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Opinion: Elementary Schools are Reopening

By Evelyn Aquino

Starting this Monday, March 29, preschool through 2nd grade students in the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District returned back to campus for in-person learning on a hybrid learning schedule. 3rd to 5th grade students are expected to be back after spring break on Monday, April 12, 2021. Parents were given the option to either return their kids back to in-person school or continue digitally online.

In my opinion, schools should not reopen yet; instead, they should focus on how to improve for the following school year instead of possibly putting kids at risk of getting the virus right now. If one person–either a student, teacher, or staff member–got the virus, they would have to close again or send multiple people into quarantine, which could possibly lead to kids falling behind once again. It will also take time for students to adjust to the sudden change of going from online to in-person, and there are fewer than 40 days of school left.

Although young kids are less likely to transmit the virus, it is still important that the schools continue following safety precautions. They should still be 6 feet away from each other while wearing masks, and teachers and custodians should clean any surfaces that the students would most likely touch, such as the door handles, desks, books, and any electronic devices.

It was believed that many parents didn’t want their children to return to school when cases were at the peak. Now, around 50% of parents want their children to return to school since cases are decreasing and L.A. County is slowly reopening since it approached the red tier. Opening schools in general was something that wasn’t settled knowing the risks of getting the virus. Reopening elementary schools was the first approach because they only stay in one room all day.

Young kids will most likely have difficulties following the same precautions an adult has to follow. It is also a concern for kids with special needs. Most might be capable of following safety protocols, but others might not.

It might be better if schools didn’t reopen for the rest of the school year; but the opening has begun, and now we wait and see how things go.

NFL News Round-Up

By Evelyn Aquino

Raiders player Maurice Hurst tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday, October 06 and was placed on the Raiders Covid-19 reserve list. Hurst’s positive test was not related to one of the 10 players who had been fined a total of $165,000 by the NFL after failing to follow coronavirus protocols at a charity event on Monday, October 05.

In a statement from the NFL, they wrote, “Protocol violations that result in virus spread requiring adjustments to the schedule or otherwise impacting other teams will result in additional financial and competitive discipline, including the adjustment or loss of draft choices or even the forfeit of a game.”

Hurst (left: USA TODAY Sports) was removed from the Covid-19 list on October 20, and since that time, the Raiders have gone 2-1, moving into playoff position in the crowded AFC, sitting at 5-3 and in 2nd place in the AFC West.

•Local NFL Teams Through Week 9:

The Los Angeles Rams are 5-3 and in 2nd place in the NFC West.

The Rams are coming off a bye in Week 9 hoping to rebound after a disappointing 28-17 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

The Los Angeles Chargers are 2-6 and in 4th place in the AFC West.

The Chargers are struggling without long time QB Philip Rivers, including a heartbreaking, last-second 31-30 loss to the Denver Broncos during Week 8.

•Three exciting Thanksgiving Day match-ups on November 26, Week 12:

  • Houston Texans vs Detroit Lions at 9:30am on CBS
  • Washington vs Dallas Cowboys at 1:30pm on FOX
  • Baltimore Ravens vs Pittsburgh Steelers at 5:20pm on NBC