I fear by the title of this topic it’ll get political - but really I want to talk about what is happening in the state, particularly with schools.
I have 3 kids, two go to Granite School District schools, and one goes to a SL School District school. The two districts responses have been very different to starting school back up. SLSD is online only right now. Granite has been in person, but kids can opt for online.
My oldest opted for online - he is fairly introverted and very bright, so he has been fine. He also is doing a side program through SLCC for college credit, so he does get human interaction.
My middle child in Jr high opted to go in person. Two weeks in she got quarantined, which meant she was on lockdown for 14 days (although our family wasn’t). But no friends, etc. She opted after that to do strictly online, because then at least she could do things with friends.
So as of right now, all of my kids are doing strictly online. I went to a high school football game last week, none of the kids were distancing, most of the parents weren’t either or wearing masks (they’d wear them in and then take them off once in the stadium).
It seems most people I know who have gotten it have gotten it through kids who got it at school, and who is surprised by that. Fortunately no hospitalizations over Covid, it has all been mild.
Numbers are going up, I spoke to someone who works for the U hospital system who is in charge of statistical analysis and they expect numbers to go up to 3000 a day by Thanksgiving, especially when families get together. People being forced inside isn’t going to help.
Of course, the rising numbers means the anti-mask crowd is crowing that they don’t work. I think they do HELP but the spread is happening on a household and personal friend-to-friend level - schools and everything else.
Regarding schools, I don’t know how any of this is sustainable. We’ve got people refusing to get tested now or lying about being sick for fear of quarantine. It’s a big mess. I can’t believe what school teachers are going through right now, good thing we pay them so well.