“We all want it to be normal, we all want our normal lives back and I have nothing but sympathy and sympathy for those who do, but we don’t live in normal times. “, he told CNN. “And that’s the thing, people just choose to live as if it were, until it can’t be ignored.”
Chambers, who fears the coronavirus will spread across the region, about 30 minutes north of Atlanta, says he sees this coming. He, along with other parents of the district, received a letter from Cherokee Superintendent Brian Hightower in mid-July announcing a 77-page reopening plan.
“A day later, it was voted, with limited opportunities for the public to participate,” Chambers said of the vote, limited only to those who could show up at the last minute. “When the reopening committee was formed, there were no teachers on it and the teachers had no chance to review it before it was released to the public.”
Chambers became a prominent local activist after he wrote an open letter to the general manager about a reopening plan.
“I see little evidence that the guidelines from (the US Centers for Disease Control and the Department of Health) were the guiding factors in creating these policies. In fact, your plan seems to be. Repeating or ignoring their recommendations while seeming to envision the ‘best scenario’ when it comes to young people who adhere to these changing rules and their ability to monitor and enforce ” writes Chambers, a game designer.
The plan is currently in place in schools which means students have no social distance and adults do not wear veils. Chambers believes students who come directly are at risk and is keeping their 10 and 4 year old kids at home.
High school closed
CNN contacted Hightower General Manager, who declined an interview. The district’s communications director, Barbara P. Jacoby, said: “(O) Your liaison efforts focus on communicating directly with parents.”
On Tuesday, Hightower told the parents of Etowah High School in Woodstock it will be virtually in-person from the end of the day until at least August 31st. There have been 14 coronavirus positive cases at the school, he said, with tests are pending. 15 students. Approximately 294 students and staff have been asked to quarantine.
Hightower urges people to distance themselves from society and wear masks. “As your Director, I wear a mask whenever I can’t keep some social distance. We know all parents don’t believe that scientific research shows that masks are beneficial. But I do believe that and see masks as an important way for us to keep schools open. ” he wrote to his parents.
Masking requests are a decision that is being made at the discretion of individual schools in Cherokee County. Across Georgia, Governor Brian Kemp encouraged masking but rejected all duties and said he favored local decision-making.
Slightly north of Woodstock, Brandy Heath thinks sending his 4th and 6th grade students back to classes at Freedom Middle and Liberty Elementary in Canton is definitely a better choice for their studies. .
“I sent my son in person because, as any parent knows, school is the best place for our children. Their teachers are educated and they are. can teach things that we can’t, “she told CNN.
“However, on the second day of school, my son said to me, ‘Mom, I don’t feel safe. We are not far from society, there are no precautions to keep us safe. ” Heath told CNN about her 4th graders. .
As soon as he heard that, Heath, who said she was immunocompromised, dragged her children home to study distance.
“We want Cherokee County to keep our children safe. Take precautions to keep them safe. And it hasn’t been done,” she said.
Back on the playing field in Woodstock, Jamie Chambers says he sometimes feels like he is fighting a loss. He says that in this deeply conservative part of Georgia politics continues to be placed before science, some school officials even tell staff they believe the coronavirus is a hoax.
Some parents at the park expressed less concern about the virus.
“I have no regrets sending my children to school,” the mother of a fourth and fifth grade student, who declined to give her name, told CNN. “They will get the viruses on campus or off school, also send them back.”