Ding Dong Johnson wrote:entbird79 wrote:I hope that abuck1220, Bob Sanders and others from Iowa are well. It's quite the horsefeathers show around here with cases skyrocketing, schools being forced to be open, and absolute negligence from leadership.
I stay the horsefeathers away from everyone all the time under normal circumstances. It's my damn housemates that scare me because they'll talk to anyone. 6 months later I am still finding myself saying "you know we're still in the middle of a pandemic, right?" I'm hoping we're far enough removed from downtown Iowa City to stay safe for a while longer.
It's not just the schools being open, it's that they're full steam ahead on extra curriculars as well. The high school already had 2 confirmed cases the first week, but that didn't stop volleyball or football from happening.
I've never been so glad to be old and not care about going out or seeing anyone & thankfully my kids are young enough that they can't go anywhere without us yet. We're in a county that isn't considered red yet but people are contracting it at a rapid pace. Not sure how Derwood went this long before his school had a case or a shutdown, we had a teacher with it three days into school and a classroom subsequently quarantined. Also, the theory of students not contracting it or spreading it is unequivocally false in my area. At the rate we're going there aren't going to be enough teachers for the students as it's almost daily that we have positive cases in the small districts that my wife and I work in.
Now we have the Governor taking a victory lap after a judge ruled that the Des Moines school district had to follow her idiotic mandates of 50% in person learning. The district has shown that there is no way that they have the space or capacity to be able to have all students in the buildings while maintaining safe social distancing and opted to go to online learning but apparently she is only concerned with getting the bodies back in the schools. If they choose to continue to have virtual classes the time will not count and the days will need to be made up at the end of the year. Many districts that are trying to do the right things at the local level to keep students and staff safe and even if they reach the 15% positivity rate for 14 days in their county they are still being told they have to be open.
With all of her half-assed regulations (no mask mandate ever) and reactive policy it's like Iowa is a part of a case study where they're trying to see how fast they can get the state to herd immunity.