After planning to open using a hybrid model, New Trier HS District 203’s board decided to go to full online classes only. That decision was made after the district’s teachers union announced its opposition to in-school learning.
New Trier Neighbors, a local group of concerned citizens, recently held a Zoom call on the need to immediately and safely reopen New Trier area schools for in-person learning. Wirepoints’ Ted Dabrowski made the case for reopening based on what we know of the coronavirus in Illinois and in the New Trier area.
The following video contains excerpts from Ted’s online discussion with Dr. Carrie Mendoza. Both are board members of New Trier Neighbors.
It’s only natural for parents and teachers to be worried about the impact of returning students to the classroom. But it’s important to look at the science and data of the coronavirus. The reality is children are far less likely to get infected with COVID-19, are far less likely to get seriously ill, and are far less likely to spread the virus to adults and other children.
And after months of learning to deal with the coronavirus, Illinois is in far better shape for reopening schools than it was just three months ago. The state’s overall metrics for COVID hospitalizations and deaths have been stable for three months.
Residents in New Trier haven’t been hit hard by COVID-19. And a vast majority of teaching staff there is young enough to be at low risk from the virus. The above is what parents in New Trier should know about the readiness to return to in-person schooling.