Should State Governments Determine Whether Schools Close for the Rest of the Year?

The outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the United States has caused dramatic upheavals at almost every level of our society. Schools have temporarily closed, professional sports have shut down, and many have self-isolated by not going into work or out in public unless absolutely necessary. The pandemic has raised important questions about federalism and what level of government should be in charge of making mandatory quarantine decisions at this time. Specifically, should state governments or the national government determine whether schools should close for the rest of the year?

Those who support state governments determining whether schools should close for the rest of the year or not argue that our system of federalism allows for a decentralized approach when it comes to certain issues like education and health. This side argues that state governments understand the situation within their borders better than a distant national government.

Those who support the national government determining whether schools should close for the rest of the year or not argue that the country needs a unified approach during this time. This side argues that allowing for various state policies will create confusion and could potentially affect the fight to stop the spread of the virus.

So, what do you think? Should state governments determine whether schools should close for the rest of the year? You can argue Yes, state governments should determine whether schools close for the rest of the year; No, the national government should make this decision; or something else!

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Current Standings:
Yes: 77%
No: 23%
  • Hendrix from Florida

    We are living in a time where we have never experienced such a pandemic. This presents the question with current school closures, should state governments be able to independently choose to close schools for the rest of the year? In the Consitution, the Framers left some parts short and vague to give the government room to interpret and amend the Consitution. This new question having to do with schools allows the government to interpret if the state or federal government should have the power to do certain things during this crisis. Concerning the coronavirus outbreak and school closures, it should be the state government’s decision to determine wheater or not schools should close for the remainder of the school year. Even though COVID-19 is currently affecting us nationwide, each state individually is under different circumstances. That being said, the state governments should make their own decisions because they are more informed on the issues that affect their specific state instead of the federal government. In this pandemic, each state is at the same risk but can be affected by the coronavirus differently. Currently, New York has just over thirty thousand cases of the novel coronavirus. However, other states like North Dakota only have thirty-six cases of the virus. Therefore, closing schools in New York is necessary to help contain the spread of this infectious disease, but In North Dakota, this precaution is not as necessary. Assuming the federal government decides to close schools nation-wide, children in states with a low number of cases such as North Dakota would not have the opportunity to get an education even though it was less of a risk to go to school. To sum it all up, the state governments have more dependable information when it comes to the circumstances of their state; as a result, the state officials should have the power to make decisions with regards to the closing of schools for the rest of the year.

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    • scott from Illinois

      Yes I think state governments can determine whether schools close for the rest of the year. Even though I don’t agree with the government extending the stay at home order, I do agree with schools closing. School is one of the few places where it is almost impossible to social distance. Each classroom is packed with around thirty kids and there is not enough space to properly distance each desk. Even worse the hallways are packed shoulder to shoulder during passing periods. Now let’s say someone’s parent gets it and gives it to them, that kid could possibly give it to almost a thousand kids at their school just by walking close to so many people during passing periods. Now too more than ever we have access to such advanced technology that allows kids to learn from their own homes if they have access to the internet.
      In a pandemic like this there is really no difference whether the state government or national government closed down schools. Every state is affected by the coronavirus, some a little more than others, but in one way or another every state is affected. However it would make a difference if the pandemic had hit earlier in the school year. If it had hit earlier in the school year, schools could have possibly opened back up again once everything had calmed down. In places like New York compared to Illinois, the virus is much worse in New York so they would maybe not be able to open up as soon as Illinois.
      In the end state governments should be able to determine whether schools should close for the safety of the kids and teachers. There is no way a school could operate while having the kids social distancing. Also now that the technology is available that allows kids to learn at home it’s better to be safe. And lastly the national government should not be able to close schools because every state is different and the state government would be better at controlling the closure of schools.

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    • Maggie from Illinois

      I completely agree. I think if the government made the decisions regarding the schools, it could prohibit some students from getting a more valuable education actually in school even when it’d be safe for them to go back.

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    • Jocelyn from Illinois

      I agree that the Constitution was left open to interpretation in some ways for specific events that could not yet be predicted. I agree state governments should decide whether or not to close schools due the the specific situation of a given state or specific school districts. Education may be administer online, but there is a benefit to the learning environment schools offer, and if it is possible students should have that opportunity.

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    • Isabelle from Illinois

      I vote yes because the government has health officials that can help determine if it’s necessary. Taking these precautions will be highly beneficial to flattening the curve of cases. The more we social distance and quarantine the faster we get back to normal life.
      Many people live with or have to come in contact with people that are high-risk like: grandparents and/or family members or others with health conditions. These people can become infected by kids coming to and from school so it is necessary to shut down schools if necessary. The government should have this ability because they have lots of control over schools in general so it shouldn’t be that big of a boundary overstep. The shutting down of schools would be determined by the government based off health officials’ advice.

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    • Lexi from Illinois

      Although many seniors may miss out on their final moments at the high school, with their teams, and maybe even lose their graduation, it is an important sacrifice that American teens have to make for the safety and health of their country. Especially for densely populated towns, schools are a breeding place for germs bacteria. As teenagers rotate between 7-8 different classrooms a day, desks, doorknobs, and even shared pencils could easily be sources where individuals pick up the virus. Nobody wants to enter a state of isolation away from all of their friends and the rest of society, but it is what is necessary. Governors need to acknowledge the dark toll that having a meeting place for thousands of kids, 5 days a week, can have on the spread of the virus. Although all states should consider closing their schools for the remainder of the school year, this decision should be made by individual state governors because it is not in the power of the federal government. Even during unusual times, we cannot confuse the powers of state and federal government without going against America’s set balance of powers. The sooner they close schools, the more likely America will have slowed the spread of COVID-19 enough to allow schools to reopen in the Fall of 2020. Unfortunately, the coronavirus will affect each state differently. Depending on population or poverty rates, some districts may not have the ability to implement district learning or stay closed for long. It is each governor’s duty during quarantine procedures to set strict rules and find ways to implement education for their individual state, and adapt as their state is affected by the virus.

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    • Rayth from Illinois

      State govts should definitely have full control of their state and not have decisions made by the American Govt and here’s why. If we want to stop the spread of the Covid 19 in America, then we need to have States set their own restrictions and boundaries on what needs to be done and how it needs to be done. President Trump doesn’t really know what’s occurring in each state, and shouldn’t be allowed to close schools down himself without understanding what’s going on in all 50 states, which he doesn’t. So, School/ State officials should have all the right to close their own schools down, and should not let the Govt dictate that at all. We should continue this process, and continue this for however long Covid 19 lasts.

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    • Natalie from Illinois

      I think State officials should decide whether schools are closed for the rest of the year or not. Each state is different and it’s hit differently. For example, New York is getting hit the worst where Texas just reopened everything. The state official needs to look at our states numbers only and decide after that. The Federal government doesn’t have time to look at each state and decide, they are dealing with way more and are already overloaded. The state governer only worries about their state and if they pay close attention then they know what is best. Each state is different and the state governor will make the best call. Also, some argue that it isn’t effecting them in there town directly so why shouldn’t they have school. If we don’t shut down everything it’s still going to spread just because it hasn’t reached your town yet doesn’t mean it won’t. This disease is spreading fast and this is the best way to keep it contained. Schools are very crowded places and if one person gets it then soon everyone will.

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    • Nicokette from Illinois

      The government that should be in charge of making quarantine decisions should be our state government. The state government understands and focuses on every statistic happening in their own state. If the national government became in charge of every state it would be seen as more of a majority rule rather than for the health and safety of every person. The National government taking charge for these actions would cause many challenges as said in Health Affairs Blog “legal and constitutional, ethical and logistical.” With knowing this, such a drastic action could lead to back firing. Under our federalists constitutional system, primary public health powers “reside with the states, not the National government” (Gostin). For the national government to be allowed to make decisions for individual states could be way more detrimental to everyone’s health. Every state and situation is different as every state has a different amount of cases and severity. Those who support the national government in determining quarantine decisions may see unity as a huge factor to overcoming this. As being united during this time is something that everyone should be aware of, it should not be seen as every city being on the same terms. Every city needs a different approach whether it is longer or shorter time before they are able to open up their state again. During a situation that is so uncertain nobody should be evaluated by a country’s statistics but their states. With this, it would help put a more efficient and safe way to ending this epidemic.

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    • Liv from Illinois

      The world is put on pause while the rapidly growing COVID-19 spreads. We are living through something that has stopped people from working, going to school, leaving their house, going to the grocery store, having contact with other people, etc. normal daily activity isn’t seen as normal anymore unless you’re wearing a mask and gloves. The extremely contagious virus has people worried for their health. Although the whole world is suffering through this pandemic, there are certain states that are experiencing a higher rate of people that have gotten the disease, Illinois being one of them. State governors have made difficult decisions based off of the number of cases present in their state. I do believe that state governors should make the decision of whether or not to cancel school. As a senior in high school, most of my last year was canceled due to the coronavirus. I do wish that things could be different, but the spread of COVID-19 starts with people. There are over 4,000 students at my high school leaving a very high chance of someone having it. The spread can happen by even touching the same doorknob as someone that had it or sitting at the same desk. Especially since it takes 2 weeks to experience any real symptoms, there is just too high of a risk that people will only spread the disease by going to school rather than flattening the curve. State governments know more information on the current situation in their state, so they should have the control over closures.

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    • Hendrix from Florida

      Thank you for your comment, Dylan!

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    • Hendrix from Florida

      Hey Kami! Thank you for your supportive comment!

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    • Hendrix from Florida

      Hey Chris! Thank you for your comment!

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    • Chris from South Dakota

      Yes, I think we should close school for the rest of the school year because It stops the spread of COVID-19 by not spreading it to people who have a weak immune system who is sick a lot and stuff. But everyone can get it and die from it so it’s doesn’t discriminate people, I had a friend that has a temperate of 106 and gotten tested negative but it very scares me because he was sick for 3-5 days. btw he’s fine now

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    • Dylan from Florida

      I thought that you made very good points.

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    • Kami from Colorado

      I completely agree with your point saying that the State Governments know more information on the current situation in their state, so they should have control over closures. I really like how you mentioned that nothing like this has ever happened before so we don’t exactly know what is best to do, but we are trying to best stop the spread of the virus.

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  • Justus from Texas

    SHOULD STATE GOVERNMENTS DETERMINE WHETHER SCHOOLS CLOSE FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR?

    In a time like this with global pandemic and panic spreading throughout the world as well as our nation, there are many issues that spring up with the regulations imposed on public school systems. Although it is my contention that the State Government should have the last call on whether schools should remain open (preserving constitutional rights) I think there is much need to address this problem with the public. For you as a parent or a student times have changed. You are either now out of a job and forced home to teach your children, or you are now being taught by your parents. Before we talk about the logic supporting this case I think a good analogy of our unalienable rights given in the constitution and affirmed by the well known John Locke. That is of the Hierarchy of the 3 rights Life, Liberty, Property (or pursuit of happiness) What I mean by the Hierarchy is we can have Life without Liberty, but we can’t have Liberty without Life. So this argument takes out the idea that students and school districts should have Liberty to choose whether or not A. They can go to school, and B. That the school district should make the call. Well, why you may ask? This is because one of the main purposes of our State Government is to protect State’s Security as well as Citizens Welfare/Life/Rights. And if we leave this call to the schools, clearly many of them will remain open, enhancing the spread of pandemic. Now I don’t mean that schools are always going to be the cause of more spread, but from past precedence as well as common knowledge the 132,853 or so schools in America become a very high-risk factor for the spread of common ailments and or diseases. You may be wondering why I have been talking about the COVID-19 almost the entire time, so let’s take a step back and look at why in general (no matter the circumstance) The State Government should have the “Last call” I’d like to format my belief into 2 main contentions.
    1. One Clear Mindset- Whether it is because of emergencies or pandemics The State Government looks at the big picture. I.E.- If some schools decide to close and others, not the benefits of closing the schools are gone since schools are still open. The State Government, unlike the School/School District, is able to clearly look at the state and decide, typically Cost-Benefit, what the answer to the problem should be.
    2. Public Response over Private Response- It is my belief that the State Government has a “Public response” and the schools have a “Private response”. Many times parents will have certain beliefs about the emergency or disease that conflict with the school’s choice to open or stay closed, and with a “Public Response” that can solve those problems as this is an enforced actor.
    I hope my two cents possibly gives a brush over the question I’ve been asked.

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    • James from Illinois

      Thank you for your comments! Great insight.

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    • Rayth from Illinois

      State govts should definitely have full control of their state and not have decisions made by the American Govt and here’s why. If we want to stop the spread of the Covid 19 in America, then we need to have States set their own restrictions and boundaries on what needs to be done and how it needs to be done. President Trump doesn’t really know what’s occurring in each state, and shouldn’t be allowed to close schools down himself without understanding what’s going on in all 50 states, which he doesn’t. So, School/ State officials should have all the right to close their own schools down, and should not let the Govt dictate that at all. We should continue this process, and continue this for however long Covid 19 lasts.

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    • Jeremy from Illinois

      I believe that the State Government should in fact debate on whether schools should be closed for the rest of the year. I we do not determine if the schools should be close then our student could get the COVID-19 and would spread it all over the schools which would make if more of a problem. We need to determine whether the schools are closed. We need to keep our students safe and in order to do that we need to have a meeting on whether schools should be closed for the rest of the year and make it safe for the students.

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    • Brandon from Illinois

      This issue on this global pandemic should be determined by the state governments. The hundreds of thousands COVID-19 cases are distributed unevenly throughout the nation, having certain states being in more serious conditions. For instance, there are nearly 150,000 total cases in New York, in contrast to only slightly more than 200 in Wyoming. Having the state government decide on whether the remainder of the school year should be cancelled is the most effective strategy.

      On the other hand, if the federal government is held responsible for this crisis, this process would most likely end up to be excruciating, unreasonable, and yet unjust. People from regions that are hardly even affected by this pandemic are losing opportunities that they can obtain during this time period. For instance, many high school seniors across the nation are devastated by having important high school events being cancelled despite no significant signs of danger. In the end, having fifty separate government agencies is a much thorough approach compared to one national government.

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    • Justus from Tennessee

      Thank you, Javani and Josiah for your comments!

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    • Justus from Tennessee

      Thank You, Ashton for your comment!

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    • Justus from Texas

      Thank You for your comment, Connor!

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    • Connor from New Jersey

      State government should determine whether schools close for the rest of the year as a national crisis calls for a larger use of governmental power to control it. COVID-19 Is an issue that surpasses local school regulations as it is a health issue risking the lives of all Americans. All power should be used by the government to help the people stay safe without taking away the natural rights people possess. If one school were to decide that it should open up again they risk not just the students and faculty in that school but the rest of the state and the country by increasing the chances that the virus spreads further. Local issues should be resolved by local officials. When a state or national issue comes into a local area, it is no longer only local officials jobs to determine what action to take. It is natural that a larger authority such as the state government should have ultimate control that will ensure that the most amount of people are being protected.

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    • Justus from Texas

      Thank You for your comment, Ryan!

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    • Ryan from Michigan

      Covid-19 is an uprising epidemic that although cannot be taken lightly, is under different conditions based on geography. For example, the state of New York has over 100,000 confirmed cases and that is an example of a state that needs to close schools and go into lockdown. In a state such as Alaska, with only nearly 100 confirmed cases, they are in less of a worry and would be safe if school continues. There are states with many cases and states with very few cases and that’s why I think it is up to the state to detirmine The severity of the cases.

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    • Luis from Texas

      After some careful consideration from both viewpoints, I think that state governments should determine wether schools should close or not for the rest of the year. There are 2 key factors for my reasoning: the 10th amendment and the amount of people infected by COVID-19 virus per state. According to law.cornell.edu article called “Tenth Amendment”, the tenth amendment of the US constitution states that “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people”. This means that if any laws otherwise not stated inside of the US constitution, then power shall be given to the state to act upon something. The coronavirus is a perfect example of this amendment as there are no federal laws in the constitution specifically about the coronavirus, so power should be passed on to the states since a federal law from the constitution cannot be applied to every state because it does not exist. This means that it is up to states to decide school closing or not as it is in their right to do so.
      The second point is that each state differentiates from one another in coronavirus cases. For example, according to worldmeters.info article called United States Coronavirus, it says that the state of Alaska has 185 confirmed cases and 6 deaths of a population of roughly 750 thousand, while New York has 123,018 cases and 4,159 deaths (note that these numbers are constantly changing so these statistics are as of April 6, 2020 at 1:13 GMT). That is a huge difference in both cases and deaths from Alaska and New York. New York is the state with the most cases and deaths, having roughly ⅓ of all US coronavirus cases and Alaska has the least cases out of any US state, so it is apparent that different states need different preliminary caution to ensure the safety of every person in each 50 states. If there was a federal law for pandemics in the US constitution, then every state would have the same laws, but some states do not need to go as above and beyond as others, like Alaska and North Dakota, which both have confirmed cases under 250. THere are other states, however, like New York and New Jersey that both have over 30,000 confirmed cases that need strict mandatory quarantine from each state government for the people. New York has the most cases and deaths, so the state government needs to use its 10th amendment powers to be applied to the people whereas New Jersey also needs to take preliminary caution, just not to the extent that New York should as New Jersey has approximately 37,505 cases. Each state differs from one another in both cases and deaths, so different safety measures must be taken from each state government about school closings. State governments should decide as a state like New York with so many cases should close all schools for the rest of the year while a state like Alaska with under 200 cases could consider leaving schools open with improved safety measures. It shouldn’t be up to federal level to close schools or not as if they left all schools open, it could make matters worse and more dangerous for states with high COVID-19 cases, but on the other hand, closing all schools could be unnecessary to states with low amounts of cases. This is why it should be up to the state as each state could cope with their cases as each state differs from another.

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    • Ashton from South Dakota

      Yes, the government should have the final say because they are the ones that are tasked with protecting us even if we don’t like it, and in this situation, I will have to agree with them. Closing the schools and other large gatherings of people is something that is included in flattening the curve. I know we can’t completely stop it but we can slow it down and that is what we are doing. If one person gets a cold they on an “average” spread it to eleven other people a day, and that just keeps spreading, but if they don’t make contact with eleven other people a day they can’t spread it and that is the whole Idea behind the government closing down schools.

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    • Jovani from Kansas

      Yes, Because each state knows what their situation is according to what they see in the people. The online education system is much safer and can help the government manage this outbreak a lot better.

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    • Josiah from South Dakota

      I think yes because the government knows how much virus there is and how much it is getting out of control. The government can see how many people are staying indoor throughout this virus.

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    • Justus from Texas

      Thank You for your comment, Marina!

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    • Marina from New Jersey

      Yes, state governments should determine whether schools close for the rest of the year. The reason behind my choice is that the federal government is dealing with so many factors during this time and does not have the time to check the status of cases in every state. They need to delegate their powers and responsibilities to the states. Every state has been reacting to the coronavirus differently and depending on the number of cases, the state’s government should be able to decide whether schools close or not.

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  • Zoe from Illinois

    I think that the power to call off school should continue to lie in the hands of state authorities. It makes sense to have state authorities be in charge of this decision based on the vast differences of infection rates between states. For example, New York has an extremely high infection rate in comparison to more remote states like Montana; it is only natural that they have different approaches to their response to the virus. For that reason, I think that it is a good thing that each state has the power to make decisions that are best for each of their citizens. However, I also understand how this can be a negative thing. Within recent weeks, states have been beginning to open up prematurely, before their infection rates peak, plateau, and decline. This is a situation where I think it would be beneficial to have the federal government play a larger role and have greater control. If the federal government had the power to do so, they could implement larger scale, far reaching regulation that would make a national lockdown possible. However, considering the responses from our government thus far, particularly those of the president, they have been notoriously incompetent in making scienficially backed, helpful actions for the country. Therefore, it’s best to leave the power in the hands of the states, because for the most part, they seem to be able to make informed decisions for what’s best for their individual population.

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  • Ryan from Illinois

    They are calling this “Unprecedented Times” in our nation. How do we go about dealing with this? Nowhere in the constitution does it give us a play by play for unprecedented times, nor a worldwide pandemic. We must rely on our government to define the system that will allow victory in the midst of chaos. However, the government is one body of thousands, in which they must decide which parts have the authority to determine our fate of business, schools, hospitals, and every aspect of the american livelihood. In terms of school, it should be the states decision whether they continue to operate or choose to close, not the federal government. This decision, while very important for the safety of millions of kids including myself, is not one size fits all. The state government is the body that lives, focuses, and works for each life of not the nation, but the Illinoisans, Michiganders, or any state residential from infant to elderly. The federal government focuses on the nation as a whole, they do not have time nor responsibility to dip their toes deep enough into every 50 state circumstances of COVID-19.That being said, If they do not have the time nor responsibility, they should not have the power. We live as a nation under the constitution, a constitution that established our federal government. But we must not forget, this constitution was made by the 13 states. It was the state governments and their leaders, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, who integrated our centralized government in order to embody a nation. Without the state’s, the central government would not exist. To empathize this argument into an individual, I’ll take you into a family condo in downtown New York. The family’s 5 year old son just got tested positive for COVID-19. They do not look to the senate floor or the Oval Office to save the life of their child currently being rushed into an ambulance. Instead, they put trust in the inner workings of the state’s security; the doctors, nurses, and hospitals. If the state government is the life blood running through the walls of those hospitals, they should have the final say of the walls of their schools they provided life and education to.

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  • Jacob from New Jersey

    I believe that the states should be allowed to decide whether or not schools can be reopened within their state firstly because it is their Constitutional right protected under the 10th Amendment as well the fact that is a logically sound decision. If the president were to direct a nationwide reopening of different businesses or organizations, different states would be affected in an incredibly different way. For example, if you take a state like Alaska or West Virginia, two states with a fairly low population of Coronavirus victims, and you open up those two states to business under precautionary procedures, it is very likely that they will be able to control and even lower the spread of the disease. On the other hand, if you took New York and New Jersey, the two most dense states in the Union and allow them to reopen their schools, you would not only be unable to control the spread of the disease but it would increase incredibly for the worse.

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  • Kali from Texas

    I think they should decide whether or not we are going back to school or not. Schools are a very crowded place, and not to mention, germs are always lurking around. When you switch classes nearly eight times a day, you never know where the germs are. Most kids do not really wash their hands that often, and then you touch that one desk. Besides most kids who are sick still decide to go to school and it gets other kids sick. Most classes are very large, containing more than 20 or 30 students. My biggest class is probably my 4th period, all the chairs and tables are taken. You never know who is sick because no one shows signs of any sickness. Most classes just do not have 10 students, they usually have more. Students come in contact 152,300 germs while they are at school, which is pretty nasty in my opinion. Germs are everywhere, your clothes, your shoes, your backpack. So, I think State Governments should decide if we are going back to school or not, just for our safety.

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  • Max from New Jersey

    States should definitely determine whether schools close for the rest of the year, as this enables the states to act in their best interest. Different states have different situations as far as coronavirus goes. For example, right now NYC is by far the most infected area in the USA, which should mean that NYC should have more strict regulations than somewhere like Montana or Alaska, where the populations are so spread out that it isn’t nearly as big of a deal there. Along with this, some areas of the country are much more developed than others and have much better living conditions. If the federal government controlled whether schools were to close, some schools would close when they don’t need to, and for much longer/shorter than they need to. If states controlled it, they could close the school at the appropriate time for their state and re-open at an appropriate time.

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    States should definitely determine whether schools close for the rest of the year, as this enables the states to act in their best interest. Different…

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  • Emily from California

    Yes, state governments should determine whether schools close for the rest of the year. Although the nation should be unified during this crisis, the virus is not as common in some areas of the US or has a high possibility to spread. For instance, according to the CDC, California, Texas, and Florida all have more than 10,000 cases. On the other hand, Wyoming, Montana, and North Dakota have all had less than 1000 cases. The large gap between the cases in different states proves the need for state government as opposed to federal government to determine the closing of schools.

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    Yes, state governments should determine whether schools close for the rest of the year. Although the nation should be unified during this crisis, the …

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  • Amanda from California

    As COVID-19 continues to spread across America, it has become a rising problem. From closing all schooling systems to professional sports, quarantine and a lack of gathering is essential to prevent more cases of the virus. This virus is life-threatening and truly disrupting many lives. However, COVID-19 did not suddenly invade the United States at once, spreading evenly throughout the country. It really began in the coastal hub and slowly started to disperse. Hubs like New York, California, Washington, and Florida experienced the start of COVID-19 in the United States, starting their path to recovery and normal life at an earlier time than other states. As travel has significantly decreased, there is not as much of a threat of people vacationing or visiting other places in the United States. States and cities must monitor their region and see if they are being effected as harshly as other states. Specifically when it comes to the educational system within a state, I believe the state should decide if they will reopen schools. For example, Los Angeles has a stay at home order until May 15, creating most schools to not return, as even if the stay at home order is lifted social gatherings cannot be that large. However, Los Angeles is a very affected area right now. Therefore, it is smart for the state government to cancel school for the rest of the year. However, if another state is experiencing the effects of COVID-19 but at a lighter degree, their government should be able to make decisions regarding school and quarantine, particular to that state. Although we are all experiencing the effects of COVID-19, we are all experiencing it at different rates that need to be addressed specifically, not widely.

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  • Zac from California

    Yes, State Governments should determine whether schools should close for the rest of the year because due to the coronavirus different states are affected differently. Some states like New York are hit the hardest right now and will recover before other states will. While in other states they still have not gone through the worse. The federal cannot make the same decision for all the states because they are not taking each state into account and whatever they decide possibly can make the virus spread more. With state governments in charge, each state can evaluate if they are on the path of recovery and will know better when it is safe to go back to school.

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    Yes, State Governments should determine whether schools should close for the rest of the year because due to the coronavirus different states are affe…

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  • Rajit from New Jersey

    We’re in this because public health experts believe social distancing is the best way to prevent a truly horrific crisis: perhaps hundreds of thousands or more if our health care system is overwhelmed with severe Covid-19 cases, people who require ventilators and ICU beds that are now growing limited in supply. It is best for a state as a whole to enact this decision because they must think of the interests of the entire state which they must serve. Had they only focused on one aspect of it, they the problem can grow worse in other parts, and then continue its spread, negating the intent of closing schools. It may keep infecting people and causing outbreaks until there’s a vaccine or treatment to stop it, and until then it is up to states to decide the resources they have and how they can best serve their people that way.

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  • Kai from California

    The situation regarding COVID-19 varies from state to state, creating many jarringly different situations across the country. States such as New York are having much higher death tolls and more cases while more sparsely populated states such as Montana are less affected, having well under one thousand cases, and in the case of Montana, only twelve fatalities (CDC). Therefore, the conditions of what each state needs right now differ, making it impossible to have one plan for the entire United States to follow. Federal guidelines can be a basis, but in accordance with the U.S. government archives, it is the local government that is supposed to be in control of medical emergencies. In fact, because the situation is dramatically different in more concentrated areas (such as Los Angeles), each county in more affected areas has its own rules in place to work through the issue. In terms of school closures, based on the protocol being already used to fight the spread of coronavirus at the state level, the state government should also determine whether schools close for the rest of the year. Because of states that are largely unaffected that can reopen versus states that are crippled by the cases, there are too many extremes to be blanketed under the federal government. The state governments know their situation first hand, which should leave them in charge of what they see fit to benefit their people.

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  • Brannon from California

    I strongly advocate for the fact that state governments should determine when schools return to normalcy. This has become ever so prevalent right now due to the ongoing novel coronavirus. Majority of the states are under lock down, some more than others. For instance, the Florida governor has just reopened their state beaches, meanwhile, California is on complete shutdown except for essential businesses like grocery stores and pharmacies. It is evident between this difference that many states across the nation are taking different courses of action when it comes to dealing with the coronavirus. Due to this, California is probably more likely to start to see a decline in the number of cases, whereas Florida may start to see a spike in the number of cases. Therefore, California could probably start to reopen businesses and schools due to the extremely strict protocols that they set in place. The federal government has already been tasked with and is dealing with the global pandemic right now. Therefore, states should be able to decide when it is safe enough to reopen schools based on the current situation of the coronavirus. Overall, due to the vast task that the government has been tasked with due to the coronavirus, I strongly believe that state governments should be allowed to reopen schools when they believe that it is safe enough to do so.

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  • Riley from Illinois

    I think that the decision to close schools in this pandemic should be made on a state level. Every part of the country is dealing with the pandemic on a different level and some states are much worse than others and vice versa. Although I think that our country does need a unified approach to defeating COVID-19, I think this is one of the few decisions that should be left to governors. With Wyoming and Alaska coming in as the least infected states and New York and New Jersey coming in as hotspots (The New York Times), I think that it is valid to make different decisions for all of these states. For areas that are very infected and their curve is still shooting up, I think it is really smart to suspend school for the rest of the year but for states that have very low amounts of infected citizens, it would be smarter to wait a little bit before making this decision and it might not be necessary at all. Having this decision be in the hands of the Federal Government could cause students away from school when it is not necessary which could have a bad impact on their grades and academic profile. Many students have found remote learning to be a hard adjustment and they want to get back to their normal school life as soon as possible, if the Federal Government prevents this in states that do not need it, these students are being punished for something that isn’t their fault. If this decision is made by Governors, state by state, it would only be done when necessary and places that have flattened their curve would be able to return to normal life sooner. Also if this decision is made by the Federal Government and they decide not to close schools, hundreds of thousands of students would all be exposed to each other at once, potentially causing a massive spike in the number of infected Americans. All in all, this decision should be made on a state level as each part of the United States is dealing with this Coronavirus differently and on a different level therefore, they should make their decisions independently.

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  • Jesus from Texas

    I think state governments should determine whether schools close for the rest of the year,because this decision leads to a faster response.There are some arguments saying that the federal government should make the decision but i think that leads to a slow response and a slower response will cause more people to get the virus. There are some negatives for state governments making the decision every state will have different rules to follow.

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  • Naomi from South Dakota

    I think the government should choose because they are the ones paying the most attention to what is happening with coronavirus. Schools are another one of the most populated places you can be, if a student has the virus and does not know it they could sit in a seat at the desk and get up if another kid sits in that same seat or touches the chair they now have the virus. Schools being open is just too big of a risk and some people may not fully grasp that yet when and if they vote.

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    I think the government should choose because they are the ones paying the most attention to what is happening with coronavirus. Schools are another on…

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  • Petra from South Dakota

    I think that the state government should determine this because not all states will have the same infection rates. States may have to close depending on the rate of infection, for example, South Dakota. While Wyoming only has so many cases.

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  • Alexis from Texas

    Yes i do think the states should chose wether or not we go back to school because they know us best. They have great connection with each county and have a way of knowing how the people actually are in the state. If we let the president choose he might say yes to going back to school because most states are coping and doing well to keep covid-19 under control when other states could be struggling with it. Overall i think that the states should choose the decision because they know their people best.

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    Yes i do think the states should chose wether or not we go back to school because they know us best. They have great connection with each county and h…

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  • Alexis from Texas

    I do think they have a big say so in this debate. Also they know and understand their people on a better level than anyone else would.

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  • Farida from Texas

    Yes, I believe we should close the schools so we can stop the spread of COVID-19. Schools are very crowded places and a disease that spreads very rapidly like this could be easily brought into the schools were lots of students can be affected. I think we should not open the schools until this pandemic has calmed and flowers down so no students and staff get affected.

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    Yes, I believe we should close the schools so we can stop the spread of COVID-19. Schools are very crowded places and a disease that spreads very rapi…

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  • Isabella from Texas

    I Think Schools should Be close Because It could prevent more coronavirus around houston.

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  • jennifer from Massachusetts

    We are living in a time where people still don’t care for the planet. Especially when there is even more technology being made where there will soon be self-driving cars with already some new electric cars for the last 5 years. The government should close down schools because the spreading of germs will get worse by the time teachers get the virus and are still teaching kids without telling them.

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  • Eugenie from Texas

    I think it would be smarter for the states to pick when to restart school because in cases like in Alaska there were only 100 cases but in New York, there are 123,146 cases. Meaning it would be better if the states decided when to start school.

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    I think it would be smarter for the states to pick when to restart school because in cases like in Alaska there were only 100 cases but in New York, t…

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  • Nate from Texas

    I think the state should decide when schools can open so that the entire country can be successful . If some schools were open, and some closed the virus would continue to spread and an unsuccessful quarantine.

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    I think the state should decide when schools can open so that the entire country can be successful . If some schools were open, and some closed the vi…

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  • Steven from Texas

    I think they should because what would happen if a student who didn’t know that they had Covid-19 went to school? The parents would get angry at the government for not closing school until the outbreak has been dealt with

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    I think they should because what would happen if a student who didn’t know that they had Covid-19 went to school? The parents would get angry at the…

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  • Sophie from Texas

    The coronavirus probably affects packed cities like New York. However rural areas have probably found less cases of the virus. The national government can’t possible make a mutual decision on behalf of the whole country. The areas where there are little to none cases Gould be able to continue their education. They should not be held back because of larger cities halfway across the country.

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  • James from Virginia

    In the current state of emergency that the US and the rest of the world are existing in the government should be playing a larger role than ever before in the daily lives of regular people. It is the responsibility of the government to protect its citizens and if closing schools is a step that is deemed necessary then it should be enforced. We can’t afford a wide spread disease, that frankly not even the professionals like Dr Fauci know enough about. Once we have more information then maybe schools can be reopened, but right now it is the right thing for the government to do.

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  • Lauren from Massachusetts

    Some states have it worse than others therefore a state with only a few cases should be able to go to school but a state like massachussetts shouldn’t because they have to many cases

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  • Paul from Illinois

    I think yes the state government should decide if schools are closed for the rest of the year. This way individual school districts will not have a say and it will be one final decision for the entire state. States should close schools for the rest of the year to avoid decontamination. Mixing everyone back together for only a couple weeks or a month in an entire state could cause a reinfection of the virus and a second outbreak could occur. The state should decide if schools close because individual school districts who may be stubborn such as catholic schools private schools who may try to stay open. Most schools across the US have already been doing distance learning. This distance learning will make it so students don’t have to make up those days at a different time. I also believe schools should close till the fall and not even reopen for summer school. Schools should only open to distribute food and the materials necessary for students to succeed at distance learning to receive full credit for the school year.

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    I think yes the state government should decide if schools are closed for the rest of the year. This way individual school districts will not have a sa…

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  • Priya from Illinois

    Yes, state governments should keep schools closed for the rest of the year as a way to ensure the safety of the children, staff, and their families. During this unprecedented time, it has been challenging for many people to determine what should or should not be open because of the central goal to keep everyone healthy and return to our previous lifestyles. Though this is a pressing issue not only affecting our nation but to a global scale as this is a pandemic, the rights reserved by the Constitution should be upheld. Currently, each state has been facing quite different extremes on how to go about resolving this crisis for each area differently. The Constitution was originally framed to be open to interpretation for instances such as this, where it is my belief where the state government should have the ultimate stance on how their educational institutions should be run. The national government is already dealing with more significant issues to effectively run this country, thus leaving the state to focus on the lives of children and their education. State governments would more effectively handle the issues raised by the parents and children of public schools, along with being able to settle problems more efficiently with less national government involvement. The extremity of this pandemic has scaled differently for each state as there are thousands of more cases in more populated states such as New York and California. Currently, New York has 161,807 cases of coronavirus, which is higher than any other country in the world right now. While more rural states such as North Dakota and Alaska have minimal cases that require less extreme measures that need elearning to proceed within their school districts. In all, it would be sufficient and realistic for each state to deal with their COVID-19 situation individually in a manner which benefits the health and educational enhancement of both the students and staff as the safety of one’s well being is the priority. Though closing schools was a method to flatten the curve, the rights of states and the officials running it should use their current coronavirus situation to determine what is best for their people.

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  • Latrintee from Illinois

    We need to keep our safety healthcare and make sure people who does have the virus are be treated for the virus so that this virus will be gone and businesses and schools opens back up.

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  • Jamison from Massachusetts

    I agree that the state Government should control if we go back to school, it makes sense for the state we live in to decide with numbers of tests that were positive of COVID-19 and see if they should go back into a class with lots of people or stay home and do work online. even one person with the virus could get everyone sick and then they will bring the sickness home and get more infected.

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    I agree that the state Government should control if we go back to school, it makes sense for the state we live in to decide with numbers of tests that…

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  • Emerson from Massachusetts

    States no hat would be best and they also have more information about what is the best way to stay healthy from home.

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  • Michael from Ohio

    Yes, all of the states have a different amount of cases, so the individual state governments should decide what is best for their state. States like New York and New Jersey both have a very high amount of cases whereas states like South Dakota only have a few cases. In the Bill of Rights, the tenth amendment says that any powers not given to the federal government belong to the state. The closure of schools isn’t listed as a power given to the federal government, so shouldn’t it go to the states? Most of the other issues that have to do with education are in the hand of the state government. The standards and learning criteria that are given to schools are provided by the state government, not the federal government. Also, the state government sets mandatory requirements for students to graduate. The federal government plays a limited role in the education system. The role of the federal government is to provide education rights, not rules. Some might say that the issue is spread across the whole country and that all states are affected, so it is a federal issue. Even though it has become a federal issue, we should let the state governors decide how bad it is in their own state. For the reasons above, the state government should be able to decide whether schools close.

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    Yes, all of the states have a different amount of cases, so the individual state governments should decide what is best for their state. States like …

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  • Dixon from Utah

    Yes they should! Schools are a major germ facility. Too many students get sick from others attending school. The government should cancel school because it puts students at risk of getting sick! If schools shut down, it gives the students a chance to handle schoolwork plus having a job in the side. It helps prepare us for our future. Another reason is social distancing. For me, I am super busy with school, job, family events, and extra curricular activities. It’s nice to be able to sit down with your family and have nothing to worry about. By having schools shut down, it gives students that suffer from anxiety, depression, and PTSD time to relax and mentally heal!

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    Yes they should! Schools are a major germ facility. Too many students get sick from others attending school. The government should cancel school becau…

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  • Michael from Pennsylvania

    They should .

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    • Bryan from Illinois

      I believe that the State government should be able to determine whether the schools close for the rest of the year. It will help to stop the spread of the Coronavirus and also if the government couldn’t close the schools there would be more spread of Coronavirus and a lot of students will be in danger and also spreading it in their households. If the government didn’t close the schools the whole spread would continue to grow and would make it harder for this pandemic to pass. The State government knows more about this then the National government because the National government has to look at every state and have to look through every statistic but the state government knows everything about their state and knows everything about it since that is the only statement they have to worry about.
      The second reason why I believe that the State government should be able to close down the schools is because every state is different and has been impacted differently by this pandemic therefore the state should be able to shut down the school. Every state has been impacted more by the pandemic and I believe some states should be able to reopen before others but with strict guidelines like they can’t leave their own state and go to another one while the other one is close or open. Some states have been impacted very lightly and I believe those states should reopen and unlike others they should still be socially distancing while they are on lock down til the pandemic goes down and finally goes away and I believe that the state government should have that power to know when the state should reopen. Also the state has full control and has all the People’s lives in their hands because that’s what their job is because the state governor knows what to do and things like these we should just trust their decisions for the best.
      In conclusion, this is why I believe that the State government should be able to have complete control if schools should be closed for the rest of the year or if they should not. They know what’s better for their state. They have been selected to keep the people safe and take control of their state and do their role as governor.

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  • Julie from California

    I think that state governments should decide whether schools close for the rest of the year because every state is in a different situation right now. Some states, for example, California and New York, have it worse than other states that have been doing better at containing the virus. If the federal government were to allow all states to reopen schools, this would cause a bigger mess and increase the spread of the coronavirus. School is a place where social distancing is not possible due to its narrow hallways and big number of students. The state government should control this aspect because there are far more concerns about spreading for states with a lot more cases. So depending on the situation for each state, the state government should manage this. They are more aware at what is going on in their own state, rather than the federal government. Yes, there are some states that are more ready to open schools than others, but this should not determine whether all states can reopen their schools. It would be risking many people’s lives since the same students that go to school meet with their parents and other elderly, maybe spreading it to them as well. So overall, I believe that state governments should be the ones controlling whether the schools in their state reopen or not.

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  • Yasmeen from California

    I believe that each state is very unique and different at this moment in time. During this pandemic we have seen states that have taken the pandemic seriously and other states that could care less. If the federal government decided on plans for schools as a nation, this would cause an uproar in many states, because every state is experiencing different situations. Each state should decide what the plans are for their schools only, because their plan will be specific to the state. Each state in the United States should create plans based on their own numbers.

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  • Isabella from California

    Because COVID is such a pressing issue that has unfortunately become partisan, health and safety of students and faculty matters above all. If the re-opening or lack thereof of schools is placed in the hands of the federal government, the federal government is going to continue its pattern for dealing with the COVID pandemic: doing nothing. Overall, the net gain of allowing states to handle their own re-opening procedures is greater.

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    Because COVID is such a pressing issue that has unfortunately become partisan, health and safety of students and faculty matters above all. If the re-…

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  • Hayley from California

    State governments should control the reopening of schools as opposed to the federal government because every state is different. For instance in california, we are so overpopulated that our class sizes are very large and would put many teachers at risk being in such close quarters. Also putting children back in school that come from lower class families could be dangerous if they don’t have enough money for proper care. Ever since Gov. Newsome authorized a soft opening, cases in California are rising like crazy, the federal government’s current push to put kids back in school would not benefit us in the long run. I think that every state needs to be able to determine their own way to handle the virus because the people in every state are different.

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  • Rebeka from California

    COVID-19 has undoubtedly caused significant disruption in the lives of people across the world and seems to cause particular complication in densely populated areas of the United States such as New York. As a result of the natural variation in population size and density as well as the general environment of each state, it should not be the responsibility of the federal government to uphold regulations involving the closure of schools. When we talk about the differences in terms of coronavirus cases across different states, a clear correlation is drawn between an uptick in cases and dense populations who are not able to consistently self-isolate. That being said, numbers of cases and the way communities are responding to COVID-19 can vary across different counties and even different schools districts. More rural counties who have extremely low numbers of cases should not be denied the clear benefits of in person learning which include possible escape from abusive homes, access to subsidized meal programs, and a general higher likelihood of course completion. Therefore, decisions to open schools or continue in distanced learning should be achieved through cooperation between state and more local governments when it applies to larger states such as California. This way, local governments can cater to the needs of their citizens and provide a personalized response. Many who advocate for the nationwide school closures argue that a failure to provide a universal response to COVID-19 can make it difficult to contain the virus as a whole. Because of this, it could be beneficial to find a way to regulate interstate travel between areas that decided on different approaches in terms of opening or closing schools. As a whole, the issue brings in the question of federalism and its effectiveness in the greatly expanded United States. The formation of our government and the Constitution was intended for governance over a much smaller geographical area of land than we see today and therefore, some of the priorities of a centralized government response to the pandemic can prove to be out of line with the need of individual states and counties.

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  • Grace from Illinois

    State governments should be the ones to make a decision about the reopening or closing of schools for the rest of the year. Though in other times of hardship in the country orders have been taken directly from the executive branch, such as the Great Depression and FDR’s plan to piece the country back together, the situation of the coronavirus outbreak is unique. Unlike the Great Depression or the recession in 2008, the problem at hand isn’t generally the same in all places but is focused in hotspots of the spreading disease. Therefore, the decentralization of federalism works particularly well as mentioned in the article by the National Review. State governments understand the measures they need to take in order to keep their own state safe and healthy better than the federal government ever will. Not only that, but if the federal government were to impose a nation-wide shutdown, areas that are less impacted by COVID-19 would just suffer through an unnecessary quarantine. Specifically in terms of schools the power of running and maintaining schools has always been delegated to the state government. Though this is a time of crisis, it would be silly to stray from the separation of power between the state and federal government that has worked so well before. It’s understandable that one would think that a mix of locked down and free states would only raise the number of cases in the lesser affected states, but by isolating the situation state-by-state hotspots can be better controlled and eventually recovered. More importantly as the states decide what is best for them, the federal government will have a better understanding of what is best for the nation as a whole and which places need the most help. The state-wide shutdowns are also more efficient than the nation-wide ones because the threshold for crisis isn’t determined by the state of the whole country solely by a specific region. The federal government should continue to monitor and support the number of cases and states in need, but the actual decision making should be done by the states independently.

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  • Luke from Illinois

    SHOULD STATE GOVERNMENTS DETERMINE WHETHER SCHOOLS CLOSE FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR? This is a popular question amongst many. How I see it… yes, I believe it is important for the state government to dictate the important decision of whether or not schools should be closed for the year. For the safety of the people and the state, it is much more wise for these decisions to be made at the state level. This is because not every state is the same. Some states have a large infection rate while others are small. There are many variables in a state that accounts for the likeliness of the magnitude of an outbreak. With that being said, since all states are different, it would be most logical to assess the state’s health and determine whether or not closing schools would be necessary for that given state. For example, let’s say the U.S. is split up into two sides, the east side and the west side. All the states on the west side have a total infection count of 100 people. On the other hand, all the states on the east side have a total infection count of 100 million people. Now would it make sense for the federal government to close school throughout the country? Probably not. Instead, it would make most sense for all the east most states to close school and all the west most states to keep school open. Now of course this fictitious scenario would never happen but it accurately illustrates that every state shows infection at different levels and it would make most sense for a state to assess whether or not they should close schools based on their current health. Because of this, it wouldn’t be fair for a state with low infection rates to be penalized by closing schools.

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  • Olivia from Illinois

    The state government should determine whether or not schools should close for the rest of the year because COVID cases vary state to state and different regions may disagree with the Federal government causing tension within our nation. Communities also vary in their ability to educate students using technology. The United States is a huge nation with it stretching over 3.797 million miles squared and home to over 300 million people. It would be extremely difficult for the Federal government to determine whether or not it is safe to go back to school in each state, much less each district. “But a chaotic system with chaotic national leadership is a prescription for disaster.” (https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/03/u-s-federalism-creates-chaos-in-fighting-coronavirus.html) The article makes a good point, too much federal control with centralized leadership would be chaotic. It is important the Federal government trusts the states with some of the major issues in relation to COVID. “The challenge is made more difficult by the fact that not every child has a computer or internet access at home. Many students don’t have a parent or caregiver with the time or resources to help them keep up with online schoolwork. And many teachers don’t have the training to effectively teach children who aren’t in the classroom.” (https://www.nbcnews.com/news/education/there-have-been-lot-tears-coronavirus-threatens-shut-schools-until-n1163901) While schools should have the resources to teach students, it is clear that this is not the case across the board. Different communities must address their limited ability to use technology to reach students, in short different places have different factors going into online schooling. A sweeping Federal decision on an issue that affects every community differently would simply not make sense. States and districts may even become frustrated by the Federal government that is not addressing their varying concerns. Overall, the decision whether or not to close school should be left to the states who are better versed in their communities and will limit tension with the Federal Government.

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  • Christopher from Illinois

    When it comes to schools during this pandemic, what we should all keep in mind is the safety of the students and the faculty. I think state governments should determine whether school is closed for the rest of the year. The reason for this is because if we allow for the national government to determine if it opens it could lead to unnecessary exposure to students and staff. In certain states Covid-19 could be possible going away but in other states it might not be. This is why we should let the state government decide. An example could be if Corona is being contained to a point where it is safe to attend class in big numbers in North Dakota. Then it should be up to the state government to decide if they wish to allow students and staff to go to school. But if the situation is getting worse in Indiana, it should be up to the state government to determine if they wish to close school for the rest of the year. The way I see it is, every state is being affected in their own way. Some states are handling the pandemic better but for other states, stay at home order can still be extended through the summer. Although school should continue regardless if it’ll be done in person as long as it is safe according to the state or through online.

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  • Victoria from Illinois

    I think that state governments should decide if schools go back for this a year over the federal government because each state is currently in different stages of the pandemic at this point. I feel like states with larger populations are more at risk then more secluded rural areas. For example, when I went to visit my family in rural Kentucky and Illinois there is almost no threat of corona there because it is so secluded and therefore I think that they should be able to have school. due to the fact that they are much more secluded than other areas of the country. Compared to the bustling suburbs outside of Chicago that are in a much higher risk of contamination from movement from the city and a higher population. Therefore, the federal government should not be deciding if all schools go back, it should be up to the state officials or county officials. Also, there should be other regulations in place to decrease the amount of traffic in school halls and contact of students.

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  • Maggie from Illinois

    I believe that during this time of pandemic, state governments should control whether schools are closed or not. The spread of this virus is a very case by case situation that ever state has a different aspect of. In some states, such as Montana, the number of cases has been exponentially lower compared to others. As of May 19th, Montana has only had 470 total cases and 16 deaths. When you compare that to New York, who has had over 350,000 cases and almost 30,000 deaths, it is very apparent that different states must take different measures to combat this problem. Because of this I believe that state governments should control school reopening and closing in order to ensure that kids can go back to school as soon as possible while still staying safe.

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  • Joseph from South Dakota

    Yes, because I feel shutting down schools and workplaces will help drop the spread of the virus. Also having a total shutdown allows people to feel safe and less worried about the events occurring outside their homes.

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  • Saharra from South Dakota

    Decisions around education are mainly determined by the state governments. More local authorities than the federal government also know best how to go about treating the outbreak where they are, a state that is has a higher population density will most likely have to stay closed longer that one that has a lower density.

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  • John from Illinois

    I believe the state government government should determine whenever to close or open schools. I say this because they know what’s going and know whenever or not if it’s safe enough for students to comeback. Making the national government determine when he should close school is a bad idea because maybe 1 state is worse then others but it’s not getting closed because the government is focusing on something else or doesn’t feel it’s bad enough. We’re better off leaving it to the states because they know if it’s bad

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  • AJ from Illinois

    During these trying times, whether or not the federal or state government should be in charge of in state responsibilities can be considered a very difficult question with arguments being made for both sides. It is in my thought that the best option for the United States is to allow state governments decisions involving schools and the workforce to stay within their borders. The reason I say this is because the cases are very widely spread out throughout the country. For instance in a state like New York has close to 200,000 cases while a more southern and rural state like Montana has less than 1,000 cases.
    On might argue that the best position for our country to take would be to assure that the federal governments makes decisions regarding the schools and workforce across the country. One might say it would better unify our country and keep American citizens determined and willing to practice best precautions during this time. I would argue that the severity of situations is different between regions and states. Certain places can still be given opportunity to work or go to school while still practicing necessary precautions to keep our country in a safe position. This will help the country to both stay safe AND provide opportunity to students and the workforce that deserve it in at least some places across the country.

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  • Jocelyn from Illinois

    States should have the power to decide if schools are closed for the rest of the year. Currently the states are united in closing schools in the face of a national emergency due to the global pandemic, COVID-19. The states are given control of their education system, and state senators are each implementing their own safety regulations to prevent the spread based off of their severity of cases. The states should make this decision because as stated in the tenth amendment, “the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by the states, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” States have had control over education, and when they need to close due to various circumstances, and how the days would be made up to ensure the education of every student. This needs to continue during and after this pandemic. In states with low numbers of cases and with proper testing, states need to be able to open schools to provide the best possible education. In areas such as New York where the cases are higher, education should be online until it is safe to resume classes in person. Each senator knows the needs of their people and works with the school districts to ensure safety and education.

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  • Keegan from Illinois

    The Corona Virus has shown how federalism is working throughout America because, due to this virus most schools if not all schools are cancelled until the end of the year and most of them are doing elearning classes. Each state has a different situation regarding this virus so it’s up to them whether or not they shutdown the schools for the year and this shows how federalism is working. It’s working because the American government is giving the state a choice whether or not to shut down the schools which shows federalism because both governments are working together for the health and safety of the citizens of the United States. This federalism is helping because if some states with lower cases of the virus they can open schools back up which would make education easier for the students. But, if federalism wasn’t working and the American government took complete charge then the students wouldn’t be able to go back to school even though their state has little amounts of cases. So overall, federalism in America is working at the moment and is helping us defend against the Corona Virus and keep the people of America safe and healthy

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  • Presley from Illinois

    I believe that the state should be able to decide whether school is closed for the rest of the year rather than the federal government, because each state has a different population, therefore the amount of cases range widely. Each governor knows their state’s statistics and can give regulations based on their knowledge specifically. For example, in New York, there have been 338,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, while in Montana there have only been 462 cases. It is more likely for people to spread the virus if they go back to school in New York rather than Montana. It is up to the governor to decide whether or not to make certain decisions like opening up businesses and schools. Also, in the 10th Amendment it states, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” This further proves that each state’s rights are protected and they have the right to enforce certain rules. The Constitution was created by 13 states; therefore more power should be delegated to the states rather than the federal government because it is a better representation of the actual population rather than ¼ of a population deciding what is right for everyone. In my experience, I have had to deal with my own school closing until the end of the year. School has still continued online, but for those less fortunate with less technology, it has posed a great challenge. If states with lower cases of COVID-19 do not have to close, they should not. Furthermore, it should be the responsibility of the governor to monitor the number of cases and decide what actions need to be put in place so that more people do not get infected. Even though everyone is experiencing the effects of this virus, we are all experiencing it in different ways at different severities.

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  • Aiden from Illinois

    The outbreak of Coronavirus has had a dramatic effect on our country as a whole. Schools have temporarily closed, professional sports have shut down, and many people have self-isolated by not going to work or out in public unless absolutely necessary. This pandemic has drastically affected our country as a whole, and has brought up questions about federalism and what level the federal government should be in charge of making mandatory quarantine decisions. I believe that state governments should determine whether their schools close for the rest of the year or not. All 50 states have been affected by Coronavirus differently. There are states that were well-prepared for this pandemic and haven’t been as negatively affected as others who were less prepared. Each state would be able to better comprehend and understand their current situation than the federal government, and would be able to make smarter, more informed decisions about whether or not to close down their schools. States like New York and West Virginia should have drastically different plans for losing and possible reopening schools, and West Virginia only has 1,378 cases while New York has a staggering 338,485 cases with 27,284 deaths. Having the federal government decide what actions states should take would be a mistake, as each state is at a different phase of closing down or reopening their schools, stores, and economy as a whole. The second reason states should be able to decide whether or not they want to close their schools is because it preserves federalism. Federalism is a type of government in which the power is divided between the national and state governments. Basically, the national government holds certain responsibilities, such as maintaining national security and monitoring interstate activities, while state governments are in charge of maintaining each of their own wellbeing. Because of this separation of power, the federal government has no right to tell each state whether or not to close down their schools. This would go against everything federalism stands for. Overall, I believe that the states should have the ultimate say in whether or not they want to close down their schools or reopen them.

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  • Jack from Illinois

    I personally believe that it should be within the power of the state to decide on whether or not they choose to close down schools. I believe this because the individual state has a much better grasp as to what is happening within their border, as opposed to the federal government, who only has a vague and general understanding of what is happening in each state. I also believe states should choose whether or not they want to close schools because it allows individual citizens to have more of a voice. Their votes in local and state elections are heard much more clearly by state governments than they are by the federal government. Although I understand the other side’s idea of keeping the country unified, the truth is that a unified country means nothing if it is unified under poor strategy. With some states doing pretty much fine with the virus, and other states struggling immensely, trying to create a single strategy they covers all states is nonsensical.

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  • Benett from Illinois

    This is an argument that shouldn’t even be debated on. Yes state governments should be determining whether schools close for the rest of the year. It’s their job to ensure the people’s safety. This is an extremely rare occurrence in the world. We are facing a global pandemic. Not just in our country, but in the world. Obviously closing schools has been on everybody’s mind. We all want schools to be reopened, but we can’t. We can’t because it’s not our decision. It’s the government’s decision and it should be. There are many people out there that still believe that coronavirus is a hoax. Would you really want someone that believes it’s a hoax to have control over that. I wouldn’t think so because that put thousands in danger. We have a government for a reason. To regulate us and to make sure we are put in check. We need that protection more than ever. We need the state governments in charge to keep everyone safe and try to get this society back to what it was. We need to let the professionals do their job and do what they do best, be the best government and govern the people. Also there are many things to take in factor when talking about this. There are very different situations for each state in the country. Some states have less cases and some states have more cases. There are many different factors and many different circumstances to take in when making these decisions. Most of the people that don’t agree with me, believe that schools should be open. If schools open in the fall, then the disease spreads and gets worse. However this all depends on how Covid-19 is during the fall. If there is no decline of cases and deaths, then I doubt we’ll be back in school. It might be a little too early to even be talking about this, but still it’s not our decision. It’s the state government’s decision. To end my side of this debate, I think that state governments should be determining whether schools should close or not because that is their job and that is what they are there for.

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  • Holly from Illinois

    As the outbreak of COVID-19 continues to spread, everyone in the world has been affected. In the United States as we have federal and state governments, there is a current debate on what level of government should be in charge of making mandatory quarantine decisions. Specifically, the argument is state vs national government’s jurisdiction on whether schools should close for the rest of the year or not.
    There is no rule book that our country can follow in regards to what is going on in our day to day lives. Our experiences will be documented in history. As the class of 2020 entered the world during 9/11, this is the second most influential event to happen in our lifetime. State governments understand the situation within their borders better than distant national government, that is a fact. I understand the desire for a United approach during this time, the desire to not create “confusion”, yet I do not believe this will be the case. Even if different states have a different approach, this is still something we are all navigating together. In this pandemic, each state is being affected differently. There are many variables that come into play when discussing the total number of people that have contracted the virus, and number of deaths. Closing school the remainder of the year will absolutely be beneficial to all. We need to help as much as we can to stop the spread of the virus. But on the other hand, certain states are in more of a dire situation compared to those with a lower population (New York in comparison to Wyoming). People from regions that are hardly affected by this pandemic are losing opportunities that they can obtain during this time, but I do understand the thought process of “rather be safe than sorry”. Even as a high school senior, devastated by what I’ve lost, I would still prefer to be in quarantine with mandatory health official guidelines than risk having the entire state open back up and have the infection rate peak excessively. I believe schools should remain closed throughout the spring and summer and not reopen until the fall. Only open to distribute food and materials that are necessary for students to succeed in distance learning in order to receive full credit for the school year. The constitution was originally written to be open to interpretation for instances such as this, although the federal government oversees so many different aspects in our nation…whether or not to keep the schools open/closed should not be under their jurisdiction. Having 50 separate government agencies working to ensure the right call is made for their citizens, is a much more thorough approach compared to one.

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  • Ben from Illinois

    I believe that states should determine whether schools close instead of the government because each state is a case by case basis. Although I could argue that it should be up to each school individually, I think that a state as a whole needs to be on the same page. States like Wyoming where there aren’t many congested populations should not have the same protocol as California, the most populated state. According to the Wyoming Department of Health, there are only 483 lab confirmed cases compared to California’s 60,614 cases (California Department of Public Health). This dramatic difference in cases shows that every state is different and should have different guidelines. In addition, each state has a different curriculum that they need to achieve, which can also differ between states. A government decision would not be ideal and the right decision for every state. Each state should see what their curve is looking like, and if it starts to flatten, they can make their decision on whether they slowly get back into the swing of things or hold off for longer. On top of that, if the government were to take control, they might do a hard shutdown where we wouldn’t be able to do anything, even if there are no cases in your county. The government can make an outline or suggest on how we do it, but in the end, it should be up to the state. The states can make different arrangements and learn from other states’ mistakes or they could also mimic what worked for another state. For example, golf courses in Wisconsin and Indiana opened a couple weeks earlier than in Illinois, and watching how they did, Illinois followed suit and opened up their golf courses seeing that it worked in other states.

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  • Michal from Illinois

    Yes I believe that states should have the power of determining if schools should reopen since they know what is going on in their community and have the knowledge of determine if it is safe enough to go back. In addition in my opinion states should have more power in determining what is best for their people and how they should act so the students still have a good education to get them ready for adulthood.Lastly state’s could determine other possibilities for schooling like minimizing the amount of people in the rooms or having safety precautious.

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  • Ian from Illinois

    Everybody in America is effected by this pandemic, although it varies from state to state. For this reason I am saying the state government should decide if we return to school or not. As this virus has developed and spread across the country, we have used data to map and project the outcome of this pandemic. Through data gathering we have seen hotspots of the virus like in New York and New Orleans while in other areas it’s not as bad like in North Dakota. New York’s 19,415 deaths is nowhere near North Dakota’s 57 cases. As we’ve seen some states spread at different rates, they will also restore at different rates, this is the only way our country won’t get more cases. Making decisions like this has too many factors for the federal government, it depends on the location if school should be cancelled. State officials have the best interest of the state in mind, and have the most knowledge about the situation around them, they should have the say if we go back to school or not.

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  • rud from New Jersey

    YESSS!!!! Stay Safe.

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  • Grace from Illinois

    I believe it is the right of the state government to determine the safety of which should return to school. Since education is a state right it would only make sense for state governments to take on this task. State governments know The amount of cases, deaths, and recoveries and overall know what their state needs most. And quite frankly me every state has a different need. If you found a government word to me a blanket statement for what all schools should follow it would hurt at the recovery process of lots of states. It would be endangering students and teachers. This could cause a rapid increase in the virus due to each school has a different number of students congregating in close quarters. The federal government does not know the individual needs of each state. It would be unfair to citizens and students for a federal government to make that decision especially due to the fact that they don’t have all the information like a state government and governor does. One big factor is that education is a state right. I think it’s important to give state governments this power especially during this uncertain time because it may make it easier on citizens. Do you conclude, I think that state government should be in charge of whether school should remain open or closed for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year.

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  • Autumn from Illinois

    Yes, I believe that it’s the write idea to close schools for the rest of the year, not because I am a student but because this needs to be taken seriously. I can understand why people aren’t scared of the virus, The virus has only severely affected people with prior health issues and from my understanding people without pre-existing health conditions are attacked as if it was just the flu. But people need to understand that we need to continue social distancing in order to save the lives of the people who do have pre-existing health issues.

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  • Sarah from Illinois

    I think that all schools should close for the rest of the school year because it would help stop the spread of Corona. The Coronavirus has spread rapidly over the course of just three months. It’s killed over 20,000 people in only the United States. In 2020 almost every child is connected to the internet so online classes shouldn’t be a problem for about two months. In schools the Coronavirus can spread very easily to each other and can cause more people outside the schools. If we have children and staff stay home the spread of Corona could decrease and less people could be hospitalized or even killed.

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  • Grace from Illinois

    I think that public schools closing or re-opening for the rest of the 2019 2020 school year should be dependent on their state governments. Since school systems are a state responsibility only makes sense even during this time of uncertainty that the governors and state governments determine these safety levels of their state and whether their students should be allowed to go back or not. Every single state has had a different amount of cases and has a different trend to the amount of cases deaths and recoveries. Due to this every state has a different need so in that case every State government is informed about their state meaning they are the best people to determine whether they should be reopening schools. If the federal government were to create a statement about all schools are re-opening or closing for all states it could be detrimental to the health and the spread of the pandemic. All schools vary in size like private schools at 300 public schools at 3000 and universities with students up to 20,000. For the government to make a clear decision about each state would overall be foolish because each state has different needs and it would be neglecting the health of Students.

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  • Grace from Illinois

    I believe that the State governments should have the power to determine if schools are closed for the rest of the year. State governments have authority over all schools and it is therefore well within their jurisdiction to decide whether or not schools should close. In this time of pandemic I understand that much legislation is changing drastically but I do believe the balance of power and our constitutional ideals should stand firm. The state government has direct links to all information regarding the virus to make educated decisions on behalf of their states and they are also the ones who know their communities the best and can therefore make the best judgement calls on their behalf.

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  • Nick from Illinois

    I most definitely believe that State Governments should determine whether schools close for the rest of the year. The reason I believe this is because the State Government is the most involved with the state, however, the federal government is involved with the states but some states might not have the same circumstances as others. In addition, the criteria of Education is different amongst all the states so having the State Government handle their schools is easier for the people of the states. With that I would not say this is much of a debate because I would think most people would like to have their state government determine this factor. On the contrary, people could argue that the school itself should determine whether their schools close down. Well that is true due to the fact that schools know best about their local area, but it also has a lot to do with the “domino effect” if one school closes another goes down then another and it continues. Just like snow days. It is only fair for the state government to say everyone is closed. Finally, having the state government decide if the schools should be closed or not is another great idea because it demonstrates that the government knows what is safe and what is not for the people of the state. The federal government is not in each state seeing the culture along with the health precautions. Bottom line is every state is different and it is only fair for the state government to decide whether or not schools are closed.

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  • Genevieve from Illinois

    Yes schools should remain closed for the rest of the year. We need to maintain social distancing in order to “flatten the curve” and prevent an increase of coronavirus outbreaks. It would be ineffective and deadly if states reopened schools too early. Although some school districts, students, or teachers, are having issues with continuing student’s education at home, most schools have been providing resources to disadvantaged students and plan to have resources for the future classroom settings. State governments should be allowed to determine when their schools will reopen, they are better equipped to assess the situation within their state as opposed to the national level where a national school shutdown may be ineffective for many of the states. Although many believe that federalism is causing issues within our country during this pandemic for many reasons such as limited medical and scientific resources to state and local jurisdictions, less uniformity among national rules, federal officials overreacting and be counterproductive and threaten the rights of individuals, federalism has proven to be more effective than even some european governments due to the fact that it is a more centralized system of government. Schools need to remain closed until we are certain that the coronavirus will not return and we have safely found a way to integrate ourselves into society again.

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    Yes schools should remain closed for the rest of the year. We need to maintain social distancing in order to “flatten the curve” and prevent an in…

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  • Isabella from Illinois

    The global pandemic has made its mark on the country. The virus has not only ignited panic, it has resulted in the closing or termination of spring sports, professional sports, inessential workplaces and schools. Citizens have resorted to self-isolation, only leaving their homes when it is completely necessary. The global pandemic has not spread evenly, particular states have been suffering more than others. States such as New York, California and Washington have been hit hard by the virus. Other states such as Maine, Alaska and Wyoming have been more fortunate. The highest number of cases reported in these states is 1,200 compared to the more toxic states which have an estimated 330,000 cases. State governments should be in control of the closure or opening of schools because each state is going through different levels of the pandemic. While I do believe schools should be closed for the time being, as state conditions improve, it should be specific to their government whether or not to reopen. State governments have more dependable information pertaining to the number of cases and can interpret what action should be taken that would benefit the state. The state also has to take into consideration the population demographics such as age and illnesses. States with an older population should maintain the stay at home order and postpone the reopening of schools to prevent the spread or second wave of the virus. If schools were to reopen, the interactions between students and teachers could result in a new spread of the virus. The closing of schools in highly affected states is essential whereas the closing of schools in healthier states is not needed.

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  • Zack from Illinois

    Yes, because each state holds different numbers of cases and deaths, and some states have very little cases and those states should be allowed to base their judgment on reopening based on The severity of the virus in that territory.

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  • Emily from Illinois

    I think that yes, State governments should be able to determine whether schools close for the rest of the year. States should be allowed to choose because each state is at a different place because of things like when the first cases were detected, how many people are reported having it, what are the states’ risks, etc.. For example, New York has a higher number of cases in their state and because of that it meant that they will peak differently than everyone else. On the other hand, states with less population probably don’t have that issue because they are smaller. This is exactly why state governments should have a say in what to do such as closing down schools. If kids are at a higher rate of getting the virus in places like New York and California, then the state should close down schools to limit the exposure and cases. Schools are one of the key places where hundreds and thousands of people gather together everyday. It is clear that it would make sense for states to do what is best for their people. Although these decisions have impacted students, we are at a key era when the internet is completely part of our lives. Schools have been able to remote learning and I would say it is the best bet during a pandemic. It is our leaders jobs to keep their people safe and that includes students. Only our leaders know what is best at the time to do just that and I will stand by Governor Pritzker’s decision.

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  • James from Illinois

    During this time, I feel as if states should make the conscious decision about shutting down school systems. Even though this pandemic is affecting people nationwide, states have different circumstances and case severity and should be allowed to make their own decisions. They have more information about the people and the state rather than the federal government who would have to focus on everyone. For example, California has a case number of 54,937, compared to Wyoming who has 26 cases. Each state should have their own set of regulations during this virus, and people to make decisions about shutdowns of schools as-well as reopening their economy, and lifting stay at home orders. Smaller states with less of a population can follow reopening procedures, and would have a very low risk of a significant spread. They would also be able to control it easier as-well compared to states like California or New York if they had decided to re-open. State governments with less people should allow for students to continue their education without disruption and have the state take care of controlling measures. If the federal government had the exact same shutdown procedures for every state, it would cause a huge mess in the lives of the people amongst other things. The federal government should be a basis of guidelines for each state, but should be able to be altered depending on the situation and circumstance. All in all, State governments should have the overall judgment about re-opening schools. Each state has a panel of people who can make viable choices about the status of their state. Each has a different circumstance and is less vulnerable to the spread. The states need to make the decisions, because they know the best fit for their people.

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  • Darren from Illinois

    I believe that state governments should be the ones that decide if their schools will close or not. I think this because each state has different circumstances and not all the states have the same amount of cases. I think that we should not put the same amount of restrictions on all schools across America, like a school in new york city and a school in a rural small town with little to no covid-19 cases. The difference of the amount of cases is huge, and say there is no one anymore with covid-19 in that town but there are still big cities like new york and chicago that have a lot of cases still, the government can’t keep all schools closed to wait up for them. This is unfair for those that have been staying away from work and social distancing for long enough. Everyone is going to have to leave social distancing at some point and if we keep putting pressure saying no one should open then there’s never going to seem like a good time. Even though this would mean that some students in the country are getting an education while others are not, there is not much anyone can do about it. The only thing that the students can do are online stuff like e learning that can still provide an education, while at home.

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  • Destiny from North Carolina

    If the Federal Government Makes the choice then they could have more cases of the virus, States can see what is going on in their state only and make that decision better for their state.

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  • Stephen from Illinois

    I believe that it should ultimately be left up to the government of each state to individually decide if schools should be closed for the year in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. My primary reason for supporting this is that each state is being impacted by the pandemic differently, and thus each state possesses different needs. The situation, although dire throughout the country, is not universally the same in level of intensity for each state, so the varying differences in situation for each state necessitates differing approaches to the disease’s spread. If the government were to have absolute power over the decision to close states universally, it would fail to accommodate each state’s individual needs. For example, states that are not as afflicted by the virus and could begin opening businesses and potentially even schools with adequate levels of safety, such as Alaska (371 cases), Montana (456 cases), and Wyoming (596 cases) would have its child citizens unnecessarily deprived of optimal levels of education. Likewise, states that are greatly affected by the virus, such as New York (321,192 cases), New Jersey (130,593 cases), and Massachusetts (69,087) could potentially be opened too early by the government if states had no control over it, placing many students, and by extent their families, at risk. Federal control over school closing would only benefit states whose needs would closely coincide with the government’s ordered length of school closing. Federal control would fail to account for states that would best benefit from closing periods that are significantly shorter or longer than the government ordered period. By enabling each state to individually control their own school shut down periods, different regions of the country can approach the pandemic appropriately with respect to the escalation of the situation in each area. The government cannot make a universal order as the problem is far too complex and varying across the country to make a single ruling. A designated closing period that would be ideal for one state could be insufficient or possibly even dangerous for another state. As such, I believe that giving each individual state authority over its own closings is the best way to handle the pandemic’s varying levels of impact throughout the nation. States are also far more aware of their own situations than the distant federal government is, and thus would make more accurate and appropriate choices than the less knowledgeable central government. This is why I believe the current system of state choice is the best option and should not be changed.

    Kommenda, Niko, et al. “Coronavirus Map of the US: Latest Cases State by State.” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, http://www.theguardian.com/world/ng-interactive/2020/may/05/coronavirus-map-of-the-us-latest-cases-state-by-state.

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  • Natalie from Illinois

    Yes, state governments should determine whether schools should close for the rest of the year. The amount of confirmed cases of COVID-19 varies state by state. States with a higher population will obviously have more cases compared to a state with a low population. Additionally, states have different stay-at-home orders in effect, which are placed and extended on the amount of cases in their individual states, not by the amounts recorded nationwide. In the future, when the number of cases in all states starts to go down, a state with a smaller population will obviously be safer to leave their house and return back to school compared to a state with a higher population. Therefore, due to the various sizes of states, population within the states states, and severity of the coronavirus within each state, the decision to return back to school should be made by the individual state governments, not the national government.

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  • Hannah from Illinois

    Yes State governments should have final say in whether or not schools open or stay closed. State governments are in charge of educational issues for their state. They also would know more and have more information on the current status of their state than the government. In addition each state is different. While Illinois has had over 2,000 deaths due to COVID-19 Alaska has only had 9. It would not make sense for the government to make the choice when each states cases vary on such a wide scale. Also the government has to look out for the nation as a whole when the state is worried about less people. The state can make better decisions for the people than the government would because they do not need to try and make a decision for the whole country. For those reasons I think that the state should be in charge of whether or not schools go back to normal or stay online and not the government.

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  • Isabella from Illinois

    The global pandemic has made its mark on the country. The virus has not only ignited panic, it has resulted in the closing or termination of spring sports, professional sports, inessential workplaces and schools. Citizens have resorted to self-isolation, only leaving their homes when it is completely necessary. The global pandemic has not spread evenly, particular states have been suffering more than others. States such as New York, California and Washington have been hit hard by the virus. Other states such as Maine, Alaska and Wyoming have been more fortunate. The highest number of cases reported in these states is 1,200 compared to the more toxic states which have an estimated 330,000 cases. State governments should be in control of the closure or opening of schools because each state is going through different levels of the pandemic. While I do believe schools should be closed for the time being, as state conditions improve, it should be specific to their government whether or not to reopen. State governments have more dependable information pertaining to the number of cases and can interpret what action should be taken that would benefit the state. The state also has to take into consideration the population demographics such as age and illnesses. States with an older population should maintain the stay at home order and postpone the reopening of schools to prevent the spread or second wave of the virus. If schools were to reopen, the interactions between students and teachers could result in a new spread of the virus. The closing of schools in highly affected states is essential whereas the closing of schools in healthier states is not needed.

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  • Noelle from Illinois

    I think that states should have the authority to decide weather school is going to be canceled or the rest of the year. If the government was in charge states with low numbers of cases like Alaska that only has 371 cases would be missing school. With a small amount of cases the state can decide weather it’s safe or not to have students in school. While lots of states have too many cases to reopen schools the ones that are able to safely reopen should be able to do that because I’m sure many students would much rather be going to school vs doing e learning.
    With states being in charge it can be difficult because some states have been reopening businesses this month. Some people are concerned these states are opening way too early and are just going to cause COVID-19 to spread faster. I think as long as these states are continuing to have restrictions that help to stop the spread they should be able to decide if they would like to re open. All states are going to need to slowly reopen if the states doing this already have thoroughly looked at their amount of cases and decided it’s safe I see no issue. If everything was closed as a country states with low amounts of cases would be suffering when they don’t need to.

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  • Bryan from Illinois

    I believe that the State government should be able to determine whether the schools close for the rest of the year. It will help to stop the spread of the Coronavirus and also if the government couldn’t close the schools there would be more spread of Coronavirus and a lot of students will be in danger and also spreading it in their households. If the government didn’t close the schools the whole spread would continue to grow and would make it harder for this pandemic to pass. The State government knows more about this then the National government because the National government has to look at every state and have to look through every statistic but the state government knows everything about their state and knows everything about it since that is the only statement they have to worry about.
    The second reason why I believe that the State government should be able to close down the schools is because every state is different and has been impacted differently by this pandemic therefore the state should be able to shut down the school. Every state has been impacted more by the pandemic and I believe some states should be able to reopen before others but with strict guidelines like they can’t leave their own state and go to another one while the other one is close or open. Some states have been impacted very lightly and I believe those states should reopen and unlike others they should still be socially distancing while they are on lock down til the pandemic goes down and finally goes away and I believe that the state government should have that power to know when the state should reopen. Also the state has full control and has all the People’s lives in their hands because that’s what their job is because the state governor knows what to do and things like these we should just trust their decisions for the best.
    In conclusion, this is why I believe that the State government should be able to have complete control if schools should be closed for the rest of the year or if they should not. They know what’s better for their state they have been selected to keep the people safe and take control of their state and do their role as governor.

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  • Natalie from Illinois

    I think State officials should decide whether schools are closed for the rest of the year or not. Each state is different and it’s hit differently. For example, New York is getting hit the worst where Texas just reopened everything. The state official needs to look at our states numbers only and decide after that. The Federal government doesn’t have time to look at each state and decide, they are dealing with way more and are already overloaded. The state governer only worries about their state and if they pay close attention then they know what is best. Each state is different and the state governor will make the best call. Also, some argue that it isn’t effecting them in there town directly so why shouldn’t they have school. If we don’t shut down everything it’s still going to spread just because it hasn’t reached your town yet doesn’t mean it won’t. This disease is spreading fast and this is the best way to keep it contained. Schools are a very public place and if one person gets it then everyone will soon get it. We are all cramped up in classes and lunch rooms that it’s not safe at this time.

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  • John from Illinois

    I believe that the state government should have control over whether or not schools close. I believe this because the state always makes their decisions based on the greater good. Everybody comes from different backgrounds and has different views, and therefore they all have different opinions. Students from the higher class may be fine with online learning, whereas other students may believe they will not get the same quality of education online. The state will do what is best for the people as an entirety, and although it will inevitably upset some, I am confident that the majority of our population will be safe as a result. The counterargument would be allowing certain districts to decide whether or not they stay open, but then decisions become biased and not in regard to the health and safety of the general public.

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  • Adam from Illinois

    Yes! The situation regarding COVID-19 varies from state to state, creating many different situations across the country. States such as New York, are having much higher death tolls and more cases, while more sparsely populated states such as Montana are less affected. Having well under one thousand cases, and only twelve fatalities. Therefore, the conditions of what each state needs right now differ, making it impossible to have one plan for the entire United States to follow. Federal guidelines can be a basis, but in accordance with the U.S. government archives, it is the local government that is supposed to be in control of medical emergencies. In fact, because the situation is dramatically different in more concentrated areas, such as Los Angeles, each county in more affected areas has its own rules in place to work through the issue. In terms of school closures, based on the protocol already in use to fight the spread of coronavirus at the state level, the state government should also determine whether schools close for the rest of the year. I believe this because there are states that are largely unaffected that can reopen while also states that are crippled by the cases. There are too many extremes to be blanketed under the federal government. The state governments know their situation first hand, which should leave them in charge of what they see fit to benefit their people.

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  • Lucy from Illinois

    Yes. Individual state governments should have the power to shut down schools. Each state is handling the pandemic differently and each governor is focused solely on his/her state. With that being said, each governor knows what is going on in their state best and should use statistics and data to determine whether the schools in their state should close. The federal government is concerned with all 50 states at once and because a governor knows what is going on closer to home, they should make the decision whether schools should close.

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  • Jeremy from Illinois

    I believe that the Government should be debating on whether the Schools should be closed for the rest of the the School Year. We need to keep everyone safe from the COVID-19 and in order to do that the Government should debate on when it should be safe to reopen our schools in the United States. The COVID-19 could possibly kill lots of our kids if they are going to school and the only way to keep that from happening we need to debate on whether the schools should stay open or not.

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  • Hannah from South Carolina

    I think the state governments should be in charge of whether school shuts down for the rest of the year rather than our national government. Our state government is in the state and can better determine what is best for our state during this pandemic. If we go back to school it could be a case of an uprising among teachers and students getting the virus and if we don’t open back up it is a case of depressed seniors that can’t finish their senior year and a better progression to stopping the virus from spreading. State governments would have more insight on how to best handle the situation to fit our state rather than the national government making the same decision for all states.

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  • Zoe from Illinois

    I think that at this current time, the government should have more power than usual. Right now is not a time to be focused on personal liberties; it is a time to sacrifice in order to ensure the safety of the country as a whole and make this entire pandemic more manageable. Therefore, the government should be able to decide whether or not schools should close. I think that having measures on a statewide scale that regulate every single school district is good because it leaves fewer responsibilities to the individual districts and schools to make these difficult decisions. After all, it is each state’s responsibility to oversee the education in that given state, and this is one of those situations where they need to use that power to do what’s best for everyone right now, whether that is or isn’t closing schools down. I think that having states decide whether to close schools or not is more appropriate than having the national government do so. For example, right now New York is faring much worse than a more remote state with fewer citizens and less concentrated living, like Montana. For this reason, it makes sense that New York’s restrictions on schools are different than Montana’s. It is also important to note that if the national government were in charge of making decisions on a national scale of whether or not to have remote learning for the rest of the year, they would not make those restrictions. The federal government, notably the president, have been notoriously hands-off in their approach to dealing with the pandemic. For example, there have been very few national restrictions placed dealing with lockdowns and quarantine, supplies, and treatment methods, other than travel restrictions. If they were given the power to shut down schools for the rest of the year, they would not do so, even if it were the right decision. I also see, though, how the state to state power is being abused, especially in states that are reopening too soon despite no evidence that it is safe to do so. In these cases, national government intervention would be good, but for the issue of schools, I think that each state will do what is best for its own citizens. For all these reasons, I think right now the best approach is to have each state formulate their own decisions.

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  • Joe from Illinois

    Yes, I believe that state Governments should determine whether schools close or open for the rest of the year. The reason for this is because state governments each are at different places with the virus and so they will have a closer reason on why their schools should be closed or not. It’s different for each state because of the amount of people. States like California and New York have thousands of cases while states like Montana and Wyoming have only a few hundred. So it would only be reasonable to have the state government be the final making decision because what’s happening now is not as efficient. The government can’t focus on all states’ problems at once. Although I think that states should be better safe than sorry and stay closed, it should still be up to the states to decide whether or not they think it’s best to be open or closed

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  • Chris from Illinois

    I think states should have the power to decide if their schools are closed or not during this pandemic. States with low population sizes such as the Dakotas may be able to open some schools where states like California may not. If any schools can safely be opened it’s important for the education of our future leaders to do so. Also all states are having different levels of effect on their economies by the coronavirus. So if a state has reached the flattening of cases they should be able to reopen schools. Also one could argue that the government may seem tyrannical if they always take the power to make all decisions for all states of the U.S. Finally if the government decided to close or open schools it would divide our nation even more because the decision wouldn’t be as individualizes as if states could decide for themselves.

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  • Steve from Illinois

    The government should 100% be able to choose if the schools should stay closed for the year. By keeping the schools closed, they are preventing many new cases of the virus from popping up at a rapid rate. Although young people are less likely to really be impacted by the virus, their parents and grandparents are not.

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  • Olivia from Illinois

    Yes, I believe state governments are responsible for determining if their schools should be closed for the rest of the year. The corona virus is affecting all states very differently and the effects are not the same for every state. States such as New York, California, and Illinois are among the states suffering the most from COVID-19 due to their populated cities. The decision to close schools in these states for the rest of the year was an obvious choice as the number of deaths and cases has not yet declined. There are other states, such as Utah and Nebraska, who have experienced a significantly lower number of deaths and cases. This shows that the federal government should not determine if schools are closed for the entirety of the nation as individual states are not equally affected by the virus. The state governments know specifically what is going on in their state, how they are affected, and what is best for their people.

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  • jack from Illinois

    The question asked this week was whether or no state governments should determine whether schools close for the rest of the year. Even though this question was only allowed to be yes or no, I believe there should be an in-between. Because I feel the state and federal governments should work together to come up with a decision. I also believe that it has to be a joint decision from all the states to close down all the schools in the U.S. Because if some schools decided to close down for the year and other schools didn’t; then it would be chaos. Because some schools would be ahead of other schools because of the ability to learn class material in person. It would also stop a lot of controversy on some states closing schools down and some not. But as long as all the states decide to close their schools then I think it would be fine. But if some of the states didn’t follow the rules then I believe the government has to step in. I personally believe in the end that ALL the schools should be closed just because if one person in that school was infected then the whole school is highly likely to receive the virus. And If that happened then the states would be sorry because that would cause a lot more deaths in their states. Even though I choose Yes I still think this question is more complex than just yes or no.

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  • Adam from Illinois

    I think that state governments should determine whether schools should close for the rest of the year. The coronavirus issue currently going on affects the country in many different ways in multiple areas. For example, in New York City the virus has been raging on and it is densely populated, which is what helps the spread of the virus. Schools around the city bring in children from all different families and areas around or near New York City, which means the chance of a coronavirus patient going to school is very likely, and with how easily it spreads, this is very problematic and makes sense why they should be closed. However, a state like North Dakota where it is a lot more rural and has less densely populated cities and areas, they have a lot less cases and the problem is less severe (Forbes). Since it isn’t as severe, they will handle the situation differently than New York. This means that states like North Dakota and New York should not have to close schools due to the federal government because this issue affects all states differently and one state should not have to be on lock-down more than another just because it is so much worse in the other state. Also, if you opened up schools earlier than recommended, like in New York, there would be a spike in both cases and deaths. So overall, it would be best for each individual state to handle the situation to which their state is put in.

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  • Colin from Illinois

    Yes! I believe that the State government should determine whether or not schools close for the rest of the year. This pandemic is unparalleled in modern time. Quite simply, we have not seen anything like it. The virus has hit a country that is woefully unprepared. Despite failings on a national level, the majority of our nation has united behind a common idea: social distancing. We all understand that distancing ourselves from each other is the best way to contain the spread of this virus. Naturally, this extends to the workplace and the schoolyard. The State government should have a say in their education systems. Ultimately though, I feel it is morally right for the governments to be able to shut down schools like this. The US constitution was founded on the principles of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. Shutting down schools could be encroaching on these rights, which may seem like a good argument for the other side. However, State government is only shutting down schools to protect their students from this deadly virus. This will save lives. While kids and young adults may not die from the virus themselves, they make the best platforms for the virus to get to the elderly, as they often go without symptoms of coronavirus. In my opinion, even though the States are encroaching on our rights, I feel that it is justified because the process will save lives in an effort to keep us farther apart and slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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  • Alexander from Illinois

    During this time in the world it’s throwing a lot of people off of their regular routine but we all need to adapt to the new changes. Online school is now a thing around the nation. People are staying home and working a lot more than they used to. The governor of our state is like a boss or a leader. They should be allowed to decide if changes should occur to save more lives. By governors choosing to close school for the rest of the year may work for some states because they might have more cases than others. If the Government chooses it’s hard because there could be a state that is in a more dangerous situation than another and it’s hard for the Government to really find out that information. We should think about what’s best for our students and families because it could be too late for the government to call off school and you could have hundreds of families sick from their students that should have been doing social distancing and staying home. Finally there is that small thing that can make a very large impact later on and by protecting the students, teachers and faculty we can minimize the amount of contact and save lives.

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  • Kristin from Illinois

    I believe that the state government should determine whether or not schools remain open or closed for the rest of the year. The federal government is not funding the elementary, middle, or high schools, the state is. Therefore the state governments have the right to determine whether the schools are opened or closed. I think that the federal government and officials can and should encourage, but in the end, it should not be determined by them. I think that the only situation where the federal government should make that decision is for colleges. The colleges that receive federal funding should then work with the state governments where they both determine the outcome of the situation. Along with this, the Federal Government has a lot to deal with due to the COVID-19 and would not take as much time and consideration that the state governments would. I believe that the governor is in the best position to make this decision because they can carefully consider all options and make the appropriate decision based on the wellbeing of their state. Throughout the country, all states are at different points with the coronavirus. Nevada, is hitting nearly 1.06 million cases, while Wyoming has only 520 reported cases. There is such a huge difference in these states, which makes it even more appropriate for the state to decide whether schools remain closed for the rest of the year. It would be unsuitable for the Federal Government to make this decision because they do not fund or control these schools, there is such a vast difference in severity throughout the states, and there would be less time and consideration of the decision.

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  • ben from Massachusetts

    becausenits helpful

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  • Maddison from Massachusetts

    schools should the rest of the year because of the global pandemic and if kids are in school and someone has it without knowing the whole school might get it and get shut down anyways. Closing the school would prevent an outbreak of covid-19 in that school.

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  • Derek from Massachusetts

    I believe that a state’s government should decide whether or not to close School for the rest of the year. While this may help the states with a large number of cases, like New York, Washington, and California, this won’t help states like Wyoming with only about 300 cases. If the federal government decided as a whole to close schools for the rest of the year, this would leave kids from states like Wyoming have to be quarantined for no reason. This is why state government should be able to decide if their state’s schools are closed for the rest of the year.

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    I believe that a state’s government should decide whether or not to close School for the rest of the year. While this may help the states with a larg…

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  • dan from Massachusetts

    We are still in the height of this epidemic and it does not seem as if the situation is dying down quite yet.

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  • Brandon from Illinois

    This issue on this global pandemic should be determined by the state governments. The hundreds of thousands COVID-19 cases are distributed unevenly through the nation, having certain states being in more serious conditions. As a result, having the state government decide on whether the remainder of the school year should be cancelled is the most effective strategy. If the federal government is held responsible for this crisis, this process would most likely end up to be excruciating and yet unsuccessful. In the end, having fifty separate government agencies is a much thorough approach compared to one.

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  • Jo from California

    I believe state governments should control whether schools close for the rest of the year. In a major health emergency, it should be the state that decides whether the schools should close on a state-wide basis. For instance, a fire has definitive boundaries and the closing of schools is based upon their proximity to the natural disaster, however in this case, the Novel Corona Virus is an international pandemic that has no boundaries- it can affect anyone, anywhere. Therefore actions need to be at the hands of larger geographic areas, like state governments, because patchwork defenses, where some counties close and others do not, are no match for the destruction of disease.

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  • Zach from New Jersey

    During such extraordinary times, it is important for the State Governments to choose when to open and when to close schools, whether they want to make the determination that schools will be closed for the rest of the year or not. The reason state governments were given the power they have are for circumstances like this. For example, in New Jersery where we all live, Covid cases are higher than essentially the rest of the entire nation other than our neighbor New York. This is so significant because it cannot be a uniform federal decision. It does not make sense to cancel school in Arizona if the virus is not bothering anyone there, but for the safety of New Jersey, NJ must have the decision to close their schools if necessary.

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  • Melina from New Jersey

    I undoubtedly believe that it is up to the states to determine if schools should close for a year, largely because of the versatility of the corona virus and the different ways that it is affecting the different states. Although corona is a widespread issue, for some states, the problem is much bigger. According to the Washington Post, New York has over 135,000 confirmed cases, while Kentucky has a little over 1000. If the federal government had to decide for how long schools close, a “one size fits all” mentality would be implied, which is not appropriate. Let’s say schools DO close for the rest of the year, why should a small-issue state like Kentucky have to have schools closed when there’s only 1000 cases? If schools didn’t close, why should a large-scale state of New York have to maintain schools opened? Because states are being impacted differently, it is up to the state to determine what the right course of action is. This, of course, doesn’t take into account that the education is constitutionally an issue of the states anyways.

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  • Spencer from South Dakota

    When there exists a crisis or disaster there remains a conflict of disagreement at hand next to and bound to it. And if there is conflict there are people angered at each other. With COVID-19 people should think about what is happening. I live in the State of South Dakota and why there are not many cases of COVID-19 at the time that this was written all schools are shout down. I think that the state government should have the say on shouting down schools for the rest of the year. Look at new york, today 4/7/2020 on the New York Intelligencer said there are 138,836 cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday today. That could have been higher if New York did not close all of there schools it could have been more people then just 138,836 if schools were open still. I think schools should open but only if there is evidence that shows people will be safe if they went back to school.

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  • skylar from North Carolina

    why put use in school near the end of the year just for use not to learn any thing

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  • Jasmine from South Dakota

    I do believe the government should control when schools are open and closed especially during a pandemic. It would be insane of us to not have schools be closed right now yes there are more at risk individuals but we all are capable of getting this virus. Sometimes not everyone would make the decision to close things down so I do believe that government plays a huge roll in schools during something that’s going on not state wide but WORLD WIDE.

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    I do believe the government should control when schools are open and closed especially during a pandemic. It would be insane of us to not have schools…

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  • Zackery from South Dakota

    I think school should close for the rest of the year because of the virus It has affected millions and will be affecting more which mean It spread more and more to different places. Another reason is you can’t have a large crowd of people being together and the school has lots of students and some of them could of gone somewhere where someone was infected. In conclusion, I think schools should be closed for the rest of the year because of the number of people and spreading also large groups of people

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  • Lexi from North Carolina

    Amidst the breakout of COVID-19, many United States public and private schools have ended in-person learning and opted for remote learning. Students and teachers across the nation are accommodating to this abrupt change. As many states are issuing orders for social distancing and defining what essential workers are, education comes up into question.

    Politically and geographically, it makes the most sense for counties and states to have autonomy over the status of schools during COVID-19. The national government should not focus its current resources on overseeing school closures when COVID-19 is impacting regions differently, especially because of the deep roots of federalism and reserved powers seen in the United States Constitution.

    Prior to the formation of the colonies into a confederation and subsequent nation we know as the United States, each state handled education on its own accord. Even more so, education was handled by smaller regional subsets to best reflect the distinct needs of students in the area. As the United States came to fruition, the idea of federalism — division of power between state and federal government — was addressed in the Constitution. Due to the idea of federalism, there would be delegated, concurrent, and reserved powers that distinguished state and national powers.

    Delegated powers, given to only the national government, are expressed In the Constitution. Reserved powers, on the other hand, are established by the 10th amendment which states “powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.” The Bill of Rights never explicitly mentions education, thus, as granted by the 10th amendment, the power of education belonged to the states as a reserved power.

    In modern day, the concept of federalism has become muddled as the national government has grown in power, but COVID-19 exhibits that the Founding Fathers’ vision of federalism is still necessary. Amidst a global pandemic, the national government is best suited, and legally responsible, for interstate commerce and the broad prosperity of the nation. With Congress’ focus on a Stimulus Package, it is up to states to finetune on regional issues, such as education, that the national government would be able to comprehend at the same rate. The division of power enables for state and national government agencies to conquer tasks more efficiently.

    For instance, the state of West Virginia has had significantly less cases of COVID-19 than states such as New York, so it would not have made sense for the national government to mandate school closures in West Virginia at the same time as New York when it grew into an epicenter for COVID-19 cases.

    Ultimately, the national government cannot cater to the specific needs and variation among states, especially when Congress has become known to be inefficient, as well as individual state governments that know their education systems inside and out.

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  • Gabriel from New Jersey

    Federalism has been able to tackle the pandemic with a majestic and sweeping display of concentrated efficiency that the federal government could never have accomplished. Tennessee knows how to conquer it’s concentrated issues best, and bureaucrats in D.C. cubicles would be left in the dark, throwing resources at entire regions without any adherence to the indefinite nature of the virus itself. We are the United States of America- a voluntary federation of independent states of people. We came together by and for our own accord- we needn’t look to a centralized nanny state to conquer the issues we’re facing at home.

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  • Gabriel from New Jersey

    In a magnificent and effective display of federalism, our great states have responded with a diligence and speed that far outpaces any potential federal measures- and all without the backlash or waste. Tennesseans are best outfitted and most knowledgeable about the conditions and situation of their home, and could appropriate response measures in a quick and quiet manner. Bureaucrats in D.C. cubicles are merely representatives making appeals for their states- not the governors, and certainly not national leaders.

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  • Cara from New Jersey

    Yes, State governments should be able to determine whether schools close for the rest of the year. The states should be allowed to choose because while this is a global crisis each state is at different phase in the process due to when the first cases were detected and overall state government response. For example while New York and New Jersey have some of the greatest number of cases they have had the viruses for longer and will likely peak sooner. These states also had very immediate and aggressive social distancing and isolation policies put into place. Therefore, even though these states are in worse shape now they will likely begin to decline in the number of cases sooner. These states should able to return to school because of their ability to handle the situation properly and not have to wait for other states or the nation as a whole to return to normal life because of other’s in ability to address this issue.

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    Yes, State governments should be able to determine whether schools close for the rest of the year. The states should be allowed to choose because whil…

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  • Michael from New Jersey

    It is so important that The United States does not loose its values and principles during times of crisis. The United States is a nation of laws and for better or worse a nation of Federal superiority. However, we must never forget that we are also a nation of states and a nation of divided powers. To allow the Federal Government to decide on the issue of school closings in the country is an example of blatant over reach by the federal government. The covid-19 outbreak has effected each individual state differently and will continue to affect each individual state differently unit it inevitably runs its course. Because of these differences, the Federal government is not going to be able to account for the needs of each state and therefor is not accounting for the needs of the individual Americans. State governments have a much more local population to deal with and therefor can more accurately decide if closing schools is the tight option for their citizens.

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  • Collin from Wisconsin

    Although the severity of the outbreak does vary from state to state, as of right now it’s very difficult to quantify exactly how many people per state have the disease. For this reason, closing all schools across the country as a precaution makes the most sense.

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  • ava from Virginia

    Yes, if the state government knows that the pandemic is only going to get worse, it’s their responsibility to keep people safe. Schools are full of hundreds of kids and adults, and it’s one of the main places where germs are spread. Closing the schools is a smart idea because it is helping to ensure the safety of thousands of people and without closing them, there is a higher chance for the pandemic to get even worse.

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    Yes, if the state government knows that the pandemic is only going to get worse, it’s their responsibility to keep people safe. Schools are full of hu…

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  • Audrie from South Dakota

    I think that this power should be left to the states to determine this, but to exercise caution and know that it’s important that schools are shut down at this time to stop the spread of the virus so we can get rid of it quicker. If we open up schools in certain places there could be big consequences, and gives the virus opportunities to spread and could prove to only get worse.

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    I think that this power should be left to the states to determine this, but to exercise caution and know that it’s important that schools are shut dow…

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  • Tyler from South Dakota

    Yes I believe that state governments should be able to make the decision on whether or not schools remain closed or not. I think that state and local governments have a better “on the ground” perspective of how the coronavirus is affecting their communities. Because of this, they should be able to decide what is best for the community they serve. I believe that most states have been good about closing restaurants and other unnecessary services to prevent the spread of the virus.

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  • Ethan from South Dakota

    State Governments should have the right to determine if school should be close for the rest of the year. They have more of an understanding what is happening in their state. Plus if they are not closing the school or closing the school. People in that state have more power to influenced their leader then to included the US government.

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  • Rylan from Virginia

    some states have it worse than others so the state should choose whether to close their schools

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  • William from Virginia

    Yes, because the state government should be able to represent us in a positive way.

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  • Anna from New Jersey

    Yes, the state governments should determine whether schools close for the rest of the year or not. Each state’s number and severity of cases differ. It is unfair to make schools close for the rest of the year when their numbers are low and on the mend. The federal government is also distant, and has to make a country wide decision, that may only benefit a couple states, not every state. Closing schools also has many repercussions. It is not only the loss of an education, but most schools provide and breakfast and lunch to families who cannot afford give their children othwewise Closing schools not only hurts education of children, but in some cases also the wellbeing and health of students. By prolonging this decision in an effort for uniformity will end up hurting these children. If states were able to decide the closing, than these children can benefit sooner.

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  • nikkia from South Dakota

    State Governments should have the power to decide if schools should close or not. The Federal Government already has a lot of responsibilities and having to worry about the condition of each state can take too much time away from the bigger problems they’re supposed to deal with. State Governments have a better understanding of what’s going on in their state and can make a more effective decision. While school can be a place where viruses are easily transmitted not every state was dealing with the same problems at the same time. South Dakota, for example, was still in school when lots of schools closer to the coast were already closed for the rest of the year because we had yet to confirm any cases of covid-19. At this point in time, things have worsened but the condition of our state is drastically different from one on the coast so the measures we need to take are also not as drastic. State’s got hit by this pandemic at different times there for State Governments are right here in the midst of the situation and can handle it based on what’s going on here, not what’s going on in California, Texas, or New York.

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  • Thaddeus from South Dakota

    I think that the State level government because there are some states that are hit really hard than others just like South Dakota only has 240 vs New York, has 9238 cases. For many reasons, I think that the State level of government should control their states and do the best for the people of the state. But if there is a state government that is not taking action to the worldwide problem the federal government should come in and help and do the right thing for the people of the state.

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  • Cherise from South Dakota

    I say that state government should determine weather or not schools close for the rest of the year because all states are in different situations. For instance, take New York and South Dakota. New York has at least 9,470 deaths due to COVID-19, but South Dakota only has 1 confirmed death due to COVID-19.

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  • Maya from California

    Yes, the state government should decide school closures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic as opposed to the federal government. Simply, the federal government cannot mandate an appropriate and effective response to consolidate each situation that arises in the states- while state governments can- that accords to national guidelines and the circumstances of each situation. While some may think it may be more concise to have a federally mandated shutdown, they must consider the vast amount of different situations of cases and deaths in each part of the country. States such as New York, with a current report of 122,177 cases, require vastly different precautions and guidelines than states with less cases, such as Wyoming, with 197 cases (The Guardian). A national mandation of a school closure may not pertain to certain states, creating a more chaotic and angst-filled population, unlawfully depriving students of a quality education for an extended period of time. Each system of government, whether it be local or state, responds to the suggestions and restrictions of the superior. School districts, therefore, respond to the state mandated closure. The state closure, which responds and reacts to the guidelines from the federal government, NIH, and CDC, creates a system of shut down that best fits the population and circumstances of their state, so the federal government can focus on more pressing issues affecting the nation. This decentralized approach will promote a more calm, effective, and knowledgeable response to the outbreak, and prevent the spread of the virus. This right to do so legally lies in the hands of the state government, according to the Constitution of the United States, in addition to public health initiatives. It is important, at this time of confusion and chaos, that this power remains reserved to the states and not taken over by the national government, so that the citizens of America can feel that their protection is in the correct hands of their state, as opposed to a distant, authoritarian government, altering the laws of the nation. It would not be wise to have the national government, who is not in charge of education, order a shut down of schools. Others argue that the nationally mandated shutdown will lead to a more centralized reaction to the spread of COVID-19, and will prevent any discord among states that choose not to shutdown, leading to a slower spread of the virus. However, as mentioned in the article by the National Review, this power is legally not up to the president or national concern. If the federal government orders a shutdown of every school for an extended amount of time, they are not considering the individual situations of each family, county, school, and state. The board of education in each state has its own crafted way of curriculum and regulating school districts. A national clamp on these resources will leave the boards and states voiceless, scrambling to take care of their citizens after a distant, unknowing government orders their shut down. States have a better knowledge of the resources needed by their various school districts, so letting the national government make this decision would simply be ineffective. Furthermore, if we let the federal government shut down all schools, this opens the door to a more authoritative and dictatorial body, which conflicts with the core idealism of the nation. If preventing the spread of the virus is the goal, then school districts, similarly, should not be held responsible for deciding closures. If some schools decide to stay open during this pandemic, many students, possibly, will choose not to send their children to school, which creates a concern relating to the deprivation of education, which in turn adds to the rising amounts of panic. The cancellation of the school year, along with proms and graduations, is heartbreaking, but unfortunately, we must remember that in chaotic times like this, it is vital that we as a nation, maintain the foundational principles that were built upon, and sustain these protecting laws as to ensure the safety and rights of the country.

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  • Isaiah from Virginia

    Though others may say that this would be an overstepping of the government’s power or jurisdiction, in situations like the COVID-19 outbreak the government should interject. The U.S. government is not merely overstepping their power with the COVID-19 closing, but they are doing what is best for the students. There are numerous scientists associated with the government who support the closing of schools as the best option to restrict the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, whether we like it or not, public schools are essentially mandated by the government (both local and national) for testing and other regulations. Also, we as U.S. citizens have voted for and elected our officials that make these decisions, thus they should be in our interest.

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  • Andrea from Texas

    Yes, State governments should be able to determine whether schools close or not. To begin with, state governments already have the power to decide if they want to open or close school thanks to the 10th Amendment. The Federal Government already has much to worry about in their hands and should allow state governments to handle schools. Covid-19 is affecting each state in a different way, which means that the state government should find a way that will help people not to become infected with the virus since it is their job to figure out the needs of education in the state.

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  • Deshun from Texas

    Yes, state governments should be able to determine their standards and regulations regarding the virus based on their wants and needs. Having the country as a whole be shut down by the power of one person is what can lead to a sort of dictatorship; the president has a chance to much more than shut us down than the governors have of shutting their own states down.

    It would unfair for a national leader to dictate what an entire country says during a pandemic for many reasons: the state’s resources may become non-accessible, their economy can collapse, their stats regarding the pandemic can be positive compared to the others’ and states have the power to respond to the crisis faster as opposed to waiting for an answer from the president over a long period of time. In addition, leaving the power to only one person in scary times such as this can lead to a slower process in protecting the states’ people, slowing down and even stopping the progress in helping to defeat the virus effectively and efficiently.

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  • Naman from Texas

    Coronavirus is a pandemic that has spread throughout the world. For many students around the US, schools are indefinitely closed for the rest of this school year. According to CNN’s reported cases and deaths, states such as Maine, New Hampshire, and North Dakota, have a case rate of one or less for every 100,000 residents. On the other hand, states such as New York, New Jersey, and Michigan have a case rate of around 10-20 per 100,000 residents, and rising. Schools are very important for children and their education, as well as for socializing. New York has closed down their schools system for the rest of this school year due to their cases rising above all other states in the U.S. You cannot compare New York and Maine on the same level, as they differ significantly when looking at the number of cases.
    This is when the state governments come into place, logically it makes more if the state heath and government officials make the mandate, as to whether or not their schooling should be closed. Each state has their own circumstances, therefore, they should make decisions that are plausible for the safety of the public. According to New York times, “state and local health departments are in charge of enforcing federal quarantine orders, in addition to dealing with public-health measures beyond federal authority.” Our system of federalism in this situation has a more direct approach, as the state knows what occurs within, whilst the national government only goes by the majority of what occurs throughout the nation. Our system allows there to be more decentralized decisions that benefit the specific state.
    People argue that having the state governments choose whether or not schools should be closed, gives off mixed messages to individuals in other states and would also affect the stop of the virus. Making decisions within state borders allows for there to be more accurate news and diction for those who are among the population within that state. It hits more “close to home” when a federal decision is made regarding the specific state, versus the country as a whole. Traveling has already been cancelled, so there is no way for residents from other states to come into highly affected zones, unless they reside within that area .

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  • Jack from North Carolina

    I believe States reserve the right to dictate their state’s school closures. This is a reserved power in the Constitution guaranteed by the 10th amendment which states “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” Since the education system is neither guaranteed to the U.S. or prohibited from the states, it is a reserved power given to the states.
    When it comes to the situation at hand, the individual states still retain the right to either close schools or keep them open. This is a good thing because certain states are affected differently than others. Giving authority to the Governors, who are able to more effectively gauge the threat of the virus in their state is important. “You can respond where the hotspots are, rather than imposing costs evenly across an undifferentiated mass of the nation where the overall average risk may be low,” (https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/03/coronavirus-response-shows-federalism-working/). This point is important because certain areas are a lot less affected than others. For example, Alaska is barely affected by the virus so a national ban of schools would unnecessarily put many teachers out of work.
    Given the political polarization going on in our nation today, many people would feel that a school ban given by the federal Government is a frightening move which would give our President more power. This would perhaps upset many people which is not what our nation needs at a time like this. With the China Travel ban angering many already because of Trump’s “xenophobia”, there is no need to anger or frighten more people at a time like this.
    Overall, states reserve the right to control their own education system and removing this right is unconstitutional.

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  • Christina from Illinois

    Yes, state governments should be able to determine whether schools close for the rest of the year. Keeping in mind the climbing number of COVID-19 cases, it is imperative that we maintain social distancing for as long as the state/nation deems it necessary. According to the CDC, gatherings of 10 or more people should be avoided. This would be violated if schools took it upon themselves to resume in class learning before the end of this school year. Although it would be beneficial for students to return to school, it is more valuable for schools to listen to the guidelines of the state to ensure everyone’s safety and slow the spread.

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  • Tymorilyn from Kansas

    if they don’t state mandate the school then the schools won’t be paid. that also means that the education of student can be put at risk if there is a crisis

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  • Daniel from Florida

    Because of the coronavirus

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  • Kulthoom from Michigan

    Yes, I believe State Governments should make the decision of whether schools should close because for example if one High School in a district closes yet another middle school decides to stay open those students are putting many people at risk. Even if one District as a whole closes there are always going to ber interaction with students from other districts which can be very unsafe and will expand the spread of the disease. It is also much easier for state governments to oversee local districts as a whole then it is for the federal government.

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  • anubis from Florida

    Governments are responsible for their citizens safety, therefor, if the work the citizens have is not an essential service and there are other ways to finish work (i.e. working from home,)they should be ordered to stay at home in safety. Governments are responsible for a citizens safety and should protect it by all means necessary without doing harm to a citizens life.

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  • Electa from Ohio

    I say no because students should have the ability to see a teacher in person not on a screen.

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  • Joel from South Dakota

    Before we get into the actual issue let me tell you a story, The year is 2016, the Ebola outbreak is in full swing, the national government says it’s fine and they are handling the issue. The citizens are frightened and panic sweeps (most) of the nation. The End. The point of this story is even though the government says they are handling it the citizens don’t get it and panic grips our nation, just like today. I say yes because it is better for people to understand why these decisions are being made when someone they know knows about the state and its people. Some would say they would agree with any decisions made if it was closer to home. In conclusion, yes they state governments should have the final decision because they know what’s best for their state.

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  • Paulo from Kansas

    Our gov. works for the good and safety of all people that means public good, attending their rights. So if they say that is important and necessary for all schools, sports, colleges, and even workplaces close due to the virus its because this is dangerous and there will be problems where the gov. needs to face like not having enough hospitals for all citizens and not having respiratory machines to help people with weak immunization cells, my question point and my question here is, would u be happy and fine if one of your family member or loved ones get this virus from someone who is not obeying the quarantine would you be ok with it? and if this same person who you care the most needs a respiratory machine but the hospital cant effort another one because they have all in use, what would you do at that moment? maybe this precations that the gov. is taking right now are too much but this was taking another path this virus would have spread faster and killed maybe double the people who died already and would had infected a million more because “a quarantine is not necessary”

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  • Jenna from South Dakota

    Yes, I think that the state governor should decide whether the schools should close up for the rest of the year because our governor knows that we should probably stay quarantined because of this virus but schools probably don’t agree because they want us in school. If everything else is closed, schools should be too because the amount of people in there, it could just cause everyone to get sick which would lower attendance anyways, if we stay home then we can still probably do our work there even if we are sick, no matter what we have and we won’t be able to spread it to anyone.

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  • Ryan from North Carolina

    During this unprecedented time of global pandemic of the disease COVID-19, commonly known as the novel coronavirus, CCP virus, or Wuhan Flu, state governments should determine the closure of schools. First of all the federal government does not have the authority to shut down schools or businesses nationwide even if there was need to do so. Only the state governors, in emergencies, have such power. Professor of Law and Public Health at Emory University, Polly J. Price stated that in terms of implementing social distancing policies that, “ The White House… can be advisory only and that those are exclusively state powers”(Naylor, 2020). Consider for a moment that it is legal for the federal government to implement school closures, would it be better for the national government to determine school closures? No. While many nations in Europe, such as France or Italy, have implemented national shutdowns in order to stop the spread of the virus, the US is fundamentally different from these nations (Dougherty, 2020). The US is much larger in terms of area and population when compared to these countries. The fact is that different parts of the country can be more different than they are alike. Likewise, the degree to which the virus has affected different parts of the country is extremely different. New York City has almost a fifth of all cases in the US, whereas North Carolina has less than one in a hundred while having a greater population than New York City (Johns Hopkins, 2020). Because the rate of incidents is vastly different so too should be the policies put in place. By the time May comes around, there may be no danger in one state sending children back to school, but at the same time across the country, a state could be at the peak of infections in their local community. The decentralized approach of allowing states to determine the closure of schools offers the best approach because what is best for one part of the country may hurt another part. Because a decentralized approach offers a more efficient solution state governments, not the federal government, should control school closures.

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  • Olivia from North Carolina

    Due to the recent outbreaks of COVID-19 many schools have switched to all of their courses being held online. When it comes to deciding whether the states should be able to decide whether schools will be shut down for the rest of the year or not, there are reasonable arguments for both sides.

    During this pandemic there are a lot of unprecedented decisions that many public officials are having to make. Due to this, it is important that everyone comes together and helps everyone out. What makes everything difficult is that there are still people who are not social distancing which leads to the spread continuing faster. Also there are new findings each day about COVID-19 which makes it difficult to handle.

    Even though the 10th amendment states that decisions about education are left to the states, in times where the Federal Government believes that children are at risk or at danger they do have the right to intervene. However, in this situation I think that the decision should be up to the states.

    Each state can be affected by it differently and each state has more focus on what is happening within them. This allows them to make the best decisions for their schools while the Federal government handles bigger pressing issues.

    This is why the states should be able to decide whether schools will be closed for the rest of the year or not.

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  • Jackson from North Carolina

    The states should have the power to make that decision. There are multiple reasons for this but the biggest being that every state will not be ready to go back to school at the same time. For Instance, New York is passing 83,000 cases while Montana has only 217, these two states will be back up and running at very different times. Another reason that states should decide is what other options do we have, a federal decision is overreaching and ineffective, while a county-level decision will also be ineffective. While not ideal a state decision is the best way to handle it, however, that was a different case when talking about the initial closure. For many school districts, they were in the process of preparing to close but getting things in order first. Like here in NC, Pitt county planned to distribute devices, and teachers were planning with students. Yet before this took place the governor stepped in and closed the schools leaving the county to clean up a mess they could have prevented with a couple more days of school. When making decisions on this scale, it is important that it is wide-reaching enough to be very effective and be localized enough so that the timing is ideal. In this particular case, a state’s decision fits that description best.

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  • cecelia from North Carolina

    This pandemic being brought to our state also brings panic with it. Major events, schools and any moderate group of people are being shut down as a result of COVID-19. A quarantine and social distancing has been put in place by both the government and indivisuals like myselfs own parents. With all of this isolation from each other there is the question of when, if at all, we would go back to school. The state government should be able to discuss if school is closed until fall instead of the national government. Students have already had to readjust to what learning looks like to them like switching to online classes. States have a better point of view on if all of the schools in their jurisdiction should be closed. If the national government was given the choice they would have to make a rash decision on the country as a whole which might not be fair to some. For example a few number of states might not need for their schools to be shut down for the rest of the year. If we let a fraction of the country shut down all state schools then we are taking learning oppurtunities away from many students. I do think it could be difficult to give some states the privilege of face to face learning and retrict others but, if most of the country is already prepared for online learning why can’t they do the best they can with what they’ve got? If the state jurisdictions had more medical resources I think they would be able to have a better and more educated approach on how to deal with enforcing whether or not schools should close. Even if they don’t have the power right now to decide that families should at least be let known an estimate of when their children would be able to go back, worst case scenario. The state government would be the best decision on dealing with this issue because the federal government has too many different districts to consider.

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  • Thomas from South Carolina

    SHOULD STATE GOVERNMENTS DETERMINE WHETHER SCHOOLS CLOSE FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR?

    State governments should have the power to determine whether schools close for the rest of the year.
    The United States is a giant compared to almost every other country. Texas, the second biggest state in the nation, for example is ten percent bigger than France and twice the size of Germany or Japan and each of these countries has an entire country’s government running them. So, take Texas and add 49 more states and then it becomes easier to grasp how fast the US truly is.
    With this being said, the federal government’s job is to oversee the nation as a whole and do what is necessary to protect the US with the force it sees fit. This argument can then be shifted to that the federal government has the authority to close schools, however this assumption fails to note that the Coronavirus is in its early stages and therefore every state is at a different level of emergency. Each state’s leaders want to protect their people and should have the authority to act in their people’s best interest. The federal government would not be able to properly watch over each of the fifty states with the fair response that the states have taken. Note the word “fair”; some counties are not infected with the virus and therefore can continue with school, however there are some counties with hundreds of Coronavirus cases and obviously have closed every down. If the federal government was dictated if schools were closed they would simply make all schools shut down and shift to online learning, because they do not have the resources to cover it on a county to county basis. Like stated before, the US is a giant and should be treated like such. Allow state governments to exercise control over the people they know so much about and allow the federal government to continue its efforts to fight the disease.

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  • Jack from North Carolina

    I think Governor Cooper’s executive order to close schools will continue until the end of the school year. Governor Cooper did a fantastic job for slowing the spread because of his early order to shut down school, but this wasn’t simply enough. Places like Railgh, Durham, and Charlotte have most of the cases in North Carolina, Mecklenburg county at 564, Durham county at 159, and Wake county at 258(COVID-19 North Carolina Dashboard. (April 3, 2020). With these numbers I dont think schools can operate safely for the rest of the year because we are still increasing with cases in the US, and to prevent secondary waves of outbreaks.
    According to the CDC the case numbers are significantly rising throughout the US. Something to help slow the spread that the CDC and the president have recommended is the help slow the spread by social distancing. This means to isolate yourself from people and don’t leave the house unless it’s absolutely necessary. Most people like me see schools as absolutely necessary but with this social distancing in play, governor Cooper banned gatherings of 50 or more people(NC Gov. Cooper: Governor Cooper Extends School Closure Date To May; Orders Group Limit To 50 People. 2020, March 23). This would mean that we cant legally go to school.
    Another reason why students shouldn’t go back to school is to prevent a second wave of coronavirus. Asian countries that have already been through the first wave of coronavirus started to get back to regular everyday activities such as going to schools and they are now experiencing a second wave of COVID-19(Coronavirus: Asian nations face a second wave of imported cases. 2020, March 19). While I would think that the American government would not want a second outbreak since this first one is crippling us so bad.
    Some look to countries like China and observe their coronavirus curve, and think their curve is projected to only last a couple months, if this translates to our country we could be back for school. This simply cannot happen in the United States though because the US government will not be enforcing extremely strict laws like China has done. An example of one law that i’m talking about is this “violators[of social distancing] can be fined up to HK$25,000 (US$3,225) and sent to prison for six months, though police can let offenders off with a fixed penalty of HK$2,000”(What are the dos, don’ts and challenges of Hong Kong’s new social distancing measures? 2020, April 2). The United states government is not going to be that strict with the social distancing recommendation. Also China has been hiding cases from the world as it looks like(Moore, M. (2020, April 2). The US intelligence has confirmed this and shows that China can not be trusted with the data they put out.
    Overall I think that schools should not come back this year because it increases the chance of having a second outbreak, and we should focus on social distancing to slow the spread

    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/cases-in-us.html
    https://www.ncdhhs.gov/covid-19-case-count-nc#by-counties
    https://governor.nc.gov/news/governor-cooper-extends-school-closure-date-may-orders-group-limit-50-people
    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-51955931
    https://nypost.com/2020/04/02/china-rejects-us-conclusion-that-country-hid-coronavirus-cases/
    https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/health-environment/article/3077999/coronavirus-what-are-dos-donts-and-challenges
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucelee/2020/03/26/how-chinas-measures-have-worked-against-coronavirus-what-2-studies-showed/#370b49441ede

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  • Lillian from North Carolina

    I think individual state governments should be able to determine whether schools close for the rest of the year or not. The current state of our country has caused many difficult decisions to be made regarding people’s ability to work, people’s freedom to socialize, and student’s ability to learn. It is important that in this time of crisis we remember the importance of educating the children of America. The state of this pandemic has affected many states differently due to population density and the amount of tourism. Places such as New York and California are affected very differently than places such as South Dakota and West Virginia who currently have very few cases. By allowing the federal government to determine how the nation’s schools as a whole proceed for the rest of the school year would greatly disadvantage students in more rural environments because of the danger in bigger cities. According to Trump’s former Homeland Security adviser Tom Bossert in the Washington Post, “Hong Kong and Singapore acted immediately and are still holding the line, literally. Through isolation, quarantines, contact tracing, canceled gatherings, and widespread surveillance, they have achieved linear growth of the virus, meaning a reproduction number close to one. What they are doing is working.” Although this method of shut down has been proven to be extremely effective, Singapore and Hong Kong are both small islands with very dense populations and were at the threat of a very serious health issue if they were not to be shut down completely. The United States is very different from the places because of the size of our country in both population size and landmass. This method of a complete shut down is very effective in places like New York City but is not necessary for the whole country. Total federal school closure for the rest of the year would negatively impact states like Alaska and Wyoming who have fewer than 200 cases according to the Guardian News Paper.

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  • Owen from North Carolina

    The state governments should determine if schools should be closed in the United States. As COVID 19 enters into the United States there is no cure. On March 14 the governor of North Carolina Roy Cooper stated that school would be closed for two weeks. He did this out of an abundance of caution because of the Coronavirus entering into the United States and by canceling school it would get rid of normal large crowds on a daily basis. This started the beginning of the quarantine that is still going on today. Then the number of people in a group you could have was moved to ten people. This caused many restaurants and cafes to remove their chairs and table and only serve to go and pickup orders. There was a viral video of a Starbucks that had taken out all of their chairs so that their customers could not stay and they had to leave. This Virus has also caused many local stores and restaurants to go under. The state government shut down schools for the public benefit. This virus has no cure and can spread very quickly and easily. Although some may say that they should still have school because it does not affect teenagers and young children as much as the rest of the population remember they are not the only people at the school. There are teachers, custodians, and coaches all on-campus and they are all different ages. Roy Cooper made the right decision to end school because it was to prevent the spread of the virus. Today everywhere the CDC is telling us to stay home and stay close to the only family which furthermore proves that going to school would not be a very smart choice. Although sports and many club field trips that were canceled that made the students angry it was to prevent this epidemic from spreading and killing more people than it already has.

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  • Paige from North Carolina

    Yes, I do think the state governments should make the decisions regarding school closures due to COVID-19. First, the severity of the illness varies from state to state, so if the federal government chooses to shut down all US schools for the rest of the year, it could be an unnecessary decision for some states. For example, according to the New York Intelligencer, New York currently has over 100,000 confirmed cases of the virus, and about 3,000 deaths, so it would be absurd for New York schools to go back this school year. On the other hand, Nebraska has a little less than 300 cases of COVID-19, so, depending on how this situation continues to play out, their schools do have a possibility of going back before the end of the year. Although it is likely that cases will continue to exponentially rise in all states, nobody has a definite idea of how the coming months will go. So hypothetically, if the federal government shuts down all schools for the rest of the year, but Nebraska has fewer and fewer cases as the weeks go on, the closings would not be needed. On a more emotional standpoint, many students and parents are very upset about all of the cancellations, according to NBC News. Graduations, proms, and more special events for highschoolers, specifically the seniors, are now not even getting postponed in some states. But, if the decision were up to the state governments, these special events have a greater possibility of getting postponed, rather than just flat out cancelled. Lastly, ever since the United States was founded, education has been a state level power, not a federal power. Although issues like high school football games do not nearly compare to the urgency and severity of this virus, the United States should continue to rely on their original values in terms of government decisions.

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  • Jack from North Carolina

    I think state governments should have control over whether or not schools should close down for the year. Schools are a peachtree dish for bacteria and viruses to spread. Each desk sees four plus students sitting at it every day, that number escalates quickly when you factor in the kids who go over and talk to another and just touch it. Then factor in the passing out of papers from a teacher that comes in contact with every kid in the class, a school is the best place for a virus to spread and spread fast. Taking that into account, it would be most sensible for students to remain out of school until the threat of Covid-19 is neutralized. The threat can only safely be deemed neutralized by the top health officials in the United States, which are in contact daily with the governors and lead executives of each state. These talks between them make it very apparent that the state should be the one implementing school openings and closings.

    Although I believe the state should control openings and closings, I do not believe that the state should look at all the school systems holistically. Each school district should be evaluated individually, because learning in the school is a thousand times better than online. If a school district has zero cases of Covid-19 and the correct measures are put in place making sure no one travels in the district from a high risk area, they should be allowed to reopen. If you look at the numbers in New York city it is very apparent that schools should not open anytime soon there, but in more rural areas of upstate New York there are places with no reported cases according to the New York Times Latest Map and Case Count. Obviously, New York has a bigger problem than opening schools on their hand, but in those very small school districts in the Dakotas where there are no cases they should not be punished for Bismark or Sioux Falls. Those students can still get the better learning experience while the rest of the state remains online.

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  • Landon from North Carolina

    State and local governments should be allowed to control school closures in their districts to a certain degree. Schools have also been subject to local authority, and for good reason. It allows for schools to be tailored to the needs of the community it serves. It is also important that state and local governments maintain authority over their schools in order to sustain the system of federalism we have in the United States. In the case of the current pandemic, this system is useful in that it can keep schools in areas that are less affected in operation for longer. Russell Viner from the University College London, along with other authors, found that school closures, when implemented during other health crises, did not have that great of an impact on slowing the spread of disease when compared to the drastic losses caused to the economy and to students by the school closures. Therefore, avoiding school closures for as long as possible is incredibly beneficial.

    However, should a state make a decision that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) deems unsafe, the federal government should be able to exercise some level of authority in order to make the best decision for the health and well-being of the people of the United States. For example, according to KATC News, a local news organization in Louisiana, Louisiana has only closed schools statewide until April 13. However, the coronavirus issue is highly unlikely to have died down to a safe level by that date. If Louisiana were to stick to that date and reopen schools on April 13, the federal government should be able to do something about it, as that decision could put many people at risk. State and local governments should have autonomy over their school closures except for in extreme cases when the CDC finds the decisions made at that level to be dangerous and irresponsible.

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  • reagan from North Carolina

    I think that the State Government should decide whether or not schools should be canceled until fall, even though there is an exception with bigger issues. States are given the constitutional right by the 10th amendment, which states that any power that isn’t specifically given to the federal government by the Constitution belongs to the state and the people. There are also different rights for every state, such as the use of marijuana and turning right on red. Every state is also very different in terms of geography, population, and culture. For example, California and New York have a higher population than Wyoming and Vermont. This is because more people reside in bigger cities like Los Angeles and New York City instead of Cheyenne and Montpelier. Dense populations will cause diseases/viruses, like COVID-19, to spread much quicker. It would make no sense for the federal government to close all schools across the United States if the virus was only affecting California. This gives each individual state the opportunity to examine the condition of their state and decide if it’s appropriate to close all schools. If schools close too early, then some students’ might not be prepared with the right materials and resources to continue learning. This would be a state government responsibility because the state government is in closer contact with schools than the federal government. State governments are also closer to their citizens and are updated quicker than the federal government. It is also the state’s responsibility to make these decisions because this power isn’t specifically given to the federal government. This is also a new strand of coronavirus and no one has ever experienced a pandemic like this before. It would make more sense to play it safe and let the states decide what to do because they have that responsibility.

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  • Emily from North Carolina

    It’s no secret that these are unprecedented times. I’ve always admired our nation’s Constitution. After hundreds of years, it’s cornerstone of federalism and decentralization has increased bureaucratic effectiveness, further protected the individual rights of citizens, and has distributed and allocated powers throughout multiple layers of governments. While this ingenious system of federalism has definitely complicated things when it comes to fighting coronavirus, I hold that states should continue to determine whether schools close for the rest of the year.

    In the world of government and politics, precedent is a powerful thing. Allowing the national government to take hold of the constitutionally allotted state power of education because of coronavirus, could allow the government to encroach on other state powers in the future. While our president and national executive leaders have the ability to make recommendations, they should not be given the full power to control all US school systems.

    Additionally, as Americans, we have each been provided with certain unalienable rights—the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Along with those rights, we as citizens have freedom, which is a beautiful thing. In times like these, it’s important for our nation to strike a balance between protecting those individual freedoms and the safety of our national community. In this case, it was important for schools to close. The coronavirus poses a huge threat to the health of many members of our country’s population. It is not an issue to be taken lightly.

    Closing schools, restaurants, churches, and enforcing state-wide stay-at-home orders have helped enforce social distancing from a state to state level. And while right now, it would make sense for a national order to institute these same policies across all states, each state is going to recover at different speeds, and in later crises, different states are going to experience varying levels of impact. It’s important for the states to maintain their power, and refrain from creating a disastrous future precedent.

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  • Brooke from North Carolina

    I believe that state governments should have the right to determine whether schools close for the remainder of the year. Each state is under a different circumstance, thus, each decision within a state will vary. Some states are much more affected by the coronavirus outbreak than others. For example, New York has almost 100,000 cases, whereas Wyoming only has 153 cases. Federalism allows governments to focus their legislation on the hotspots, rather than make decisions that might negatively affect other states where the risk is low. Even in a national emergency such as our current situation, our president is not a dictator; we are a democracy. Decentralization allows us to respond to the crisis at a much faster rate, as decisions are in regard to each state’s needs.
    According to the Tenth Amendment of the United States Constitution, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” The national government has “the power to coin money, to regulate commerce, to declare war, to raise and maintain armed forces, and to establish a Post Office.” Since implementing and regulating education is not specifically stated as a power reserved to the national government, by law, it is reserved to the state governments.
    Some argue that our nation requires a unified approach to handle this pandemic. However, I believe it is inappropriate to apply an extreme standard that is targeted towards a few states and have other states that are low risk endure the consequences. There will be social, political, and economic implications regardless of state or national decisions of school shutdowns. We should allow state governments to have jurisdiction during this unprecedented global pandemic in order to minimize costly shutdowns across the nation.

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  • Will from North Carolina

    The decision on whether schools should close because of coronavirus should definitely be a state decision and not a federal decision. Individual states making their own decision allows for the state’s best interests to be carried out. All the states are in a wide range of different situations regarding coronavirus cases and deaths. As of April 3, the number of cases and deaths in the most infected state of New York is 102,863 and 1,867 respectively according to the New York Times, as opposed to the least infected states such as North and South Dakota and Wyoming that all have fewer than 200 cases each and combine for 5 deaths according to National Public Radio. These statistics illustrate just how different all of the states are and that making a federal decision would not have the states’ individual needs in mind. Schools are also operated by local and state governments in the first place, so it makes no sense for a federal decision to be made regarding schools as they have no part in operating schools. Schools are also a key part of making society run so to speak. Schools provide many with two meals that they wouldn’t be getting if they weren’t at school, schools provide children with a place to be during the day so they stay out of trouble for the most part and so parents don’t have to worry about watching them, and finally schools provide the students with an education. Without schools being operated many would go hungry, there would be a burden on parents to watch their children, the students would be getting in a lot more trouble, and online learning from home does not effectively replace learning in school. For this reason the decision to cancel school should not be taken lightly because it can have a very large effect on society. School should not be canceled unless it is necessary, therefore, canceling school must be a state decision instead of a federal decision, so the right decision will be made everywhere.

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  • Jessica from North Carolina

    Given the current state of our country, I believe that it is absolutely necessary that state governments decide whether schools close for the rest of the year. Currently, the United States is under a nationwide lockdown and has been ordered to practice social distancing by staying home, as it is the best method to prevent further spread of the coronavirus. In the events of a global pandemic, while it is important to be unified, it is also vital for everyone to understand their own situations and to follow the appropriate procedures.

    With 13,598 different school districts throughout the country, it is extremely difficult for the federal government to keep track of each states’ specific needs. Ed Kilgore, in his article for the Intelligencer, he writes that “state and local jurisdictions have limited medical and scientific resources to understand the transmission of complex diseases and to form independent judgments about the best means to control spread.” He also mentions that if the federal government were to establish the same policies and measures for all fifty states, then there is the potential for overreacting and counterproductiveness. Each state has different wants and needs, and their own individual governments have a better grasp of their situations at hand.

    Those in support of the federal government argue that establishing a national policy would be the quicker method when in reality, it would take a greater amount of time to carry out. According to Tom Bossert, Trump’s former Homeland Security Advisor, “identifying — much less applying — levers for coercing compliance with a national school-closing strategy would take too long to facilitate.” With the United States experiencing a state of urgency and panic, we cannot afford to lose more time and should take the quickest measures to prevent the coronavirus from spreading even further.

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  • Carson from North Carolina

    Yes, I believe state governments should determine whether schools are closed for the rest of the year.
    In the tenth amendment of the United States constitution, it says, “the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution … are reserved to the States respectively.” This means that if a power is not given to the federal government directly written in our constitution, then states have the right to those powers. In the constitution, there is only one direct or explicit power given federally concerning schools. That power comes from the 14th amendment, which mandates states to provide, “any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” According to Brendan Peluse, a writer for Harvard University, said that the fourteenth amendment didn’t originally have a major effect on education until the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education court case when the case mandated that the executive branch of the US government can enforce equal access to education. Although this is true, this doesn’t give federal power to close all schools, the states should have this right.
    COVID-19 is spreading worldwide and has become a global pandemic. According to Worldometer, as of April third, there are 276,037 cases of COVID-19 in the US. Although there are many cases nationwide, not every state is in the same situation. Some states have more or fewer cases than others. The state government should be able to decide what is best for its state because some states are mildly affected by the coronavirus and some are not. If the federal government could shut down and close all schools, it wouldn’t be the best for every state because every state’s COVID-19 situation is different. I believe this because the federal government oversees the whole nation, but the federal government doesn’t oversee every state, and every state should have control over what happens to the people in their own state.

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  • Tierney from North Carolina

    State governments should have the power to determine whether or not schools shut down for the rest of the year within reason. While in a pandemic situation it can be argued that a change in the normal systems of government is justifiable, our representative democracy was built the way it is for a reason. For example, all U.S. citizens have the freedom of speech. Whether or not an individual agrees with what another individual is saying does not matter so long as no one’s rights are being violated. The classic exception to the freedom of speech is that shouting fire in a theater is not allowed unless, of course there truly is a fire. In this case, however, the “fire” so to speak of COVID-19 is very real, yet some precautions must be taken before all democratic principles are extinguished completely.

    Right now, states have authority over schools and public-health measures. As a result, the decisions to close schools and limit travel are local decisions and pertain directly to the severity of the pandemic in that area. Senior writer at the National Review Online, Michael B. Dougherty, points out that use of the authority of local government officials to make such decisions demands more respect from citizens. Otherwise they might find that restrictions would impede on their rights to a much heightened degree. After all, the president does not generally have the power to shut down schools. However, I feel that some more direction must be given to the states as to how they should proceed to best protect the region.

    Laurence Gostin and Sarah Wetter, Georgetown University Professor and Fellow at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, bring to light the speed at which COVID-19 can be spread. If one state refuses to enforce safety precautions, residents can easily travel, even relatively short distances and be exposed. When they return, they bring the virus with them and put anyone they come in contact with at risk. As a result, I feel that the Centers for Disease Control along with the federal government should state clear recommendations for each region of the country so that the most up-to-date information is available to the local officials who do not have the same resources to draw from. In addition, the federal government should offer support to local governments to the best of their ability. In this way, I feel that democratic ideals would be protected along with the health of the nation.

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  • Parker from North Carolina

    I think that the states should have control over whether schools close during the coronavirus pandemic because giving the power to close or keep all schools open to the president is too much power, and you can close schools in states that are necessary.
    If you give the power to one person to close down or keep open schools, there will be a lot of places around the country that the decision doesn’t apply to. At first, the only cases where coronavirus was seen was in Washington state. If we gave the power to close or keep schools open to the president, it wouldn’t make sense, because he would be deciding for all of America. It wouldn’t make sense for schools in North Carolina to close if there were cases on the other coast, the complete opposite side of the country.
    If you give power to the states to close their schools instead of closing all the schools in the country, then the governors can make choices pertaining to the closing of schools based on where they are and how many cases are in their state. That way, schools can stay open on the east coast if there are only cases on the west coast. The Washington Post gave multiple examples of governors that are planning accordingly due to the virus, like the Maryland governor, who has the power “to issue any “reasonable” order he “considers necessary to protect life and property”. Due to this, the governor put a ban on more than 250 people gathering right when the virus broke out in Maryland and helped the state slow down the spread.
    The power to close schools or keep schools open should not be given to one person, but multiple people around the country so that they can judge what needs to be done according to the state they are in charge of.

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  • Isabella from North Carolina

    While state governments are the entities that primarily operate and fund public schools in America, the federal government is still involved. As of 2017, three percent of the federal budget was set up for education, which amounts to billions of dollars as the years go by. This money is used for students with disabilities and is also allocated to the school districts across the country, under the “Every Student Succeeds Act.” So the national government does have some power, and if the schools do not abide by the rules and regulations provided by the national government, then they can take away those (federal) funds. While the federal government does have power, they do not have enough to dictate what the states do in terms of their education policies. Even during a national emergency, the constitution stays the same, and the tenth and fourteenth amendments declare that education rights belong to the state. The “Stay at home” order is a benefactor for social distancing. I believe that all state governments should follow these guidelines especially with schools. As much as I hate not going back to school, I don’t think it should happen. I would be wrong to say that I didn’t want a graduation or senior prom, but the fact is that we have a major pandemic that is highly contagious. I hate being stuck in my house, but people who are not stricken with the illness and are perfectly healthy, need to stop whining. I’m not talking about the people unemployed; I am talking about the students. Sorry for the rant… but I just wanted to prove that I think everyone should stay home and not go back to school.
    Anyway, if the national government were to intervene and order all schools to follow, this would set precedent for the national government to just go do it again. The federal government has more important things to worry about in this crisis. They don’t need to get involved because then everyone would have to follow a blanket rule for all public schools. With such a large country, this would not work out; they would have to take even more out of the budget, make very broad policies, etc.
    Yes, I do think every governor should follow the White House guidelines, but I think it is ultimately up to them. It is a tricky situation, but the national government just does not have the power to require compliance. So cancel school, stop whining, and social distance!

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  • Anna from North Carolina

    While there are certainly things that could have been handled better during this crisis, I believe that the closings of schools and other public areas should be left up to state officials. To get one point out of the way, the federal government could not have closed schools anyways because the federal government is not in charge of schools. Schools are run at the state level and during this particular crisis, what we have seen is governors make decisions to close schools. The nice thing about states making the decision to close schools rather than the national government is that school systems will be able to adjust how school is operating based on what the current situation is like in their state. If a particular state has been in quarantine for multiple months now and the coast looks clear, they’re government should be able to make a decision about what needs to happen with the schools in that state. As Michael Brendan Dougherty said in his article “The Coronavirus Response Shows That Federalism Is Working,” “It is less politically risky to impose measures in one state than on an entire nation. You can respond where the hotspots are, rather than imposing costs evenly across an undifferentiated mass of the nation where the overall average risk may be low.” As students, we all know that the transition to either online school or no school at all has been hard. Many students have missed opportunities that were very meaningful to them. Erin Einhorn, a writer for NBC News, even wrote a story about the families and students who have missed things like graduation, senior prom, or just an end of the year field trip. These are difficult times for educators and students. So if a particular state is safe from coronavirus, why should they have to keep schools closed?

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  • Jesse from North Carolina

    I believe it would be in the best interest for the nation to allow state governments to decide whether or not schools in that state should close. The constitution is very clear on what powers the federal government does and does not have, and education is an issue that is often delegated to the states.
    This is an unprecedented time, and some believe that this is the time for unprecedented measures, but allowing the federal government to shut down schools for the rest of the year is not one of these measures.
    First, this sets a dangerous precedent that could be exploited in the future. What happens when another virus that is not nearly a wide spread as this one pops up? The precedent has already been set, and the government could do what they wished with schools with no reprecussions.
    Secondly, some states are being harder hit than others, and require different measures. New York is not Montana, so what works in New York might not be work elsewhere in the nation. Some states haven’t even been badly affected, and have allowed school to continue, or have only postponed school until a certain date, while others have canceled the remainder of the school year completely. Shutting down in ares that have not been hit by the coronavirus yet would only be a waste of valuable education time for students.
    These measures, while they may be important to stopping the spread, are ultimately up to the individual state governments. This is not a blanket policy that should be forced upon the nation, but rather a decision that should be made on a case by case basis.

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  • Ryland from South Dakota

    The state governments should be the ones to decide whether or not school closes in their states because, that’s what our founding fathers created this country as, the states having more power than the government, even though the states lost some of their power after the civil war due to southern states using their power to break away. But the states as a whole should be able to choose if they close or not because the states know more about themselves then the government. It’s like families, if I was the government do I know more about your family then you do? No, it should be you because you are the one in that family so you know what is going on, what your family needs, etc. It’s the same thing with the government and the states, the states know what they need and what is going on, the government might know some to most of it, but the states know more. It’s like having your sibling or cousin run your family, they might know what is going on but are they the right one to take care of your family? That is why I believe that the states should make the decisions for their people instead of the government, even if the governments intentions are good.

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  • Ashley from North Carolina

    Schools started closing when the first coronavirus outbreaks began to take place. In order to ensure the safety of the students, staff, and families back at home, schools needed to be shut down. Each facility is filled with a significant amount of germs and people. Our federal and state governments have been working to secure the best outcome for the virus. Now there’s the question of whether the state or federal government should control when schools should open back up. In my opinion, it is solely up to the state government in making this decision.

    In an article from FindLaw, it states, “State governments…have authority to legislate in this area, or they can authorize officials to establish, select, and regulate curriculum.” Based on the fact that they are given the authority to regulate curriculum, it’s no question whether or not they have the right to determine when or if, schools should open back up in their state. Depending on what state you are in the virus could and could not be as prevalent. In the future where one state may not have any active cases anymore, another state could have hundreds. If it was up to the federal government then the state with no current cases would be forced to stay home, without any need to. It is up to the state to determine what is right involving the conditions of that area, which cannot be done by a distant national government. New York Intelligencer states, “…the variation from one location to another could also make an epidemic worse as each state makes its own rules, looks out for its own interests, and relies on its own resources.” While there is a good point to be made from this statement, in my opinion, the state could also make it better. Depending on our location and the resources our government knows that we have, the state will work to produce the best outcome. This is something that cannot be done if all the decisions were left up to the federal government.

    States should have the power to decide what is best for their area and control what takes place with our schools as the virus starts to make its final appearance.

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  • Morgan from North Carolina

    Yes! There needs to be more actions taken or else nothing will change and the spread will continue. Also, what would be the point of going back to school for only 3 more weeks b4 summer?

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  • Rebecca from North Carolina

    The unprecedented virus known as COVID-19 has brought the world to its knees fighting for a viable solution, however the United States federal government took quite a long time to reach even a short-term solution. Although the national government holds the power of national supremacy and preemption, I believe that the state governments should be able to determine whether schools should close for the rest of the year unless the decision causes a national threat in which preemption could be used. The state government reserves the right to manage public education in their state, therefore the federal government does not have the ability to interfere. Even if the national government mandated public education, controlling 13,598 school districts is far too many to accurately account for. Each state and district knows the needs of their people because of proximity. Therefore, if states feel the need to close schools down earlier than the federal government, they should have the jurisdiction to do so.
    Our federal government has shown us that, in light of the severity of COVID-19, they are unable to handle the situation without letting frivolous partisan matters stand in the way. The president’s slow call-to-action coupled with the senate’s back-and-forth on a COVID-19 bill has proven that the state governments may be more effective in solving a pandemic such as this. The main reason that this form of federalism is so efficient is due to decentralism; It is a lot easier for one state to handle an issue and implement orders then it is for the whole country. For example, Governor Roy Cooper closed down all public schools in North Carolina prior to the President, and his judgement was strong in this scenario because calling schools to shut down (even if there was no national order) protected the lives of North Carolinans. However, with that being said, I still do believe that the federal government still holds the power of national supremacy, and if a state does not close schools down despite a national order to do so, the federal government has the right to impose the order.

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  • Mia from South Dakota

    I believe that the state should choose as some states have more or less cases. the state should know best as they are focused their areas rather than all states.

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  • Annie from North Carolina

    I believe that state governments should determine if schools will be closed for the rest of the school year. As a student, I like to be prepared and determined for the future of my school year, a huge part of that preparation is exams. Each state’s governor has the power to determine the safety and education of his or her citizens but these preventative measures need to be taken. According to NBC News, approximately 42.1 million students have been affected by school closures by canceled sporting events, canceled proms, virtual graduation, and an interrupted education. These emotional interruptions in students lives are upsetting and exponentially challenging for teachers and students. However, it is important for the state governments to determine a final call so students and teachers can try to create a normalcy from this completely abnormal turn of events. According to the Education Department, testing scores will drop and there needs to be a national waiver for standardized tests for the 2019-2020 school year. With this in mind, it is vital for state governments to announce school closures for the remainder of the school year so the nation as a whole can make an agreement. A nationwide agreement for standardized tests and each grade level education to create a fair system for all students. Creating a nationwide agreement is crucial for the class of 2021 also. The junior class of the nation is being put at a disadvantage for college admissions. College admission tests cannot be taken and grade point averages cannot be raised. Each aspect of the education system needs to be made fair in this unfortunate turn of events. However, each student and each teacher of this nation was invested time, stress, and knowledge to have a successful school year and each of these citizens deserve to know the outcome. This is why I believe each states government needs to decide whether their school will be closed for the remainder of the school year.

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  • Elissa from Missouri

    The government has more information on the topic of the virus . So they altamently know what it best for schools. Since they have a better grasp on the topic and are trying to control the spread if that means that we have to be out of school for the rest of the year than so be it. If it helps save peoples lives then they should take what ever measures they see fit. Some people however believe that we should decide. I personally don’t love being out of school and some people feel the same way. And in turn think that we should decide but that could put us all in danger. since this virus can spread so fast and efficiently and in some cases is fatal. Having hundreds of people in a building at once is a huge risk. Education is important but the safety and lives of people come first.

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    • Grace from Illinois

      I believe you make great points about the role of our state government. I agree that they should do whatever is necessary in preventing the spread of this virus even if it is hard to conceive at first. At the end of the day our state governments are they ones who have the most connections and know what is best for their individual states.

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  • Jackson from North Carolina

    I believe that state governments should determine whether or not schools close for the rest of the year. I would prefer the nation to be unified over the decisions that are made regarding the coronavirus, but seeing how the federal government has yet to make any sufficient measures regarding this virus and how they choose to live in disbelief about the severity of its effects, the state governments seem like the obvious choice to go about closing schools in the current pandemic. First, the state governments have a better understanding of how their state individually needs to act right now, because right now, the coronavirus is only causing select states to shut down, such as New York. The New York Times reported that as of April 3, there have been over 102,000 cases of the coronavirus (2019). New York is a prime example as to why the state government is the most viable to have the authority to cause schools to shut down, because some areas have been way more affected than others in the United States. Because different areas are affected by the coronavirus in different ways, there federal government should not have the power to cause some schools to shut down even if their lives and education are not necessarily at stake yet due to the virus. Another reason as to why the state governments should have authority when closing schools is because according to the New York Intelligencer, states already have the right to ignore federal quarantine guidelines, so there is no point in giving the any other levels of government, besides the state level, power during this pandemic that would be overridden anyway (Kilgore, 2020). So, in conclusion, state governments should have the ultimate decision when closing schools in the United States because of their better knowledge of their specific area and the amount of power they already have in quarantine.

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  • James from North Carolina

    In such a time of distress who do we look to guide us? Is it the medical community who is frantically trying to find a cure for a virus killing tens of thousands of people? Or is it news sources keeping us updated during a pandemic being spread across the earth? It is our state governments in fact, who we need direct guidance from. Our state governments have more knowledge and comprehension of the affairs in our state than the federal government, though we report to them. Why should politicians in D.C. tell California how to set up hospitals and organize times for elderly shopping, if that is not their district they were elected to in congress? They shouldn’t, and state governments can make their own decisions and communicate with each other through congress without federal directives. The federal government should not be so involved in the Coronavirus affairs of each state to make decisions that apply to every state. Each and every state is dealing with the virus in it’s own way. I raise prayers to states such as New York and New Jersey who have been ravaged by the virus already and had loved ones taken from them. This is a time when we need guidance from people of our own states who are experiencing the same situations. New York does not need directives from the federal government, North Carolina does not need directives from the federal government. What we need is our state governments to guide us as we walk through these uncertain and scary times. The federal government should focus on the economy and foreign policy as the states focus on aiding their own citizens. The Coronavirus does not discriminate, but kills indifferently, and we need to come together as communities and help our fellow statesmen. We cannot help another state if we don’t have the virus under control. The same works with the federal government who has been actively participating in aid across the world and U.S. The education system of each state is different and alike in so many ways that to make an across the board decision would ultimately harm students and their education.

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  • Samuel from Montana

    States know what is occurring in their state, so the state should decide on the closing of school. The Federal government should not be making the decision.

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  • Janel from Michigan

    The coronavirus has become a popular word throughout the nation. With over 1million cases world wide and almost 60,000 deaths many countries have issued a sit in place. This has caused some parents to stay home because of their jobs shutting down, turning them into teachers/tutors for their children. As the coronavirus outbreak raises more and more concerns to families in the United States a very important question is raised “Should State Governments determine whether schools close for the rest of the year?” To this question I say yes, State Governments should decide if in person learning should continue for the rest of the school year. According to the United States Constitution, it says something along the lines of giving the President power to take necessary actions as needed. This also applies to the State Governor because they act as the president of our state. Due to the 14th amendment Dew process clause, whatever applies to the federal government applies to state governments. If our Governor believes it is safest for us to ban in-person learning then not only do I support it but the United States Constitution does too. In conclusion, State Governments should determine if schools close for the remainder of the year.

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  • Jeffrey from Kansas

    State governments control public schools according to the constitution. The state government has the power to control the closing of public schools due to public health concerns. However, I believe that private schools, parochial schools, etc. should have the option on whether to follow the state’s recommendation.

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  • Blake from South Dakota

    Yes. I feel that state governments should be able to close schools. Like for example, earlier in this current crisis, some states were hit harder than others like Washington and California. That would be a good time for those governments to close schools. At that same time at the beginning of this, some states didn’t have any cases. Those states would be fine to keep schools open. Today, every state has been hit pretty hard one way or another. If all of the state governments haven’t closed schools yet, then maybe the federal government should step in. The problem with doing that would be that would be violating the constitution with states rights.

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  • Annalise from Tennessee

    Few would deny that COVID-19 has catalyzed significant changes in the way Americans–and, indeed, the entire world’s citizens–are living and relating to one another. Perhaps one of the more unsettling and obvious changes is the closing of schools all across the country, impacting everything from standardized state testing to the school-coordinated food deliveries for struggling families. And amid these closings and the resulting repercussions of such administrative decisions, the question arises: Should the state governments–and not the federal government–be responsible for any orders to close schools?
    My position is that YES, state governments have the right and the responsibility to close schools in their states; the federal government should not be granted the power to order nationwide school suspensions from both a constitutional and practical standpoint. Perhaps the most pressing support for this is that, by virtue of logical reasoning itself, state governments are much better equipped to handle outbreaks within their own borders than the federal government, which in comparison is a sprawling entity that cannot even afford to be privy to all the subtle, nuanced factors that must be taken into account when closing school districts down. Let me illustrate this with an example: who would you expect to know more about your nuclear family (the temperaments and tendencies of each member, the ways each of you interact with one another, the best way to defuse an escalating situation, etc.)–a member of your family him/herself, or the larger body of your extended family (your cousins, aunts and uncles, grandparents, etc.)? Obviously, the answer would be a member of the nuclear family itself. In a similar though admittedly much broader way, state governments will be much more adept at understanding the spread of COVID-19 and its effects within their own borders than the federal government, which is much larger and must pay a wider range of attention to ALL of its constituents. The broader its sphere of influence, the less time, resources, and attention an entity can give to any one part of that influence.
    Some might argue that, while that is a generally true concept, the COVID-19 pandemic is a national emergency, and we, as citizens of the USA first, need a unified approach in curbing its effects. This is a valid and thoughtful point, supported by the examples of some other countries whose divisive governments have been partly responsible for the further spread of this respiratory virus. However, one must keep in mind the potential implications of the USA nationalizing a decision such as closing schools.
    Again, there is the problem of underestimating just how important the school system is an area and just how much closing the schools would negatively affect the population. Coming from a low-income area myself and a town with a population of less than eight hundred people, I have come to realize just how many services are provided by my K-12 school. Regular meals, an education in general, and a circle of supporting adults and peers are among a few of these services. The notion of this pandemic being a “national emergency” and, therefore, an excuse for the federal government to assume powers that were intended to be beyond its reach (namely, assuming control of the school systems and shutting them down nationwide, potentially against the will of particular states) is another issue altogether.
    The Constitution clearly lays out the powers of each branch of the national government, hearkening back to the original concept of Federalism (the division of sovereign power between the states and the central, national government). The Tenth Amendment then states that every power not specifically assigned to one of those branches is by default reserved for the States or to the people. Nowhere in the Constitution is it said that the national government can exercise power over education. Granted, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and later legislation such as the No Child Left Behind bill of 2002 have worked around the Tenth Amendment safeguards in at least some respects and, in doing so, have pushed the federal government into the realm of educational policy and control, but even those precedents do not give the U.S. government the authority to control the educational system. The President declaring this a national emergency also does not give him or Congress the authority to assume powers it is not granted by the people via the Constitution or a Constitutional amendment. Perhaps the emergency status declaration DOES give some the national government some authority to regulate INTERstate travel and policies, but it does not give it the authority to regulate matters of intrastate policy, such as the educational decisions. Also, as a more personal observation, it does not seem likely that our polarized partisan leaders would offer the people much of a unified and effective approach to stopping the virus anyway. One only has to look back a few weeks to uncover compelling evidence in the media over just how divided and hostile the political climate has become.
    In conclusion, it might be helpful to also look at this from a more removed perspective. Zoom out and consider this pandemic and its effects on the USA in the context of a few decades in the past and few decades into the future. History is peppered with examples of how, in times of high emotion, panic, and confusion, government power has been expanded with relatively little push-back. The American constitutional republic was founded on the ideals of liberty, justice, and freedom. The Founding Fathers fought hard on the battlefields and in the meeting houses to ensure that the government they set up derived its power only from the consent of the governed and that power was never concentrated too heavily in the hands of either the states or the central government–their past history with the government of former Great Britain had proved the necessity of a decentralized government, and the failures of the State-central Articles of Confederation had proved the weaknesses of a solely state-based government. If we the people today decide in this moment of fear, confusion, and emotion to accept a national government that steps on the rights of the states to garner more power in the educational system, then yet another precedent will be set (one that, like those before it, will be harder to uproot than to plant): in times of emergency, the national government and not the states has the power to decide whether or not all the nation’s schools close at one time.
    I advocate that the national government should focus wholly on its prescribed duties of policy and action, and if it desires to have more pull over whether or not schools should close, it should merely provide more information to the states about the state of affairs regarding the virus, recommend courses of actions based on solid information and without sensationalizing that information. The people and their local governments–the governors and legislative and executive bodies of the separate states–are perfectly capable of reaching an informed decision on the matter of closing schools or not without the forced interference of the national government. And if the Constitution cannot be upheld in times of crisis, then it will be less protected in the future from gradual degradation and loss of respect throughout local crises and the decisions of everyday politics.
    My cry in these difficult times is for everyone to think critically, make wise and informed decisions, and do everything that can be safely done to help one’s local community. We the people have the power to decelerate the damage of this virus. We the people can make an impact in our community and, indeed, are more likely to respond sensitively to the needs of our community if we are not forced into that role. We can remain calm and prepare for the future without surrendering our rights or opening the door for future difficulties.
    After all, the USA is not made up of one kind of people or school of thought–it is not made up of one, central government. It is not even the mere sum of its state governments and of the central government. The United States of America is the combined effort, cares, and ideas of many communities, many families, and many people. The schools and educational system are only parts of the whole that lets communities, states, and the national government function.
    Let us not forget that, and may God bless the United States of America.

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  • Eliana from South Dakota

    Right now, we are in the middle of a pandemic. Something as dangerous as COVID-19 hasn’t been seen in the world for a long, long time, and if we don’t try to stop it’s spread we could be caught up in this for longer than we already have been.
    To protect those both around us and ourselves, I think that we should trust the state governments to tell us whether we will be going back to school/doing school for the rest of this school year. While officials aren’t always the wisest, neither are the independent school districts. We need to choose ONE authority to trust, and I think the state government is a better one.

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  • Tyler from South Carolina

    I don’t think the National government should determine it because its not bad in some places.

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  • Alexis from South Dakota

    I think that the state government should be able to close down schools if they need to. They may have different reasons then what local districts may know about at that time.

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  • Elijah from North Carolina

    According to Ballotpedia.com, the most up to date source I could find, there are currently 1,518,465 students enrolled in North Carolina Public schools alone. Each of these students carries their very own microbiome of living organisms that range from infectious diseases to harmless bacteria. Each of these students has received vaccinations that prevent some of the most devastating diseases in human history, and hopefully an up to date flu vaccination to boot. Of course these preventative measures aren’t always successful and the odd student or two catches a virus, and possibly a total of 20 students stay home sick at the end of it. The difference between a miscalculation in the influenza vaccination and the world’s greatest disease of all time is a literal world of difference. Now totaling 1,039,166 infections according to arcgis.com, a live platform for infection statistics, COVID-19 has taken the world in a matter of months. The infection rate is staggering, nearly an exponential growth from the initial outbreak. The shear wall this disease represents is one of the failures of modern science and global awareness. Globally, we as humans as a whole enjoy travel and interaction with others, we are a race that enjoys congregations and feeds off of socializing. We are the harbingers of our own downfall. As a whole we in the US have several celebrations that tend to involve gatherings of friends and family, and occasionally complete strangers to enjoy what we call the American dream. From the dropping of the ball in New York City, to the Christmas/Hanukkah and Thanksgiving celebrations, we congregate for baby showers, birthdays, random dinners with friends. All this interaction raises infections, and schools may as well be ground zero areas, with some being upwards of 3,000 students and staff, way more than the 20 people at the grandparents house, the schools pose a far greater risk to remain open than not in these trying times. In my opinion the State Government shouldn’t have much thought when closing down schools, and yes they should have the power to do so.
    There is no reason to have an open campus when such a, honestly downright scary disease exists for which there is no cure nor functioning vaccine available to the public. By closing down the schools we support the growing social distancing system that will serve to assist in our safety, and hopefully through this self quarantine we will prevent any further loss of life and suffering

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  • Josh from South Dakota

    Yes, I think that the government should have control over whether or not we have school. They are the people who are trying to make a vaccine for this virus that will hopefully save millions so I can agree that yes they should have the choice of whether or not to shut-down schools to prevent the spread.

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  • Jaxon from South Dakota

    Yes, I think state governments should decide on school closings. Different states have different amounts of cases, and it would not be right for the national government to close all schools for the rest of the year. I also feel like it would be much easier to communicate to a state government official
    about questions and other concerns about closings. It would be a lot harder to communicate to the national government during a time of crisis.

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  • Caliann from South Dakota

    During this hard and complicated time where everyone is scared and worried, I feel that the state government should make decisions for school closures. With all of the anxiety going around I feel as if the state government should be making these kinds of decisions because decisions in times like these should impact more than one city or county because of the number of lives that are at stake.

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  • Kaylee from South Carolina

    I think that they should close school. Maybe not the rest of the year but until the virus is gone.

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  • Nevaeh from South Dakota

    Yes, the state governments should determine whether schools should close for the rest of the year. The reason I think this is because if we had to go back to school it wouldn’t make sense because it would be dangerous. I do still think that we should do online school though because where we stop school is where we have to start it when COVID-19 is over.

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  • Olivia from North Carolina

    The situation that our country is facing right now with COVID-19 is not what anyone imagined it to ever be, nor is it anything we wanted to happen. Many important officials in the local, state, and federal level are having to make the hard decisions for the health of their citizens. I believe that yes it is obvious that the state governors should determine whether or not schools close for the rest of the year. Governor Roy Cooper of North Carolina has not shut down schools for the rest of the year but I know that it’s coming. Closing schools has an effect on everyone in different ways, “It’s triggered deep sadness among students, parents and teachers, who will miss important rituals and celebrations, as well as serious concerns for the children whose lives and learning have been disrupted” (Einhorn, 2020). Being a senior in high school this is not how I ever imagined the year would end. No prom, graduation, goodbyes, or anything. It’s a hard pill to swallow but I do understand that is for our health. I do not believe that the Governor closing schools down is a breach of power whatsoever. It would be a breach of power if the President ruled that over the entire country even if that’s what the country needed to make it through this virus. When making a decision about closing schools for the rest of the year there are so many different factors that are being considered. One being local income families. How will they learn, be fed, and stay safe when they have a rough life at home? The Governor is able to help provide money for the school systems to provide technology and food to make sure that all students are being covered. The local system is not strong enough to be able to afford closing schools themselves for such a long period of time. There has to be a higher up position like the Governor making these hard decisions.

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  • clayton from South Dakota

    we should do this because kids should know if they’re going back to school next week. so they can prepar so they don’t have to wait every week to figure it out.

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  • Caleb from North Carolina

    State governments should be the governing body that makes the decision whether schools should close for the year. There are many reasons as to why this should be done. One of the main reasons that the state governments should be the deciding body is that the decentralized system will allow for quicker response time. This quicker response time is due to many factors, one these factors is restriction of presidential power. As stated by Michael Doughetry in the article titled The Coronavirus Response Shows That Federalism Is Working “Our president doesn’t have dictatorial powers, even in a national emergency. The president doesn’t have authority to shut down your local gin joint. Your state governor does have this power, in extraordinary circumstances”. This is due to all of the red tape which president Trump would have to go through. As he would have to be given the okay from Congress and the Supreme court ruling his actions as Constitutional. Another reason for quicker response time is that the state governments are working over a smaller area than the federal government so they would be able to enforce a law quickly. Whereas if it was the federal government attempting to enact restrictions over the whole country it would have taken days or maybe even weeks for them to coordinate their efforts and be able to enforce their measures for the pandemic.
    Additionally the state government is more adapted to help the people within the state and they are able to respond more specifically to their needs as compared to the federal government. As Erica Green states in her article As Schools Look For Guidance, Educators Are Left Asking, What? “Districts that have closed for several weeks are already looking at extensions. Ohio’s Republican governor, Mike DeWine, who led the parade of state leaders who shut down their systems, said he would not be surprised if his schools did not reopen this year. Their response was specifically for what these states needed and not the federal government as Ohio is a very densely packed state with more than 280 people per square mile. The state of Ohio is better adapted to deal with these tightly packed circumstances than the federal government, making them better equipped and more aware of the situation which would make them the best option to decide whether schools should close or not.
    These unprecedented circumstances call for the state government to be the governing body to make these crucial circumstances in this time due to the fact that they have less red tape to go around and are better adapted to deal with their specific populations of people in their area.

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  • Victoria from South Dakota

    I do think that the state government should decide if schools should close, the state government makes decisions with the intent to attend everyone’s needed and concerns or benefits and one of those benefits is by keeping everyone healthy and safe from this outbreak. The state’s government understands and knows that there will be problems and will take every city with consideration, they won’t leave anyone behind. The state government will also take into consideration that there is a global pandemic going on in witch it is recommended that everyone stay home and it might have gotten to the point in where everyone is required to stay home with no outside contact.

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  • Myles from Missouri

    I believe that the government should shut down schools for the rest of the year. I am not just saying this because I don’t want to go back to school, but I am saying this because it is very dangerous. Covid-19 is a very fast spreading and contagious disease. if one person in the school has it, than that whole school could get infected within a week. Also, Missouri has over 1,400 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus. Even though there is only a 1.05% death rate in Missouri, one person could get the whole school infected, and then those kids could give it to their family, and so on so forth. We all need to quarantine ourselves, and try our best to stay away for other people. Also, there is a lot of kids that don’t care about personal hygiene. We all need to wash our hands very often, and stay inside. The Coronavirus is way to contagious, and deadly. That is why I believe that the government should shut down the schools.

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  • Khadijah from Michigan

    Yes, I believe that state governments should decide whether or not schools close for the rest of the year. During this global pandemic the lives of everyone across the globes have been impacted greatly. It is a necessity for people to take action, and take precautions in order to stay safe. While the federal government is dealing with the federal problems of this global pandemic, I believe that it is not their job to decide whether or not schools close for the rest of the year. The state governments, who are closer to the people, understand what is best for the people. They understand what reasonable precautions are needed to ensure the safety of the Americans in the state. Looking at the idea of federalism during this global pandemic, the federal and state governments have very important jobs in order for our country to react to this pandemic as efficiently as possible. As I stated before the federal government is taking actions during this time by researching this pandemic, and educating the American people about this virus. I believe that state governments should provide to the recovery of our country by looking at state issues, and deciding by themselves whether or not they think schools should be closed till the end of the year.

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  • McKyrah from North Carolina

    Due to the predicament that the country is in right now, I believe that yes the government should be the one to determine whether schools should be closed. Although this shut down prevents the spread of this horrible virus it is so sad that so many seniors will be missing out on things such as graduation, senior trips, and their last prom. However, it keeps everyone safe and flattens down the curve of cases in the United States. The safety of the public is now in the control of people who stay home, continue to wash their hands and try their best to stay six feet away from others. Because of the cases arising in states such as New York who have over 90,000 cases now the virus could easily have been spread quickly through the school system if it was not shut down. With the schools being shut down many schools are doing everything they can to provide food, learning resources and plenty of work for their students to do over this long break. This somewhat helps with the school system still being able to continue teaching and helping the students learn during shut down. Many of my teachers reach out to us every day to make sure we have what we need to be successful over the break. My teachers give us work to do and even have Zoom or Google meeting with us to further distribute their concerns and let us know they are there for us during these new times. Thankfully the governor Roy Cooper of North Carolina shut down our schools because in the state of NC we have over 1,000 cases and in my city over 20. If the schools were still open here in my state the disease would sadly spread to my friends, family, and other loved ones. So thank you to those who are still working during these hard-hitting times and providing everyone with what they need and preventing people from leaving their house. Also thank you to the government for making the right decision of shutting schools down and for helping flatten the COVID-19 curve.

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  • Olivia from North Carolina

    The newly worldwide pandemic known as COVID-19 has brought many unprecedented challenges, a major challenge being whether or not the state or national government should decide on the closure of schools. I think the decision should be made by the state government for many reasons. First of all, every state is different and each has its unique ways to address topics that relate to their state specifically. A concern for one state such as the closure of school may not be a concern for another. Although in some cases state governments may need national assistance such as information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding the virus, it is up to the local or state level to impose things such as quarantine if it is necessary for that area. According to the National Review, “It is less politically risky to impose measures in one state than on an entire nation. You can respond where the hotspots are, rather than imposing costs evenly across an undifferentiated mass of the nation where the overall average risk may be low.” Most states have decided to either delay or cancel the current school year and even school-related activities including prom, graduation, and sports to flatten the curve and enforce the importance of social distance. Although the disease mainly affects senior citizens and those with preexisting health problems, the younger generation can be carriers of the disease and expose it to others including family members. The states need to decide to close schools for the reason that schools contain large masses of people who are in a closed environment. Because of its rapid spread, gatherings of 10 or more are not permitted in some states as people should be practicing social distancing and staying home. One study in Nature in 2006, “modeled an influenza outbreak found that closing school during the peak of a pandemic could reduce the peak attack rate, or speed of spread, by 40 percent.” I think that because of these reasons, the state government should handle each state individually, and not nationally because some areas are more affected than others.

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  • Adam from South Dakota

    Should each state government determine whether or not schools close for the rest of the year or should that be kept in the hands of the federal government? I believe that whether or not schools should be closed for the rest of the year depends on each state government. The reason why I think so is because the United States is such a large country both geographically and population-wise. Therefore, that means that we can’t categorize the United States all together as one regarding whether or not categorize the United States as low-risk or high risk. Everywhere in the United States is different. For example, there could possibly be 10’s of thousands of cases in New York but only a hundred or so in a less densely populated state. It simply wouldn’t make sense to just cancel school for both states the rest of the year would it? That is why I feel as if we shouldn’t let the federal government decide, but rather let each state government decide instead.

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  • Anjalee from North Carolina

    I believe that in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the state government should be responsible for the decision of whether to close schools until the fall. While the nation as a whole has been affected by the Coronavirus, an umbrella statement and decision would not be the best to aid those in the schooling system. Instead, the decision regarding the education of our youth and young adults should be left to each individual state.

    It makes the most sense to leave the decision of whether to close school or not to the states because it is a matter of education. In the U.S. Constitution, the 10th Amendment states that “the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” This ultimately outlines the reserved powers that are granted to the states. Among the state’s reserved powers, is the right to regulate and control the education within the state itself. Thus by the 10th Amendment, it is the state’s individual decision to decide on the matter of closing schools due to COVID-19, not the national governments.

    The decision should also be left to the states because it will allow for a more detailed and individualized focus on the needs of that individual state. While the entire country is experiencing the effects of the Coronavirus, states such as North Dakota or Wyoming are nowhere near the COVID-19 case rate in New York or Louisiana. This means that a national decision would have to accommodate and focus on the states with the largest cases. This would be more efficient if individual states could regulate and combat cases individually. States with fewer infections don’t have to make as drastic measures as compared to states with thousands of infections.

    Overall, states should have the decision to close schools rather than the national government because of the 10th Amendment which reserves powers to the states. It is also more effective to give states the decision because local governments will take tailored actions that will best benefit the people of their individual region.

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  • Noah from North Carolina

    I believe that state governments should determine whether or not to close schools for the remainder of the year. When beginning to argue about who should be able to close down schools, it is extremely important to contextualize what is being debated. No matter what side of the debate you are on, everyone understands that the COVID-19 pandemic is an absolutely unprecedented event that will one day be in history books. As this event is so unprecedented it is important that as a nation we are able to respond in the most appropriate and timely manner. The CDC states that COVID-19 can be transmitted “easily and sustainably between people”, which means the virus can jump from person to person without stopping. As the virus can be transmitted with such ease how fast we are able to respond is absolutely vital, making state-based closure decisions the best choice in this time of uncertainty. For example, Micheal Dougherty, a writer from the National Review, noted that “One of the reasons federalism can act faster is that it allows decentralization.” As decentralization allows for states to respond quickly, which saves lives, opponents may argue that responding quickly is not beneficial when cases are spreading quickly. This viewpoint is not wrong as it is beneficial to be “better safe than sorry”, but with that mentality and a nationwide closure of schools also comes the misallocation of resources. As these are unprecedented times and no one knows for a fact how long COVID-19 will continue to threaten our daily lives, it is important to be smart about allocating funds. Closing schools brings an array of challenges that require more resources. If the nation was to close all schools at once then it must also be expected of the nation to give out the resources to replace schooling such as devices, internet, and meals. If this were to be a nationwide effort there would be areas that simply do not need assistance where resources would be wasted. As COVID-19 brings uncertainty it is important that we are able to respond appropriately in order to provide assistance to people who need it the most. As resources must be managed appropriately, states should be in charge of closing schools as they can do this more efficiently and effectively.

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  • Henry Marcus from South Dakota

    I would say yes. Yes the government should decide whether or not we have school for the rest of the year but that decision should not be made until further notice. The government doesn’t know when this pandemic will stop more than we do. They could say no school for the rest of the year but it turns out to be perfectly fine near the end of the year. Then there will be that portion of school that we are missing out on. Or they could come to an agreement of no school and they made a correct decision and it gets worse and worse. This is why I believe that the government should come to a decision on this current pandemic.

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  • Ray from South Dakota

    I think that state governments should control when schools close, at least for the short term. What I mean by this is that if cases are really high in that specific area(such as New York City), then the federal government should be required to close schools in that area. As for the state government decisions, I think that the state can close schools if they feel it is necessary. My home state of South Dakota only has somewhere around 50 cases, yet the state shut down all schools. I feel that if the number of cases exceeds a number out of 1000 people, the schools should be required to shut down.

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  • Natalia from South Carolina

    Personally I think that the state government should determine whether schools close for the rest of the year. As COVID-19 spreads, it affects every state differently. “Extreme measures may be necessary in a public-health emergency, but the variation from one location to another could also make an epidemic worse as each state makes its own rules, looks out for its own interests, and relies on its own resources.” If the Federal government were to issue that all schools close it would affect everyone, even those states who may have little to no cases, which would be excessive. “Quarantine policies or other emergency measures set by the federal government are not better just because they can provide uniform rules throughout the nation — federal officials, too, can overreact in counterproductive and rights-threatening ways.”

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  • elijah from South Dakota

    I think that the state government should determine whether schools close for the year. I think that they should control that because in some states the corona is a lot worse than is other states so not all of the schools should close at the same time.

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  • Aurora from North Carolina

    I think local governments know what’s best for their communities, and can potentially have more information about what is going on inside the state. If the federal government is responsible then they have to handle all fifty states which can complicate things.

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  • Kaysie from North Carolina

    Yes, i feel like in a time like this, the state gov knows whats bests as far as the virus. The virus is so dangerous that its not the worth the risk to everyone’s health for schools to open up this year. I get that its a sad time but its just something we can’t help right now. For seniors especially i feel bad because they’re missing out on things like prom, ceremonies etc.. but at least theyll still be able to graduate. – Kaysie

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  • Emma from South Dakota

    I feel as though each state knows what is best for the people who live there and know first hand about what is going on and the current situation that their state is in. It is why they are there, to know and do what is best for the people that live their. I believe the state governments should be making the calls, not the ones who don’t have a full understanding of what is happening in those specific states.

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  • Kadynce from South Dakota

    I think that the state governments should determine whether schools close for the rest of the year because they have all control over schools and should have the right too. It’s not up to the school to determine such serious situations that the government should take care of. I think schools don’t take pandemics seriously and I think that the government has more information to back up and has more information on its hands and overall knows more.

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  • Natalie from Missouri

    Yes, state governments should be the ones to determine whether or not schools close for the rest of the year. The reason I think this is because states are all differing in the number of cases. Some may be able to resume while others need to close for the year. It is safer for schools to shut down at this time, and stay shut down if COVID 19 continues to spread. Some may argue that we are loosing education, but schools are doing online classes and continuing the learning process. Every state is different and has the right to decide if their school systems should be shut down for the rest of the year.

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  • Ava from North Carolina

    COVID-19 is a new disease that is a respiratory virus and has the potential to cause severe illness in certain individuals. It is something we have never seen before and it has definitely gotten bigger than we would have ever expected it to be. Yes, I believe that the state governments have the right to close down schools, because it is given by the 10th Amendment; it states that “the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” I don’t think the state government would just close down schools for no reason, because this has been very stressful for everyone. I believe that there will be a better outcome if the state government chooses instead of the federal, because the state would be way more informative because they know what is going on in their own state.There has been a process for how to provide food, internet, devices, and different ways to online learning success to each and every student. This pandemic has caused unemployment for families and have made it to where parents of smaller kids have to basically homeschool their kids. It doesn’t make sense for the federal government to choose if schools are open or closed in each state, because every state is being affected differently than others in this pandemic. As I’ve read the NBC news, students are missing out on their school experiences like, sports, senior graduation, prom, bonds with teachers, grades, and just things like that. Many students want to be able to enjoy their years of being in school while it lasts, and I think we have all realized it more than ever over these 2 weeks, that it sucks to just sit at home. In conclusion, the pandemic has greatly affected our whole nation and it is best for the state government to regulate if schools should close for the rest of the year.

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  • Sam from South Dakota

    Yes, every state has different numbers on those infected. It should be up to the state governments on whether or not their schools will close. Whatever route they take, they should provide strong leadership and clearly state the issue at hand. Many in my local community don’t believe there is a problem or that is that big of one. I think if the state government were to clearly state their response to the pandemic, it might get more people to take covid-19 more seriously.

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  • Sophie from South Dakota

    I believe the state government should have control over schools closing. At this time, many Americans have many concerns and are stressed because they either cannot work or are forced to stay home. The state government is supposed to keep people safe, and closing schools should help keep citizens safe from COVID-19. The state government knows more about our state than the federal government knows, so they should make the final call on whether we close the schools or not.

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  • Raven from North Carolina

    I think that State Governments should determine whether or not schools close for the remainder of the year. Letting the National government make a decision that big would only cause confusions for the states. If one big decision is made off another state’s circumstances then that could disturb the learning process of many students across the nation. COVID-19 may not have as big of an influence on one state than it does another, thats why its important for the state government to pay attention to all the information they get determining the results of COVID-19. “I think we need to give people time to plan and time to adjust before rushing to those longer-term decisions,” says Randi Weigngarten and he’s right. Many people only planned for this to be a couple of weeks a month at the most. Students are still adjusting to online learning, which isn’t easy for everyone. It should be taken day by day as we get closer to the end dates. Not only did schools shut down but people were left without jobs. Returning back to school could be the first step into jobs opening back up. This would make more sense than determining all together that schools should not open back up. “It is less politically risky to impose measures in one state than on an entire nation.” One state’s decision will bring less turmoil in other states. The important thing to do for right now is to contain the virus, but education is also important. If the virus isn’t spreading as drastically and death rates are continuously decreasing, and if we have a cure. I see no reason why schools can’t be opened back up. Taking the same precautions as we are taking now, practicing good hygiene, something that should be done on a regular basis, students will be fine back in the school buildings.

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  • Monte from North Carolina

    The effects of Covid-19 are different state to state. to make one unified plan would hurt states.

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  • Chase from South Dakota

    Yes, I think that the state government should decide whether schools close the rest of the year for a couple of reasons. First, They have already recommended that our school close until May, 1st and the school board honored that so they basically already did decide that. Second, most of the time the government has our safety in mind when making decisions. Lastly, the state government is doing the best they can to fight this virus and so far they have done good so I think that they should be able to decide if the schools close. These are the reasons why I think the state government should decide whether the schools close the rest of the year or not.

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  • Alexis from South Carolina

    I feel that the state governments should determine whether or not the schools should close for the rest of the year. The state government does know more about the situation (Corona) within their borders better than a distant national government would. But then again, I also see how unless all the country is unified in how they attack the spread of the Corona then it will not stop spreading. I think all the states should agree on trying to have similar restrictions on the people within America. But some of the states need more restrictions than others do. Such as New York. It is spreading so fast and it’s the worst up there and they need to cancel school for the rest of the year, they have no choice. Where as a small town that doesn’t have many cases may not need to cancel school after we have already these few weeks of quarantine and people have been staying away from one another. But either way, if a state doesn’t decide to cancel school then they still need to try and take precautions that others states that have cancelled school are taking like: only letting people use drive throughs, having stores close at a certain time, telling people to keep on washing their hands and don’t touch their face, and no large social gatherings at school like pep rallies or lunch within the cafeteria but rather have the kids get their lunch and eat it in the classrooms. The state government should decide if the schools should close for the rest of the year, but the national government needs to put regulations out like the ones above that all the states will have to follow until this virus is no longer spreading anywhere in the United States of America.

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  • Mia from South Dakota

    I think the state should be able to decide as some states don’t have it as bad as others. Schools have a lot of student and if a these people in the same area, many people will get sick more causing it to spread faster.

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  • Sean from South Dakota

    State governments should decide whether schools should close for the rest of the year because if the disease is spreading rapidly it would be in their best interest to lock everyone up in their houses to prevent the spread. It is possible that COVID-19 can be cured but to limit the spread that way fewer people are in danger is best to lock down schools.

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  • Kaitlyn from South Carolina

    I think the state government should have a say in whether schools should close for the rest of the year because the federal government might see the numbers growing but they do not see the actual situation first hand and seeing the situation first hand might actually help because then they can see a real life situation and not just numbers on a screen. Closing schools for the rest of the year would help because then you won’t have the virus spreading around more.

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  • Joel from South Dakota

    Yes, because in a time like this where everyone is scared and in a frenzy. The federal/national government is dealing with a lot of different problems and factors. And checking up on each state’s COVID-19 status is too much. Especially with the rapidly changing numbers. It would take too much of their time that they could use on other bigger factors that affect the country as a whole. If the state governments were to determine if schools close it would be better because the state government is local to the state, and it understands what is happening in its borders.

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  • Akierateamadejollie from South Dakota

    I believe it should be up to the state. As the article stated, “…[s]tate governments understand the situation within their borders better than a distant national government.” If one state were to recover aster than the others, there is no reason they should still be deprived of schooling services. On another hand, if that state were to recover slower than others, the whole country shouldn’t be held back because of it, or if they decided to open schools, that one state would still be having issues, and it’d only get worse.

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  • jade from North Carolina

    The federal gov. should not be deciding how the states react and try to keep their students safe. The state government knows better than the federal one because they are more personalized and individualized .

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  • James from South Dakota

    I feel like the State Government should decide on our school closings. My reasoning is that in their research they state they look at the bigger picture which we need during this pandemic. Also State Governments should because they know what their state needs and knows if the state needs more time in quarantine.

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  • Davis from North Carolina

    Throughout the whole Coronavirus pandemic, there have been many closings of businesses, schools, and other everyday things. Government officials from both state and federal levels have warned that the worst is yet to come and that people need to continue to practice social distancing, both at work and in their free time. Many schools and businesses have switched to online platforms such as zoom to continue to make it feel like normal life as much as possible. But, with the peak of the coronavirus still in the future, the question of schools reopening seems to be a large issue debated by many today. The main problem is who has the authority to send students back to schools, state or federal legislators. I believe that the state governments should be the ones regulating school closings because within certain states the Coronavirus is not as harmful as in other states.
    Tom Bossert, Trump’s former Homeland Security adviser, stated in an article by the Intelligencer, believes that federal lawmakers do not have the ability to regulate school closing, and that it is entirely up to the state and local governments within that state. As well, the governor of Kansas has already taken the step to close school for the rest of the year, NBC says. She believes that soon many students across the country will be faced with the same reality, and she wants to give parents and teachers the time to prepare for the online schooling that is to come soon. Coronavirus has threatened life as we know it, and many governors have already taken precautions closing schools until the end of April, and the federal government cannot change this now.
    In conclusion, many state governments have already made it clear that they will be making the decisions on school closings and that the federal government is not to interfere with the school closures across the country. The federal government, in my opinion, should continue to regulate social distancing protocol and other federal advisories, and the state government should continue to regulate school and business closures, in order to effectively eradicate the virus.

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  • Phillip from North Carolina

    Yes, state governments should have control over the closing schools because they were given the power to do so by the Constitution. The United States’s founding principle of federalism was intended to give state governments control over schools and public institutions, free from the federal government. The reasoning behind it was that not only does the federal government have enough to worry about, they are not living in each individual state and are not able to determine the situation of each individual school in each county. As the news source Intelligencer stated, “Just in the public K–12 education system, there are 13,598 school districts in this country, most of them retaining significant autonomy” (Intelligencer). And it is for this reason that the federal government has established positions in state government to monitor the school districts so that the positions in federal government can focus on federal matters. Intelligencer says that “most of the school systems retain significant autonomy”, but this is simply not true. School systems are governed ultimately by the state governors, who have used their power granted to them in the Constitution to close school systems in their state. Being only 50 states, ergo 50 state governors, each governor can close the school systems with ease, as they have done in this trying time. President Trump, as stated by the National Review, is not a dictator, therefore having no power over the whole country at his beck and call. The system of federalism limits the President’s power so that state governments can control their state without federal interference. An example of this federalism can be seen in the common household. If a child in the house breaks one of the rules, say he didn’t do the dishes, the state governor will not come into the house to punish the child, because the state governor cannot be in every house to offer the same punishment. Instead, it is up to the parents as the household leaders to punish the children for not completing chores. This scenario perfectly explains our system of federalism, and why state governments should continue to exercise their power granted to them by the Constitution.

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  • Sarah from North Carolina

    Lately it seems that the media is always buzzing with new information all about the coronavirus. Nationwide, many states have closed schools from preschool to college for simply a few weeks or for the remainder of the academic year. This is a novel, unprecedented situation that we have never seen or experienced before, and it is hard to know what to do when it comes to school closures. Although it is a difficult call for both the national or state governments, states should have the authority to choose whether schools will close due to the coronavirus.

    Each state has leaders that know their people better than the national government ever could. There are states in our country that are more heavily populated than others, and many of those states have already taken more precautions than others to keep their own citizens safe. For example, New York has issued a lockdown for their people, but a state out west with their population more spread out most likely would not.

    These states should have individual control over their school closures because some states may have small school populations that could possibly return to school in late May or June. If a nationwide school closure was issued, some states may not need it if they have fewer cases of the virus in the coming months.

    It is not good for students to have school off for months at a time and stare at a screen all day in order to complete their school work. Students need a steady routine and social interaction to reach their full potential. States that might be ready for school to open should have every right to allow it so that their students can get back into their rich academic environment rather than learning at home.

    Our nation was founded on the core principle of federalism for a reason. Nationwide school closures would not be a good option because each state is different and has taken different measures through this time. In situations like the coronavirus, states know their people best and have the right to make decisions regarding education.

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  • Rogelio from Kansas

    I think the state government should decide when to close schools because they are the ones who will be more responsible for anything that happens throughout the state. By doing this it also allows for there to be less people together and prevent the spread of the virus. Even though us seniors had to miss out on a lot of memory-making fun activities towards the end of the school year, this was probably the safest route to go.

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  • Josiah from Kansas

    because the government knows ultimately what is best for the largest group of people

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  • Britney from South Carolina

    Yes, I believe that the state governments should be the ones to determine whether the schools close because they know better what their state is going through. The federal government is looking at the United States as a whole and as of right now we have over 200,000 cases. Now, that is a very large number and that could cause the government to close schools all over America, but some states aren’t suffering as much as others. Those states know who they are, so I believe they should be the ones deciding what they do regarding the closure of schools.

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  • Noah from Kansas

    Cuz I don wanna go 2 school

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  • Caitlyn from Alabama

    Our government officials are charged with the responsibility to make sound decisions for the betterment of the student.

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  • Morgan from Michigan

    Yes, I think that the government should determine whether schools close for the rest of the year because it’s what best right now for our country during a worldwide pandemic. If schools weren’t closed then there could be a lot of kids especially me at risk for the coronavirus which is bad because we could die from it and there might not be a good enough teacher to student ratio to balance out the school if we are all sick with the coronavirus. Also, I’m sad that we might not have school for the rest of the year.

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  • Juliana from North Carolina

    As the government know a lot more than us the people, I feel as if they should be able to decide what is the safest way to continue the school year.

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  • Charles from North Carolina

    With the effects of COVID-19 felt on every level of society, a rapid, precise reaction to the virus is necessary. In areas where cases of the virus are few and far between, especially in rural areas where social distancing is enforced by the very geography, a different level of response is necessary compared to in larger cities, or in areas where the virus is a much more active concern. State legislatures are much better equipped to deal with the question of whether or not to close schools depending on the situation on a state level, especially with CDC studies proclaiming on March 13th that closing schools would help “only as much as hand washing.”

    The decision to cancel schools for the remainder of the spring semester is one that carries heavy weight. Setting aside the issues relating to the actual education, students who may depend on school-provided meals for breakfast and lunch will struggle without them, and students without reliable internet access will be at a disadvantage. Even if the issues inherent to online-only classes taught by teachers who are not trained in teaching online-only classes were to be ignored, cancelling schools throws off almost all senior-centric activities like graduation, as well as carrying the potential to interfere with class credit, as well as making the question of whether or not elementary and middle-schoolers are prepared to enter the next grade. Already standardized testing and exams for AP classes are on the chopping block, and with months to go before June signals the end of the school year. Calling off school is a difficult decision and should be treated as a last resort, especially in states that are not experiencing a massive outbreak of the virus. This decision should be made by state governments, who are able to monitor state COVID-19 case numbers and deal with the situation accordingly.

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  • Stevie from Missouri

    The statistics show that the virus is getting worse and the peak is at. Scientist show that it’s getting worse and they closed the schools for another month because of the corona virus. Covid-19 is another term for corona virus . The corona Virus has killed more than 2.2 million world wide. In the United States, Covid-19 has killed over 5,000 people. Over 200,000 people have been tested positive for the corona virus just in the United States.

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  • Weston from Ohio

    I believe that it is in the best interest of the nation to allow states to decide if they close for the entire year. This is not a formal Constitutional power given to the national government and is something that individual states can control. Allowing each state to determine what will happen for this school year is important because different states have different circumstances in regards to the virus. Larger and more densely populated states may desperately need to close everything down while rural and sparsely populated areas may have little need to secure everything.

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  • Hayley from Pennsylvania

    When asked whether or not the state government should have the ability to close schools due to the outbreak of Covid-19, my first thought is yes. The state government is more local than the national government, so they would know what is best for their state’s needs. Consider this, Wyoming is the least populated state in the United States, and California is the most populated, meaning the spread of the virus is going to spread at different speeds in each state. The Wyoming state government knows what is best for their state, and the California state government knows what is best for their state. If the national government were to get involved with the closing of schools they would most likely close all schools in every state because they need to cater to the needs of the bigger states so that more people stay safe. Even the founding fathers knew that the states would know what is best for themselves, because we have the tenth amendment which reserves all rights not explicitly stated in the constitution to the states. The closing of schools was probably the last thought on the founding fathers’ minds, meaning they didn’t explicitly state that it was a right if the national government. This means that constitutionally the states have the rights to choose when, and for how long, schools are closed for due to Covid-19.
    There is also the counter argument that with the national government
    making the decision to close schools for the whole country there would be uniformity and organization. I know first hand how unorganized the schools closing has been in Pennsylvania, and it would’ve created a great sense of relief if there would’ve been more time to prepare for the closing. If the national government had closed the schools there might’ve been more warning, time for teachers to prepare lessons, and people to clean out their lockers. Having the national government make the call to cancel schools would’ve made more time for preparation, which is a pro of having the national government make the call.
    At the end of the day, the answer to whether or not the states had the authority to close schools is yes, they did have the authority. The tenth amendment gave the states the right to close down schools. States also know their demographics better than the national government. The state government knows what their state needs, and when you think about it, every person is different, and every state is different, so they shouldn’t all be treated the same way.

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  • Augustina from South Carolina

    The reason I said yes was because every state is different. What may happen in New York might not be happening in Wyoming. I feel that the state government has every right to do what’s best for its inhabitants.

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  • Zackary from Iowa

    I believe that the state should hold the decision to close schools for the rest of the year because all state governments are ran differently and all deal with situations (especially the situation of COVID-19) differently. What the national government says, dictates ALL of the state’s decisions. If congress says that school should be closed the rest of the year, then that pertains to all 50 states. Giving the power to the states to decide on their own what to do is very important. If you look at the state of California, there is a larger population density than Iowa (where I’m from) which means that they are going to take action on the problem differently. In Iowa, towns are small with only a couple thousand people in them and spaced apart whereas in urban areas such as California or New York, cities will stretch on for miles and hold millions of people. I think it is very obvious why the state governments should hold the power to make the decision on closing schools and taking other precautions to benefit the community.

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  • Riley from North Carolina

    In a time when widespread panic rules over the nation, we need to take action before COVID-19 sweeps across the world and kills even more than necessary.

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  • Julia from Massachusetts

    In a confusing and completely new time like this, state government needs to be involved in whether or not schools should be closed. It is important that this decision be made by state government, and not national government. It should be state government because each state is in a different situation. Some states may have lower occurrences of virus outbreaks, while other states may have higher occurrences. State government should be able to make their decision with the information present about their own individual state. A state government would take specific interest in their own state to make a decision that best fits their state. Some people would say that school closings should be the decision of national government, because the decision of the national government would show widespread unity and understanding. However, this decision is not dependent on widespread unity, because there is no one widespread situation. Should the government make a decision that aids states with high levels of virus cases, the states with lower cases would be harmed rather than helped. If a state does not need elongated time away from school, they would be more behind than necessary in the grade they are in. It would also not be fair to parents, who may not have a job anymore, and are also expected to help their children learn without any of the proper education to effectively do so. On the other hand, if national government made the widespread decision to go back to school, it would very negatively affect the health of all the children and staff who live in a state where more cases of the virus are present. They would be forced to go to school in an environment that may not be safe for them, but would also definitely be unsafe for them to carry home to any elderly family members, or any family members with underlying conditions. State government should determine whether schools close for the rest of the year because they have a better understanding of what is going on in their own specific state.

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  • Bailey from North Carolina

    Yes, state governments should determine whether schools close for the rest of the year. Although determining if schools should be closed for the rest of the year on a national level would help build unity among the nation during this time of crisis, state level decisions are extremely important due to the enforcement being local and having the advantage to protect the people of your state more efficiently.
    During this time of crisis it is extremely important to take the most effective measures regarding the safety of citizens of a certain state. An article I read, “There have been a lot of tears’:Coronavirus threatens to shut schools down until the fall.”, suggests that it is more efficient for state governments to close schools down rather than the national government. They also stated that the U.S. has had major disasters before, but it only affected certain states, therefore those certain states only needed to take precautions from the disaster. This exemplifies the same concept with the coronavirus. Even Though the coronavirus has affected the U.S. on a national level, it affected certain states before it became a national issue.
    For example, Washington state was the first state to have drastic cases of the virus. If the national government had power over this, they would not have shut down Washington state because the virus at the time was not affecting the whole nation. Since the state governments had control over this issue they were able to shut down the state because they needed to and were able to take the proper precautions that fitted their community. States should have the right to shut down their state because they are local and have the advantage of knowing what goes on in their state. The national government is too broad for this subject and would not be as effective as the state governments are when taking the proper actions to ensure the safety of citizens in specific areas. The national government only looks at the nation as a whole and not specific states, therefore it wouldn’t be proper for the national government to have control over dire situations such as the coronavirus.

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  • Alayna from North Carolina

    In my opinion, in a time like this the state governments should be allowed to shut down all schools for the rest of the year. This pandemic is something no one expected to get this bad, people should be more understanding that our system of federalism is doing the best that they possibly can. No one is trying to make the corona virus spread, it just happens. The governments are only trying to make the decisions that are best for the citizens. Yes, children and teenagers may be upset about missing their friends, or the cancelaction of certain events and sports, but it’s for our own good.

    Some people are blaming the president for the closing of schools and restaurants, but Trump is not the one in charge of those decisions. Even in a national emergency, The president is not capable of those powers. This extraordinary circumstance causes the state governor to take over. “That so many governors have done so, often responding to popular demand for shutdowns, demonstrates America’s genuine practice of federalism, a system that is allowing us to respond to this crisis even faster than the states of Europe that have a more monarchical or centralized system of authority for a crisis.” (National Review)

    The schools needed to be shut down for the safety of the faculty, staff and students in each school. Just because children have a better chance of surviving the coronavirus, this is only just beginning. Any virus can mutate, and if it does it could have the potential to do some serious harm to more than just adults. On average there are about 700 students in one highschool, not including the faculty and staff. Because of the virus we are told not to touch too many surfaces and be 6 feet away from people at all times. How are we supposed to do that in a school packed with 700-1000 kids with God knows how many germs they carry? That being said, all schools have switched to online learning in which students can still obtain the proper education needed to be successful in the time of this pandemic.

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  • Carter from North Carolina

    The states should decide because it’s a hard thing just to close a school. There are so many responsibility a school has to provide for their students and if the outbreak isn’t as bad there in other parts of the states then they should stay open for the time being till it starts to get bad.

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    • Eddricka from Florida

      Although I agree that states should have the power to decide if schools should close or remain open, I disagree with your last statement. States should take action before things start to get bad. If they wait for things to worsen, there is a much higher risk of their call for action being too late.

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  • Cody from Iowa

    The world right now is in a time that no one has ever dealt with in the modern world. It is a learning experience for all of us and a question like this is very opinion based and I think could be addressed on a case to case basis. The COVID-19 outbreak has been worse in some areas of the United States than it has in others. I live in Iowa, and the current number of positive cases is 497. Not a very big number, but in retrospect to the rest of the country, that number doesn’t compare to New York’s 75,975 cases. This difference right here sways me to believe that the state government should decide if school closes. Another statistic that needs to be looked at is how much the number of cases is growing. Iowa had 73 cases today, New York had over 10,000. My case rests as right now, state government should determine school closing based on the status and well being over their state, and whether the governor believe it is safe for students to resume classes in person.

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  • Nia from Illinois

    States are given the right to close and mandate schools which is a constitutional right given to them by the 10th Amendment stating that all rights that are not held by the federal government are reserved for state governments, and even so with the 14th Amendment (equal protection under the law) everyone has a right to education. With the COVID-19 crisis some states are getting hit harder than others. While it is hard for states to mandate school in this time of social distancing they should choose the best option that would protect their citizens the most. This being to close schools and institute E-Learning or other forms of learning so that the students are not losing time in the classroom in the middle of the semester. While it is true that the federal government can mandate a national stay at home order, whether or not to close schools ultimately is a power of state legislators.

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  • Maddie from Kentucky

    I do think that each state should make its own decision on school shutdowns during the Coronvirus pandemic. Obviously, the statistics differ per state and some states are being affected more than others. For example, in some of the more populous states, such as New York, the number of cases is astronomical with over 66,000 cases as of today (taking almost 42% of the national average). However, for other less populated states, such as Kentucky, our numbers are significantly less with only 480 cases as of today. Although I do believe that the United States needs to stay unified during this time, there is simply not a “one solution fits all.” It is extremely important that we all participate in the CDC’s suggestions and guidelines but we all need to realize that some states are predisposed to higher rates due to their population size. It is very difficult as a high school senior to watch my last couple of months of high school waste away along with my last season of competitive sports due to an issue that is not prevalent yet in my home state.

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  • Brianna from New Jersey

    Yes, I think that state governments should determine whether schools are closed for the rest of the year. Although there is some exception, such as if the federal government believes it is fully necessary for all states to close, as of now, the virus has not spread enough for the entire country to shut down school systems for the remainder of the year. Each state is experiencing different levels of danger due to the Corona Virus, and therefore I think it is the state government’s job to evaluate their states’ needs. I also think, with there being three months remaining in the school year and the drastic changes that have been taking place regarding the school year, in some states it is just too soon to make such a definite decision.

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    • Christina from Illinois

      I completely agree that, during this unprecedented time, it is imperative for individual states to take action based on the danger they are facing one day at a time. After all, it would be in students’ best interest to return to school by the end of the year, if it is safe enough. Since the situation is being assessed day by day, it is extremely beneficial for states to decide whether schools return to in person tutelage.

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  • Renata from New Jersey

    State governments should determine whether schools close for the rest of the year mainly because of the nation’s size. Since the United States has such a large population, it is difficult for the federal government to put in regulations efficiently. Senior writer Michael Brendan Dougherty of the National Review Online states, “One of the reasons federalism can act faster is that it allows decentralization. It is less politically risky to impose measures in one state than on an entire nation. You can respond where the hotspots are, rather than imposing costs evenly across an undifferentiated mass of the nation where the overall average risk may be low.” In other words, a federal school shutdown would be less effective than a state school shutdown. This ties in to how early and efficient preparation is safer than delayed and inefficient preparation. National NBC reporter Erin Einhorn focuses on how the school shutdown has affected the state of Kansas, one of the first to issue one. This early shutdown has allowed Kansas to begin thinking early about how to catch its students up on education and events through changing its schools’ programs. In other words, a state response will grant a more efficient response. Writer Ed Kilgore of the Intelligencer mentions how “Hong Kong and Singapore” were more effective at controlling the disease because of their strong centralized government action. However, both Hong Kong and Singapore are small islands. The US is too big of a country to be treated under the same guidelines. Although the federal government may also have more resources in terms of specializations and departments, the quick action needed to close down schools and to combat this virus is needed from the help of the states. Even the Constitution outlines the rights and powers of the states, demonstrating that federalism is an important part of our country that requires a combination of state and federal powers to work properly, protecting the rights of the people from an overbearing rule. The federal government should still play a role in helping to combat this virus, but not involving the issue of school closures.

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  • Lauren from New Jersey

    Yes, I think that state governments should determine whether or not schools close for the rest of the year. Federalism is important during this time of a global pandemic. The states should be allowed to make decisions.

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  • Sabarish from Kansas

    Yes, the state government should determine whether or not schools close for the rest of the year because, in a situation like this, the severity of the condition varies state by state. It would be irrational to institute a dramatic school closure and compromise the education of many students in states that are not in a position of emergency. In a nation that is so diverse economically, the quality of schools and school districts around America varies a lot. Until now, education and education funding have all been state-mandated and there are methods of learning and specif curriculum requirements and most students in lowly funded districts lack an adequate learning environment at home. Not only would a nationwide school closure compromise education for students in states that see no drastic influx of new coronavirus cases, but it would also put more stress on parents fighting for child care among all other things. Nationwide school closure would put pressure on the Federal government and put an excess strain in a time where clear thinking and factual problem-solving at the federal level is what’s required to take a nation out of a crisis and bring back an economy. I do believe that desperate times call for desperate measures, but it is irrational to put a nation into more stress in areas where desperation is not required.

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    Yes, the state government should determine whether or not schools close for the rest of the year because, in a situation like this, the severity of th…

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  • Kaylan from Kansas

    COVID-19 is a virus that is very easily spread through human contact. Even though the majority of people dying from this disease are older, if us as high school students catch this virus and come in contact with an elderly person, they could catch it and die. It is the governments job to look after the well being of the people and by closing schools they are preventing future cases.

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    COVID-19 is a virus that is very easily spread through human contact. Even though the majority of people dying from this disease are older, if us as h…

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  • Jada from Pennsylvania

    My opinion on whether the state government should close down schools for the rest of the year is that they should. The Corona virus is a serious issue, but it doesn’t justify closing schools. Students have so many resources available to continue their education. Any questions could easily be answered by teachers online. Being at home reduces the distractions and can help students work on their work and get better grades on it. The state government should be the ones to determine if their schools are going to be closed because the schools are in their states. Some students think that they shouldn’t be any online school. For example, elementary students have a harder time with technology and need help with it. But some children have older parents who do not understand technology anymore than the child does. Things like that need to be taken into consideration. Clearer instructions and how-to videos should be a resource given to these young children. State governments know their states because they come in contact with their citizens and can see what is really happening. National government don’t see just how bad it is in some places, so the states might not have enough help or some might have too much resources and therefore, leaving people who need them out. According to Tom Bossert in the Washington post, “Two weeks of delay can mean the difference between success and failure …” What he said is understandable. Some people thrive on online schooling, while other people find it harder to listen to a computer rather than listening to a teacher in a classroom. Overall, States should be the one to determine whether or not their schools are going to close due to the pandemic.

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    My opinion on whether the state government should close down schools for the rest of the year is that they should. The Corona virus is a serious issu…

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  • Erika from Texas

    COVID-19 has completely taken us by surprise. It seems just yesterday that the first corona cases were tested positive, and now there are over a thousand cases. As a result of the Coronavirus, many things in the U.S., including schools, sports, etc, have shut down. Everything at the moment seems so surreal and confusing; therefore, state governments should determine whether schools close for the rest of the year. I believe this because the United States is so big, and every state’s situation, in regards to the Coronavirus, is very different. State governments should have the call on whether schools close for the rest of the year based on each state’s situation. In addition, each state has different education protocols and standardized testing. I also believe giving this power is taking away from the federalism that the U.S. is supposed to have, and giving power to the central government. For example, in “The Coronavirus Response Shows That Federalism Is Working”, Michael Brendan Dougherty says, “That so many governors have done so, often responding to popular demand for shutdowns, demonstrates America’s genuine practice of federalism — a system that is allowing us to respond to this crisis even faster than the states of Europe that have a more monarchical or centralized system of authority for a crisis.” This quote is stating that by having power spread out and not centralized, the U.S. would be more successful in addressing this crisis. Some people who negate the resolution may argue that the central government should determine whether schools close for the rest of the year because it brings unity to the nation in this crisis. However, every state is experiencing something different and has different protocols, so the state government would know what is best for their state. With that, state governments should determine whether schools close for the rest of the year.

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    COVID-19 has completely taken us by surprise. It seems just yesterday that the first corona cases were tested positive, and now there are over a thous…

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  • Christian from Kentucky

    State Governments should decide whether or not to close schools for the rest of the year because each state is different so one plan for the entire country might not be the best thing for everyone. For example, California, Rhode Island, and Montana are each very different states, whether it be be land size, population size, or population density and a plan by the government will obviously work to help the states that are most affected by COVID-19, but that plan might not be the best thing for say Montana. This is why each State Government should decide what is best for its people. The State knows how bad the pandemic is in its state so they should be the one to decide what preventive measures need to be taken.

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  • Neil from North Carolina

    we need to keep schools closed

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    • Eyad from North Carolina

      Through these times of crisis in the United States, it is indeed important that schools should be shut down to avoid the further spread of the COVID-19 virus. The decision to decide the closure of schools should be made by the federal government, rather than state governments. As of now, the United States needs a more unison approach when dealing with the coronavirus, and what better way to do so by taking action with the national or federal government. By allowing state governments to decide their own tactics and decisions, we would be making a massive wave of confusion for all states alike, confusion that could lead to worse conditions and outliers in statistics with cases around the United States. The main reason however of giving this decision to the federal government, is the core democratic values behind it. The National Review magazine explains the democratic methods that President Trump is currently using in the quote, “Well, no. It’s simple: Our president doesn’t have dictatorial powers, even in a national emergency. The president doesn’t have authority to shut down your local gin joint. Your state governor does have this power, in extraordinary circumstances, this demonstrates America’s genuine practice of federalism — a system that is allowing us to respond to this crisis even faster than the states of Europe that have a more monarchical or centralized system of authority for a crisis”. With Federalism, the government is able to act fast with a method called decentralization;the transfer of authority from central to local government. This is used to not only avoid the risk of political tension,as some legislation may seem like patriarchy on certain states based on their party majority ,but also the well usage of resources to respond where the “hotspots” are, rather than the entire nation.

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  • Abby from New Jersey

    Federalism ends up leaving a lot of power in the hands of the states. Therefore, the states should be the ones to decide whether their schools should be shut down for the rest of the year. They will be able to determine if the condition of their state is safe to resume to the school setting. Each state is unique. With that being said, it is up to the states to make these important decisions. Federalism is an equal split of authority between the national government and the states. If there is something that the national government cannot issue, it is left up to the state’s judgment.

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  • Ginger from North Carolina

    This COVID-19 pandemic is something that our city, state, nation, and world has never seen before. It is a new, unprecedented situation, which creates extremely hard decisions for local, state, and federal authorities to make. According to current guidelines set by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), group gatherings of 10 people or more should be canceled, especially if those with greater risk of catching the virus are involved. Those of older age or who have underlying medical disorders that cause them to become immunocompromised are at higher risk of contracting coronavirus than others. This leads us to an important issue of debate: what should be done about public education systems and the way they operate during such a contagious pandemic? The first answer is simple. State governments should not subject any student to this extremely contagious virus if at all possible. It is not moral, nor plausible, to require students to attend face-to-face school sessions as they normally would because of the risk to their health. However, some states are affected more than others by this pandemic, and certain areas may pass restrictions than flatten the curve and regulate positive cases much more efficiently, therefore allowing the issue to be solved in their area quicker and for everything to go back to normal. As seen through information provided by NBC News, many students are missing out on valuable aspects of their high school experience, including activities like prom, graduation, and for seniors, gathering with their teachers and friends for their last time before they go off to college. Because of all the things students may have to miss out on, if there is any chance, anywhere, that students have the opportunity to experience these important aspects of life, then that opportunity should be taken. For that reason, state governments should have the power to determine whether schools in their area should close for the remainder of the school year in order to allow the largest number of people to return to their normal lives if at all possible.

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  • Yusuf from North Carolina

    In my opinion, the states should determine if we have no school because, some states aren’t affected in some areas and can limit the time of when school’s are cancelled. If we let the national government have that power, they would usually tip over with the majority of states that are affected and most likely go with no school for the whole year to try to contain the virus in one area even though, their may be another way to contain this virus. (During the flu pandemic the government did the same thing we are doing right now to stop the spread of the virus.)

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    In my opinion, the states should determine if we have no school because, some states aren’t affected in some areas and can limit the time of when scho…

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  • Simon from Massachusetts

    I believe that local and state governments have the most responsibility and capability to track and control the spread of this pandemic. They can collect data and information to gauge the need of further isolation. The need may vary between states.

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  • Ryan from North Carolina

    Yes I think they states should hold the power to make that decision for their specific state

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  • John from North Carolina

    Yes because the state has the administrative power to determine what they want to do with their schools. The state should decide how bad their situation is because the situation does differ state by state.

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  • Lizzie from Pennsylvania

    I feel like the government should be the ones to choose because they are the ones who were chosen to lead the country and should be able to follow through on the oath.

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  • Sonja Eris from North Carolina

    State government should determine whether schools should close for the rest of the year.

    My first reason is that the state governments are the best qualified to determine the conditions that the state has to meet to close down schools. The people in charge at a county or school district level, may not have all of the information needed to make an educated decision. The state government is better able to look at the big picture of all of the cases, and understand the likelihood of the virus spreading through schools.
    My other reason is the question of who is making the decision, if not the state level of government. Would it be the people in charge of each county, deciding that since there aren’t any cases in the county, they will be fine? Would it be the principal of each school, claiming that since there are no cases in the school, they should continue to learn? The state level of government would be the least biased towards the necessity of physical schooling.

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    State government should determine whether schools should close for the rest of the year.

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  • Logan from Kentucky

    I believe that state governments should be able to shut down schools. A state government is closer to the people and able to make a more well informed decision for their state. However, I think the federal government should be able to overrule the states. For instance, if their was a pandemic as is going on now, if one state did not close schools, the federal government should be able to step in and shut them down. Thus I believe the power should belong to the states, but in extreme cases, the federal government should be able to overrule states decisions.

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  • Luke from Kentucky

    Yes, because they are determining everything else that is going on within a society. However I do hope that they are not too harsh with this and allow us to get back to school. I have realized that all this time alone and away from my school is fine for 1-2 weeks, but this sucks. I want to enjoy my last few months of my senior high school career, and it sucks more that my whole baseball season has practically gone down the drain. Not only baseball, but any spring sport athletes’ sport is ruined. This is very stressful and causes me so much anxiety I cannot even explain. It just stinks to think that my last day of school could have been two weeks ago… So, yes I believe the government shall determine whether schools close or not for the safety of our state. If one school goes to class, their whole school could have COVID-19 within a week and spread it all over their community. I really hope that the state government takes control and seeks out what is best for the safety of America and tries to help seniors who do not have a next year of school.

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    Yes, because they are determining everything else that is going on within a society. However I do hope that they are not too harsh with this and allo…

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  • Grace from New Jersey

    I think that state governments should retain the right to decide whether or not schools remain open for the rest of the year. Firstly, it is the state government’s power to regulate schools within their state, and that power should extend to closures due to the coronavirus outbreak. States may also be at different stages of the outbreak, as the virus is spreading far more rapidly in states like New York, New Jersey, and California. Thus, it would be necessary for these states to take more drastic action regarding school closures than states where the virus is spreading more slowly, like Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The United States is much too large for the federal government to pass a single act or regulation for the entire country, as state needs vary across the nation. School is a vital institution for young people regardless of where you live, so it is important to maintain open schools for as long as possible before you need to take cautionary measures to slow the spread of the virus. Thus, state governments should be in charge of shutting down schools as they know what is best for their state.

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  • Ava from New Jersey

    Yes. State governments should determine whether schools close for the rest of the year. Federalism allows state and local governments to make executive decisions that don’t specifically involve the federal government. Education is already primarily a state decision therefore the states should decide whether schools stay open or not. The virus might be worse in some areas than another so the federal government shouldn’t determine if every single school in every single country should shut down. The most effective way of this happening is for the states to closely monitor the virus and how it is affecting their state specifically. The federal government already has enough things to monitor and control regarding this virus that the education aspect of it should be left to the states. Other than federalism, it also ties into the concept of balance of powers in general but in this case between state/local governments and the federal government.

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  • Graceanna from New Jersey

    States should most definitely determine if schools should close for the remainder of the year. For more populous states such as New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, etc, there is more likely more students than in states like Nebraska, North Dakota, Wyoming, etc. Thus, the virus may be more prevalent in these populous states, especially if they are in close proximity to the virus hubs like cities (NYC). These less populous states may not have as many cases, and it may not be an issue sending their students back to school; a federal law would place limits on these less populous states, and it may not even be necessary to do so.

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    States should most definitely determine if schools should close for the remainder of the year. For more populous states such as New Jersey, New York, …

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  • Linden from North Carolina

    This issue is serious! We need to think about our different-styled learning to make it accessible to everyone, not just “solve” the issue by continuing to expose compromised people to this pandemic.

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    This issue is serious! We need to think about our different-styled learning to make it accessible to everyone, not just “solve” the issue by continuin…

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  • Katharine from Colorado

    Each state has a different amount of cases and a different timeline for COVID.

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  • Jadyn from Colorado

    Since this is more for the safety of people, states should have control over what happens and since it’s a virus certain states should control what happens in their own areas.

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  • Marcela from Pennsylvania

    It is imperative that the state governments determine whether schools close for the rest of the year. The safety of the pubic depends on specific action taken by each individual state. While a united front for this situation may seem logical, it is possible that it be detrimental to the health and safety of the students and their communities. States like New York, California, and Washington have a higher number of cases than states like Wyoming and North and South Dakota. It is necessary to keep all states informed on what is happening in the country, but a decision regarding the closure of schools is better off decided by the states. It would prevent certain states from either overreacting or underreacting to this pandemic in different regions. If a state has the virus well contained for a certain period of time that it is no longer an issue, then the schools should be allowed to open. While on the other side of the country, if the outbreak is still circulating and things are not as stable in a state, then the schools should not be open in that state. A one size fits all solution is not an option for American safety when addressing this pandemic.

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  • Aaliyah from North Carolina

    Yes I feel like state governments should decide if we should close down schools for the rest of the year or not. The state knows how bad things are in their state and the situation is different in each state. So I feel like closing down schools should be a state decision.

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    Yes I feel like state governments should decide if we should close down schools for the rest of the year or not. The state knows how bad things are in…

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  • Matthew from Colorado

    This pandemic has quickly become a national emergency and states where hotspots have popped up are in a different position than the rest of the country. While it is true that the federal government is going to be responsible for handling the funding issues to hopefully help prepare the nation, the rest of the decisions should be made at the state level. So states should have the right to close schools for the rest of the year if they deem it necessary for the safety of the public.

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  • Steven from California

    I think that it need to be closed because students can learn at home by online or by their self instead of taking risks giving it more opportunity to spread. But it is not necesary the rest of the year just to make sure that its no any covid-19 any more.

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    I think that it need to be closed because students can learn at home by online or by their self instead of taking risks giving it more opportunity to …

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  • Cara from Colorado

    I do believe the issue of closing schools is an issue that belongs to state governments. With the large scope of our nation it will be incredibly difficult and confusing to determine one standard for all the states across the country. For example, states such as New York have a much higher number of cases compared to other states in the nation such as Nebraska. This helps to prove why it needs to be determined on a state level because circumstances vary greatly between different states across the nation. It would not be effective for the federal government to decide for the whole nation when to close schools due to the large degree of variance between states.

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    I do believe the issue of closing schools is an issue that belongs to state governments. With the large scope of our nation it will be incredibly diff…

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  • Alex from Colorado

    I think we need to view this argument under the premise that school districts are often institutions in their communities that provide social safety nets for families in times of crisis. I believe that school districts should be closing due to the pandemic but it’s important to leave this decision up to the state and not a federal institution. States such as New York understand the fact that in its urban centers such as New York City, schools provide many more services to families besides simple education, such as food, childcare, and transportation. New York would have a much better knowledge of how to control it’s a social system under a pandemic than the national government would.

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  • Gavin from Kansas

    The state governments are the ones that have been closely monitoring the situation with the corona pandemic in their states, whereas the federal government has been more closely focused on national issues as a whole and not so much the condition of each individual state. As well as this, there is a huge disparity in case numbers between certain states, it would be too soon for the non affected states, and possibly not enough for states like California or Washington. If the state governments could manage and control the pandemic within their own borders, and let people know if it is necessary to quarantine or not. If the federal government were to set a quarantine prematurely, for a state like say South Dakota, which has less than 50 cases, it would hurt a lot of people that are living in that state economically, and many small businesses would likely close, and people would lose their way to survive and make money. But if the federal government were to just close schools recently in states like California or New York, where there are almost 50,000 cases between the two states, it would be too little too late, and wouldn’t contain the virus at all and would just prove harmful to the residents of those states.

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  • tanner from North Carolina

    in a time like this we dont know what will happen to some of the kids or even teachers, i think they should let everyone pass

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  • carlos from Pennsylvania

    In my opinion, the states should be the ones that have the authority to close the schools due to this crisis of the coronavirus. States are much closer to the people than the federal government and therfore they are able to make better decisions. America is a huge country and therefore what happens in for example Florida shouldn’t directly affect the situation on Alaska, Hawaii or California, if the federal government ordered to close all the schools of the whole country because this virus is really affecting Florida this would really affect other states in which this measurements weren’t necessary at the moment and this would negatively affect the students in these states,. If the ones in charge of these were the states, in this hypothetical situation we have created in case that Florida is dealing really badly with the virus then they would decide on their own that they are closing their schools and if in the future other states such as Alaska found themselves in the same sistuation than Florida was then they would made the measurements with the right time while trying to minimize the economic consequences all thsi actions have.

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    In my opinion, the states should be the ones that have the authority to close the schools due to this crisis of the coronavirus. States are much close…

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  • Kinsey from Louisiana

    They should because kids will be less stressed for the next school year and kids have plenty of learning sites at home.

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  • Jacob from North Carolina

    I believe that yes the state should be able to choose if they want to totally close the school’s I’m not saying this for my own personal benefit I’m saying this so the correct decision is made for every state the coronavirus has its own effect in some it may be totally ravaging the population of that state but if that state is not suffering from any major lockdown or quarantine and only has very limited in infection I don’t see why that state cannot go to school so long as the school can provide proper cleanings such as hand sanitizer and tissues and other cleaning items! For states like new york or California or texas anywhere where it may be totally ravaging the people of that state I believe it needs to stay out of school until a cure or some type of fix can be found to protect those around them because after all whatever germs they get at school come home and some students may not live with their parents but grandparents I know it does not just affect the older population but I personally believe in caring for our older population as the younger generation of our time I believe the online school would work perfectly fine so long as students without can be provided with internet and computers which most likely will be handled by the county and or state. The last thing I want to go over is a state government is more likely to understand the local struggles and possibilities of it majorly affecting their state when you give it to a national level they are mostly looking for the 1 big idea so either way they tend to lean to one side which could be really negative for 1 side! For example, schools are reopened kids get coronavirus germs and it spreads like wildfire wherever they go! The otherside schools stayed closed the states that are not majorly affected and have the ability to keep it from spreading in a manner no one else gets sick! That is my argument for why it should be up to the state, not the national government.

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    I believe that yes the state should be able to choose if they want to totally close the school’s I’m not saying this for my own personal benefit I’m s…

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  • lydia from Kansas

    I believe that this issue should be handled by state government, because each state has specific dangers regarding the corona virus. Some states like California, New Jersey, and New York are highly infected and have a death rate that is growing very fast and extreme measures need to be put forward. Now in places like Arizona, Kansas, Montana, and others, that hasn’t had many cases and haven’t put the people of those states aren’t immediate danger. Though some of those states have already cancelled school for the whole year. In the crises we need to be cautious, but need to detail their plans regarding education state by state

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    I believe that this issue should be handled by state government, because each state has specific dangers regarding the corona virus. Some states like …

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  • Fayez from New Jersey

    Yes, the school government should determine whether schools should close for the rest of the year. The spread of the Corona has become out of hand in the U.S and shutting down the schools for the rest of year not only protects the students, but limits the spread of the virus. Keeping schools open won’t benefit the students since work is already being done effectively at home.

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    Yes, the school government should determine whether schools should close for the rest of the year. The spread of the Corona has become out of hand in …

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  • Kami from Colorado

    I think the State Governments should determine whether schools close or not in response to COVID-19. The reason for closing schools is to stop the spread of the virus across the entire state, not just districts. Even if there are no cases in a district yet, the State government doesn’t know if there will be. Since the virus takes about 14 days to show symptoms, a district could easily be spreading the virus like wildfire without knowing it. For example, here in Colorado, about two weeks ago when I was still in school, there were only around 50 cases, now there are over 1,000. People spread the virus without knowing it, so for the State government to close all schools is completely reasonable to prevent spreading the virus in the entire state. The State Governments are simply being very cautious since we don’t know much about this virus. Yes, online or ‘distance’ learning could be detrimental to students, but if districts know what their students need, they will be able to devise a plan that will best serve the education of their students while being safe.

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  • Joseph from North Carolina

    I believe that the states should choose wether or not we return to school for the rest of the year. I say this because the United Staes of America has 50 different states with 50 different numbers of cases in each state. Also, the 10th amendment says, “the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” This means it is the State’s right to decide what to do about keeping schools open or not because, the constitution says nothing about the spread of a disease shutting down schools. Therefore, the States reserve the right to make that decision.

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  • Rob from Louisiana

    Yes states governments should be able to decide if there’s school or not because the virus is worse in different states. For example, states like New York and Washington it is not safe to have school.

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  • Maryanne from Texas

    Just as only you would know how something is affecting you, state governments know how serious the COVID-19 issue is within their state. According to The New York Times, New York has reported over 33,000 cases within their state while states like Wyoming and South Dakota are still in earlier stages with less than 50 reported cases each. If the national government was to create a nation-wide solution, it could possibly be too drastic for less affected states and not drastic enough for states like New York. With the varying number of cases per state, some states may be able to take control of their situation easier than others and will know if it is safe for students to return to their crowded classrooms or continue remote learning for the time being / the remainder of the school year. And while it may be scary for us students with upcoming AP exams or seniors fearing delayed graduation, as states access their situation, online learning should be able to keep us on track to ending at the correct time.

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    • Tyler from Wisconsin

      If this situation was as serious as you are making it seem why did the World Health Organization receive notification of a virus in Wuhan, China and do nothing of it? The 33,000 cases come mainly from the New York Metropolitan area which is home to over 21 million people. Thus making the population affected to be about 0.15%. So how is this that serious when those impacted are the same people who can die from the flu?

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    • Katherine from Colorado

      I agree with you in how drastic the cases are depending on the state, but at the same time if us as a country aren’t united in one decision then the world would be divided even more and some colleges might not take the online schooling grades, so if we are on the same basis with everything it would make it easier as a country to transition back to normal if the national government made the decision.

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  • Cristian from Minnesota

    When we start to question the systems implied in our everyday lives, then we tend to become more aware of our circumstances and be able to come up with ways to make implemented systems better. We cannot be complacent with the education we are receiving. We have to want more and push for more because their is always room for improvement. When we become complacent with the education we receive, we become close-minded and close the doors of the endless opportunities of growth we can make and be able to create something new in the world. It is crucial for correct steps to be made when determining whether state governments should close schools for the rest of the year, or if the task can be put up for the national government. We cannot continue letting students become robots and not be able to explore their gifts. We have to be hungry for success and I strongly believe that state governments should determine whether or not schools should be closed for the rest of the year because state governments know the full story of their state rather than the national government who only knows the title of the book. You see, this issue is much more than authority and management, but it is about the future of the kids. We cannot let the national government decide whether or not schools should be closed for the rest of the year because the national government is blinded by the truth that not all states are the same. The simple fact that each state is different is the reason we have grown in the economy and in the world. When we stand as a community through hardships, then we are bound to be more secure. The national government doesn’t know the full extent of the situation of every state, so it would be hard for the national government to decide which schools to close. If the national government was able to decide whether schools close for the rest of the year, then it would truly minimize every state’s government’s authority and beliefs. Every state has its own beliefs and debates, so it is crucial for the state government to be able to choose accordingly. The state government serves more than just a government, but as a family member of a big community that wakes up every day trying to make a positive change in the world. However, It is also alarming knowing that someone’s education lies on a system that not always has the best systematic structure, but I do understand that every school system that is installed has flaws that make it working progress. This allows students to be able to create something new. At the end of the day, it all comes down to the importance of every soul in the world who has a voice that can be heard and will be heard. Without all these capable and intelligent minds that are floating around waiting for their opportunity, then there wouldn’t be any state government or national government. We are more than statistics but are bound with love and community, and state governments have created different environments that allow their people to blossom and grow. State governments are the pillar of every community, and we cannot and won’t allow the national government to control and put in jeopardy kids’ futures in the line. Just because the national government has more authority than state governments than that doesn’t mean trust is automatically gained. We don’t know the national government’s agenda and intentions, but with state governments, we are more aware of critical issues and being aware of every step made. Therefore, I strongly believe that state governments should be able to choose whether schools should be closed for the rest of the year because they are more aware of the situations going on in their state, they have gained trust from communities, and most importantly they are more than an implemented source of authority that allows things to run smoothly; they are family.

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  • ashton from New Jersey

    i feel as though they should closed the school until this thing is over

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  • lauren from Pennsylvania

    Yes, The American system of federalism does involve national and state governments sharing power and holding separate powers. Due to the corona pandemic better known as the COVID-19 outbreak, the state governments must have rule over their own states. I believe they should rule their own area because this virus is scientifically known to occur more rapidly in densely populated areas like New York and California. Because this virus has quick control over densely populated areas I believe different states must have precautions around their decisions. As a country together the federal government must have enough trust in their state governor to make a dependable judgement regarding if students are to return back to school. Lastly, allowing the governors to make decisions based on pre-existing conditions of the state makes more understanding because the governor knows more about that area and how it operates better than the president does and it also allows the president to focus on more national issues concerning COVID-19.

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  • Caden from Colorado

    Though I really wanted to play the devil’s advocate and argue that the school closures due to COVID-19 should be a federal issue, I feel that the evidence is too strong in favor of the argument of state-level decisions over the issue of school closures. States know much better their individualized needs, and in this way alone the federal government, thought it would be possible, would have a much harder time making informed decisions over school closures than that of the state governments. For example, the CDE (Colorado Department of Education) has released a significant amount of materials to us regarding their expectations for the rest of the year, and subsequentially the state government is able to work with the CDE in order to make the correct decision regarding school closure.

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    • Jadyn from Colorado

      A majority of yes answers were against state vs school district but this one was state vs federal level which surprised me and makes a good argument in a different aspect. I fully agree with this ideology the state should have the ability in situations like this but each state would have differing opinions if it was at federal level every state would have the same rules set for them which is not always good so really a balance is more necessary and for this situation I agree state decision is better

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    • Amber from Colorado

      I agree, the Colorado Department of Education knows what is best for the state, and if they deem it necessary to close for the remainder of the the year they are probably right. Also it is better to be safe at home and not risk the outbreak getting worse.

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    • Pierce from Colorado

      I agree that the state government is better suited to deciding to keep schools open or closed, however I believe that it would be more representative of the needs of the schools if the districts were allowed to make the decision. Just as not all places within the country have been affected by COVID-19 equally, neither have all places within the states – especially the larger ones. There are in fact many rural towns that have remained unaffected and would easily be able to maintain education as usual.

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    • Mariko from Colorado

      I agree with your stance. The point you make about the Colorado Department of Education is a great one, because it serves as an example of how at the state-level needs are better understood and met, seen by how they have already released materials regarding expectations.

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  • Isabella from Pennsylvania

    Yes. The American system of federalism involves state and national governments sharing power in some matters and also holding different powers. In the case of the COVID-19 outbreak, the state governments must have jurisdiction over their specific regions, which are self-explanatory—their states. The spread of the outbreak, for obvious reasons, occurs more quickly in densely populated states such as New York, New Jersey, and California; therefore, different precautions must be taken in those states from those taken in states such as Wyoming or Nevada. The federal government and the country as a whole must place their trust in the state governors to use prudent judgment when declaring what actions the citizens of their states are to take. Governors are much closer to and most likely more knowledgeable about their states than the president is, so they are in better positions to make decisions. Although some European countries’ national leaders are making decisions about their entire countries, we cannot compare our country to Italy, France, and Spain, which are all much smaller than America. Lastly, allowing the governors to make decisions based on the conditions of their individual states will allow the president to focus on national matters concerning the COVID-19 outbreak.

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    • Caden from Colorado

      I like your point regarding the distribution of the workload in relation to COVID-19 between the federal and state governments; I feel that it is important that as many informed individuals as there are available to help with the outbreak must do so, and your point of the governers taking some of the burden off of the president is a rather poignant one.

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  • Jared from Pennsylvania

    I think that state governments should have the authority to shut down schools because they know the people that reside in their state better than the national government. The national government would make decisions based off of how the country is doing.

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    • Jake from Colorado

      I agree with your statement but I believe the state governments should have the power based on how the state is being effected by the pandemic because it differs so much from state to state.

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  • Christopher from Georgia

    Allowing state – and even local governments – to make decisions on whether to close schools for the rest of the year makes complete and total sense. Our founders believed a federalist system would work best in terms of responsiveness to crises and the general will; a pandemic is no exception. State and local governments know their own risks and problems much better than the federal government does. The conditions and case load of states such as New York and California vary widely from those of Georgia or Montana, for example. What works in New York City might not work as effectively in Birmingham. The responses need to vary depending on the conditions. Furthermore, as a response to this virus relies mainly on state and local resources, state and municipal governments are in a better position to direct an effective response effort since they have a better understanding of their area’s resources and needs. Because local and state governments have more pertinent information, they should be the ones making the decisions regarding school closures, not the federal government.

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    • Cara from Colorado

      I agree completely with your viewpoint regarding this issue. Our state governments are in the best position to decide what to do within their state borders. The federal government does not have a complex understanding of the situation within each individual state making it difficult for the federal government to make one decision for all the states. Due to this I believe it is incredibly important that state governments make these decisions, as you have stated.

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    • Sam from Colorado

      Yes I completely agree on everything you said. It is just impossible for the National Government to impose regulations for all of the U.S. on the assumption that every state is the same in the COVID-19 outbreak. I also liked how you mentioned the federalist system. It it crazy to me that the founding fathers had enough intellect to come up with the federalist system and see how that system would not only work in their time, but also in the future in helping handle things like this.

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  • Martina from Pennsylvania

    I think personally, our governors are more closely related to us than our President. If Kentucky has corona, but Pennsylvania has gotten rid of it, there is no need for the President to shut down every school in the nation. We would just have to be extra precautious. Our governor is involved in daily life in our state, and therefore can make the best decisions for our state individually.

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  • Emma from Pennsylvania

    Yes, state governments should determine whether schools close for the rest of the year. Currently, all states have been affected differently by COVID-19 and I believe that the states should have the power to close the schools. The state is responsible for closing schools during snow days, so they should be able to close them for a pandemic.

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  • Margaret from Texas

    Due to the coronavirus outbreak, spring break has been either extended or schools have been canceled. I believe that state governments should determine whether schools close for the rest of the year. According to the National Review, unlike other countries, our leader does not have the dictatorial powers to shut down businesses, shops, or schools, so decisions can not be made at a national level. In the NBSnews article, the president of the American Federation of Teachers said that it might not be the best move to cancel school for the rest of the year, which is something Kansas has done. Despite this, I still believe state governments should be making the final decision which is the best way to unite people, avoid dictatorship, and have a close watch on the situation, because each state is different. For example, New York has a high amount of cases, so it would be reasonable for the state to decide to shut down businesses and schools in order to protect public safety. Some say that it would be in the best interest of the country to make the decision at a national level, but this brings panic and confusion, as seen in other countries like France, Italy, and Spain. I will also repeat that according to the National Review, the president doesn’t have the power to make those decisions. So the state governments should use their power and uphold public safety and rights based off the situation in each state.

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  • Madelyn from Kentucky

    I think state power is at the root of the US democracy, the pandemic affects each state and local community differently. If a state believes it can go back and make up at least some time lost and the elected officals agree, I don’t see why they shouldn’t. It should all be about the local opinion, spread, and effect of the virus. The Federal government surely has more pressing issues.

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    • Caitlin from Colorado

      I agree with this, I feel like federalism is the reason that our country works so well, and with our country being so large, it makes sense for each state government to be able to make their own decisions regarding this pandemic.

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  • Kiersten from Louisiana

    Yes. I believe that State Governments should have authority to decide on school closures. If you asked me this before the current pandemic. I’d probably have said no. My current answer is yes because the state knows how many cases or issues they are having. If the National Government were to close the schools later, there’s a chance that there would be more cases of the Coronavirus. Since the state has more knowledge as to what’s going on inside of it, then why should the National Government intervene?

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  • Autumn from Illinois

    The education system should only be funded by the federal government. Each state has different intensities of the COVID-19 case. For example, California has a concerning amount of citizens getting diagnosed with the virus. The state is so large and relies on a significant amount of social interaction, which is why the COVID-19 virus spread so fast there. Whereas states with less reliance on social interaction like Montana have a very small amount of cases according the the CDC website. Therefore, if the government were to dictate that all schools were to close, it would ultimately put the states with small amounts of reported cases at risk of not completing the school year. While online schooling is an option, students tend to not log in and complete their work. If a specific amount of students do not attend, it could put the whole school in jeopardy of not completing the school year. This way, if the states were to dictate whether their schools are to close, they can simply take the data of how at risk the citizens are and go from there. If there are small amount of cases in a state and there is a low risk of it spreading rapidly, then that state should refrain from cancelling school. Though, if there is a large risk of the virus spreading rapidly the state should consider the safety of its citizens and make the decision that way. Whether or not schools are to close due to the virus outbreak of COVID-19 should not be up to the federal government, as they are not well enough educated on each states stance on the matter. It would be better if each state government was to decide for themselves because they have the knowledge of how their citizens handle things and what they would want for the community.

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  • Renan from Florida

    I live in sunny South Florida. Last time my school closed was because sunny South Florida wasn’t so sunny, Hurricane Irma had marked it’s path on our community. Schools close down not only because of a funny pun but also because there is an imminent threat. Schools should close their doors due to a matter of safety. Considering that safety is in everybody’s best interest, a worldwide epidemic should be able to interrupt classes. Now, it goes without saying that it should not interrupt education. My school has implemented an online classroom that is accessible from anywhere in the world. It takes ingenuity to solve the problems posed to us by modern society. Just this fact that education can go on with efficiency while campus is closed means that even the smallest but serious threat could propose the idea of shutting down. The national government made the right decision in choosing to shut down schools because we think as a community. Even though me or my peers of similar age might not be heavily affected, other older citizens may be. The National government’s decision to shut down schools temporarily is not only on par with our community based thinking but also in the best interest of its citizens.

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    • Hendrix from Florida

      I completely agree with your stance Renan. I was really grabbed by your introduction and you gave very convincing reasons that supported your vote.

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  • Ella from Pennsylvania

    The Federal Government should not be able to make the decision to shut down all schools due to the fact that not every state has the same situation and has a different amount of population and cases. Many people believe we should be unified at this time, and that would be good if every state had the same number of people and cases. Certain states are more densely populated and that plays a big role. The governor of each state has a good understanding of how their state is taking this crisis. I do believe, however, that the federal government should be monitoring such things as big states with thousands of cases with a big population to make sure they are following procedures safely.

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  • Nisha from New Jersey

    I think it is necessary.

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  • hannah from Texas

    There is no question that the state government should make the decision whether they go to school or not, yes the COVID-19 has hit most of the country but there are states that have little to no cases of coronavirus and student in those states shouldn’t have to stop their education because other states have many cases of the virus. Also, no government is more informed on their state’s progress than their own government.

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  • Molly from New York

    Yes, there is no doubt in my mind that state governments should be making the decisions on whether or not they want schools to close. Yes, this is a nationwide event keeping us from attending school but state governments are more aware of what is happening in their state and know what’s truly best for their citizens. Being a member of Western New York I know that New York City has lots more cases than my small town, and the state government knows this too. However, the national government might make a decision based on the total number of cases in the State of New York and negatively impact other cities or sections.

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    • Lucy from Colorado

      I totally agree with you. I think that the circumstances in each state are so different that it would be impossible for the national government to make a decision that benefits everybody.

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  • Abshir from Minnesota

    When there is huge snowstorms the governor of the state or school districts announce to close schools for that day or release students earlier. States have the right to close schools for the whole year during unseen before situation; however they should provide other school system which would allow students to continue studying while they are away from school. They can take their lessons on online. Anything can do the state government to protect people who live in the state. Every state has its own school system.

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    • Lucy from Colorado

      I totally agree with you. States are constantly making decisions just like this one, and are always looking for the student’s best interest. Every circumstance in every state is different, and it is not the nation’s responsibility to look into the safety of each individual state. I also agree that states must have a system to allow students to continue online, and this is a regulation that the national government should make.

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  • Nelly from Georgia

    They should because they know more about what’s going on then the average people who aren’t involved as much as the government.

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  • Elizabeth from Washington

    I think the problem is addressed better in each community. In fact, I think that the power to close the schools should be given to the smaller communities. Maybe each county decide what is best instead of the entire state. For example, in Washington State, where I live, many people have COVID- 19, however, most of the cases are on the west coast. Therefore, when the governor of Washington closed the entire state’s schools, the people on the east side of the state were frustrated because their lives were drastically affected due to something virtually nonexistent in counties like Whitman.

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    • Maggie from Illinois

      This is a very interesting approach to the topic that I think is very relevant in many places. I can relate to this because I live in Illinois about 45 minutes away from Chicago and some of my friends who only live a few minutes away are in the same county as Chicago. I live in a different county but it’d definitely be very interesting if the power was delegated to each separate county.

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    • Stella from Colorado

      I agree. It would be difficult for the federal government to make a decision that would be best for all of the states, because states like Washington or California have very different needs from the rest of the country.

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    • Tayana from Pennsylvania

      I think that it was a safe call but I also think the president should have did something sooner to prevent this pandemic and ruined jobs,education, extracurricular activities and even sports I think they could have called this sooner if they new it was spreading fast so school closing is something that had to happened to prevent spreads and killing more and more people each day so yes the government closing the schools and hoping for the students to return once COVID-19 calms down.

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  • Maria from Florida

    Yes, state governments should determine weather or not schools close for the rest of the year for the protection of fellow citizens during this outbreak of Covid-19. I believe it is the duty and responsibility for state government to do their due diligence in protecting the people and their health during these difficult times. Too many people with outlandish political agendas see this as some what tyrannical expression of power without seeing the big picture, when in all actuality it could possibly be a matter of life or death and ill or health well-being. It’s not to quite the message or debate on whether state government shouldn’t have the power to make these extensive decisions, however, it’s important to look at the facts and the facts are when a state or country as it now is in a state of panic during a very real state of emergency, someone has to be able to make rational decisions with an ethically rational mindset. Or else things erupt into chaos and we as people and a society naturally and instinctively revert back to a survival mode in which we make decisions based on impulse as well as on a somewhat selfish and unorganized way, resulting in panic. A perfect example of this is the lack of toilet paper and water at local grocery stores and establishments. Which we all know and can agree on that panic is the last thing anyone one should ever resort to during a time of emergency. Therefore, I ask the question if not state government who should be the people to determine weather or not school should continue and weather or not it is safe? Finally, balance of power is important to everyone not just those who answered no to this question but to those who answered yes as well and though it is true that debate on the qualifications and genuineness of state government to make these decisions can go on forever, in this case I say the people come first and out health comes first. So with that I believe a system that needs improvement and debate is better than no system at all and state government should in fact be able to determine weather or not school stays open or closed during these trying times.

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  • PRISCILLA from New York

    YES, THE STATE GOVERNMENTS SHOULD DETERMINE WHETHER SCHOOLS SHOULD BE CLOSE FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR BECAUSE THE EARLY THAT WE ARE PREPARE THE BETTER THAT WE KNOW THE TYES OF ACTIONS WHICH SHOULD BE TAKEN. ALSO IF WE WAIT FOR LAST MINUTE EVERYTHING WILL NOT BE IN THE RIGHT PLACE SOTO ME GOVERNMENTS SHOYKLD K OW IF SCHOOLS WILL BE CLOSING FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR.

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  • Diana from Washington

    Yes the state should decide whether or not to close schools until the next school year. Not every state is in the same situation the virus is not the same in Minnesota as it is in Washington State, every case is unique and different therefore should have different outcomes.

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  • Elijah from North Carolina

    I do not believe that state governments should be able to close school. That should be in the hands of the federal government. My reasoning comes from the fact that I know COVID-19 can be transmitted from person to person. So, allowing schools to continue operation would not be a safe option. I am in favor of the federal government shutting down all schools instead of giving that power to state governments because this is not a local matter. Sure, some students attend school locally, but we do not know who they may have came in contact with.

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    • Cristian from Minnesota

      I believe your argument actually goes into the ”no” section rather than the ”yes” section. I believe you are arguing that shutting down schools for the rest of the year should be in the hands of the federal government rather than the state government. I see where you are coming from when thinking about shutting down all the schools rather specific ones, but It just seems unjust and unnecessary. There has always been diseases floating around the world waiting their turn to attack the world, and COVID-19 isn’t the exception. It was just a matter of time for a virus this powerful to cause chaos, but we cannot be scared. We have to put our minds together and realize that some states are going to take more time than others to get the COVID-19 under control, but it doesn’t mean everyone should have to go through the hardship of being locked away instead of continuing to live their lives while being aware of the current situations. Every state has a unique situation so really would it benefit to shut down every school while the epidemic leaves? How would we know If the disease will eventually leave, or become a seasonal virus that attacks more and more people throughout the years? We cannot be scared and isolate. We must not retreat from reality, but instead, find ways to get back out there but also being cautious of our sorruoudsings. Just because you’re scared, that doesn’t mean EVERYONE is. It is not fair and although I understand where you are coming from, being scared and isolated won’t change the fact that the virus is wiping out the human race as we know. We have to be open-minded not shut down.

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  • Nicolas from Florida

    State governments generally control education, so it seems logical that they have the final say in school closings

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