Without doubt, every family in Moore County with children of school age are aching for the return of at least some aspects of their normal lives. It may be that home-schooling parents also would heave a sigh of relief, but not many people are going to relax as we move into what used to be called school season.

I think the hoped-for school year 2020-2021 should feature whatever interpersonal safety measures are mandated from the state and county level, along with a provision for continued online access that proved itself in the spring of the year to be effective in reaching the highest number of students.

But the school system needs to improve efficiency in that dual effort. It would probably require bifurcation at the teacher level, with some concentrating on remote learning and others performing the more traditional direct classroom learning experiences.

From what I gather, this may be a career choice that was meant to happen in any case but has been accelerated by the COVID pandemic.

Bob Bramwell, Pinehurst

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(13) comments

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Lisa Fagan

Guess what, Ken. The working mothers will be WORKING and won’t have time for home schooling.

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Sally Larson

I love the fact you think it's the women who will have to stay home. Isn't it a matter of who makes the most money who should be working? Who says it's the man?

Stephen Woodward

Kids’ immune systems “keep them safe”. Put them back in school and show them that Americans do not bow to hysteria. We summon courage and move forward.

Barbara Misiaszek

Do their immune systems truly keep them safe? Their immune systems appear to make them somewhat safer, not safe. You don't want your child to be the one to suffer this iteration of "polio". Did you live through the early 1950's polio epidemic? I did. No swimming.No groups of more than three. The "Mother's March." Finally, there was a vaccine and then we were safe and things returned to normal.

John Misiaszek

Jim Tomashoff

I vividly remember going door to door as a child soliciting dimes for the March of Dimes on behalf of polio patients and ongoing research and development for a vaccine and for improving rehabilitation techniques and treatments. Kent was asked to participate, even as a 10-year old his worldview had already solidified. His response, "Ah, let 'em crawl, I'm not responsible for anyone else's medical misfortunes. I'm a free and God-fearin' person, and your agenda is threatening my freedom. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm late for church."

Kent Misegades

Jim, you need professional help for TDS my friend.

Jim Tomashoff

Kent, re: your comment below, the only person here who needs professional help is yourself. TDS is the standard reply when Trump's followers have nothing else to say. And you are not now and never will be "my friend." You are the standard bearer for arrogant, self-absorbed, fools. Just as the Supreme Court ruled decades ago that freedom of speech does not include the right to yell "fire" in a crowded theater when you know there is no fire, resulting in deaths or injuries in the panic that follows, anyone, such as yourself, who refuses to wear a mask as an exercise of your "freedom" should be liable for any illnesses you cause. Willful ignorance is still ignorance and you may be responsible for the deaths of other people. If so, I say off to prison you go, where hopefully you'll meet your 350lb. cell-mate "Bubba," who is very, very lonely.

Kathryn Giquinto

I also lived through the polio epidemic. In a Catholic Grammar school with no less than 60 kids in a class. We never missed any days from school.

Barbara Misiaszek

Unlike COVID - 19 Polio transmission is very much less in cooler / cold weather.

John Misiaszek

Sally Larson

Stephen, I'd like to see the documentation on that statement. I'm not risking my granddaughter's life on some sort of fake news.

Jim Tomashoff

Yes indeed, we need to stand-up to all these dang viruses. Heck you can't even see the dern things how are they gonna get us sick? MAGA!!!!!!

Sally Larson

If the school system doesn't come up with a plan to keep kids safe, no one is going to be able to go back to work.

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