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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 15: A school bus is stopped while picking up a student in Manhattan's East Village on January 15, 2013 in New York City. Drivers of the city's school buses are set to go on strike tomorrow after negotiations with Mayor Michael Bloomberg failed to reach an agreement; over 150,000 children will need to find an alternate method of transportation to school. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

So yesterday, I started to see a few of the CDC guidelines for schools floating around social media and I’m like huh?

So I did some research and yes indeed, there were some guidelines released. Upon reviewing, I’m thinking to myself “Ain’t no way!” I really did. I’m like did the CDC take into account parenting, working parents, how many students are actually in school, and more? They couldn’t have. I understand that they are creating these guidelines to protect our students, but every school system across the United States will have to start as of yesterday figuring out what if scenarios for reopening schools because no one knows what the data will look like until we cross that bridge in August.

Here are a few things that I pulled out that stood out to me.

  1. There was a mention of students over the age of 2 wearing a mask. How Sway? How when it comes down to the 3-5 year olds. I have a 3 year old and when I have to take him out, which is rare, he will bite the mask and everything else but keep it on. I’m constantly making sure it’s on his face.
  2. Desks to be spaced 6-ft apart or a shield installed when social distancing isn’t available. Honestly, that is a huge cost and if there is talk about students going to school on alternate days, then you know the money for that isn’t there. Now, if some days students will work remotely from home on the alternate days they aren’t at school, my question is which age will this apply to? Because if say, 1st graders fall under this, what are the parents going to do when they have to go to work? That’s a nightmare having to find childcare on top of aftercare.
  3. Social distancing on school buses. Apparently there would have to be 1 student to a seat, plus an empty seat in between. That means you almost have to alternate days, because the only other option would be to shorten school and some students in the morning and some in the evening. On top of that, that would mean more bus routes and more hours to pay the bus drivers with money that most school districts do not have.
  4. This one here is a doozy. There was possible talk about taking daily temperatures. Honey, with all those kids? No way!  The lines for drop off and entry would be backed up for hours, and some parents, like me, have to get to work. In my case, I’m dropping off my soon to be 13-year old and my 3-year old so, I have a routine and I have to stick to it.

You can read all about it through the many pages at CDC.GOV, but sheesh. This pandemic is going to be way more crazier coming out of it than some folks may have ever imagined. Stay safe guys and wear your masks and wash your hands. Also, stay 6-ft apart.