Schools nationwide walk the tightrope between ideal safety, COVID-19 reality
February 9, 2021
California mom Megan Bacigalupi has had enough. She wants her kindergartner and second grader back in their Oakland classrooms.
But the coronavirus is spreading too quickly to open schools in Alameda County, based on the current state standards. And the local teachers union hasn't agreed to go back - even after teachers have been vaccinated. So she expects her kids will be logging on to school from home for a while.
"The impediments to opening are just too great," said Bacigalupi, who is lobbying California lawmakers to establish firm, statewide health metrics that, once met, would require schools to open. "In the end, it comes down to a lack of political will to get the kids back in the classroom."