The recent @CDCgov recommendation out tonite to NOT test asymptomatic people makes no sense in light of the developments below.

The CDC just revised their testing guidance to exclude people without symptoms. This change in policy will kill

FDA is being pressured to approve a vaccine in October, without adequate testing, again endangering millions of Americans.

FDA pushing the Plasma treatment is wrong (and criminal). HHS and FDA chiefs illegally just made up numbers to please Trump.

Nearly 9,000 Florida children diagnosed with coronavirus in two weeks as schools reopen

A Florida judge has blocked the state's requirement that all brick-and-mortar public schools must offer in-class education by August 31

Aug 24th

GOP congressman sells 'back to school' masks after demanding schools reopen

There is a special place in hell for Sociopath Doug Collins who is profiting by forcing forcing kids / teachers into an unsafe environment. He is profiting of a pandemic while at the same time sending Americans to certain death or a lifetime of heart / lung issues.

Rebekah Jones, Fired FL Data Scientist and Ron DeSantis’ Worst Nightmare, Goes After COVID in Schools

Today, following outcry for not releasing school-related COVID-19 case numbers, the FL Department of Health dropped a school report

Aug 22nd

More deception by Schools that will cause an explosion in Cases and #NeedlessDeaths

"This is a danger to our community." Parents and teachers want to know about coronavirus outbreaks in schools, but some districts are hiding information about cases, stoking fear and anger.

Aug 21st

A 6-year-old girl is now the youngest person to die of COVID-19 in Florida

9-year-old Middletown, OH girl dies after contracting COVID, brain inflammation. Why are we opening schools?

Germany, with one fifth the death rate from Covid of the United States and one tenth the case rate, has had dozens of cases in the first days of school.

Doesn't bode well for the US experiment of opening schools in the midst of uncontrolled Covid spread.

Berlin is struggling to contain COVID-19 outbreaks as 41 schools across city report cases among students & teachers less than 2 weeks after resuming classes

Aug 19th

Nebraska schools with COVID

Covid-19 Is Creating a Wave of Heart Disease -daily reminder that there is so much more to #COVID19 than death

Many Schools Lack Nurses, a Vital Virus-Fighting Force

Over 2,000 Tennessee children test positive for COVID in 2 weeks as schools reopen in state

Aug 18th

Teachers in New York City carry coffins throughout the streets in protest against unsafe school reopenings

Covid-19's long-term effects, especially in young people, are "really troublesome," Dr. Anthony Fauci says

New study cautions that relying on fever checks as a single screening tool for schools could lead to a false sense of security

Cases popping up in School districts in NE, OK

Aug 17th

Coronavirus is spreading in schools, but no one is tracking all the outbreaks (neither the CDC nor the states)

Kansas schoolteacher created database of 700 schools reporting coronavirus

I’m officially partnering with @finmango to track #COVID19 #cases in all of the USA’s 13,000+ #schools / #districts!

71 of Mississippi's 82 counties are now reporting #COVID19 outbreaks in schools.

Mississippi has quarantined 2,035 students and teachers as 444 test positive for COVID-19.

Some TN districts allowing superintendents to designate teachers as "essential workers" to come to school even if they have been exposed to COVID-19

Now this is insane and jeopardizing the lives of thousands of kids, parents, teachers etc. Makes absolutely no sense and this is how the disease spreads.

Aug 16th

Cases popping up in School districts in OK, AR, AL, NE

Aug 15th

Arizona school district cancels plans to reopen schools after 100+ teachers refuse to return

Bold — Arizona public school district forced to abandon plans after more than 100 teachers and staff members called in sick

Praents / Teachers / Staff need to opt out of in-person training. Choice is simple, listen to the Sociopathic GOP governors and Trump and die or opt to stay home and live! This sickout example needs to be followed in every state / county which does not meet the CDC guidelines of 14 days of cases declining and test positivity rate of less than 5%. Even if those conditions are met, testing should be readily available for every school kid / teacher / staff with results returned the same day.

Anything else is the the Republican party sacrificing people to get Trump and the Republicans re-elected. Your life or your kids lives or your parents lives are not worth a vote for Trump or any Republican candidate.

DeSantis / Florida is making a high-stakes gamble on school openings, with superintendents pressured into reopening against their will

15-Year-Old Boy With No Underlying Health Conditions Dies of COVID in Georgia

A county in Indiana is making parents sign COVID death waivers

Mississippi schools: 109 teachers & 69 students with COVID. In addition, there are 254 teachers/staff & 489 students in quarantine

New CDC guidance says COVID rates in children is steadily increasing. (not ideal for schools reopening)

Even Ireland has two sets of rules - one for schools and one for businesses. Here we thought Europe knew what it was doing!

I really felt like I was dropping [my kids] off at a death trap,” a parent said about Georgia schools

Delusional GA governor pleased with school reopenings despite confirmed new cases of COVID-19 among students and faculty

A 15-year-old Gwinnett County boy with no underlying conditions has died after contracting COVID-19

DeSantis says FL schools with COVID-19 cases should stay open (endangers millions)

Horrific conditions for FL schools reopening; 14-day average positivity rate is 14.1% for kids; no school district has a positivity rate under 5%; 8 counties have rates over 20% for kids;

FL is manipulating COVID Positivity ratio

Mother & son working at the Fort Braden School in Tallahassee, FL both died this summer from COVID-19 just weeks apart from each othe

Aug 14th

Dire warning from ER Doc on the Frontlines - "COVID will RIP through schools"

Perfect Storm -- Testing down, Positivity upto 20%, schools reopening

Surge in COVID in Kids

Mississippi first wave could become a Tsunami with schools reopening

WH warns Georgia that the virus is out of control as schools reopen

Schools reopening is a slow motion train wreck

Weekly COVID-19 count nearly triples in Cherokee County schools

Another 228 deaths in Florida, case positivity ratio is still very high -- Not the conditions for Schools reopening

South #Florida hospitals seeing more children arriving with dangerous #COVID related symptoms

Aug 13th

Infectious disease expert Michael Osterholm warns a back-to-school surge in COVID-19 “will far surpass what we saw after Memorial Day"

75% of MO students live in counties with the highest COVID risk levels, and only 1% in counties deemed safe!!!

Idiotic Republican parents in Georgia want to endanger their kids and other kids

Aug 12th

Reopening U.S. Schools Are Short of Both Staff and Cash - Bloomberg

Florida child endangerment - Gov overruled schools that wanted virtual education— threatens to cut funding —Schools are in hotspot FL counties too

1191 quarantined for COVID in a suburban Atlanta, Georgia school district. Is this a successful reopening?

Aug 11th

Big News is cancellation of College Football. They can't keep people safe with all their money and access to testing. Kids, teachers, staff are vulnerable with no such access

Big Ten Conference announces it won't play football this fall, will explore playing in the spring

Pac-12 joins Big Ten in canceling fall football season because of COVID19 concerns

At least 48 state and local health leaders have resigned, retired or been fired since April across 23 states

Kids epidemic: Florida's Covid-19 cases in children have increased 137% in past month

21 year Florida man recovers from organ failure after mild COVID symptoms. Kids and young healthy adults are not immune

FL has record 277 deaths, cases in FL kids have increased 137%, record weekly hospitalizations (not ideal for schools reopening)

Georgia has record 137 deaths (not ideal for schools reopening)

Texas Paper Editorial Board Urges State Not to Hide School COVID Infections as U.S. Sees 97% Rise in Cases Among Kids