Governor Edwards Should Keep Schools Closed for 2020-2021

  • As back-to-school nears, growing concerns emerge about schools reopening and students returning.
  • It is illogical for Shreveport Mayor Perkins and Louisiana Governor Edwards to proport they are so concerned about COVID spread reduction and contradict that concern via school reopening for 2020-2021.
  • Kids really are vulnerable to both the psychological and physiological effects of COVID-19 because they are fully developed in neither area.

It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemuc literally has swept the nation like a windstorm, leaving behind deceased remnants of the former living, and fearful citizens eager to protect themselves from this peculiar and rapidly-infecting disease.  As back-to-school nears, growing concerns emerge about schools reopening and students returning. In Caddo Parish, Louisiana, schools currently are scheduled to reopen for the 2020-21 school year, but many students do not want to return amid COVID.  Our respected Advocate Greshun De Bouse weighs in.

It is illogical for Shreveport Mayor Perkins and Louisiana Governor Edwards to proport they are so concerned about COVID spread reduction and contradict that concern via school reopening for 2020-2021.  Mayor Perkins was quick to pass an EO on July 10, 2020 for a city mask mandate (which was blocked two days later); thus, he should not hesitate to use his position where applicable keep Caddo Parish Schools closed.  If concern is legitimate, there should be concern in all areas-school being one. Educators and kids have become acclimated to the virtual learning format (whether or not they like it per se), and if so-called safety is chief, schools should remain closed in Caddo.

I am an advocate for equality and faith over fear always.  However, kids are different. They do not really grasp the magnitude of what is occurring.  Kids really are vulnerable to both the psychological and physiological effects of COVID-19 because they are fully developed in neither area.  Reopening schools is a recipe for disaster. No matter how much those in authority and the kids try to wear so-called protective gear and social distance and such, they are still kids at the end of the day who can not and should not be required to think or behave on an adult level. 

Many kids fear returning to school, and while I reiterate I am an advocate for faith over fear always, kids can not be expected to think like me. If they are afraid, no adults should be forcing them into the fear-inducing environment-school in this case. Such forced school return opens the floodgates for all types of disorders including but not limited to PTSD, agoraphobia, PECD, general anxiety, focus inability, the list is infinite. 

Reopening schools anywhere may prove counterproductive when officials are forced to close them again mere weeks after reopening due to them finding it is not working. The school reopening is not conducive to a healthy, optimal learning environment for kids who can not focus on learning presented material due to COVID concerns. Of course, being forced to shelter-in-place also is detrimental and can incite some or all of the aforementioned conditions, so I am in no way advocating for that. 

Yes kids need social interactions among their peers, and I think creative parents in communities can arrive at how kids can interact as such amid school closure. We must now face the reality that 2020 basically is a ‘bust’ so to speak. The remainder of the year should focus on more expansive COVID research that yields findings consistent enough to be considered valid, helping restimulate the economy including provision of a livable monthly financial stimulus for individuals and families, and just trying to make a fresh start for 2021-22 concerning school reopening.

Many educators also are concerned, but forcing fearful kids in back to school who lack full understanding or capacity to fully understand what is occurring will be disastrous.

As usual, Advocate Greshun Wows us with her valid stance and articulately eloquent words.  And in case you are wondering how advocate Greshun can speak on the psychological and physiological states of individuals, recall she is formally educated and degreed in both behavioral sciences and counseling respectively-in addition to her other advanced formal education. We just adore her small frame and powerful spirit, always doing what is best for all.  Mayor Perkins, Governor Edwards, and all other elected officials, listen to and respect Advocate Greshun. She is a very knowledgable force to be reckoned with who may need to run for office herself.

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