Students Must Learn from Home, But Athletes Can Play – Is This Okay?
Joe’s Perspective: As part of my job, I talk with teachers and coaches all over the country. In places like Maryland and Washington, almost all kids are home (virtual learning) and almost all sports are cancelled. In places like Idaho and Florida, almost all students are in school and sports are being played. However, in some states, students are not allowed to learn in the classroom, yet report to practices and play sports.
For example, my daughter’s school just went to all virtual learning and yet the soccer, football and volleyball teams are playing in the state playoffs. This decision strikes me funny. To me, if it’s not safe enough to learn together, it shouldn’t be safe enough to play together. There is less ability to socially distance on the field than in the classroom. I try to understand the science in this decision, but I am left scratching my head.
Your Turn: Given everything you know about Covid, do you think kids should be learning in the classroom and do you believe students should be playing sports? Explain.