September 9, 2020
Be those parents.
If the coronavirus should befall your child after they return to the classroom, do consider not suing the school district. Legislation designed to protect schools and/or districts has already been introduced. And unfortunately, the instinct to provide interference from people wanting to sue because their child caught COVID at school, is not misguided. Not that schools shouldn’t be held accountable for negligence or villainy, but the threat of lawsuits over COVID-19 is terrifying. Of course, those parents whose children presumably became ill at school won’t necessarily be the only ones slapping expensive lawsuits on school districts that are already strapped for supplies, teachers, and time. There will of course be parents who have raised their children to stand up for their rights not to mask. Lawsuits filed over such egregious violations of liberty seem inevitable as well. If for the safety of everyone, schools deny access to on campus classes to those students not properly masked, will they then be sued for denial of education? Or are they covered if online classes are still available? Can the parents of an infected child recover greater damages if there was a maskless student attending the same school? It should probably be considered that if we are asking any of these questions, it is too soon for kids to be returning to school. So, for now, let us embrace distance learning, so that we can keep these children as safe as possible. And as an additional benefit, we won’t be setting our educational system up for financial annihilation.