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COVID-19 regulations in public schools shouldn't be stricter than in any other place of business.

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Started: 2/9/2021 Category: Politics
Updated: 5 months ago Status: Debating Period
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Hi everybody and thank you for coming to this debate.

I will keep this opening argument fairly brief, But I have realized that over the past few months, K-12 schools and colleges were implementing extra COVID-19 regulations (such as hybrid and online classes, Sometimes closing when there was one positive COVID-19 test, Plexiglass dividers around desks, And many more). However, It is important to keep in mind that these regulations (in most states) were not mandated for retail stores, Restaurants, Office spaces, Or any other place of buisness. It was for the schools alone, Which made me suspicious about their government. Another piece of evidence that these schools have increased regulations is a news report from a TV station in the Hartford, CT market, WTNH-TV. In October, They reported about this issue (at least from the college perspective) with a headline simillar to "Connecticut Imposes More Regulations for Colleges and Universities. "

However, The real question is whether these regulations are justified since unfairly impacting schools seems to be the mission with this round of regulations. I must add that some state governments also seem to be impacting small businesses as well, But that is a separate discussion topic.


The main difference between schools and retail stores is that attendance of schools is mandatory for citizens under age 18. No one is required to go out to eat at a restaurant or shop in the supermarket; you can, For instance, Order food online. However, Students must go to school; no one can choose to avoid it if they don't want to risk contracting COVID and bringing it home. So stricter regulations are necessary.

Another difference applying to schools (and colleges) is the regular meeting and intermixing of large groups. A typical high school student can be expected to meet 6 or 7 different teachers over the course of the school day and be in relatively close proximity to dozens of other students. A public school class will consist of about 30 students, And at a college, That number can approach 100. Attendance of multiple classes increases the pool of possible infectees and allows newly infected students to bring the disease into still larger populations.

Moreover, School last about 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, And a full-time college student can have several hours of class in a single day, Several times a week. Thus, There is more opportunity to spread COVID, And a higher chance of someone who was not previously infected coming back into contact with you when they are newly infected.

So compared to going out to eat for one hour on a Saturday or a quick run to the grocery store every couple of weeks, Classrooms are much more likely to spread the disease.

Best of luck on this debate.
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