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Joe K. Meyer: Hybrid learning may not be ideal for education, but at least our students are kept safe.

Our children have had to miss out on so many social and educational experiences, and hJoe K. Meyerave had no choice but to postpone a year of their childhoods, hoping that the adults of the world can be responsible and do the right thing to make life seem normal again.

But, our collective suffering over the past year unfortunately cannot be used as a bargaining chip. The coronavirus is not something we can negotiate with or ignore into nonexistence. We cannot show it pictures of our families and plead with it to end this madness so that our children can go to school for six hours a day, Monday through Friday.

That's why we cannot yet return to "five full days" of school.

To force our students and teachers back into full-time, in-person school while COVID-19 cases rise throughout the region would be misguided and (dare I say) cruel. If you need evidence of how such a move would likely play out, just look at how Bend-La Pine School District is doing after returning to full-time learning. Their case numbers are going up, and teachers have to drop everything and lock down their classrooms whenever a student of theirs has COVID-19.

Hybrid learning and CDL may not be ideal formats for education, but at least our students are kept safe from the virus.

Joe K. Meyer is a resident of Happy Valley.


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