The People’s Business: August 17, 2020

Today is the first day of class for students attending Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. The good news is, the kids don’t have to worry about what to wear. But the bad news is that they can’t go to school. For at least the first nine weeks of the school 2020-2021 school year, school has to come to them; they are going to have to learn to love online learning. That’s a huge challenge for students, parents, and teachers. Sadly, students in the most difficult socioeconomic circumstances are going to struggle the most to adjust to the new norm.

Last spring, when Covid-19 infections triggered Governor Roy Cooper to close all public schools in North Carolina, WS/FC had its first experiment with online-only education. According to the Journal, “about 5,000 of the 55,000 students in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools” never logged on, never started, much less finished one assignment. Let’s hope that far fewer kids get left behind this school year. Public education during a pandemic is a massive challenge. It’s expensive and complicated. The big question is, after nine weeks of online learning, will the school system actually be able to open safely? Personally, I think the County Commissioners should shut down construction on the Kaledium and use that $30 million to fund public education in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County.





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