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Connecticut Students to Return to Classrooms This Fall

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Do you know what is happening in your state's education department yet?  This news broke here in Connecticut yesterday. the guidelines are not quite as draconian as I had worried. Students can return for a full day, five day week. What a relief to working parents (and parents who value the remainder of their sanity.) No temperature checks, as far as I could see.  Masks - yes?? I don’t think that will last long. And many parents are already saying “no” bringing them several steps closer to the medical freedom fold. Staff and students will be required to wear masks except those with... insert irony emoji here - A MEDICAL EXEMPTION!  No mention of how one obtains the exemption.  One young Mom wrote on Facebook, “time to get an anxiety diagnosis like everyone else.” Parents are joining the medical freedom fold in droves with zero mention of the V word.

Also, copious hand washing, students to remain in cohort groups, and social distancing.  No measure of plastic dividers, etc.

I was greatly disappointed that there was ZERO mention of special education in the press conference. My daughter's small (40 students) 28 year old school for students with autism and other diagnoses with communication disorders has said they will be closed for good on June 30 because of COVID requirements. I am hoping that perhaps they might backtrack and re-open in September since the days would not be divided into groups with cleaning in between, etc. It's a pipe dream.

Two of my three tolerate a mask fairly well.  Cetainly NOT for a full school day.  That's going to be a stumbling block for our community for many reasons. But we were able to walk into a group even with masks on for a brief period. Imagine US fitting in with everyone else? I even found a silver lining to the mask. One of my daughters has an issue with spitting. We've been struggling to find out why she seems compelled at times to play baby camel.  It has been a major barrier to going out, even before COVID. When she wore her mask for the first time and spit into it, she startled herself. YEE-uck! I'm hoping that by wearing the mask daily for a while, even at home, (we don't really go many places) she'll feel the wet discomfort that a toddler feels when toilet training - and stop the spitting on her own terms, in her own way. I'd like that very much for her.

Let us know what you'd like to see in the Fall and what your state is announcing.

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Comments

Tim Lundeen

"Schools serve the same social functions as prisons and mental institutions- to define, classify, control, and regulate people." -- Michel Foucault

Grace Green

Laura,
In addition to the dangers you list, we have recently seen video of a UK school being FUMIGATED by workers covered from head to toe! These are the environments children are going to be entering soon. Back to the good old days of DDT and worse.

Laura Hayes

One of my favorite sayings:

“Never let school get in the way of your education.”

Another:

“Public school is ‘government school’.” Now, more so than ever. Could also call public schools “indoctrination centers”. Parents need to be extremely wary of them, what is being taught there, the dangerous and damaging vaccines that are required to attend, and now, the unhealthy, antisocial, dehumanizing ways in which students will be required to behave.

Home education (I like it, Grace!) seems the safest, sanest, and wisest choice.

Tim Lundeen

@Grace thanks! I like "home education" much better too :-)

Grace Green

Tim Lundeen,
Best wishes for the homeschooling, I'm sure you'll never look back. I prefer the UK term, home education. Education is so much broader than schooling, and can only be done at home, or in the community.

Bob Moffit

"Also, copious hand washing, students to remain in cohort groups, and social distancing. No measure of plastic dividers, etc." Just a few day ago … FDA issued a warning regarding HAND SANITIZING products that contain dangerous CHEMICALS … such as .. METHANOL .. which can cause … among other things .. PERMANANT BLINDNESS AND DEATH. From the article: "The Food and Drug Administration has warned against the use of nine hand sanitizer products manufactured by Eskbiochem SA de CV in Mexico due to the potential presence of methanol. Methanol, sometimes called wood alcohol, is not a suitable ingredient for hand sanitizers and can prove "toxic" when absorbed through the skin or ingested, the FDA said Friday. "Substantial methanol exposure can result in nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system or death," the agency said." Apparently there is no such thing as a "one size fits all hand sanitizer" .. just as there is no such thing a "one size fits all vaccine"

John Stone

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I posted then but from admin I could not see that they had not appeared (only his name). This is recurrent problem sometimes to do with links - will try and investigate further.

M.

Where are Bob Moffit's comments?

Tim Lundeen

California guidance is for full-on social distancing: masks by students, masks and/or clear-plastic faceguards for teachers, frequent hand sanitization, 6 feet distancing in class/lunch/recess, no field trips. We are going to homeschool instead. (See https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/california-releases-stringent-school-reopening-rules/ar-BB156lgn)

Coronavirus: What are we doing to our children? -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fb0C6Nj4d8w&fbclid=IwAR0Y-zcEh56aNEc9ogRZCp9FcGQHk7EhSUbB5hbeA746fHzIzL8aohZAGiI

Schools MUST go “Back to Normal” in the Fall—A Scientist’s Perspective -- https://childrenshealthdefense.org/news/editorial/schools-must-go-back-to-normal-in-the-fall-a-scientists-perspective/

goldenchameleon

So glad to hear your state is partially sane! And that many parents are starting to embrace medical choice. A teacher friend in Georgia told me that masks “are not required, but encouraged” when school opens in the fall.

Children’s Health Defense featured this wonderful letter from an immunologist highlighting the complete lack of data to support any restrictions for school openings:

https://childrenshealthdefense.org/news/editorial/schools-must-go-back-to-normal-in-the-fall-a-scientists-perspective/?utm_source=salsa&eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=bc981749-03d5-49f5-af4e-8441d9455a43

Bob Moffit

"Also, copious hand washing, students to remain in cohort groups, and social distancing. No measure of plastic dividers, etc."

Just a few day ago … FDA issued a warning regarding HAND SANITIZING products that contain dangerous CHEMICALS … such as .. METHANOL .. which can cause … among other things .. PERMANANT BLINDNESS AND DEATH.

From the article:

"The Food and Drug Administration has warned against the use of nine hand sanitizer products manufactured by Eskbiochem SA de CV in Mexico due to the potential presence of methanol.

Methanol, sometimes called wood alcohol, is not a suitable ingredient for hand sanitizers and can prove "toxic" when absorbed through the skin or ingested, the FDA said Friday.

"Substantial methanol exposure can result in nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system or death," the agency said."

Apparently there is no such thing as a "one size fits all hand sanitizer" .. just as there is no such thing a "one size fits all vaccine"

Bob Moffit

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