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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