When I first started writing about COVID-19 in January, I never thought I would see the virus hit my family. At that time, it was predominantly in China and just barely crossing onto the shores of America. After writing numerous articles on COVID and warning all of my loved ones, it is finally here within my small orb of family members.
My sister, who happens to be a principal of an elementary school, and my brother-in-law works as a coach/driver’s ed instructor at a high school are both now quarantining with the virus. Not only are they now quarantining for 14 days, but many of the staff members at my sister’s school have had to go into isolation. The school has had to bring in an assistant principal from another school and teachers to help fill in the gap of workers that had to take off due to the virus. The virus removed my sister, counselors, teachers, and other members of staff.
For some reason, Texas is not letting schools shut down after cases of COVID are found. Instead of shutting these locations down, they bring in more staff members to plug in the gaps. Perhaps, this is our cry for help during this storm. Who is backing this protocol when it comes to reporting and handling of COVID 19 infections? As many of you know, my children’s school now has at least five cases of COVID. One school about 25 miles away has COVID cases in the double digits.
We have heard a lot about herd immunity in the news. It would appear, in my opinion, that we are witnessing some form of it play out in our schools here in Texas. It is just too perplexing as to why anyone would keep schools open with cases of COVID. It is over the school administration’s head, so where are these decisions coming from that enforce schools to stay open with cases of COVID?
With over 200,000 people dead of COVID-19 right now, I think we should make sure we are not letting our guard down. Right not my sister has pneumonia, but her spirits are good. I will keep you posted.