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%
  • 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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    • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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    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 suc…

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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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  • 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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  • 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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    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…

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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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    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 situati…

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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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    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…

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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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    Yes. State governments should determine whether schools close for the rest of the year. Federalism allows state and local governments to make executiv…

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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    • Alex from Colorado

      I agree with you, the federal government in terms of education has more control over spending but it has limited knowledge of educational programs and the impact schools have as a social service to their communities. The education system in America varies too much by state to be left up to a decision by the federal government at large.

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  • Erin from Mississippi

    The state knows what’s best for schools statewide and officials have the knowledge not only of one particular district but all district and can close schools based on what is most efficient for schools and their surrounding district

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  • Yolanda from Ohio

    They don’t want anybody to get sick and It is good because they want people to not die people are dieing because of this students or kids are the carrier of the coronavirus and then they can get their parents or other people sick and that is not okey teachers can get sick to without teachers there would be nobody to teach the kids and believe it or not we need our teachers to teach us because some of parents cant not teach so yes the schools should be close for the rest of the year.

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  • riley from Arizona

    I believe that in times like these where actions need to be taken as quickly as possible to prevent an increase in severity that letting the states decide is a good decision. While it would be ideal to simply listen to federal government, sometimes it is too slow. In order for the most effective measure to be taken, we should let states continue to decide. Several states have already closed down schools, and if enough legislators follow, them the federal government will realize that we need to be acting more quickly and urgently. Beside that, states have the right to decide under the constitution. Federalism is a key ideal within our country, the split of government between federal and state levels. Technically education is primarily a state and local responsibility. So, based off of that, and my prior reasoning, I believe that the states should be left to do what they believe is best

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  • Livie from Texas

    As a college student, I think that the government should make the call on shutting schools down but ultimately they have all the information to make an informed decision to protect the public before we do and it has shown in this recent outbreak that it was good to shut down schools to prevent the spread.

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  • Michael from Pennsylvania

    They should .

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  • Chiron from North Carolina

    No, I don’t think the government should have any control over it, it should be up to the school.

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  • Drew from Kansas

    No, I believe that the response to the Coronavirus Outbreak should be managed by the federal government. The results of this virus spreading across nations can be seen all across the world, as well as the terrible effects it has on a nation’s health and welfare. The problem is nationwide and the responsibility of handling it should be delegated to a national government. The federal government has the best interest of the people at mind and by having the power to shut down all schools and other mass meetings, it has further control over the virus and will be able to stop its spread much more quickly.

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  • Devyn from New Jersey

    The state governments should not be the ones to make the decisions about school closings because it would lead to too much confusion in the nation. Students across the nation would then feel as though they could travel across borders since the virus is “not affecting them.” This would inevitably prolong the severity of the virus because these students could be unknowingly passing along the disease. If the national government were to force education to be online for the rest of the school year in all 50 states, the virus would likely slow down quicker than if each state decided to take their own approach to solve the pandemic.

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  • Felix from North Carolina

    The national government would ideally be the one to step up to improve the patchwork method of closure we currently have. While this may be unlikely, it is the best method.

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  • TJ from Kentucky

    State governments have the ability to decide if schools are going to open or close. However it’s not an obligation. If a state thinks it is a good idea to close down all the public schools for the school year they can do it. I think it is just dangerous to put that decision on any one during a time where we don’t know what will happen in a week. We don’t know how long this will last and we don’t need to make decisions on closing schools when students are already home. I think telling state governments to make a decision like that in such a unpredictable time is pointless when we can just wait and see what will happen. As I said before, students are already home so there is no harm in letting this play out and make decisions in time.

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  • Allison from New York

    State governments should not have to be responsible for actions taken to reduce the spread of a pandemic that is compromising the safety of every person living in this nation. In this circumstance, state and local governments should not be left to flounder with no nationwide response, or be forced to close the doors of their schools one by one. The current decentralized approach to this disease that has affected more people than the 1918 flu epidemic will be slow and endanger the lives of millions. In this instance, with all states now impacted, a federal statement to close all schools in areas at risk for community spread of the disease was the only wise decision.
    In this country, state governments have always valued their independence and should maintain it, but that in no way means it should be the sole responsibility of states to determine the closure of schools due to what is by definition an interstate virus. Fifty states making fifty separate decisions is leaving more people at risk than a centralized and rapid response would. Particularly with the long incubation period of this pathogen, just because people do not show symptoms does not mean they are not carrying the virus and transmitting it to others who are vulnerable, and the rampant theories that only the elderly are being affected have been debunked by the CDC and WHO. At this point in the crisis the only way to keep students, teachers, and their families safe from the virus is to close schools.
    This leaves the raging debate of who is responsible for taking necessary action. The constitution clearly states that the federal government is responsible for addressing matters of interstate commerce. With the lives of their citizens depending on action, some states have realized the scale of the pandemic and the danger it poses to not only the people already infected, but also to hospital staff who can not get necessary PPE. These state governments have taken the initiative, and closed schools in the areas where action was clearly necessary and it is now past time for the national government to fulfil their role in providing the necessary guidance to those states that have not yet taken the necessary measures to protect people from a virulent and deadly attack in an interconnected world.
    Article I Section 8 of the United States Constitution states that the Congress shall have power “to make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper”. Given the current pandemic it is both necessary and proper for Congress to declare the closure of schools. With Congress currently occupied determining relief for millions of people who are unable to work due to the pandemic, it would be most proper for the CDC, president or the secretary of education to make a statement to schools suggesting a course of action. In recent years the CDCs ability to function has been depleted, and the secretary of education has taken steps to limit the power and resources of the education department to support and properly advise schools. This leaves both of these departments effectively incapable of declaring a nationwide shutdown of schools, or even to declare a shutdown of schools in areas that have now been declared federal disaster zones. With an extremely contagious and deadly virus having a high probability of spreading to millions through exposure in schools, and those who would normally be responsible for addressing this calamity unable to take action, the only way to stop the spread of this virus is for state governments to address the situation.
    If this were an event that only affected a particular area of the country then the state government should ultimately be responsible for the closing of schools. But this is not an isolated disease
    The only way to mitigate a national emergency is a national response. At this point in the crisis holding out hope for a national response will only delay a much needed reaction. In this circumstance the bodies with the most authority and willingness to close schools are the individual state governments. In this scenario it is the obligation of each state to protect their students, school staff and all families of these people from one of the worst crises that has ever faced this nation.
    With universal agreement on the part of every knowledgeable expert in the country that action needs to be taken by the federal government to prevent large gatherings, and a near universal cry from local and state governments for federal aid it is clear that schools must be closed. State governments are responsible for state issues, the federal government, not the states, is responsible for taking action to address this national emergency. States can and should do everything in their power to mitigate the effects of this crisis, but ultimately the responsibility of preserving the people of the United States lies with the federal government.
    Though an argument could be made that in this circumstance the tenth amendment should be invoked, that amendment was written to preserve and protect state sovereignty. It was not made to abandon citizens in the face of a national emergency. The federal government was constructed to protect the people. In order to do this they must be responsible for ensuring safety by making the decision to close all schools in a time when everyone who walks through the doors of a school is placing themselves and their families at risk.
    It is the federal government’s responsibility to respond to crises that affect all Americans. Under normal circumstances states should determine whether schools close, but a pandemic is not a normal circumstance and this crisis is not affecting only one or even a few states. To slow the spread of this virus and avert a complete collapse of the public health system, schools must be closed until the virus can be controlled.

    Works cited:

    https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/constitution-transcript

    http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2020/03/childrens-covid-19-risks-unique-chinese-studies-find

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  • Hunter from New York

    I feel as though the federal government should determine this because slowing down the spread of corona virus is crucial and if schools reopen in certain states then there can be serious consequences.

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  • Jack from Pennsylvania

    State governments should not make decisions on school closings. The federal government should make all decisions on school closings because then there is a lack of uniformity between different school districts and everyone would be equal. Everyone should be held to the same standard and be in the same situation. When students apply to college or for further learning there could be advantages and disadvantages to whether your school was closed or not. This would present an unfair advantage or disadvantage in the admissions process. This would also bring about confusion to both students applying and further learning facilities because then students can not be compared as easily. If everyone was held to the same standard, set by the federal government, this would be avoided. The federal government is also in charge of regulating and controlling the effects of the pandemic and they have more knowledge on the entirety of what is going on. Therefore, they should make the decision on closing schools. The federal government in all issues regarding jurisdiction over issues reigns superior due to the Supremacy Clause and therefore if they wish to make a decision on school closing they have the power to do so. If the federal government makes the decision on closing schools it will promote equality as well as a definitive end to the virus.

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  • Keegan from Colorado

    They are preventing student from helping find a solution.

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  • Hannah from Massachusetts

    It is extremely important that schools are shut down at this point due to Covid-19. As people have seen in places like Italy, China, and Korea if large measures are not taken from the beginning the problem will only get worse. This decision should be made by the federal government because it will mean that the problem will not get exasperated by governors not thinking about the overall common good. Although not every state is seeing the effects of Covid-19, research is showing that if measures are not taken now like shutting all state schools, millions will get sick and some percent of that many will die.

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  • Jood from Michigan

    While some states may seem like they are not affected by the novel coronavirus, they may just be starting their trip to devastation. The power to shut down schools for the rest of the year should be reserved to the federal government. A prime example of a state that failed to address the coronavirus pandemic fast enough is Michigan, where I live. In just a span of 17 days, Michigan has gone from 2 to 3500+ cases. Had schools been shut down by the federal government as soon as the first case in the United states was confirmed, Michigan Would have been forced to more quickly react to the Coronavirus. After a couple confirmed cases had been found, one of them was a teacher from a school in Oakland County which is the county that has the most cases. We cannot keep relying on our state’s government to take action not until after the state has been hit. Coronavirus is not a state issue, it has declared a national emergency which means that the federal government should be responsible to take action quickly by not just focusing on the states with the most cases, but also remembering the ones who don’t have an excessive amount yet, and help avoid the spread there too.

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  • Oliver from Ohio

    No, state governments shouldn’t determine whether or not schools close for the rest of the year; instead, this power should be given up to the national government for a more cohesive, unified response to COVID-19. Dating all the way back to the 1700s, crises were always better handled by a strong federal government as opposed to several state governments. This is clearly shown by an example of a weak national government during a time of action: the response to Shays’ Rebellion under the Articles of Confederation. Unable to carry out tasks that we consider straightforward today, at the time, the national government couldn’t even levy taxes without the consent of the states, who always refused. For drafting a national army, various states would only agree to provide troops if danger was directly across their borders or if others went first. While Shays’ Rebellion raged on in Massachusetts, only the Massachusetts state militia tried to quell the rapidly growing uprising. Other states refused to budge, only willing to act and provide troops if the rebellion spread to their territories. In the midst of a potentially nationwide crisis, the national government should have been able to use its authority to keep the nation safe from harm. Shifting to today, although it’s not exactly like a war or a rebellion, the fight against COVID-19 requires this same national unity that the response to Shays’ Rebellion had lacked. Time and time again, one state was hit by COVID-19 while bordering states stood on the sidelines, ready to also receive their first cases and act when it’s too late. Many states would close their schools later than they should have; even Ohio, one of the first states to close schools, was badly hit by COVID-19. As a result, Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton claimed on March 12 that 1% of all Ohioans have it, three days after the first case. Although the spread of COVID-19 was inevitable, a more universal approach in favor of closing schools would have been far more appropriate in reducing its spread. After all, the national government has the obligation to “provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States” under Article 1 Section 2 Clause 1. This may still appear to be infringing upon a state’s right to decide, but the national government should be able to do this anyways for the good of the nation as a whole through Article 1 Section 2 Clause 18—the “necessary and proper” clause. In essence, this intervention by the national government is fully justified as “necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers,” powers including maintaining general welfare and safety. While some states may believe that keeping schools open for longer is not a problem, this increases the chances for the virus to spread through that very state, other bordering states, and the nation as a whole. Because of its duty to protect the nation, especially in the midst of a crisis, the national government should be allowed to use its power to rightfully determine whether or not schools close for the rest of the year.

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    • Justus from Texas

      Would you agree that the constitution mandates that all things not mentioned in the constitution be enforced, addressed by the state? Also, what about other scenarios? I believe you only talked about COVID-19/times of crisis. IE why in general should Federal Gov have the “last call”

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  • Hannah from Oklahoma

    I understand why schools should be shut down due to the pandemic, but it really will put a halt to our learning. I am in a hands-on course to become an Emergency Medical Technician and I am not sure how I will be able to become certified by the end of May. There are many things that students and faculty members can do to help prevent the spread of disease. We did not know that the day before spring break would be our last day of school for the year, my teacher is retiring this year and we have not gotten the chance to say goodbye. I wish that each school was able to make that decision instead of based on the statewide decision.

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    • Caden from Colorado

      I don’t think you entirely understood the prompt of the discussion; the question is not asking whether or not schools should be closed, but rather whether or not the closure of schools should be a state or federal issue. I do agree with the points that you made, however, I feel that you missed the point and only voted “no” in the sense that you don’t want schools to be closed at all, rather than “no” in the sense that it should be a federal decision vs a state decision.

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  • Hannah from Colorado

    School districts should work with state governments to decide if they should close for the rest of the year. It is an important practice of federalism and ultimately I think school districts should be able to decide for themselves as long as they take into account the CDC and government recommendation.

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    • Jadyn from Colorado

      I fully agree with this ideology and that working together between the state and school districts would be the best option but what would happen if a school chooses to stay open while the Virus is seen as a great impact not only is the school putting their students in danger but any faculty is also put into danger and all the families, better if one overall state decision is made rather than individual school district decisions.

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  • Michael from New Jersey

    I think schools should not close because kids need to learn and they are used to going in everyday especially younger kids so they can learn and see their teacher. We only have a couple of months left until the summer.

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  • Lesly from Illinois

    I truly believe that each school district should have the decision to close down their schools for the rest of the school year. Making it a statewide or nationwide decision would just hurt the students even more that these two to three weeks already have. Shutting down schools would have the biggest impact on low-income families who already with COVID-19 have been forced to leave their children unattended or leave their jobs sticking with just one low wage income or zero income for the following weeks to come because schools decided to shut down completely for the rest of the year. As a student myself staying at home has taken a huge toll on me. It is extremely harder to focus, work given to us the students often feel pointless, and we have the responsibility to complete all of our school work while still trying to maintain our homes. In conclusion, each school district should have the choice of closing down their school. Not the government.

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    • Matthew from Colorado

      This issue has quickly become a nationwide issue and just shutting down the school’s district by district is no longer enough. In most states, every single district is experiencing the outbreak whether they know it yet or not. The best option is to lets the state governments decide whether or not they deem it necessary.

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  • Jah'Vion from Florida

    No, in response to the COVID-19 virus, state governments across the country should not entertain nor commit to the closure of school districts for the rest of the year.Thus far 39 states have decided to close schools, impacting nearly 41 million students, according to Education Week. Several school districts around the country have already shut down for the remainder of the year, while the Governor of California warns that the closure of California schools could last until in the summer. To be clear, after consulting the Center for Disease and Control (C.D.C), local health professionals, education professionals and school districts, state governments should carefully decide whether the closure of school districts should be an appropriate response. This would include fully closing school functions, including online based learning. While it is logical to close schools to cease the spread of the COVID-19 virus, discontinuing online based services would be a mistake. The state of Florida waived K-12 state testing, as well as appealed to parents stating they possessed the opportunity to hold their child in the same grade for the 2021-2022 school year. Many states have recognized the value in online based learning. Although it has its challenges, such as providing an undue burden on students with no internet or technology access, school districts should immediately promulgate policies and issue a strategy to combat such. Missing valued learning in these unprecedented times may unfairly not prepare students for the upcoming school year. Yes, we are in unprecedented time. But, we cannot allow to unfairly give up on students.

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  • Lendsey from Florida

    The state government doesn’t know what it feels like to have their school year stripped away from them in a blink of an eye. There are kids who had school as their only source of safety and meals so they can survive and now all of that is gone. Seniors, who’ve spent 11 years preparing for this moment, their final moments to spend with their friends, going to prom, and walking the stage before they venture off into the real world just to have that stripped away. The state government shouldn’t solely be make that decision. Students and teachers were given a voice as well and we should be able to use it. As one of the Amendments states, “freedom of speech”.

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    • Matthew from Colorado

      If the precautions aren’t taken the situation could get more out of control and extend into the summer break. I believe most students would rather sacrifice the school year than risk being quarantined for all of the summer.

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    • Jake from Colorado

      But if the federal government decides to shut down schools, then every school is shut down for good. If the state governments have the power to decide then not every school will be shut down if the severity of the virus in that specific state does not require a shut down. The question was should state governments have the power to decided whether or not schools are shut down, not should schools be shut down.

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  • Katrina from Montana

    Ultimately, I feel that with this type of situation, any large groups of people are a bad idea. The decisions that our federal government is making at this time are reflective of the current environment in areas such as Seattle, LA, and New York. I feel that out of precautionary measures, closing all schools is a responsible approach to this problem. Not taking this matter seriously would result in a state that Italy is now facing.

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    • Alex from Colorado

      Yo Katrina, I agree with you that this is an extremely important crisis that we’re facing, but if we shut down schools we have to remember that we’re shutting down a social safety net for lots of families. I think we need to leave it up to state governments to decide because they are more knowledgable of how extensive their school systems are as a social service to the community. I think that even while leaving it up to the states we’ll find that most if not all still shut down schools, but they’ll be able to do so in a way that aligns with local issues. Furthermore, it ensures that families aren’t left without access to the social services provided by schools, because the states will be able to shut down schools and also have authority on what aspects of this social service remain necessary to its residents.

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  • Natalee from Virginia

    I think that the federal government should decide if schools shut down, because COVID-19 is in all 50 states, thus it is a national issue. Also, we can avoid confusion by shutting down all schools everywhere and keep children safe. Personally, I think that the entire country should go on lockdown except for hospitals, grocery stores, and stores like Target and Walmart that carry anything anyone would need.

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    • Caitlin from Colorado

      I think that while it is an issue in all states, there are some states that are way more affected than others, so for the federal government to be in charge of it all really isn’t realistic.

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    • Cara from Colorado

      I respectfully disagree with your viewpoint regarding this issue. While I agree that COVID-19 is in all 50 states making it a nationwide issue I do not believe that the federal government should decide how schools should handle closures. The large variance of the number of cases in each state would make a unified, appropriate response by the federal government very hard to achieve. Additionally, on the concepts of federalism this gives states the power to make decisions for what is best within their own borders, and I believe this current situation is a great time to demonstrate that concept of federalism. States are better equipped to decide how to handle things within their borders.

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  • Madison from Maine

    States governments don’t decide when we have snow days, so why should they decide how many days we stay out of school due to even something as big as a pandemic. On another note, the superintendents of every school district are much more closely related to the wants and needs of the children and families in their community. Also, it’s not up to the state to try and figure out work arrangements for employees, lesson arrangements for children, and care for children in the time they are stuck at home. I believe that if we leave it up to the states, many students will suffer much more than if the decision is left to the much more family-friendly district staff.

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    • Amber from Colorado

      That’s a good point, however, this is a national emergency. I understand that the state doesn’t control things like snow days, but this is a lot more serious than a little bit of snow. At least for Colorado, we have over 1,000 cases of corona and it is in the states best interest to cancel schools so that the virus doesn’t spread.

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