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: 76%
No: 24%
  • Brannon from California

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

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    • Eddie from Illinois

      I affirm the statement that it should be the responsibility of state governments to determine if schools remain closed for the duration of the year, due to the pandemic. Different states have different circumstances presented to them regarding the pandemic. The federal government may not have the best plan that suits every community when it comes to school closures. For example, small communities in a state like North Dakota will have completely different circumstances than those in New York City, or Chicago. For this reason, state governments should be allowed to make their own decision regarding whether or not schools will close for the remainder of the school year. Different situations require different solutions especially when it comes to a global pandemic, because as I previously stated, one solution does not fix every communities’ problems. The vast differences in population density in these communities across the country mean that the federal government should take a step back and allow state legislators to make this decision.While having many different policies may cause confusion, someone who is traveling through these communities needs to do their own research on the guidelines at their destination. It is not the job of others to suffer because someone outside their community does not know their guidelines.

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    • gwynne from Illinois

      Like the debate, I agree with the fact that the national government should have control over whether or not schools should stay open for in person attendance. The pandemic should be dealt with by the highest form of government. By having the government control this issue, it would resolve so many of the dragged on debates. Since states and schools have power over in person school, it is creating a huge difference of the quality of education with all students in the USA. Obviously, online school does not offer as much learning opportunities as in person. I believe that in 10 years, when our current students are pursuing careers and college, the level of education behind those careers will significantly differ based on each person and their learning opportunities during the time of COVID-19. So, if the national government had control over the school system during COVID, it would allow an even playing field for the up and coming students, lawyers, doctors, and even government officials.

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    • matt from Illinois

      Although some may believe that the national government determining whether or not schools close for the remainder of the year would be best for creating a unified response, State governments understand the unique and varying circumstances schools within their state are facing and can use this information to create the best educational system for their state to respond to the pandemic.
      The Coronavirus is a serious issue that must be accounted for in our schooling systems at this time. A national response could be effective in limiting the virus spread on a national basis, However this option can be irresponsive of changes occurring in towns across the country. The Corona virus does not affect the country in the same way at all times. New York may be having a surge in cases, but a town in Missouri may be experiencing a decline in cases. So, a National decision to close schools for the remainder of the year may be the right decision for some states, but likely not for all.
      This is why State governments should be able to make this decision as they can create a more educated and effective decision based on the cases in their state. State governments have a better perspective of their own states and towns and have a better understanding of the circumstances they must face in their own states which allows them to create the best response for our educational system in preventing the spread of the Coronavirus.

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  • Riley from Illinois

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

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  • Jesus from Texas

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

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  • Naomi from South Dakota

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

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  • Petra from South Dakota

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

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  • Alexis from Texas

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

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  • Alexis from Texas

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

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  • Farida from Texas

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

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  • Isabella from Texas

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

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  • jennifer from Massachusetts

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

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  • Nate from Texas

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

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  • Steven from Texas

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

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  • Sophie from Texas

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

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  • James from Virginia

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

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  • Lauren from Massachusetts

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

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  • Paul from Illinois

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

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    • Cora from Illinois

      Yes, all of the states have a different amount of cases, so the individual state governments should decide what is best for their state. States like Illinois, and Florida both have a very high amount of cases whereas states like South Dakota only have a few cases. In the Bill of Rights, the tenth amendment says that any powers not given to the federal government belong to the state. The closure of schools isn’t listed as a power given to the federal government, so shouldn’t it go to the states? Most of the other issues that have to do with education are in the hand of the state government. The standards and learning criteria that are given to schools are provided by the state government, not the federal government. Also, the state government sets mandatory requirements for students to graduate. The federal government plays a limited role in the education system. The role of the federal government is to provide education rights, not rules. Some might say that the issue is spread across the whole country and that all states are affected, so it is a federal issue. Even though it has become a federal issue, we should let the state governors decide how bad it is in their own state. For the reasons above, the state government should be able to decide whether schools close. To add on, schools are a major germ facility. Too many students get sick from others attending school. The government should cancel school (allow it to be up to the state) because it puts students at risk of getting sick. If schools shut down, it gives the students a chance to handle school work plus having a job on the side. It helps prepare us for our future

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    • Sullivan from Illinois

      I think that yes, the state government should decide if schools are closed for the rest of the year. We are living in unprecedented times, and we need to do what’s best for the American people. Allowing for state governments to decide if schools are closed would help ensure the safety of millions of people. If schools were allowed to be opened for the rest of the year, the virus would continue to spread and more and more people would get sick. If a child at school were to get the virus, they could spread it to somebody at home who may be in the risk group, and that is something that cannot happen if we hope to beat this virus. It would be irresponsible and dangerous for state governments to allow schools to be reopen and risk lives of students, teachers, parents, and many more. Another thing to consider if schools were to reopen would be the dangers of traveling, if a child were to go somewhere for spring break and unknowingly bring the virus with them, they could spread it all around the school and put a lot of people in danger. If schools are chosen to remain closed by the state, we eliminate the chance of this happening, therefore more lives are saved. It should be the state governments responsibility to keep its people safe, and allowing them the choice of opening schools would allow for that. This is the government that is making decisions regarding COVID and is specifically designed to focus on that state, and since they are responsible for their state, they should be the ones who decide how to keep them safe. At the end of the day COVID spreads fast, and allowing schools (which are places were the virus could spread in an instant) to reopen would only make it spread quicker and more. Schools were closed for a reason, and allowing them to open back up again will only cause harm. Every state is fighting against the virus differently. Although I do not think that school should be in person right now I still respect some schools decisions to go back, especially as it has become safer to do so.

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    • Sullivan from Illinois

      I think that yes, the state government should decide if schools are closed for the rest of the year. We are living in unprecedented times, and we need to do what’s best for the American people. Allowing for state governments to decide if schools are closed would help ensure the safety of millions of people. If schools were allowed to be opened for the rest of the year, the virus would continue to spread and more and more people would get sick. If a child at school were to get the virus, they could spread it to somebody at home who may be in the risk group, and that is something that cannot happen if we hope to beat this virus. It would be irresponsible and dangerous for state governments to allow schools to be reopen and risk lives of students, teachers, parents, and many more. Another thing to consider if schools were to reopen would be the dangers of traveling, if a child were to go somewhere for spring break and unknowingly bring the virus with them, they could spread it all around the school and put a lot of people in danger. If schools are chosen to remain closed by the state, we eliminate the chance of this happening, therefore more lives are saved. It should be the state governments responsibility to keep its people safe, and allowing them the choice of opening schools would allow for that. This is the government that is making decisions regarding COVID and is specifically designed to focus on that state, and since they are responsible for their state, they should be the ones who decide how to keep them safe. At the end of the day COVID spreads fast, and allowing schools (which are places were the virus could spread in an instant) to reopen would only make it spread quicker and more. Schools were closed for a reason, and allowing them to open back up again will only cause harm. Every state is fighting against the virus differently. Although I do not think that school should be in person right now I still respect some schools decisions to go back, especially as it has become safer to do so.

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    • Anik from Illinois

      The Founding Fathers would have never predicted a pandemic on this scale so the U.S. Constitution does not clearly state whether controlling education during national emergencies should be a reserved power (for states to decide) or an enumerated power (for the federal government to decide). However, state governments, instead of federal governments, should determine whether schools close for the rest of the year. First, different states have different percentages of their population that have COVID-19. As of the end of February 2021, North Dakota is one of the worst states and Vermont is one of the best states in terms of the percentage of the population with coronavirus and the number of daily new cases. Each state has different statistics and schools with different average sizes. Because of these constantly changing variations of the severity of the pandemic throughout different states, it would be almost impossible for the federal government to make a judgement applicable to all states on whether to close schools for the rest of the year. Also, establishing and maintaining local schools is a reserved power so even though the pandemic is considered to be more of a national issue, the states should get to decide if they are opening or closing for the rest of the year. Furthermore, protecting public health is a reserved power, which means that even in a national health crisis, states should be responsible over their own health and safety. Some may argue that the federal government has access to more resources, medical professionals, and contact with credible organizations such as the World Health Organizations, so it has the information needed to make such an important decision for the country. However, this does not change the fact that the federal government will not be able to make a decision which is the most suitable for each state. Each state may have to compromise with the federal government to get a better plan for the state, so a widespread federal plan may not be optimal for all 50 states even with all of the knowledge and resources the federal government has. One might also argue that if schools are closed for some states but not others, it might increase the education inequality between states, so students in one state will have the opportunity to take an SAT test whereas the SAT test in another state may be cancelled due to that state’s policy of closing schools for the year. However, the education system has adjusted for the possible education inequality between states. Using the same example of SAT tests, most, if not all, American colleges have made standardized testing an optional part of the application process. This means that students whose states did not allow them to take the SAT test will not be at a disadvantage in the college admissions process. For these reasons, state governments should determine whether schools close for the rest of the year.

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  • Priya from Illinois

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

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    • connor from Illinois

      I think that the authority to control public education, especially in a pandemic like COVID 19 should go to the local and state governments. COVID is a unilateral problem that needs a specific approach depending on its geographical impact. State governments are the only ones that can effectively analyze the impacts of this crisis on education. For instance the total number of cases in each state and where the virus is shifting, as well as how that corresponds to the vaccine recipients and the ability to do their jobs. State governments also provide a much faster response to issue time than the federal government. Some might argue that the federal gov will be able to take a broader sweeping strike at fighting the pandemic, however what this boils down to is partisan arguing and large “be quiet” legislation passed to simply cool peoples nerves. The State governments should control the educational response to covid in their own state.

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  • Latrintee from Illinois

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

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  • Jamison from Massachusetts

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

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  • Emerson from Massachusetts

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

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  • Michael from Ohio

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

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  • 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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    • Clare from Illinois

      SHOULD STATE GOVERNMENTS or NATIONAL GOVERNMENTS DETERMINE WHETHER SCHOOLS CLOSE FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR? Many people may argue that state governments should be the ones determining whether or not we should be going back to school, but allowing for this would create great dispute. Since so many people are already divided in their decisions in whether students should be attending school or not, allowing for each individual state to make the decision will simply cause chaos. The world needs to be unified in their decision. Otherwise, you will have angry people moving from state to state due to the fact that their isn’t unity in the topic over allowing in school education. In order for the world to move forward past this pandemic, we need to be acting together. We need everyone to be experiencing the same decisions to prevent chaos within our world.

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    • Logan from Illinois

      Yes I think that state governments should determine whether schools close for the rest of the year. I believe this because every state is different with the COVID numbers. Each state has different people and each state has different ideas and views on this disease. The state Governments need to realize that this disease could kill many and many people like it already has, so they need to take that into consideration. Plus it’s hard to social distance yourself when your at school because your in a classroom and there could be around 15-20 kids in each classroom for around 7 hours a day. Even though schools are opening up and allowing kids, they should realize that this could end up great or horrible. There was already a huge outbreak a year ago, and there was another one a couple months ago. This just shows us that this virus is not going away unless we all stick together and do our part and listen to the Government and the officials about this virus.

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    • Monica from Illinois

      This question can easily be split between two different beliefs, either the idea of a more centralized government or states’ rights. While I usually opt for a more centralized government when it comes to public policy, in this situation, I think that state and local governments should choose whether schools are closed during the fall. My reasoning behind this is that state governments will have a better idea of where they’re at with handling the Covid-19 crisis. According to the New York Times, the weekly average new cases in Arkansas this week is 243, compared to Illinois which is 2,806. It wouldn’t be ideal if the federal government declared a mandatory school closure in the fall based on the nationwide census of new cases, which is averaged at 25,536 this week. I think that it would make more sense if the decision between opening and closing schools in the fall was based on each county within each state. In Illinois, where I currently reside, most of the new cases have accumulated within Cook County or Chicago. Cook County has averaged at 1,040 new cases this week compared to the more southern, rural Monroe County that has averaged at 3 new cases this week. Based on this information, if the fall census is similar, states should be given the authority to allow or prevent schools from opening because they have a better gage on the severity within each county. Counties like Cook County should start the school year off with distance learning in order to prevent an increase in cases, but Monroe county should be able to open up again because of their low amount of new cases.

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    • Kate from Illinois

      State governments should be making the choice for their own state if schools should be closed for the rest of the year. Schools have always been a topic that has been state-run and no matter the situation they should remain that way. Each state has its own unique people and unique ways of running its schools. You wouldn’t want/need the same rules running school districts in California in Alaska. To go even further, I think that in each state they should have different rules for schools in each part of the state. For example, around this time last year, we had our first taste of quarantine. For our school district and our neighboring towns, it wasn’t that big of a change since we already relied on technology to complete most of our assignments. The same can’t be said for southern Illinois though. Most of my dad’s side of the family lives in Spring Valley, which is a small town next to Pure, and the transition from all-person school to all online school was not smooth, to say the least. They live in a small, rural town that doesn’t rely on technology the way we do at Barrington, they did not have the means to have a proper education online. They weren’t alone in this, rural towns all across the country had this issue. At the start of 2020’s school year, everyone in Illinois still had to continue E-Learning since our Covid cases were so high because of our major city: Chicago. It’s insane how largely this city impacted the entire state, just because this one city made our numbers skyrocket it made going to school in all parts of Illinois impossible. This is extremely unfair, just as you can not compare California to Alaska, you can not compare Chicago to Spring Valley. So it’s out of the question to even consider our national government to run the school districts, especially during a pandemic when they have much more important things to focus on.

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    • Melissa from Illinois

      A worldwide pandemic has led to world changes everywhere, but education and students have been greatly affected by its changes. All of the states are on different paths and experiencing different numbers of COVID-19 cases as a whole state and within their communities. State governments are informed and know what circumstances are best for their schools and for their students’ safety. Leading to my agreement on the topic of state governments determining whether schools should close for the rest of the year or not. If this decision is made nationwide, an efficiently concluded decision might not be agreed on or might not be the best decision for all schools. It could lead to worse situations for the states and schools. However, state governments would have the ability to make precise decisions and to focus on their state individually. Based on where they’re at with the number of cases, they will also develop the needed school guidelines for their specific state situations. It will be a much more efficient way to keep schools in order and to ensure whether to provide distance or in school learning. It will also be beneficial and helpful with the probability of reducing cases. There’s a major difference between the number of cases in New York compared to Wyoming. States that have higher COVID-19 cases, such as New York will lead state governments to maintain schools closed, reducing the spreading of the virus within the schools and in the state. State governments will ensure safety and the best decision for their individual state, with either opening or closing schools.

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    • Julia from Illinois

      I believe that state governments should determine whether schools close for the rest of the year instead of the federal government. The main reason I believe state governments should be the ones deciding is that every state is in a unique position. In my mind, it would be ludicrous to say that the same covid restrictions set in Manhattan, New York, where the population density is 69,467.5 persons/sq mi, would fit well in rural states like Alaska, where the population density is 1.4 persons/sq mi. When there are so many factors that determine how COVID spreads, it’s impossible to account for the vastly different situations across different states with an overarching mandate on the whole country. Even on a state level, this is an issue. Here in Illinois, Governor Pritzker sets mandates for the whole state to follow, non differentiating from those who live in Chicago to those who live in the rural South and Central Illinois. Taking this a step up to the Federal Government would worsen this issue, and divide between rural counties and a government focused on the cities. The shutdown of schools is simply too broad of an issue for the Federal Government to handle. It’s the same reason why the Federal Government can’t apply the same parking laws in New York and Montana. In a small town in Montana, you wouldn’t need a parking meter, but in NYC you would be lucky to find a spot without one. Each State, County, City, and Town has different needs. Coming back to the issue of School closings, I believe that should be out of federal control because they always seem to mess something up. Looking back at the school lunch program instated during the Obama era, they aimed to make kids healthier by instating rules on school lunches. As I and many other students can attest to, these changes were more harmful than good, reducing the quality of food and pushing kids to eat foods less healthy than they were eating before. Overall, the government’s bad history with federal school programs and the inability to make good decisions for each state in the whole country leads me to my belief that the issue of school closing should be left to state governments.

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    • Kate from Illinois

      State governments should be making the choice for their own state if schools should be closed for the rest of the year. Schools have always been a topic that has been state-run and no matter the situation they should remain that way. Each state has its own unique people and unique ways of running its schools. You wouldn’t want/need the same rules running school districts in California in Alaska. To go even further I think that in each state they should have different rules for schools in each part of the state. For example, around this time last year, we had our first taste of quarantine. For our school district and our neighboring towns, it wasn’t that big of a change since we already relied on technology to complete most of our assignments. The same can’t be said for southern Illinois though. Most of my dad’s side of the family lives in Spring Valley, which is a small town next to Pure, and the transition from all-person school to all online school was not smooth, to say the least. They live in a small, rural town that doesn’t rely on technology the way we do at Barrington, they did not have the means to have a proper education online. They weren’t alone in this, rural towns all across the country had this issue. At the start of 2020’s school year, everyone in Illinois still had to continue E-Learning since our Covid cases were so high because of our major city: Chicago. It’s insane how largely this city impacted the entire state, just because this one city made our numbers skyrocket it made going to school in all parts of Illinois impossible. This is extremely unfair, just as you can not compare California to Alaska, you can not compare Chicago to Spring Valley. So it’s out of the question to even consider our national government to run the school districts, especially during a pandemic when they have much more important things to focus on.

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    • Grace from Illinois

      Yes, I believe that state governments should determine whether schools close the rest of the year. Each state is handling COVID a little differently. For example, states mandate whether or not certain restaurants or stores can be open, why should schools be any different. If state governments determined schools opening standards, it would create a uniform procedure for each school to follow. There would then be no problems or questions within each state on the procedures to follow. Unlike now where every school handles it differently. Uniformity within each state would make everything run more smoothly and create fewer problems. Each state can make an informed decision on if it is safe to go back based upon their numbers and other factors. Allowing for each district to make its policies within a state would not only create confusion but could potentially increase the spread of COVID if proper precautions are not followed. There are currently 13,598 school districts in the United States, if each of these districts had a different approach on how to come back there would be no unity or control over anything. Proper precautions within the various schools would be extremely unclear and could potentially create another COVID outbreak that would harm everyone. This pandemic is something new to everyone, we need to stand together in order to create the best possible outcome.

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    • Carter from Illinois

      In regards to whether the state or national government should determine whether schools should close for the rest of the year, I believe that the state government should make the decision. In determining the risks for students going back to school, there are a variety of factors that can impact the safety of a community. Some of these include population size & density, demographics, general political leaning, etc. In sparsely populated regions—such as the west and south—the likelihood of contracting the virus is far less in comparison to more heavily populated regions—such as the east and west coasts. Some states also may have less densely populated areas—such as many small towns—that are spread throughout the state, whereas other states have very densely populated areas—such as New York and Los Angeles. Should the government take full discretion for school openings, they may be failing to account for one region’s abilities to carry out in-person school by focusing on another region’s abilities. Demographics are also very important, as there are many cities and areas that have large elderly populations; this could be a reason to open schools, as there are fewer children to spread the virus, but it could be a reason to close schools, as the elderly are the most vulnerable to the virus. The national government can’t account for these demographic differences the way a state government could. The final, and possibly most important, is in regards to political leaning. Different regions of the country have different beliefs about what is important and what they are afraid of/willing to risk. Conservative’s would likely approve of opening schools just as they approve of opening businesses, since many are less afraid of the virus and prioritize the economy, but liberals would likely disapprove, as they tend to be more afraid of the virus. These differences would cause the national government to be unable to cater to everyone’s needs, thus causing controversy.

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    • Alexander from Illinois

      Yes, state governments should determine whether or not schools close for the rest of the year. State Governments should have priority over the national government in this scenario because of their reserved powers. As outlined in the 10th amendment, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively.” As there is no part of the constitution that addresses the coronaviruses effects on schools opening, this power of closing the schools would be reserved to the states. Furthermore, it would be smarter for the state governments to be the ones making the decisions. State governments are more intricately familiar with the conditions of coronavirus in their state, including the public opinion on it, the statistics of who is infected, and the variance in coronavirus effects throughout the region. Compare this to the federal government trying to make the decision for 50 different states: a decision that may seem to work for one state could be detrimental to a different state. Some may argue that the federal government needs to address coronavirus so we can be a unified front. This argument is flawed because each state is different. According to the CDC’s COVID Data Tracker, 40% of counties have a high level of community transmission(coronavirus growth), and 7% have a low level, with 53% in the middle. The range of high level and low level counties vary between states, and are concentrated differently. It would be foolish if we acted on a united front and either made students in low coronavirus affected states like Oklahoma continue with e-learning needlessly, or made students in high coronavirus affected states like Minnesota go back to school when it is very obviously unsafe to do so. You can’t cut a watermelon and sharpen a pencil with the same knife. It should be noted, however, that state governments should be very careful when it comes to how they address coronavirus throughout their state. As previously mentioned, counties differentiate just like states in terms of coronavirus statistics. Informed decisions, perhaps from a coronavirus council within the state government, should be made on a county by county basis. Much like how we have a right to press and to protest, individual school districts will maintain the right to petition the state government to alter their approach for their specific county. The ability for the individual school districts to petition is why it’s okay for the state governments to make their decision for them. If the opinion is truly so wrong, the counties should be able to protest the decision, and the coronavirus decision makers should be considerate of their demands. State governments don’t have the goal to oppress, the state governments need to work together with the counties to make the best approach to the coronavirus possible. This approach will be much more effective on federal, state and county levels.

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    • Mia from Illinois

      The question for this week is whether or not state governments should determine whether schools close for the rest of the year. I think that they should because education is normally a state’s responsibility. According to the U.S department of education “Education is primarily a State and local responsibility in the United States. It is States and communities, as well as public and private organizations of all kinds, that establish schools and colleges, develop curricula, and determine requirements for enrollment and graduation.” The state government knows their education system the best and knows what is better for their students. Each state is almost as large as or larger than some of the smaller countries in the world and each state has its distinctive requirements and capabilities. This is why education is the state’s role, each state requires different things and the federal government can not tend to the needs of 50 individual states.
      I can see why some people would say the federal government should determine this because the pandemic is an overall larger issue and the federal government deals with bigger issues such as war, foreign policies, and public safety, but the state government already controls mask mandates and they issue lockdowns, so naturally, they should also control the closing down of schools. The states have already done a great job by closing down schools, according to many articles but BallotPedia specifically, “States closed to in-person instruction for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year: 48. A number of public schools in states closed to in-person instruction for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year: 50,261,464”. Covid spreads rapidly through the air and human contact and schools are a perfect chance for the spread of covid. There are kids packed in classrooms, lunchrooms, and hallways, so the only surefire way to stop the spread is by shutting down schools. The fact that 48 out of 50 states closed down their schools shows how effective the state government already is.
      On another note, the federal government has limits over the states for a reason, to prevent tyranny. The federal government would have too much power if it started taking over the state’s territory. This would ruin our system of checks and balances leaving too much power to one person/group which would be unfair to the American people because the American people would lose their voices. Overall, this system has word great for years, and there is no need to change it now.

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    • Desi from Illinois

      I believe that the State Governments should be the ones to determine whether schools close for the rest of the year or not. Why? Because the State Governments have information about their own states. Each state’s government tracks its own number of cases, every single day, across that particular state. Then based on those numbers, the State Governments should be able to decide whether or not it is safe for students to go to in-person school. At the moment, those stats should be the most influencing factor when making that decision, because the most important thing is to keep the students safe from COVID. I do not think that the National Government should be the one to decide for all of the schools across the nation because in different states, there are different numbers of cases of coronavirus. If the National Government was the one to make that decision, and say that it decided to close all schools permanently, it would be limiting every single student across the nation from going to school. For states that are not as advanced with technology, online school would be a very difficult task to achieve, because it would require more resources, more funding, and more time for training of teachers. And that would be a waste of all of the above because if those less advanced states had minimal cases of coronavirus, that would mean students are actually safe to go to in-person school. Another issue with closing all schools permanently would simply be the fact that some students just learn better when they are at school. All of those students would not be able to take full advantage of their education because they are limited from getting hands-on experience. I believe State Governments should be making their own decisions about whether or not to close schools permanently because they truly know better what is best for students.

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    • Hailey from Illinois

      I believe that states should determine wether or not a school closes because the country as a whole, is just one big mess. By breaking it into a smaller picture such as a state, it’s easier to determine what areas of the state are okay to go back versus what parts of the states might need to stay virtual. Even just in one school district you have to look at many different cities.

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    • Julie from Illinois

      I think that the state government should determine whether schools close for the rest of the year because in the state they know their status with the pandemic. Each state is different and is battling with the pandemic differently. I think that if we let it up to the states to choose instead of the federal government, we can help get control of the pandemic in each state. The states can regulate mask wearing, they can control how the schools handle the pandemic, as well as everything in their state to try and get a handle on the pandemic and the numbers controlled. In order to get ahead of this pandemic we need more mask mandates, even if people don’t like them. We need more hand sanitizer and more vaccine distribution in order to stop this pandemic. And this goes for every state that needs these regulations. I would say what would be fair is that the federal and state governments work together. The federal government can send out “must have regulations” that every state must follow. And then the states can add or change a few things they think is an overreach of power by the federal government. But the states would have to follow a certain amount of regulations to make it fair. I agree that the country needs a unified approach to move forward. But again each state has a difference in numbers and spread of the virus so it should be regulated differently based on the case numbers in your state. In places that are more populated like big cities, there will be more regulations than a state with more mountains and less population. I also think that the state governments should be communicating with nearby surrounding states to help control the borders that way there is less traveling between states and spreading the virus. That way the states can handle what is going on in their borders that way they can lessen the numbers. I think if the schools decide to shut down their schools, keep them open, or to do hybrid models it is up to them and the districts if they have the numbers of healthy people and are under control and up for the challenge. If the power was up to the federal government, it would ruin the balance of power between federal and state governments. It would be unconstitutional if the federal government took that choice away from the state governments.

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    • jacquelyn from Illinois

      I believe that the state government should decide if schools are closed for the rest of the year. As shown on many news networks and graphs and charts showing certain statistics about coronavirus, the amount of cases can vary state wide depending on many factors such as population, whether there is a huge city nearby, and whether or not the people who mainly live there are young or old. That being said one state who only has a few cases cannot be compared directly with another state, for example New York City which has a very large population. In addition giving state governments the power to decide whether or not to open schools next year can’t help them to decide what they think is right for the well-being of the people around them. This issue can cause a lot of backlash due to many factors which change the circumstances for many schools nationwide. It is important to make sure that people in certain areas are following the precautions that are working to help bring down the amount of cases, but some states definitely have a smaller amount of cases allowing schools to be opened up safely.
      This pandemic has shown how variable it is in terms of where outbreaks occur, so with governments taking into their own hands whether or not schools should be opened, hopefully more outbreaks can be controlled/prevented this way. As stated in the article above the state governments do understand the situation within their borders better than a distant national government and especially with our new President Biden who wants to stop this pandemic as soon as possible, I think that this is the only viable option for us at the moment. It is most likely in many schools best interest to stay close for next year considering they are specific size and how many cases they have And vice versa. I do believe that this decision allows for a more desensitized approach and truly is the smartest decision that considers the health and safety of the students and staff. It is almost impossible for the federal government to consider every state and their individual situation, so I firmly believe that state governments should decide if schools are closed or open for the rest of the year.

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    • jacquelyn from Illinois

      I believe that the state government should decide if schools are closed for the rest of the year. As shown on many news networks and graphs and charts showing certain statistics about coronavirus, the number of cases can vary state-wide depending on many factors such as population, whether there is a huge city nearby, and whether or not the people who mainly live there are young or old. That being said one state who only has a few cases cannot be compared directly with another state, for example, New York City which has a very large population. In addition, giving state governments the power to decide whether or not to open schools next year can’t help them to decide what they think is right for the well-being of the people around them. This issue can cause a lot of backlash due to many factors which change the circumstances for many schools nationwide. It is important to make sure that people in certain areas are following the precautions that are working to help bring down the number of cases, but some states definitely have a smaller amount of cases allowing schools to be opened up safely.
      This pandemic has shown how variable it is in terms of where outbreaks occur, so with governments taking into their own hands whether or not schools should be opened, hopefully, more outbreaks can be controlled/prevented this way. As stated in the article above the state governments do understand the situation within their borders better than a distant national government and especially with our new President Biden who wants to stop this pandemic as soon as possible, I think that this is the only viable option for us at the moment. It is most likely in many schools’ best interest to stay close for next year considering their specific size and how many cases they have And vice versa. I do believe that this decision allows for a more desensitized approach and truly is the smartest decision that considers the health and safety of the students and staff. It is almost impossible for the federal government to consider every state and its individual situation, so I firmly believe that state governments should decide if schools are closed or open for the rest of the year.

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    • Sullivan from Illinois

      I think that yes, the state government should decide if schools are closed for the rest of the year. We are living in unprecedented times, and we need to do what’s best for the American people. Allowing for state governments to decide if schools are closed would help ensure the safety of millions of people. If schools were allowed to be opened for the rest of the year, the virus would continue to spread and more and more people would get sick. If a child at school were to get the virus, they could spread it to somebody at home who may be in the risk group, and that is something that cannot happen if we hope to beat this virus. It would be irresponsible and dangerous for state governments to allow schools to be reopen and risk lives of students, teachers, parents, and many more. Another thing to consider if schools were to reopen would be the dangers of traveling, if a child were to go somewhere for spring break and unknowingly bring the virus with them, they could spread it all around the school and put a lot of people in danger. If schools are chosen to remain closed by the state, we eliminate the chance of this happening, therefore more lives are saved. It should be the state governments responsibility to keep its people safe, and allowing them the choice of opening schools would allow for that. This is the government that is making decisions regarding COVID and is specifically designed to focus on that state, and since they are responsible for their state, they should be the ones who decide how to keep them safe. At the end of the day COVID spreads fast, and allowing schools (which are places were the virus could spread in an instant) to reopen would only make it spread quicker and more. Schools were closed for a reason, and allowing them to open back up again will only cause harm. Every state is fighting against the virus differently. Although I do not think that school should be in person right now I still respect some schools decisions to go back, especially as it has become safer to do so.

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    • Hailey from Illinois

      I believe that the government should let each state and/or city decide depending on their covid rates. Because each city is different from another. And It is the states government’s duty to ensure safety upon its people.

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    • Jack from Illinois

      State governments should have the ability to enforce lockdowns rather than the national government. I believe that the recent data on Florida after it has released its mask enforcement proves that they are not necessary for some states. With Florida having one of the highest elderly populations in the country at 20.5%(Himes), you would think that many more deaths would be coming up in Florida. However, this is not the case. This is not something that could happen in more population-dense states like New Jersey or Massachusetts which have much more population density. If the national government had control over the entire nation’s lockdown I think there would be far less trust due to the fact that Florida already successfully removed their mask mandate. While it is true that we need a unified approach to stop the virus, with proper precautions to ensure that there are not covid infected people entering other states, not everyone needs to stay inside. Additionally, this is only one way to stay unified in our fight against covid. Unifying our country under our government and getting everyone to wear masks or quarantine is close to impossible in some states at this point. People who haven’t regained their ability to take off a mask in public wouldn’t find it so hard to keep them on. This would be another story in other states such as Florida. It’s likely much harder to ask people who have regained the ability to take off their masks to go back. And if not everyone has to sacrifice their jobs, there is no reason for them to be inside in order to support our economy.

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    • Jack from Illinois

      State governments should have the ability to enforce lockdowns rather than the national government. I believe that the recent data on Florida after it has released its mask enforcement proves that they are not necessary for some states. With Florida having one of the highest elderly populations in the country at 20.5%(Himes), you would think that many more deaths would be coming up in Florida. However, this is not the case. This is not something that could happen in more population-dense states like New Jersey or Massachusetts which have much more population density. If the national government had control over the entire nation’s lockdown I think there would be far less trust due to the fact that Florida already successfully removed their mask mandate. While it is true that we need a unified approach to stop the virus, with proper precautions to ensure that there are not covid infected people entering other states, not everyone needs to stay inside. Additionally, this is only one way to stay unified in our fight against covid. Unifying our country under our government and getting everyone to wear masks or quarantine is close to impossible in some states at this point. People who haven’t regained their ability to take off a mask in public wouldn’t find it so hard to keep them on. This would be another story in other states such as Florida. It’s likely much harder to ask people who have regained the ability to take off their masks to go back. And if not everyone has to sacrifice their jobs, there is no reason for them to be inside in order to support our economy.

      https://www.statista.com/statistics/183588/population-density-in-the-federal-states-of-the-us/

      https://www.prb.org/which-us-states-are-the-oldest/

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    • E from Illinois

      I believe it is the duty of not only our Federal, but state governments, to ensure the safety of the American people. Although not an ideal situation, we are living in absolutely unprecedented times. If schools were to open, it would inevitably lead to major spreading of the virus. This not only affects the population of the schools, but everyone that the attendees come in contact with. A single case in a school full of kids could lead to tens of thousands of others within a matter of days or weeks. It would be entirely irresponsible for the state government to allow schools to reopen and risk the lives of not only students, but teachers, parents, and more. The Constitution did leave some things open to interpretation, but it was very clear to the Framers that the job of the American government was to serve and protect the rights of the American People. By choosing the convenience of allowing schools to open, this would be a direct contradiction to the government’s role in our lives. The government is supposed to protect the lives of its citizens, and in this case, closing schools does exactly that.

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    • Francisco from Illinois

      I think that the State should determine whether schools close for the rest of the year.It should be up to state governments not national governments because each state is handling Covid differently and some states might benefit from online school when others don’t need to take such a drastic measure. If we leave it up to each individual school, the district might give in to parent pressure and might risk the spread of Covid because they are desperate to get the kids back in school. Children have the ability to do online learning and Americans need to accept that this is what we have to do in order to contain the virus. There is nothing more important than health and safety. Each state government can make an informed decision based on the number of cases in their state and they can determine whether or not it’s necessary for people to stay at home. The state government also needs to take hospital capacity into consideration so that the doctors don’t get overwhelmed. The state should make a decision so that individuals’ school districts do not feel tremendous pressure to keep their community happy and risk being seen as the bad guy.
      I think that the state governments should take charge and demand that schools close for the rest of the year to reduce the spread of Covid. If schools were to open again there would be a high chance that the amount of people getting Covid daily would rise and the kids would be put in danger. If kids were also to get Covid, they could spread it to their parents which Covid is a much bigger threat to. It is also better to close schools because if we reduce the spread of Covid sooner than later, it can save lives and the total amount of school kids would be missing.

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    • Brady from Illinois

      This is ofcourse the opposition to the Federal Government determining this. I believe that the State Government should determine whether or not the students in their state are online or in school. I believe this for two reasons. First, you can not think of how we are controlling Covid as a whole Country. This is because different places are being affected by the virus at higher rates than others. For example, at one point in time the Schaumburg area might have a higher rate than the Springfield area Covid rate and the other way around. State Governments deciding allows for areas that have very low rates of Covid to try opening back up while schools with higher rates can be safe and stay online. I don’t believe the Federal Government would run very smoothly for that same reason. If they decide to open all schools back up, then children that go to schools in areas with high rates of Covid won’t be safe at school and the other way around, if an area has a very low rate of cases then they should be able to open back up. Although I agree that it should be mostly up to the State Governments, I do, however, also believe that the Federal Government should monitor the states and make sure they are not rushing opening up schools. There should be a minimum case rate in that area that the schools must surpass to reopen. This plan allows the State Government to open up areas that have low cases there, but it also allows for the State Government to monitor and check the States and make sure the State Governments aren’t opening too quickly which can be unsafe because at the end of the day the safety of the students and faculty at a school is the number one priority always. I also think the Federal Government should make requirements like wearing a mask and staying six feet apart as much as possible to also help improve the safety of the schools if they decide to open back up.

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    • Colin from Illinois

      Yes I believe that state governments should decide that we stay at home it’s not up to the federal government to decide that’s unconstitutional. It was put in place so that the state governments get to decide wether we are in school or not. Over all I do believe that if it was going to switch the system then a lot of people would get very angry and maybe cause riots.

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    • Nathan from Illinois

      I believe that it is the states responsibility to decide whether schools should close for the rest of the year or not. Schools and education are reserved issues, meaning that state governments have control over them. Some states have different situations than others with the coronavirus. Big cities where the virus is very prominent and can easily spread should be kept quarantined and definitely not go back to school. But, I places like Wyoming or Maine where there aren’t a lot of cases, they can go to school safely. Population also determines the sizes of schools. Some large schools like my own have thousands of students, but other schools that are in rural areas or are private do not have many students, so it is unlikely that the virus can break out there. Also, some schools don’t have the resources to do e-learning. They can’t supply students with computers or iPads at home, so it is almost impossible for these schools to teach students curriculum. So if the government orders all schools to not go back, these kids will be a year behind in the education. But, if states have control, they know their state well, so they can make the correct call on what to do. Each state should do what they think is best. In some cases that would be staying home, in other cases that would be returning to school. But, it would not be fair to one side if the federal government made a decision for everyone.

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    • Michael from Illinois

      Yes, I believe that each state should control if it is safe or not to go back to school. The population of Each state is different and people are all individually different. Some people follow the covid guidelines way better than others. This could affect the number of covid cases and also the number of deaths due to covid-19. Also, States like California, New York, and Texas have a way bigger population size than a state like Vermont which could affect the spread of covid as well. This also doesn’t take into account how densely populated areas are such as New York City compared to a place in North Dakota. On top of that, this also doesn’t take into count school population size such as my school having over 3000 people which wouldn’t be very safe to go to especially with densely packed hallways during passing periods. Especially with the rise in child covid cases and the recent spike from thanksgiving, it wouldn’t be safe to go back to school. When there are large numbers of people gathering covid always comes with shortly after. According to Dr. Fauci, we still have yet to hit the worst of covid. He predicted that the spike around Christmas time will be WAY worse than the one that happened with thanksgiving. Although the state government has called upon the federal government for help it still won’t be enough to make covid spread less or have it become less dangerous of a virus. There are way too many different factors that can go into this and a single giant government can’t do it all that’s why it should be state-run instead of federally decided.

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    • Damian from Illinois

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

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

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

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

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    • CJ from Illinois

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      Yes I personally think state governments should determine whether schools are closed for the rest of the year because at this point in time cases are currently rising and there’s really no point to go back when there’s only like a few weeks of school and everyone is traveling for thanksgiving which could cause cases to rise even more if we get out back in school.
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      I feel that immigration should be allowed for legitimate families who want to move here not just for drug dealing. I also believe in free speech in what you want everyone’s voices should be heard. I believe college should be affordable for everyone however it’s not really a great idea because the only way to make that happen is the raise taxes for the rich and the rich shouldn’t have to pay for the poor people colleges.

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    • Keegan from Illinois

      Yes I Believe that state governments should decide whether Schools should go back for the rest of the year or not. This is the same government that is making quarantine decisions and are specifically assigned to be in charge and focus on that state. This nation since March has been put on hold while the COVID rapidly spreads. We are living through something that has stopped people from going to school and there’s a reason why. In very public areas like school COVID can spread quickly and rapidly spread which is why many schools are closed and which is why I support them doing this. Most state governments are trying their best to fight against the spread of this virus but there’s only so much we can do at this moment. If the nationwide government was in charge of deciding when schools could go back I do not believe this would work once so ever. I do believe that it would be too big of a task and decision of when 50 states could go back to school because the government doesn’t have the knowledge to know exactly what’s happening in each state. Every state is fighting against the virus differently and some are doing it better than others. Although I do not believe that any school should be in person right now until at least the spring I guess I can still respect what some governments decisions are about school going back.

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    • scott from Illinois

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

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    • Maggie from Illinois

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

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    • Jocelyn from Illinois

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

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    • Isabelle from Illinois

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

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    • Lexi from Illinois

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

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    • Rayth from Illinois

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

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    • Natalie from Illinois

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

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    • Nicokette from Illinois

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

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    • Liv from Illinois

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

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    • Hendrix from Florida

      Thank you for your comment, Dylan!

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      Hey Kami! Thank you for your supportive comment!

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      Hey Chris! Thank you for your comment!

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    • Chris from South Dakota

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

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    • Dylan from Florida

      I thought that you made very good points.

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    • Kami from Colorado

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

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  • Justus from Texas

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

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

      In this situation, the government should not be given the power to determine whether or not schools close for the rest of the year. School situations are different in every state and even in every town, and the government would not be able to successfully make a generalized decision based on that information. Although it would probably reduce the number of COVID cases across the country and there might be some benefits to being unified in that decision, people will still go out and do things anyways which will be difficult to control and therefore the positive COVID cases will not decrease by much. Also, if the government were to put forth a policy saying that schools would be closed for the year, there would be a lot of backlash against the government and protests like ones that we’ve already seen locally to open schools back up. The number of COVID cases is different from state to state and town to town, so I think it would be best for states to decide on a policy that best suits their situation. For example, Chicago is a very urban area and people in closer proximity so they are more likely to get exposed and expose others compared to a small rural town where there might not be any cases at all. It would make the most sense to leave the decision to states individually, but states should also not make a generalized decision and should consider the circumstances of different schools.

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    • Catryna from Illinois

      Yes, I believe that State governments should be the ones to decide if a school should be shut down or stayed open for the remainder of the year. I think that the state governments know more about their citizens and their health than the federal government. The federal government just looks at the overall facts and information of the spread of the virus, they don’t look into how much change is happening within the states and all those towns. As mentioned before, all the states and different communities have all different sorts of populations and different ways they are trying to reduce the spread of COVID. Looking at many different health charts and data a smaller state can’t be compared to a larger state that has more of a population and higher chances for the spread. State governments are able to tell and determine if it would be the safer option for these students and teachers working together and in the same area based on the data and charts they find. These governments are also able to look for information from their citizens themselves based on voting and protests. The federal government may want to stop the spread within the citizens by having quarantine periods but that doesn’t mean it’s what’s best for the people and their education to continue for the future. Not having in-person schooling is taking a toll on all students, they don’t get the interaction they need daily and they don’t keep up with the importance of learning. The state governments are able to tell from scores of standardized tests and overall percentages on students performances, looking at the collected data the state governments can decide on if it would be necessary or not to have schools remain open or not for the following year. States everyday track the number of cases and the number of citizens being vaccinated, the federal government on the other hand doesn’t look in depth on everything but they just want everybody vaccinated and safe. Yes I do think the federal government gives good advice and a helping hand to states and gives them ideas on how to better the cases, but the state government should be the one to make the call in the end.

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    • James from Illinois

      Thank you for your comments! Great insight.

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    • Rayth from Illinois

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

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    • Jeremy from Illinois

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

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    • Brandon from Illinois

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

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

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    • Justus from Tennessee

      Thank you, Javani and Josiah for your comments!

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      Thank You, Ashton for your comment!

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    • Justus from Texas

      Thank You for your comment, Connor!

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    • Connor from New Jersey

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

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    • Justus from Texas

      Thank You for your comment, Ryan!

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    • Ryan from Michigan

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

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    • Luis from Texas

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

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    • Ashton from South Dakota

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

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    • Jovani from Kansas

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

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    • Josiah from South Dakota

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

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    • Justus from Texas

      Thank You for your comment, Marina!

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    • Marina from New Jersey

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

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  • 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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  • Michael from Pennsylvania

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    • Bryan from Illinois

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

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  • Mary Ellen from Illinois

    I think governors should be able to close schools for the rest of the year, should they feel it necessary to do so. This is because as the Delta variant of Covid-19 continues to spread, it is disportionately affecting children, with 1.4 out of every 100,000 kids being hospitalized for Covid(American Academy of Pediatrics). What this means is that there is an increased risk that kids are getting seriously sick, and could even die. What doesn’t help with this is despite Pfizer’s application to get their vaccine approved by the FDA for kids 5-11, there are still high risks of transmission until then. Additionally some parents might not even get their children vaccinated, which can allow for these children to get the virus and transmit it to other children. What has been proven after masks and vaccines to prevent the spread of Covid, is to not be around other people. This means that shutting down schools, where many children are, would be a foolproof way to prevent the spread, and further protect kids. So I covered why governors might want to close schools, but are they legally allowed to? From my research and my understanding of how the education system in this country works, the answer is yes. The governor of a state has the right to issue an executive order. One specific reason for an executive order is an emergency power, in which a spike in hospitalizations and deaths of children can be called an emergency(National Governors Association). This means a governor has the right to issue an executive order to close schools for the remainder of the school year should it be to protect the lives of school children.

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  • Dean from Illinois

    The question was should state or federal government control the closing of schools. I believe that state government should determine if schools should be closed because the people that live the community knows best about where they live. They have better judgment about what happens in their community. Also the voters have more sway on local governments so its easier for them to have a voice in their own community. The federal government is too big to control local school closings, or any other matter in the states affairs. When it comes to state affairs, its the local citizens who should have the say in what happens in their communiities. Most of the people in the state have children who go to public schools, and they know whats best for their children. The smaller the community is, the better control they have of their own affairs.

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  • Alex from Illinois

    Should state governments determine whether schools should close for the rest of the year?
    I think the state government should determine whether schools should close for the rest of the year because there has been many discussions on smaller schools compared to bigger schools because the amount of space reflects their infection rates I still do you think state governments should determine whether schools should close for the rest of year because even if there are lower infection rates the spread of COVID-19 is still happening and if we don’t let the state governments choose they could be more schools that are more ahead than others and if some schools were open and someone had the virus would still be spreading and I think it’s best to let them decide for everyone instead of individual schools overall the digital zoom method of education is difficult for everyone I think it’s overall the best solution to COVID-19 and education everyone is still learning a different rates but nonetheless the virus is not spreaded

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  • Vincent from Illinois

    Being a current high school student learning has been EXTREAMLY difficult for me. I’ve never had outstanding grades but during this pandemic balancing 6 different classes at home has been an overload on me. My first semester was spent being confused and at a loss for most of the information. I would take notes and notes but being such a hands on/visual learner myself makes it very difficult to keep up. Students that have jobs end up staying up late at night to make their best attempt at understanding the work let alone finishing it. In one of my classes almost everyone got a C or below on a test, I asked around just to hear that none of us understood the information of the unit. I feel like when I’m at school I’m much more focused, home on the other hand I get loads of free time to myself but who am I going to ask when I mess up my math homework at 11:00pm. At home learning does have its pros such as spending more time with family, being able to go outside during lunch and eat some PB&J sandwiches instead of being locked up inside the close quarters lunch room. My family has been fully vaccinated so if it really works maybe ill be just fine at school. Now I know what you’re thinking SOCIAL DISTANCING!! YES I understand that being close isn’t a good mix in a pandemic but if we are all vaccinated is there really any worry? I’m tired of being stuck at home and letting myself procrastinate till the last day then failing the assignment. I work much better in the school environment than I do at home. I know a lot of students agree. We need to be in school.

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  • Connor from Illinois

    Yes, I think the decision should be made based on a state government basis rather than the national government. This is because every area is different and is responding to the COVID outbreak/struggles in their own way. I don’t think it would be fair to conclude everyone should follow the same plan, as it does not incorporate area exclusive problems. I think by allowing the state government to decide for itself, you are giving citizens much more representation. I also think the rate of the virus amongst each state’s population plays a very key role in determining actions. This is because I believe a state with a very low COVID rate amongst its citizens should be able to start reopening and returning things to “normal” more than a state with a very high rate of COVID. For something with so many variables and people affected, I don’t think one large blanket solution would be productive. I think it would be much more efficient to delegate large decisions like this to each individual state, which can then make the executive decision on their course of action.

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  • Fabian from Illinois

    I believe that the education system should be funded by the federal government but I believe that state governments should be able to decide how they handle coronavirus problems in their own states. I say this because the severity of COVID-19 depends on where you live because when you compare two states like Florida and Montana they are vastly different because Florida really depends on its massive amount of people it holds and it relies on a huge amount of human interaction every single day. And when you look at Montana they are a small state with not that many people and without that many cases of COVID-19. And this just proves that different states should have full control in what happens with COVID-19 because it really depends on where you live and its population really takes in a huge factor on how they handle the situation. And if the federal government were to put something in where it demanded all states follow like let’s say a mandated rule that said everyone will need to work online this would put small population states like Montana at risk of not having many people pass classes because with online school kids tend to not do their work and tend to miss out on great opportunities than if they were to actually show up to class in person learning. Though if their is a massive break out of the coronavirus, state governments should act quick so that they are able to contain it and decide if schools should be shut down or remained open and it shouldn’t be the federal government to dictate your state. It would ultimately be better if state governments had full control of what happens in their state because they are better suited to take action because they know more information on where they live and they would know how to go with the situation.

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  • Jennifer from Illinois

    I believe that states do have the right to open up school or not because all the different states are going to have different Covid-19 rates. Ultimately they can’t force people to go back to school but I Think that the state has the right to open schools up and take students back who willingly want to go back with precautions and not over the designated capacity limit.

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  • Jet from Illinois

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

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  • ashley from Illinois

    I agree with the statement that state governments should be responsible for the decision of determining whether schools close for the remainder of the school year. State governments have a better understanding of their citizens’ situations and how fast covid cases are rising. By giving state governments the power to make decisions concerning education, we will get a faster response that best benefits the people and their circumstances. Although some argue that the national government would be best suited to make this decision in order to keep the nation unified and letting states decide could put a stop to the fight of ending the spread of covid-19, I strongly disagree, as putting this decision in the hands of the national government could harm society. Larger cities do not have the same circumstances as small communities, and it is unfair to instate policies that harm one’s education in order to not cause confusion. While covid cases are rising in one state, they are decreasing in another which is why we cannot make a generalized conclusion. This is why Ipersonally believe that state governments should hold the right in determining whether schools should close for the rest of the school year.

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  • Manvitha from Illinois

    Yes I Believe that state governments should decide whether Schools should go back for the rest of the year or not. Since it is the same government that is making quarantine decisions and are specifically assigned to be in charge and focus on that state they will obviously be the most educated on the topic making them the best to make this decision. In very public areas like school COVID can spread quickly and rapidly spread which is why many schools are closed and which is why I support them doing this. . If the nationwide government was in charge of deciding when schools could go back it would not be as effective because each state has a different amount of cases some are doing better while some are doing worse, the government doesn’t have the knowledge to know exactly what’s happening in each state. Every state is fighting against the virus differently and some are doing it better than others.

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  • Declan from Illinois

    State governments should determine whether schools close for the rest of the year. Different states are at different stages of COVID-19 recovery, so the approaches to bringing kids or keeping kids away from school should be up to the states, as it is already in their domain. The right to schooling is a right given to the states as it is not explicitly mentioned as a federal government right in the constitution. Densely populated states have higher case rates, so it makes sense for them to regulate themselves differently than less populated states. States are able to mandate shops and stores’ closing, so they should also have the right to schools.

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  • Caleb from Illinois

    State governments should be the ones to determine whether schools are closed for the rest of the year for one main reason; every state is under different conditions and they can best account for their individual needs. For forever, people have argued to increase state power so that they can more effectively address the concerns of their specific states. A prime example of when this would be the ideal approach is in relation to this question, “Should State Governments Determine Whether Schools Close For The Rest of the Year?” The simple answer is yes because it would obviously allow for individual states to take into account for their own needs because the truth of the matter is that some states have dealt with covid very differently than others and the difference in results is definitely shown. Now we should look at the benefit of using the federal government to control the whole situation and have a nationwide requirement for schools to close for the rest of the year or not. It may be argued that if the federal government made a nationwide rule it would be more easily enforced and would be much more simple which removes possible confusion. The federal government’s ruling would be much more easily enforced because no one could argue about how other states are addressing the problem differently and the federal government is ultimately the ruling authority which is not easily questioned. This idea that the federal government could accomplish the goal more simply and easily may be true but the idea that simplicity and ease of use is more important than accuracy and taking unique measures that addresses individual concerns is simply preposterous and should be dismissed. For these reasons, even if it causes more of a hassle and leaves more room for debate, the states should determine on an individual basis whether their schools close for the rest of the year or not.

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  • Oliver from Illinois

    I believe school should stay close for the safety of the students and staff and for everyone around, COVID is a deadly virus and it spreads like wildfire and it doesn’t make sense for kids to go back to school just for them to possibly get the virus and spread it.

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  • Jessy from Illinois

    Yes because covid is killing people everyday and yes there is a vaccination but only for 16 years or old so people under that age can’t take it and some just don’t want to take it. The federal government has already been tasked with and is dealing with the global pandemic right now. Therefore, states should be able to decide when it is safe enough to reopen schools based on the current situation of the coronavirus. But for now I still don’t think it’s safe enough for school to open because there are a lot of kids in school like high school probably about 500 to 400 kids in school which is a lot and if one person has covid and doesn’t know many other kids could get it. It’s like spreading germs but this is more deadly and if you do catch it you go home and now your whole family is going to catch it and it’s going to be worse for your parents since they’re older and have a weaker immune system. Overall, due to the vast task that the government has been tasked with due to the coronavirus, I strongly believe that state governments should be allowed to reopen schools when they believe that it is safe enough to do so.

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  • Rishab from Illinois

    Although some people might feel that the nation government could help create a more unified response towards the pandemic, the decision on whether schools close for the rest of the year should be left up to the state governments. Part of the reason is that state governments understand the nuances of their own school districts in their areas and know how to operate them better than anyone else. For example, according to the New York Times, states like Wyoming and Alaska have the least Covid Cases, while New York and New Jersey have the most cases due to their high population and small area. These states can’t operate on the same conditions. So, they should be able to handle their problems on their own. Wyoming and Alaska don’t have that many cases, so there’s no incentive to really close schools down. It’s better if those states wait it out to see if the cases increase, decrease, or stay the same. However, New York and New Jersey definitely have to close schools sometime or later due to the high covid case. It would be better for those states to mandate school closing immediately. Some might argue that the national government should help create a unified response to the pandemic and whether or not schools should close. But the problem is that the students wouldn’t be unified in response and it might make things worse for the students, teachers, and everyone involved. Some students may have enjoyed the freedoms of online learning, while others have struggled with the shift in how schooling is done and want nothing more than to go back to in-person learning. However, depending on how the national government responds, either party is at a loss. If the national government deems that all schools should be closed, the people who prefer in-person learning would suffer due to something that isn’t their fault. If the national government deems that all schools should be opened, the people who prefer remote learning would suffer in the same fashion. Also, if the federal government tries to open all schools, there is a high risk involving a massive spike in COVID cases due to concentrated areas of students roaming around. Overall, the decision on whether or not schools should be open or not should be dependent on the state governments because they can properly gauge the situation of their respective school districts independently compared to the national government.

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  • Aryan from Illinois

    I personally believe that state governments should determine whether schools close for the rest of the year. Since COVID is the reason that this conversation is being held in the first place, I think it is important to examine the impact of COVID throughout the United States. While all states have been hit hard by COVID, some states have been hit much harder, and as a result, they need to have more restrictions in place to ensure that they maintain control over the crisis. A one-size-fits-all solution to COVID simply doesn’t account for this fact, because if communities are impacted differently by COVID, they will need to take different measures to counteract the virus. There’s also been studies conducted that show that the educational impacts of prolonged distance learning can have an adverse effect on the capabilities of students, especially younger ones. One study showed that kids who took a specific standardized math assessment had, on average, a 5-10% lower score than kids who took the same test a year prior. (NBC News) This means that we have to focus on bringing kids back to school, and while some might argue that we should do that at the same time for the entire country, waiting until the entire country has recovered from COVID will make more kids fall behind. Instead, by opening schools up again when their community is more safe from COVID will ensure that kids get the best case outcome for their education under the current circumstances.

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  • Sanjiv from Illinois

    Yes, I think that state governments should be in charge of deciding whether schools close for the rest of the year. One thing I’ve noticed where I live is that there’s many students who want to go to school everyday. However, most public schools have been stuck in some form of virtual learning or hybrid learning all year. As a result, many students who would be attending those public schools have switched to private schools that are open. COVID cases at these private schools have skyrocketed. This is an issue that could be prevented if state governments were making a common decision for each school, whether that be based on county, district, or the entire state. Each state is also in a different situation, so the states in more dangerous situations, where the population is more dense, or where the COVID cases are rising, should be in charge of preventing the spread within schools on their own. Additionally, if this was a decision for the federal government to make, because they would be overseeing such a large number of schools, they would likely not be able to stay completely on top of monitoring each individual school’s Covid situation. For example, if Covid cases were decreasing in a certain area, and a school was ready to open back up, a state governor would be far more likely to recognize this and make the change as compared to the federal government. The state governor would be more likely to recognize trends within the state and within different counties of the state, therefore they would be more qualified to make a decision for individual schools.

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  • Cosey from Illinois

    I believe that the decision should be made by each individual state because they are more likely to be in touch with their citizens than the federal government. Take New York for example. They were dealing with the worst of the worst when it came to the virus. It was terrible because people were dropping like flies. When they got themselves together it was because they took the necessary steps to handle their situation. On top of that, not every state was dealing with the same circumstances. If the national(federal) government took care of things everyone would be forced to do the same thing. That method almost always turns into disaster.

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  • Jannah from Illinois

    I think state governments should decide whether schools in that state close for the rest of the year. This is because the states know the pandemic situation in their regions better than the federal government, and this means they will be able to make the best educated decision considering their unique circumstances. For example, some states like Hawaii have responded to the pandemic well and have relatively few cases of the virus. Because of this, a state like Hawaii might decide not to close their schools because there’s no big incentive to do so. However, for a state like Michigan where pandemic cases are steadily rising, the state’s government might deem it best to close schools in order to regulate the health of the state.

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  • Morgen from Illinois

    Federalism, a type of government in which the power is divided between the national government and other government units, is the type of government practiced in the United States. The power of the US government is split between the states and the federal government. This often means powers overlap or the two steps on each other’s turf. Arguments arise over how much power should the federal government have versus what should be given to the states. Just recently due to the Covid-19 pandemic the issue of school became a fight of federalism. Some argue that we should have an overarching national plan for dealing with the opening of school, while some say leave education up to the states as it always has been. The states should be able to decide whether or not to re-open schools because each state is experiencing something different when it comes to Covid-19 and getting children in school should be a priority.

    Covid-19 varies from state to state. Things like the amount of cases, how many high-risk residents, and the percent of people vaccinated is all different depending on what state. As mentioned before a great example of how different each state’s experience with Covid-19 is can be seen in the percent of residents who are vaccinated. For example, Illinois Public Of Health’s records (https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/vaccinedata?county=Illinois) show that around 33.61% of Illinois’ population had been vaccinated as of May 5, 2021, while Maine’s records show that 49.44% of their population had gotten their second dose (https://www.maine.gov/covid19/vaccines/vaccination-sites). The difference in percent vaccination proves that each state is going through something different. It is a unique experience for all 50 of the states, so the only people who understand specifically what that state is going through are the politicians elected by that state’s residents. Each state’s Covid-19 struggles are different, so they should be allowed to create unique plans to deal with it, especially with something as important as opening schools. Students need a quality education and that will come easier if they are in person, but they also have to be safe in school, therefore the states that have lower cases and the ones with higher vaccination rates making them safer should be allowed to go back in-person. Students getting back to in-person full time is important. Covid-19 has deeply affected students and their ability to learn. Failing grades are on the rise. An article in Reuters US News states, “In Clark County, the nation’s fifth largest district, 13% of all grades were Fs in the first semester of the 2020-21 school year compared to 6% the year before.” This article also explains how an analysis done in December of 2020 showed that white students were a month behind where they would be in math and that gap was 3-5 months for students of color. (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-usa-students-insig/another-danger-for-kids-in-the-age-of-covid-failing-grades-idUSKBN2BL1BF) The educational difficulties of online learning is no joke. Children who are good students are not doing good. This proves that returning to in-person is an important change that needs to be made as soon as it is safe. A state knows when it is safe for their students to be back in-person and national interference will just make it harder to go forward with in-person education. National guidelines that don’t take into account the different statues of each state in the Covid-19 pandemic will push back in-person education. Safe states will have a safe back to school experience, so states should get to make their own decisions on whether or not their schools should close for the rest of the year.
    Many may argue that Covid-19 is a very serious national emergency, therefore it should be looked upon on a national level instead of just at the states, but we have had many serious issues dealt with at the state level before. For example, in the two court cases Tinker V Des Moines and Morse V Frederick the students right to free speech in class was questioned. InTinker V Des Moines a group of students publicly protested the Vietnam War by wearing black armbands to school. When they got in trouble the parents sued the school and the case made its way to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court decided that students have the right to practice symbolic speech in school as long as it’s not disruptive. In Morse V Frederick a student held up a sign outside of the school during a very public parade that read, “Bong Hits For Jesus.” The school suspended him for this infraction and the student sued the school. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the school saying that a school had the right to monitor speech if it involved lude behavior or encouraged criminal action. Wars and Drugs are both very serious topics and in both these cases they happened in schools. The Supreme Court protected the student, while also giving the power to the state and specific school districts to decide what is right and what is disruptive. This is what we should be doing with returning to school. As these two court cases show power with given to the states and the states can deal with it responsibly.

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  • matt from Illinois

    Although some may believe that the national government determining whether or not schools close for the remainder of the year would be best for creating a unified response, State governments understand the unique and varying circumstances schools within their state are facing and can use this information to create the best educational system for their state to respond to the pandemic.
    The Coronavirus is a serious issue that must be accounted for in our schooling systems at this time. A national response could be effective in limiting the virus spread on a national basis, However this option can be irresponsive of changes occurring in towns across the country. The Corona virus does not affect the country in the same way at all times. New York may be having a surge in cases, but a town in Missouri may be experiencing a decline in cases. So, a National decision to close schools for the remainder of the year may be the right decision for some states, but likely not for all.
    This is why State governments should be able to make this decision as they can create a more educated and effective decision based on the cases in their state. State governments have a better perspective of their own states and towns and have a better understanding of the circumstances they must face in their own states which allows them to create the best response for our educational system in preventing the spread of the Coronavirus.

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  • Drew from Illinois

    I believe states should have the power to close down its schools in the event of a national or statewide emergency. This is just another example of sacrificing some of our freedoms in exchange for safety and security. For example, if states couldn’t mandate the closing of schools there would be a higher likelihood of students contracting COVID-19 and spreading it even more. States having the power to close schools can help protect not only students but staff and their families as well.

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  • Oscar from Illinois

    In my opinion, state governments should definitely be in charge of whether schools close or not. I must disclose that I am not saying governors in charge of state governments should ignore the guidance of entities like the World Health Organization, who know the best course of action in the pursuit of ending the pandemic. My concern is with federalism, and the balance of power between states and the federal government. This balance of power has been tilting toward the federal government for the longest time, and the extra voice that each individual state gives in a larger discussion is very helpful in a pandemic. If everything was in the hands of a committee fighting the pandemic, then every state would follow the same guidelines which is not inherently bad, but there are more helpful things individual states can do. An individual state can be used as a frontier to test the waters of removing pandemic restrictions and quickly getting a result in terms of how good the timing was. For example, with the powers vested in them by federalism, Florida’s government can remove restrictions for the coronavirus before everyone else and if their cases increase significantly then the entire U.S. knows it’s a bad idea. This situation can also be turned the other way around and hypothetically Florida repeals restrictions at the perfect time, allowing every other state to follow suit. The World Health Organization might have an idea of when the best time to remove anti-pandemic regulations is, but their concern is mainly the health of the people, while individual states need to take into account factors such as the economy when managing restrictions. Allowing politicians in smaller areas, such as states, to call the shots on coronavirus regulations would allow for a more efficient recovery with trial, error and trend setting.

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  • Mia from Illinois

    In this situation, the government should not be given the power to determine whether or not schools close for the rest of the year. School situations are different in every state and even in every town, and the government would not be able to successfully make a generalized decision based on that information. Although it would probably reduce the number of COVID cases across the country and there might be some benefits to being unified in that decision, people will still go out and do things anyways which will be difficult to control and therefore the positive COVID cases will not decrease by much. Also, if the government were to put forth a policy saying that schools would be closed for the year, there would be a lot of backlash against the government and protests like ones that we’ve already seen locally to open schools back up. The number of COVID cases is different from state to state and town to town, so I think it would be best for states to decide on a policy that best suits their situation. For example, Chicago is a very urban area and people in closer proximity so they are more likely to get exposed and expose others compared to a small rural town where there might not be any cases at all. It would make the most sense to leave the decision to states individually, but states should also not make a generalized decision and should consider the circumstances of different schools.

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  • angelina from Illinois

    Personally I believe that yes, states should be able to determine whether schools should be open or closed for the rest of the year. For example, education is up to the states to decide on. Without giving each state their own power, the system of federalism could possibly be impacted because there would possibly be too much power given to the federal government. States need the right to make their own decision on different topics also because each state has their own situation, which means that each state should have the ability to regulate their own education system. More specifically, each state has different amounts of funding, etc. With this, each state should have the ability to regulate their own situation with the spread of coronavirus. Some states are at a higher risk than other states, and to close the entire country down to stop the spread when not all states have as high of covid numbers, may be bad for the country. I do understand why some people may argue that this decision should be for the federal government to decide, mainly because this is such a large issue. In the beginning of the pandemic I would agree with this because at that time, there was no vaccine, and little information on what the virus was. Because of this, I would have said that the government should control if schools go back or not because there was little information on the virus, and people were unsure how to stop the spread as much. After the vaccine came out, as well as more information on the virus, I changed my mind on this topic because I personally believe that by now, state governments can better control the spread of the virus and can determine by themselves if it is safe enough to open up schools for students.

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  • caroleana from Illinois

    Yes, the state governments should determine whether or not schools close for the rest of the year. Each state government should determine what is best for their own state. Each state has their different struggles with the pandemic. Some states have less COVID cases than others and want their schools open. The states trying to return to some normalcy would be pushed back even further if the federal government determined if schools should close or not. Every state is dealing with how to work the schools during this pandemic is different ways and different levels. Leaving this decision to the federal government will set back our country more than it already is. Not only would if be unfair, but it would also cause nationwide protests if the federal government determined if schools closed or not.

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  • Morgan from Illinois

    I think that state governments should be allowed to determine whether schools close for the rest of the year. We are facing a very uncertain and unprecedented time. The issue of Covid varies from state to state. Therefore it is important that the states be given more power during this time. The state governments are closer to the people and they understand their needs. It is impossible to create one plan for the entire US to follow. Some states such as New Jersey have 289 deaths per 100,000 people while Hawai only has 34 per 100,000. The conditions and prevalence of Covid in each state varies significantly. The state governments are more aware of their individuals’ regions’ situation. Therefore they are at a better position to determine whether schools should open or not. The return to school needs to be done safely. If entire student bodies start getting the virus, the whole country will be set back and we cannot afford that. Also, it will be detrimental to our education system if we go another full year without returning to school. It is in the best interest of our nation to send as many children back to school as possible. To ensure that this transition is done safely and as soon as possible, states should be given this power. Those who support the national government making this decision believe that during this time we need to stay unified as a country. While I do agree that unity is important, this approach will produce too slow of a response. Our country needs to move forward during this time. Each state has addressed and dealt with the pandemic differently. Therefore, each state is at a different progress point in recovery. In order to continue a fast response and recovery the power needs to remain at the state level. Finally, the Bill of Rights states that any power not given to the federal government is reserved for the states. Since the closure of schools is not a directly stated power of the federal government, it should be reserved for the states.

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  • Morgan from Illinois

    I think that state governments should be allowed to determine whether schools close for the rest of the year. We are facing a very uncertain and unprecedented time. The issue of Covid varies from state to state. Therefore it is important that the states be given more power during this time. The state governments are closer to the people and they understand their needs. It is impossible to create one plan for the entire US to follow. Some states such as New Jersey have 289 deaths per 100,000 people while Hawai only has 34 per 100,000. The conditions and prevalence of Covid in each state varies significantly. The state governments are more aware of their individuals’ regions’ situation. Therefore they are at a better position to determine whether schools should open or not. The return to school needs to be done safely. If entire student bodies start getting the virus, the whole country will be set back and we cannot afford that. Also, it will be detrimental to our education system if we go another full year without returning to school. It is in the best interest of our nation to send as many children back to school as possible. To ensure that this transition is done safely and as soon as possible, states should be given this power. Those who support the national government making this decision believe that during this time we need to stay unified as a country. While I do agree that unity is important, this approach will produce too slow of a response. Our country needs to move forward during this time. Each state has addressed and dealt with the pandemic differently. Therefore, each state is at a different progress point in recovery. In order to continue a fast response and recovery the power needs to remain at the state level. Finally, the Bill of Rights states that any power not given to the federal government is reserved for the states. Since the closure of schools is not a directly stated power of the federal government, it should be reserved for the states.

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  • Jakub from Illinois

    I think big cities should most definitely be shut down.

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  • William from Illinois

    Each state’s circumstances are completely different. In some, COVID has been a very small concern and life has carried on normally (with some provisions) ; whereas for others, people people have died in thousands and been dramatically impacted by the pandemic. Although the national government wants a “one size fits all” centralized approach – things that aren’t explicitly stated in the Constitution are left up to the states. This concept of Federalism allows for state rights to be maintained and the ability to shape policies to YOUR circumstances, not others. For example, a state that’s well of (Utah for example) has no interest in implementing strict regulations because New York needs them. These decisions about school should be left up to the states. If it’s safe to return, they should return to schools.

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  • Jacy from Illinois

    I believe that state governments should be able to determine whether or not schools are closed next year. It wouldn’t be fair for a state that has little covid outbreaks to be shut down. School is a major part of a students life. It’s where they can socialize and figure out where they fit in. Online, there is little to no communication with peers and honestly after a while it’s just depressing. Moreover, most kids found it hard to keep their attention spans up as well as having motivation. I think that collectively, the right thing to do would be to have states determine the safety of its environment. School is too important to be determined unfairly.

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  • Yazmín from Illinois

    In spring of 2020, the United states underwent nationwide lockdown for weeks on end due to the fast growing coronavirus. This pandemic has caused much distress in not only people who have lost jobs, but also to students and schools causing them to shut down and go fully remote online to conform with the strict rules of social distancing set by the CDC, only going out when absolutely necessary. It has now been over a year however, and although many schools have reopened and we are able to go out more frequently, the virus is still present and is long from gone. With this being said, many believe schools should still be shut down until the end of the year, but should it be up to the national government to say that all schools must shut down or should this decision be up to the state governments? The most accurate answer would be that yes, it should be up to state governments to determine where or not it is safe to reopen schools, or if they should remain closed for the remainder of the year.
    Although during the early phases of the pandemic, the national government did make the unanimous decision for all states to shut down their schools, this was necessary because we did not know the extent to which the pandemic would last or how deadlift it could really be. As mentioned before, this was during the beginning stages so it made sense that all schools be closed as an extra precaution to make sure people, specifically students, remained as safe as possible.
    According to a study done by the Illinois department of Public Health, there have been a total of 1,343,988 cases in Illinois alone. However, there were a total of 22,929,518 tests performed. This means that there have been many more people in Illinois that thought they have Covid-19, this could be a result of confusing Covid symptoms with flu symptoms, since they are quite similar. Either way, having the symptoms could be a result of going out in public areas more than is necessary. If these people continue to have the symptoms they are bringing those germs and contaminating the air around them at school outing others at risk of getting sick as well, this is how the virus spreads and is the exact reason why schools should shut down for the remainder of the school year, until conditions have progressed safely. Although some would say that the national government should just close down schools to make it easier for everyone until the virus dies down and is less threatening, it really should be up to the state government to make this decision based on the number of cases in their state, since the number varies in different states. For example, North Dakota has the most confirmed Covid-19 cases in the population of the united states while Hawaii has the least amount of cases as of April 28th, this being said, it should be discussed between each state whether they decide if it is safe enough to send kids back to school in small amounts while strictly following the guidelines set out for them, or if they should remain closed the remainder of the school year for the safety of the students and the general public.

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  • andrew from Illinois

    My answer is definitely yes, I believe that state governments should determine whether or not their schools should close for the year. As each state has its own characteristics, situations, occupations, struggles, cultures, and lifestyles, the choice of whether schools should close should be completely decided by them. Why make a decision for an entire nation of states that are completely different. Some states are extremely rural while others are densely urban. Some states have an extremely high population of elderly. The advantages of the flexible “state choice” option completely outweigh the advantages of the “nation choice option”. If there was a classroom of 30 average students ranging from the ages of 5 to 16, would you be teaching algebra? NO, not all students would understand it, and it could be too easy for the others. states who experience large numbers of covid outbreaks should definitely close schools, while the ones who aren’t definitely don’t need to. You may think that closing schools should be a national decision because it would be more effective in slowing down the spread of the virus. In many scenarios, this could be true. But in a smaller scope of things, state governments understand the situation within their borders better than a distant national government. With each state government knowing what’s best for their situation, it is reasonable to assume that covid should be dealt with in a more fit/realistic way. The COVID-19 cumulative death rate in Florida is 99 per 100,000 population. In Illinois, it is 137 per 100,000 population. This shows why states should make their own decisions. some states need to be strict with a closing while some don’t. Florida was extremely lenient, and death rates were very similar to Illinois which was one of the strictest states when it came to locking down. If Illinois was lenient, the death rates would probably be way higher. This just shows that states should decide because they need to make decisions that support their specific needs.

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  • Sasha from Illinois

    The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the world, but more specifically America, have been hard-hitting and detrimental. Each state in the U.S. has battled a multitude of problems, some similar to other states, and some completely different. It should be up to state governments to decide what is ultimately best for their locals. There are so many varying factors in the way each state is currently recovering. Some examples of these various circumstances (by state) are as follows: percentage of vaccinated population, unemployment benefits for parents of schoolchildren, accessibility of healthcare and medicinal needs, access to acceptable technology for online school, at-home resources for food and nutrition, and some others. To break this down, it would probably be safer to open up schools somewhere with a high number of vaccinated people. Similarly, in some states, poverty affects the lower class in a more severe way than in another state. So access to food, medicine, and a cohesive learning environment are critical factors in determining whether or not online school is sustainable for state populations. It’s critical that the needs of working class people are acknowledged and addressed, because it is the working class that has had to adapt to living in a pandemic the most.

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  • Macy from Illinois

    I believe that the state governments should have control over whether or not schools should be open or closed during the pandemic. I believe that giving that control to the federal government would take too much disagreement and too much argument in the house of representatives to come up with a clear time to open the schools again. I feel like it would take weeks if not months to come up with a set deadline or plan. I also believe that the state governments will have a much better idea of what’s going on in the schools and the cases at hand. The local governments already control when the schools are open during harsh weather days like blizzards and hurricanes, so they should be able to control it with the pandemic too.

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  • Kassidy from Illinois

    I believe that State Governments should determine whether or not schools close for the rest of the year versus National Government because it all depends on the condition of the specific state. If we were to open schools up at the same time throughout the country, it would most likely just lead to an increase in cases, leaving behind dangerous results and possibly just pushing us backwards in the steps to recovering in this pandemic. There are also many states out there that have more cases and are considered worse than others, meaning it varies in every state. If the National Government were to decide for all schools to close, many students in safer areas would be missing out on huge educational opportunities. It’s been known that at-home distance learning can be more distracting for some students if they had the opportunity to go back, I believe they should be able to. It would be better for the State Government to decide that based on their current conditions throughout the state, so we could have more diverse educational opportunities.

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  • Esme from Illinois

    Yes, I believe that the federal government should be in control of the re-opening of schools this year during the pandemic. As COVID-19 is a national emergency, it is well within the Executive Branches power to determine if schools should be open or not, and this can be effectively handled through a presidential/executive order. The use of executive orders can be seen in the past, such as in war times, where certain rules were put in order to ensure the safety of the US popular toon. In World War II, there was an executive order made that people would have to donate their metals to aid with military machinery production. In this case, their are many similarities. Although it is not a time of war, the fact that we are facing a deadly pandemic puts us in a similar level of danger and fatalities to wartime. If executive orders could be made in those conditions, why not in these? Ensuring the safety of American children should be of jut most importance, and the easiest way to do that during a fatal pandemic is by placing more control in National government, meaning more cohesive rules and legislation about the pandemic can be decided upon. Many who voted NO may argue that regulation of schools always takes place at a state level, and that should not change due to the circumstances of COVID-19. However, this argument disregards the other sacrifices made at the state government level during this pandemic, like the federal mask mandate that was passed at the beginning of the pandemic, ensuring that everyone who went out in public wore a mask. More recently, even, the Biden administration passed a federal mask mandate for public transportation as well. Normally, these things would be left up to state governments, but because of the danger and severity of COVID-19, the Federal Government has stepped in, which is well within their constitutional rights, especially during a National emergency.

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  • Sabrina from Illinois

    In my opinion, I believe the state government should determine whether or not schools are close for the rest of the school year. COVID-19 has had an extreme impact and different states were affected to different extents. States such as New York for example had an impact much worse than many other states. If the state government decides if schools should reopen then each state can have a different decision made, compared to all states being under the same restrictions if it were in the hands of the national government. This makes the most sense because each state can do their own thing. States that are still having large covid outbreaks can continue to have their schools closed and proceed with online learning, or states that have only a small number of covid cases can reopen their schools. This means states like California, Texas, Florida, and New York who currently have the highest COVID-19 cases can keep schools closed while states like Hawaii, Oregon and Vermon who have some of the lowest number of cases can reopen schools for in person learning. Personally I think if it’s safe then schools should be pushed to reopen. Opening schools is best because of the large impacts it has on kids. Inperson schools are better for the children’s learning experience, the children’s socialization, and for the parents. The parents also have been greatly affected by closed school, especially parents that are working. However, what’s easiest for parents should not overrule the child’s safety and it should not mean kids are sent back to school too early. I also think that state governments should determine if schools are open or not because they will take more time to properly determine if it is safe to reopen, whereas the federal government is already busy with other COVID-19 issues. In addition the state government provides more funding for schools from K-12 making it legistical for them to make the decision.

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  • Ayisha from Illinois

    The covid-19 pandemic was something that no one expected, and it turned every aspect of life upside down. Even the one constant in our lives, school, was a question. With teachers struggling to teach through zoom, student’s losing motivation, and parents losing their jobs, it is safe to say that chaos has erupted. Furthermore, the present had taken no definitive action to reassure these thoughts. It was the school district that made sure all the student’s had the devices they needed for online learning. It was the teachers that assured the student’s that everything would be okay and prepared them for the AP exams. It was the various organizations near Barrington that provided food to those who needed it. To me, the government did not do a thing except tell us the death rate and to wear masks. Therefore, I believe that the state governments should determine whether schools close for the rest of the year. The state knows exactly how bad its pandemic situation is, and if it is ready to combat the virus in the school setting. The federal government has enough to worry about, with rolling out the vaccine and enforcing the mask handmade nationwide. The school situation falls under the state’s jurisdiction. I do feel that the national government should make a minimum covid rate that the state must fall under in order to open schools. That way the entire nationa’s schools are connected, and no one state has open schools while the others are closed. This is important because it may create an unfair advantage for the students who get to go back into school compared to those who have to learn from home.

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  • Kate from Illinois

    Coronavirus has impacted everyone over the past year, but mostly students. And while it has been exceedingly difficult for these children and adolescents to cope with the changes a global pandemic has brought to their education experience, safety is still a number one priority. Many people will contend that, by now, schools everywhere should have opened up again in order to return to the normalcy of in-person learning and to give our future workforce the quality of education they deserve. While this is a valid argument, it doesn’t mean that the lives of those students and everyone else around them should be put at risk. This is why it’s so important that each state has its own rules and regulations regarding schools opening up, because the state of the pandemic is very different in different areas. For example, currently North Dakota has it the worst with 14,165 cases per 100,000 population, while Vermont has 3,717 cases per 100,000. While this may not seem like a huge difference, those numbers would only skyrocket if the federal government made a decision to open up schools in every state. It also wouldn’t make sense for the federal government to decide to keep all schools closed even while states like Vermont are doing really well in terms of containment of the virus. In that case, the state government should decide the extent to which schools should reopen and the guidelines that come with that. For many other national issues, setting standards at the federal level is much more efficient and helps the country move forward as a whole. However, dealing with a virus that can be deadly is different. The best way to combat this pandemic is for each state to assess the needs of their own citizens with regard to their own COVID-19 statistics. While reopening schools in every state might seem like the most efficient way to return to normalcy, it would ultimately end up having the opposite effect.

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  • Jorge from Illinois

    I think state governments should most definitely have the right to choose whether or not schools
    close for the rest of the year. This could be especially beneficial for states like Michigan who’ve had extremely high cases recently, clearly, the people there aren’t responsible enough to follow covid protocols so why should they be in charge of making the decision of if children should be allowed to go into an environment where they’re completely surrounded by thousands of other students. Believe me, I’d love to be able to choose whether or not I go back to school this year, but a lot of people are gonna make the wrong choice and that’s going to result in a lot of people being negatively affected by their misstep. Not only do I think that government officials would be more well equipped to make this kind of decision but I also think it’d be better for the general public if they stopped stressing about what’s going on and let the government do their thing. For some people, it just isn’t that simple though and while I understand that it can be hard to hand over all your trust and put it into the wrinkly hands of a bunch of old white dudes, I’d still feel a lot safer if we put the decision in those people’s hands rather than the hands of a potentially corrupt school official who wants kids to continue coming in and spending money on things like food and school pride merch. There’s also the case of parents not believing that this virus is real, so they’d more than likely vote on opening schools completely and potentially putting thousands upon thousands of children and teens at risk the moment they step foot in that building. Finally, there seems to be this strange phenomenon with teens where they see someone wearing a mask and think it’s uncool? This is absolutely ridiculous but when I was going into school during hybrid I’d see kids take off their masks and when a staff member would ask them to put it back on they’d roll their eyes and laugh amongst their friends as if he was some old out of touch man who didn’t understand their culture. The simple fact is that your average person either isn’t capable of making a decision of this magnitude or they’d be way too selfish to be able to actually make the decision that would help the majority of people, so putting it in the hands of the state government would be our best bet at minimizing this issue and eventually reaching a point where we can irradicate it for good.

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  • Kate from Illinois

    Coronavirus has impacted everyone over the past year, but mostly students. And while it has been exceedingly difficult for these children and adolescents to cope with the changes a global pandemic has brought to their education experience, safety is still a number one priority. Many people will contend that, by now, schools everywhere should have opened up again in order to return to the normalcy of in-person learning and to give our future workforce the quality of education they deserve. While this is a valid argument, it doesn’t mean that the lives of those students and everyone else around them should be put at risk. This is why it’s so important that each state has its own rules and regulations regarding schools opening up, because the state of the pandemic is very different in different areas. For example, currently North Dakota has it the worst with 14,165 cases per 100,000 population, while Vermont has 3,717 cases per 100,000. While this may not seem like a huge difference, those numbers would only skyrocket if the federal government made a decision to open up schools in every state. It also wouldn’t make sense for the federal government to decide to keep all schools closed even while states like Vermont are doing really well in terms of containment of the virus. In that case, the state government should decide the extent to which schools should reopen and the guidelines that come with that. For many other national issues, setting standards at the federal level is much more efficient and helps the country move forward as a whole. However, dealing with a virus that can be deadly is different. The best way to combat this pandemic is for each state to assess the needs of their own citizens with regard to their own COVID-19 statistics. While reopening schools in every state might seem like the most efficient way to return to normalcy, it would ultimately end up having the opposite effect.

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  • Lily from Illinois

    I think the state should technically decide what schools should do, but also take input from districts and counties and such. Take into consideration what’s going on in certain parts of the state, because states like Texas are large and harder to manage uniformly. In states that have similar situations to New York at the start of this pandemic, they need to evaluate what is most important in areas so that it doesn’t get worse. Having hybrid options or having completely online could work for a lot of areas, but it is ultimately up to the state if they are allowed to have in-person learning. Personally, I say everyone should stay home if they can, even if they are vaccinated because it’s still has a big impact on lives. I understand that some need to go into in-person school, but if others won’t follow regulations, it is safer for all parties if they went home. There are screenings and masks and vaccinations for a reason, if they will ignore them there’s no point in reopening yet. Schools can decide to reopen or not, but the state government should be the ones deciding if it’s a safe option.

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  • Valeria from Illinois

    Last year, springtime, America settled into a national lockdown for a few weeks due to
    the hard-hitting coronavirus. This pandemic caused a lot of distress not only for people who lost their jobs but also for students and schools. At one point, all schools and their programs were closed due to strict rules on maintaining a healthy social distance when in groups and only shut down when absolutely necessary. Nonetheless, it has been over a year and although many schools have reopened and now we can get out, COVID is most definitely still around. That said, it is essential that schools remain closed until the end of the year. With all of this it should be the state government’s decision to determine whether or not schools remain closed or not. State governments must decide whether or not their schools should close for the rest of the year.

    In spite of the fact that at the onset of COVID, phase number one of this pandemic,
    the government made the decision for all states to close schools, that was necessary because we did not know what will be the duration of this pandemic and we also did not know how deadly ituld really be. As noted before, this was at the beginning, the nation was in a state of panic and it is understandable that schools closed as an added precaution to ensure that people, some students, remain as safe as possible. According to a study conducted by the Illinois Department of Public Health, in Illinois alone there have been over 1,300,000 reported cases. However, about 23,000,000 tests have been done. This means that there have been many more people in Illinois who thought they had COVID-19. This could be due to people being unsure of the types of covid symptoms. It is very quickly that some people mixed up COVID symptoms with flu symptoms because they are almost similar. In this case, getting the symptoms may be the product of being out more than normal, and if these people continue to have the symptoms, they could carry the germs they were exposed to to school. This is how the virus spreads, which is why schools should be closed for the remainder of the year. While some argue that the national government should simply close schools to make it simpler for everybody before the virus is eradicated and no longer poses a danger, state governments should be in charge because some states have more cases than others and need them. Schools will be shut down. With a population of 100,000 people, North Dakota, for example, has the most confirmed COVID-19 cases, while Hawaii has the fewest as of April 28. That said, whether or not states decide to close schools for the rest of the year for the safety of students and the general public is entirely up to them.

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  • Vanessa from Illinois

    The government should determine whether schools close for the rest of the year because they look into detail what schools have to offer, they have detailed information of how schools run, and what the school can supply to the students.
    The government looks into the environment and country as a whole to better understand what they can and can’t do. As well as the government has a state governor to acknowledge what is best and what can work for them. Although they mention that the situation would be the same no matter the president and the political party.
    The governors have the duty to take principle and know what’s going on with their cities and do what’s best from shutdowns and knowing how each school is running their education and to be able to assist those who need it.
    With the possibility of closing the school year the government has had to open up more ways to help and give out necessities by allowing more places to give food and schools and locations have taken the initiative to help those in need during tough times.
    Although the government does have a huge say in our country and how we should take precaution within a serious situation, the national government should be the one to be in charge of choosing where our school should close for the rest of the year. The national government should decide whether to keep schools running because they will see the country as a whole and would take ideas out from other countries instead of just our location and be seen as self centered
    The national government sees everyone as a whole and not just take per caution from one place, and with the availability of other resources and communication they would be able to better understand what other countries are doing and whether it is safe or not to allow schools to re-open for the rest of the year.
    Although reopening can be a good thing by allowing students to feel like everything is going back to normal; the government should take the call because the national government is for different countries and doesn’t look at what is going on specifically in our country and acknowledges everyone which they are in different situations and economical states.

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  • Lilly from Illinois

    Yes, state governments should determine whether schools close for the rest of the year. Throughout the country, different states are in different phases of the pandemic. For example, in the past week, Illinois has averaged just over 2,500 cases a day. Pennsylvania has averaged over 3,000 cases a day. Whether Illinois closes schools for the rest of the year could be a completely different decision than what Pennsylvania does. This is because Illinois and Pennsylvania are averaging different amounts of positive cases. It would not be right for the federal government to make this decision because every state has been dealing with the pandemic differently. Some states may feel more comfortable distance learning the remainder of the school year and that is up for the state government in that specific state. If a state has a lot of positive tests and the rates are not going down it would be a danger to families within that state to send their children to school. More outbreaks could occur and keep schools closed for longer than had ever intended.

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  • Junior from Illinois

    The state government should determine if schools should close for the rest of the year. This helps the other states determine whether or not they should close their schools as well. The state should determine if schools should close for the rest of the year they have an overview of everything happening everywhere in their state. And can detect trends on where COVID-19 is spreading which then they can ask the people to quarantine for everyone’s safety. This can slow or stop the spread of COVID-19 which is in the best interest of everyone. COVID-19 spreads fast through crowded places like schools so to prevent that from happening the state should be able to make the decision for everyone whether or not to close schools. And in the past year we have had schools close down but it was not effective because other schools were still open so they spread virus causing the rates of people with COVID-19 are still up. The fact that schools are still open makes other schools that are closed want to reopen when they are not ready. Which puts everybody at risk not just schools, teachers and students but family members, neighbors as well. In Conclusion the state government should determine for all schools whether or not to close schools for the rest of the year.

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  • Dalila from Illinois

    In the spring of 2020, the United States was set into a nationwide lockdown for a few weeks due to the fast growing Coronavirus. This pandemic caused much distress in not only people who lost their jobs, but also students and schools. At one point in time, all schools and school programs were shut down due to strict rules on social distancing and only going out when it was absolutely necessary. It’s been over a year now however and although many schools have reopened and we are now able to go out, the virus is still present! With this being said, schools should still be shut down until the end of the year. But, should it be up to the national government to say that all schools must shut down or should it be up to the state governments? The most accurate answer is that yes, it should be up to the state governments as to whether or not their schools should be closed for the rest of the year.
    Although at first (during the first phase of this pandemic), the National government did make the decision for all states to shut down schools, that was necessary because we did not know the extent to which the pandemic would last or how deadly it really could be. As mentioned this was during the beginning so it makes sense that all schools be closed as an extra precaution to make sure people (specifically students) remained as safe as possible. According to a study done by the Illinois Department of Public health, in Illinois alone there have been a total of 1,343,988 cases. However, there has been a total of 22,929,518 tests performed. This means that there have been many more people in Illinois that thought they had COVID-19. This could be a result of confusing covid symptoms with flu symptoms because they are quite similar. Either way, having the symptoms could be a result of going out more than necessary, and if these people continue to have the symptoms they could potentially bring whatever germs they had with them to school. This is how the virus spreads and is the exact reason why they should shut down schools for the remainder of the year. Although some would say that the national government should just close down schools to make it easier for everyone until the virus dies down and is less threatening, it really should be up to state governments because some states have more cases than others and is actually necessary for schools to be closed down. For example, North Dakota has the most confirmed COVID-19 cases put 100,000 population of US states while Hawaii has the fewest as of April 28th. With this being said, it really is up to the states as to whether or not they decide to shut down the schools for the remainder of the year for the safety of the students and the general public.

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  • Adam from Illinois

    Yes I think they should be able too because right now extra precautions need to be taken and everyone needs to be on the same page. If only some schools are open those kids are at risk while the others are not so instead of everyone staying healthy kids will get sick and when those people inevitably pass by one another they could transfer the virus. It is important that everyone is doing everything they can to stay healthy and they should trust that the state government is doing what’s best for the good of everyone. State government should also be allowed to close down schools because schools are very germy and very dense in population during a school day and they are the perfect place for virus to spread rapidly and since all school have plans for at home learning it isn’t completely necessary to actually go to the school even though going to school is better. It’s not like they are closing down grocery stores and now know one can get food. All the kinds can still get there school done at home and stay healthy in the process.

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  • Holly from Illinois

    I believe that the closing of schools should be done on a state government level. If the federal government were to decide for the entire country whether to open or close schools, this wouldn’t make complete sense. There are some states whose Covid cases happen to be much worse than others. For example, California, Florida, and Texas have the worst numbers of Covid cases out of all the states. If the federal government took action and really only took these states into consideration, smaller states with less cases like Wyoming, Hawaii, and Maine would be affected greatly and would have to face unnecessary consequences. Personally, I think right now our country is on a level to achieve equality and fairness. I don’t think it is fair for smaller states with less Covid cases to have to close their schools down if it is less dangerous there. If action was taken by a state government level, governors of California, Texas, Florida, and other states with higher Covid cases would be able to close down schools without having to worry about how they are affecting other states. In the states that want to keep the schools open, they would be able to do so without having to worry about larger states keeping the schools open if it is not safe. I just do not think it would make sense for the federal government to decide for the whole country whether or not schools should be closed down, when different states have different numbers of Covid cases and some are less safe than others. Also, so many students have struggled with remote learning this past year and a half. If the federal government were to decide that for the whole country that they needed to continue remote learning, this would be unfair to students who have been responsible throughout the pandemic. Students will be punished for something that is completely not their fault and it would be out of their hands. Overall, I think that the decision whether or not to keep schools open should be done on a state government level, instead of a federal government level.

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  • Landon from Illinois

    Personally i think the federal government definitely should have some sort of a role in determining what americans should be allowed to do and where they should be allowed to go during the pandemic. But i feel that the federal government should just be responsible for setting the baseline laws such as, mask mandates and social distancing regulations. On the other hand i feel that state governments should have the responsibility to control what should be open and where people should be allowed to go. For example I think that the decision of whether or not kids should be in school should be determined by the state governments rather than the federal government. I believe this for many reasons. To start, some states have smaller populations or have more rural areas than others which i feel would make it easier to have kids back in school. For example texas. Texas could say that kids in certain counties with less people can go back to school full time, where maybe kids that live in cities like Austin and Fort Worth should only go back part time. I’m not saying that’s the way it should be done, but it’s an idea. Another reason I feel that state governments should be in charge of this and not the federal government is because I feel that would put too much power in the hands of the federal government. There needs to be some separation of power so that states can do what they think is best. By doing this we can analyze what states begin to have spikes and which states stay at a steady rate of covid cases or even begin to see a decline in cases. Barrington Illinois for example has gone into “hybrid” mode while also offering students to have the opportunity to come back full time. Personally i think this has been very beneficial because we haven’t seen a major increase in cases and those that wish to go back to school can do so while feeling safe at the same time. Now of course with vaccines being distributed at an insanely high rate, this opens up more opportunities to have even more kids back in school. Overall I feel that state governments should be the ones in charge of putting kids back into school. Not the federal government.

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  • Nathan from Illinois

    Yes I believe that the state government should determine whether or not school should be closed. I believe that high school is one of the most important times in a child’s life. The transition from a little kid to an adult happens at this time. As a kid I can say one of the biggest fears for a child is starting high school. Going from a small middle school and being the “big eighth graders” to going to a much bigger high school and being the smallest kid is frightening. Freshman year is that stepping stone for the next years of high school. It allows you to create new friends, learn about the school, and just the ability to experience high school and get used to it. By shutting down schools we are taking that away from freshmen. Now on the other side we are hurting seniors even worse. High school is very inconsistent. Sometimes high school can be the best time of your life and the next moment you hate it. We can all agree that for most kids senior year is the best year. It is your last year before college and you want to have fun while you still can. You want to be able to go prom, play sports, and just be in school for the last time that you can. By shutting down schools we are taking this away from kids and leaving them with no hope. No hope to experience a senior year, a prom, and even being a senior on a sports team. During the major parts of this pandemic and when school was closed and we were E learning, there was a story on the news about a football player in high school who took his own life due to depression. He took his own life because he wasn’t able to play sports and staying at home 24/7 caused him to become depressed. We see giving kids no hope, no hope to have a graduation, prom, and even experience high school for the last time. That’s what it’s all about. These are the effects of closing schools. Now with that being said, I believe that we should close schools if necessary. We should allow each state to decide and not have it be a national decision. If there is no point in closing a school then why close it because yes, covid is still very serious and is a major problem. When we take the necessary steps to be safe then kids should be allowed to come back to school. Each state is different, some states are doing a lot better handling this situation and that is why the states should decide because if a state is doing fine then by all means let them go back to school. This is why I think the state government should decide if schools should close because high school is supposed to be a fun time where you make a lot of memories. That can’t happen when kids are forced to stay home with no choice.

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  • Jackson from Illinois

    Leave that states should have control of whether or not a school remains closed or stays open. Even lower powers like school districts already have control over whether or not the school is going to be open and natural disaster days. The school district also has a say in when school starts, ends, as well as the times the school day starts and ends as well. I believe that if the consensus from all of the different school boards comes together in determining the amount of cases in the area, then they should be able to control when schools should be allowed to reopen. I honestly believe that there’s a possibility that counties should be able to determine whether or not schools should be open. This is because the amount of cases have been counted by County line so far so determining how many cases per population percentage would be a good way to measure whether or not cases have flattened out enough to allow students back into schools.

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  • Cesar from Illinois

    I think that the federal government should decide this. The American government should and are going to do what they think it’s best for their country and their people. Personally I think that closing the schools was a really good idea during this pandemic. Closing schools during COVID-19 pandemic was good because it reduced the chances of people and students getting infected by this virus. It was also good because students didn’t have to go to school while being worried or concerned about getting the virus. Overall I feel like they should decide because from closing schools they will recognize that there have been less cases of the virus rather than when kids start going to school. If schools begin to reopen I feel like there will be more cases of this virus. Them choosing to close schools will benefit everyone really. More students won’t worry as much and parents also won’t be as worried about their kids catching the virus with all the other kids going. If we prevent this from happening we will get better results and this virus will end a lot faster by respecting all the protocols that are necessary

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  • Bella from Illinois

    State governments should be responsible for the decision regarding schools being shut down for the rest of the school year. The pandemic has hit our country hard and caused thousands upon thousands of cases to spring up and take lives. However, throughout our nation, the number of cases has varied. With this diverse amount of virus cases, the state government should do what is best for their state to try and reduce the outbreak, even if that includes shutting down schools in those states. The federal government has played its part in trying to do what is needed to help our country make it through this pandemic, but according to an article in the New York magazine, “Just in the public K–12 education system, there are 13,598 school districts in this country… Identifying levers for coercing compliance with a national school-closing strategy would take too long to facilitate the kind of lightning strike on COVID-19 that Bossert is recommending.” Having our federal government decide on how to deal with the pandemic by shutting down schools nationwide would not logically make sense. With the thousands of school districts across the nation, combined with the proliferating numbers of the virus in different states, having a local state government that is aware of how the virus is impacting their specific state would be the most beneficial in stopping the spread. When it comes to a virus that is taking human lives on a day-to-day basis, stopping the outbreak becomes vital. If that means shutting down schools for students, of all grades, for the rest of the year to prevent more spread, then the state government should do what is necessary. Understandably, closing schools would be difficult for students of all ages, however, when human lives are on the line, it is important to do what is necessary to keep them safe. Trying to implement a nationwide shutdown of all schools would take far much more time than a state government order. State governments were created specifically to govern their state, so if dealing with an issue that differs from the other states, then that is where the federal government covering all fifty states should let each state do what is best for their state considering the circumstances. Since COVID varies throughout each state territory, state governments should be responsible for deciding if schools should be shut down for the rest of the year.

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  • Daniel from Illinois

    Ultimately, I think that state governments should reserve the right to decide whether schools should close or remain open. Because COVID-19 is affecting states on a radically different level, “one-size-fits-all” decisions made by the federal government would almost certainly have unintended consequences on certain states. States such as New York are pulling different numbers than lesser populated states, so a decision intended to help curb high infection-rates in one state could cause unrest in another state. Like students, different states have different needs in the midst of this pandemic. When it comes to the closure of schools, the metaphor is no different. A nationwide shutdown of schools could cause an unnecessary epidemic of learning loss, a situation that could be avoided by opening schools that can operate under coronavirus restrictions accordingly. Similarly, a nationwide total opening of schools could spike infection rates and cause preventable suffering. Therefore, I think it is best if the decision on whether to reopen schools is left delegated to the state governments. According to the constitution, it is actually the state government’s responsibility to take care of medical emergencies, so an overbearing federal government would not only threaten the health of the american people but also cause a potential uprising due to its unconstitutionality. Another case could be made for the current amount of responsibility that the federal government has. Between pandemic management and the distribution of stimulus checks, it could be said that the federal government already has enough on their plate. Adding the nation’s school opening status to that grocery list of items is likely to divert attention away from the issues that the federal government needs to focus on most. The delegation of that responsibility to the state governments could speed up response times by both federal and state governments, as individual state governments would have a better grasp on their respective situations at home. With state governments, the government can more accurately assess whether schools are in any shape to reopen and whether the pandemic numbers are low enough to safely reopen or if a shutdown is needed. The purpose of a school shutdown is to prevent students and their families from becoming infected with COVID-19, and the federal government cannot give comprehensive rationale for shutting down schools in an all-or-nothing manner.

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  • Matt from Illinois

    State governments need to make the decision they believe is in the best interest of all civilians. Being in a pandemic, we have rules to keep everyone safe. That’s why we have mask mandates. People wear their mask to protect you, and you wear your mask to protect others. State governments should decide when schools open and close to protect all students as a whole. Civilians should not be at risk because some schools decide to open on their own and increase the risk of spreading Covid. This is why the government need to think how to keep everyone safe and at the end of the day it’s not about you. Some people may think Covid is not a big deal and they should be able to go to school and do whatever they want, but if they get Covid due to their lack of caution, that puts other people at risk of getting sick because of one kids actions. Which is why in the big picture, the government should make these decisions and think about the benefits and dangers to the public by opening up schools. It’s not fair to people who take Covid and Covid precautions very serious to risk getting sick because of careless people that put everyone else at risk. At the end of the day, it’s about protecting the general public and schools individually deciding to open up on their own can risk getting everyone else sick around the school.

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  • Liam from Illinois

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

    I think that the state government should not determine whether schools close for the rest of the year for two reasons, each part of the state can be in different situations with covid , and also that some schools do not have access to good online schooling. The first reason that states should not decide if schools are open or not is because each part of the state can be at different places with covid, for example for a state like illinois that has a big city like Chicago wich can be a high risk place for covid because of the dense population , but also has very rural parts like southern illnois were there could be less covid and the situation could be much different. So the state closing all of the schools in a state would make no sense. Another reason I think states should not decide if schools are opened or closed is because when schools close they have to distance learning and each school has a different situation, some schools like our school can do distance learning with no problem because every student has a i pad from the school that we know how to use, but what about the schools were students don’t have school issued iPads , or don’t have access to wifi . There is so many issues you could run into . Another big issue is with younger students who can not stay home by themselves, in a article I read from the Chicago tribune it said Covid forced too many parents to choose between work and helping their kids with remote classes. Many parents have to make this difficult decision , and no matter wich one you choose negative consequences wil come with it .

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  • Diego from Illinois

    I strongly believe that the government should be in control and make decisions over why schools should remain closed or shall open up again. Many sates are dealing with deferent issues and different amount of cases. I believe the government should have the right to make those decisions because the Covid 19 situation and the severity of it varies from state the state so some schools can possibly open back up with little to no issues and others need to remain closed do to rampant cases. If schools were to all open up at once than it will be a total disaster and instead of moving forward we will be traveling backwards in progress. Overall I believe they should have control because they understand the situation much better than anyone else does.

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  • Julie from Illinois

    State governments should decide if schools close for the rest of the year. The outbreak of COVID-19 was detrimental to our world and people. It affected so many people, taking away too many lives, taking jobs away, businesses shutting down, schools closing down, and the list that goes on. This pandemic impacted each state differently, with some states having a higher spread the virus and higher death rates than others. Each state has a different population, and have taken different protocols in regards to this issue. The state government has the ability to track what’s going on in their state, how many lives are being lost, how many more people are getting infected, the amount of people getting vaccinated. The pandemic took away the opportunity to go to school in person due to the rapid spread. The state has the control of seeing how this is affecting students, through standardized tests scores, and many more ways. In some states, the virus has spread quickly through school as some students have gone back, whereas those who choose to remain shut down have prevented that spread within their schools, district and state. The state government should have the control and responsibility of taking action in regards to what goes on with schools in their state, to then determine the severity of cases, and choose if it’s beneficial to shut schools down for the rest of the year, or not.

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  • Nicholas from Illinois

    The past year has been anything but normal, in many different ways. Getting an education has been more different than ever before, and most likely more difficult that it ever will be again. While some may find that they think they know best for their child or for themselves, it should truly be left up to the state government to determine whether schools should be left open or shut down. It isn’t an issue of whether it’s what the government wants, but rather an issue of what is best for the health of students. If a state government truly feels that they would be putting a students health and livelihood at risk by keeping them at school, then they should close schools to preserve the health of the student population. However, the situation may vary from state to state, so it would make the most sense for each individual state to look at their rates of infection and rates of how the disease is spreading to determine the best course of action, as is their responsibility. Furthermore, if the state government were to determine schools needed to be shut down, it isn’t as if school and education itself is coming to a grinding halt. Schools and government alike have worked to find a solution to in person schooling being shut down, whether it’s through remote learning or just distributing material to be learned by oneself. As a student with a firsthand experience in online schooling and remote learning, it simply isn’t as grueling and unbearable as people make it out to be. Teachers try their best to teach the curriculum to students who refuse to turn on cameras for zoom for whatever reason, and still do a great job of conveying information. Additionally, in today’s internet fueled society, a student can simply google or look up information they may not fully understand, which eliminates the issue of a student not being able to ask questions to a teacher about the material. In conclusion, it should be left up to the state governments to decide whether or not schools should be shut down, because they will act in the best interest of student health, and if schools are shut down, students will still be able to receive an education.

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  • Nick from Illinois

    The past year has been anything but normal, in many different ways. Getting an education has been more different than ever before, and most likely more difficult that it ever will be again. While some may find that they think they know best for their child or for themselves, it should truly be left up to the state government to determine whether schools should be left open or shut down. It isn’t an issue of whether it’s what the government wants, but rather an issue of what is best for the health of students. If a state government truly feels that they would be putting a students health and livelihood at risk by keeping them at school, then they should close schools to preserve the health of the student population. However, the situation may vary from state to state, so it would make the most sense for each individual state to look at their rates of infection and rates of how the disease is spreading to determine the best course of action, as is their responsibility. Furthermore, if the state government were to determine schools needed to be shut down, it isn’t as if school and education itself is coming to a grinding halt. Schools and government alike have worked to find a solution to in person schooling being shut down, whether it’s through remote learning or just distributing material to be learned by oneself. As a student with a firsthand experience in online schooling and remote learning, it simply isn’t as grueling and unbearable as people make it out to be. Teachers try their best to teach the curriculum to students who refuse to turn on cameras for zoom for whatever reason, and still do a great job of conveying information. Additionally, in today’s internet fueled society, a student can simply google or look up information they may not fully understand, which eliminates the issue of a student not being able to ask questions to a teacher about the material. In conclusion, it should be left up to the state governments to decide whether or not schools should be shut down, because they will act in the best interest of student health, and if schools are shut down, students will still be able to receive an education.

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  • Danny from Illinois

    Yes I believe state governors and state government should most definitely have full control of their state and not have the American government mandate their decisions. The reason I say this is because, in order to control the pandemic and its entirety, States need to mandate certain laws they know their people among their specific population can handle. It would be impossible for a State government to mandate other states because no one would listen, and it wouldn’t be fair for every state to have to listen to the American government. Having two different political views has a huge impact on this pandemic. If each state was mandated to maintain a certain view on the pandemic and whether or not schools and buildings should be open would cause major controversy. With this being said, and relating to the context, state governments should be responsible for mandating their specific states and not have to be controlled by the American government as a whole.

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  • Silvestre from Illinois

    Yes, because the state government should decide whether it’s on school in the state should be opened or closed depending on the number of cases of each state. If the main body of government decides if all schools should be out it is unfair for the other states who are doing well during the pandemic to be close versus the ones for doing not so well and that should be close. For example some of the bigger states have more Covid cases because of more people and some should be shut down. While some of the other states usually the smaller ones have less cases and shouldn’t be shut down all around if the government can open and close schools versus whether the state government can open or close their own school. It’s important for the state to have its own rights over what’s inside that state versus the federal government having control of all the states. Opposing argument is that people believe that we should be more unified during these trying times however we shouldn’t hold back those states are doing better with Covid and those who are doing worse and affecting the future education of kids are in America.

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  • isaak from Illinois

    I believe that it is the states responsibility to decide whether schools should close for the rest of the year or not. Schools and education are reserved issues, meaning that state governments have control over them. Some states have different situations than others with the coronavirus. Big cities where the virus is very prominent and can easily spread should be kept quarantined and definitely not go back to school. But, I places like Wyoming or Maine where there aren’t a lot of cases, they can go to school safely. Population also determines the sizes of schools. Some large schools like my own have thousands of students, but other schools that are in rural areas or are private do not have many students, so it is unlikely that the virus can break out there. Also, some schools don’t have the resources to do e-learning. They can’t supply students with computers or iPads at home, so it is almost impossible for these schools to teach students curriculum. So if the government orders all schools to not go back, these kids will be a year behind in the education. But, if states have control, they know their state well, so they can make the correct call on what to do. Each state should do what they think is best. In some cases that would be staying home, in other cases that would be returning to school. But, it would not be fair to one side if the federal government made a decision for everyone.

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  • Monica from Illinois

    This question can easily be split between two different beliefs, either the idea of a more centralized government or states’ rights. While I usually opt for a more centralized government when it comes to public policy, in this situation, I think that state and local governments should choose whether schools are closed during the fall. My reasoning behind this is that state governments will have a better idea of where they’re at with handling the Covid-19 crisis. According to the New York Times, the weekly average new cases in Arkansas this week is 243, compared to Illinois which is 2,806. It wouldn’t be ideal if the federal government declared a mandatory school closure in the fall based on the nationwide census of new cases, which is averaged at 25,536 this week. I think that it would make more sense if the decision between opening and closing schools in the fall was based on each county within each state. In Illinois, where I currently reside, most of the new cases have accumulated within Cook County or Chicago. Cook County has averaged at 1,040 new cases this week compared to the more southern, rural Monroe County that has averaged at 3 new cases this week. Based on this information, if the fall census is similar, states should be given the authority to allow or prevent schools from opening because they have a better gage on the severity within each county. Counties like Cook County should start the school year off with distance learning in order to prevent an increase in cases, but Monroe county should be able to open up again because of their low amount of new cases.

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  • Kaleigh from Illinois

    SHOULD STATE GOVERNMENTS DETERMINE WHETHER SCHOOLS CLOSE FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR?
    Yes, I do believe that state governments should determine whether schools should close for the rest of the year or not and here are a few reasons why. To start off I think the most important point to think about is how not every state has the same number of COVID cases. This being said every state is pretty much living a different life. For example, Illinois, the state which we live in is one of the bad states where places are closing down and masks are mandatory. While on the other hand, Montana has been consistently a low risk state meaning not as many places are shutting down and not as many people are wearing masks. The reason I bring this up is because I don’t think it is fair for the low risk states to have to shut school down for the entire year just because the high risk states do. If the national government decided this, it would be one big mutual decision. So if one state’s school shut down, all of the state’s schools have to shut down. Another reason is that I feel like we should try to keep as much open as possible with restrictions. Yes, this is a pandemic but that does not mean we should just stop living our lives. Obviously if the number of cases in different states were really bad, then yes things would need to be shut down temporarily, but otherwise things including schools should stay open if possible. To add on to that, in person school is really important for a students academic ability as well as mental and physical health. Most kids otherwise stay in bed all day because there’s nothing forcing them to get up. As well as they may not be in a good environment allowing them to learn at the level they are capable of. It can be really hard for some students to learn at home, and that is why if possible try and keep the schools open which should be the state governments choice.

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  • Claire from Illinois

    I agree with the Yes side. I believe it would be more beneficial for state governments to make this decision over the national government. The United States is a very large country, and although we are all facing the same pandemic, every state is different in its level of severity and has other factors that are specific to their state that may affect schools re-opening. Because of this, it would only make sense for the federal government to make these decisions since each state has a unique set of factors that may not apply to a decision on a national level. Things such as case levels or access to vaccines vary greatly depending on state. If the national government were to make this decision for every state, it may not be as effective to look at the situation overall versus looking at the situation individually and finding what needs to be done for each individual state. Not only this, but a decision on a national level would be less knowledgeable of what the situation is like in each state while determining what to do. One of the prime arguments on the Yes side is that “state governments understand the situation within their borders better than a distant national government.” (BRT). Since each state has its own circumstances, it would make sense for the federal government to be more knowledgeable on what to do. It’d be difficult for the national government to accommodate and determine what the nation should be doing when each state is in a completely different situation from one another. In this way, state governments would be better at handling the situation and being specific about what they need to do for their state specifically for the decision to be most effective. Some states may choose to close schools if their case counts are high, while others may be able to re-open because they’re state has reason to believe that case counts are low enough to deem it safe for schools to open again. It all depends on whether or not the states believe it is necessary to keep schools closed with the knowledge of their state’s situation. And the best people to make that decision are the state governments. I would also like to mention that many people on the Yes side also argue for the notion of a decentralized government following the system of federalism when it comes to things like education and health, both prevalent issues in this debate. Although this is not the main reason why I agree with the Yes side, it is also a valid argument that many take in this stance. In conclusion, state governments should be the ones to make the decision of whether or not to re-open schools because they are more knowledgeable about their states specific circumstances and because of this, would have a more effective approach to this decision.

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  • Kaitlin from Illinois

    After carefully reviewing and rereading the prompt above about whether or not the State government or the National government should be in charge of deciding whether or not schools should close for the rest of the year, I have decided to side with the ‘Yes’ side of this argument. While I do believe it is important to be a unified country as states by the “No” side, I think that letting the National government decide would lead to many unhappy Americans. We are living in such abnormal times, as we have never experienced a pandemic before, so it is not hard to understand why deciding how to deal with this issue is such a hard thing to do. But with that being said I think we need to allow State governments to decide whether or not their state should open up or close down schools. I believe that every state, every town, every household, and every person has a different situation and deals with their own issues, issues that the National government have no idea about. And it is easier to communicate with your state government than your national government in case of an emergency. Let’s say the National government decides to open up every school in America, but their children at home that are unable to attend school due to an illness. What do they do then? Each state has their own set of rules and ways that they handle schools, and mixing each states rules would lead to chaos and confusion. You would never mix the same school rules between California and Illinois, that just isn’t possible without confusion! And if we look at the different number of cases in each state, for example; on May 1st of 2021California had a total of 1,901 cases that day, where as the state of Rhode Island which has at a total of 0 cases on May 1st. While it may be okay to open up the schools in Rhode Island, it is certainly not exceptional to open schools in California yet because there is still an active amount of covid cases everyday. Now, while I think the state government should have the most power when deciding whether or not to open schools up, I think the National Government should have a say if needed. For example; if the state of California decides to open up every school in California today, which makes no sense, the national government should voice an opinion because the decision makes no sense and is unsafe. And while in the article “‘There have been a lot of tears’: Coronavirus threatens to shut schools until the fall” (mhttps://www.nbcnews.com/news/education/there-have-been-lot-tears-coronavirus-threatens-shut-schools-until-n1163901 ) mentions that children have been very upset with missing school and a teacher even said in the article, “‘I get emotional thinking about what they’ll miss out on,” McGinnity said.”‘ And while it is a sad thing to think about, it is necessary in this pandemic. Because health is more important than safety, and I just personally think that letting the national government decide for all of the American people is unwise because they just don’t know the situations of each state as the state government does of their own state. I also think that we shouldn’t place our hands in the presidents for this specific situation. COVID-19 has seemed like such a personal global issue, what I mean by this is that everyone has dealt with it differently. Some have stayed home, some have not, so I just think that we cant lay our lives in the hands of the national government. Last year President Donald J. Trump handled COVID-19 terribly, in the article “The Coronavirus Response Shows That Federalism Is Working” ( https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/03/coronavirus-response-shows-federalism-working/ ) it says, “‘So the states are basically governing themselves because our president doesn’t know how to president at all?”’ and my response to that is yes, I think that we had to rely a lot on out state government last year because of how President Donald J. Trump was handling the pandemic. So to summarize, yes I think we need to have the state government in control of deciding whether or not schools should open or not because every situation and every state is different and we cannot allow the national government to decide this for every single state because it just doesn’t make sense!

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  • Alexa from Illinois

    I think the state government should choose whether or not the schools should remain closed for the rest of the year because based on how the state is dealing with the pandemic, many citizens will want to do something about it. Just because one state still has a high number of covid outbreaks, doesn’t mean that the other state with fewer number should have to be closed for the rest of the year too. Although I am agreeing with this post, I still think it would also depend on where each school is located in the state. There could be many covid outbreaks in the south side of one state than the north side of the same state, that’s why I think that state governments should decide whether or not to close schools for the rest of the year. This way, each state will be able to handle their numbers in covid outbreaks in a simpler manner. Especially since there are many people that are trying to minimize the number of cases in where they live. There are even students that want to go out and do acitivities with their friends just like the way thing were before the outbreak happened. By allowing state governments to control whether or not the schools should remain closed for the rest of the year, I think would be a great way to minimize the number of outbreaks and could potentially help students go back to school in person a lot faster than the us government can

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  • Julia from Illinois

    I believe that state governments should determine whether schools close for the rest of the year instead of the federal government. The main reason I believe state governments should be the ones deciding is that every state is in a unique position. In my mind, it would be ludicrous to say that the same covid restrictions set in Manhattan, New York, where the population density is 69,467.5 persons/sq mi, would fit well in rural states like Alaska, where the population density is 1.4 persons/sq mi. When there are so many factors that determine how COVID spreads, it’s impossible to account for the vastly different situations across different states with an overarching mandate on the whole country. Even on a state level, this is an issue. Here in Illinois, Governor Pritzker sets mandates for the whole state to follow, non differentiating from those who live in Chicago to those who live in the rural South and Central Illinois. Taking this a step up to the Federal Government would worsen this issue, and divide between rural counties and a government focused on the cities. The shutdown of schools is simply too broad of an issue for the Federal Government to handle. It’s the same reason why the Federal Government can’t apply the same parking laws in New York and Montana. In a small town in Montana, you wouldn’t need a parking meter, but in NYC you would be lucky to find a spot without one. Each State, County, City, and Town has different needs. Coming back to the issue of School closings, I believe that should be out of federal control because they always seem to mess something up. Looking back at the school lunch program instated during the Obama era, they aimed to make kids healthier by instating rules on school lunches. As I and many other students can attest to, these changes were more harmful than good, reducing the quality of food and pushing kids to eat foods less healthy than they were eating before. Overall, the government’s bad history with federal school programs and the inability to make good decisions for each state in the whole country leads me to my belief that the issue of school closing should be left to state governments.

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  • Morgan from Illinois

    I believe that the state governments should determine whether schools close for the rest of the year. The main reason why I believe this is because each state is dealing with a different amount of COVID-19 cases. COVID-19 is affecting everyone nationwide, but each state is under completely different circumstances. Not to mention, the number of schools and the size of those schools differs in each state. I believe that the state government is the best equipped to deal with their own unique issues and constantly changing statistics. It is known that each state’s government keeps tabs on the number of cases and the number of students who have it every single day. In other words, the State Governments will know what is best for the state. I think that it would be very difficult for the Federal Government to make rules and judgements that would be apt for all states and their given situations. If we give the Federal Government the power to whether close or open all schools, I think major problems could occur. For instance, if the Federal Government decides to close all schools, then they could be stopping children from going to school who could. For some states and communities, it is hard for children to learn without being at school. For schools with low funding for technology, teaching their children would require more funding, resources, and time spent training teachers to teach online. This would be a waste, especially if that state could very well be open (low number of cases). If the Federal Government decides to open all schools, that could cause a whole other problem. Some states with low cases might be fine, but those with high cases could really suffer. Overall, the first priority should be the safety of students and staff. Opening all schools could put these people in danger and compromise their health and safety. Therefore, I believe that the State Government, with their detailed and extensive knowledge of covid case numbers and statistics, should be the ones deciding whether or not their schools should open or close for the rest of the year.

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  • Jakub from Illinois

    I believe that state governments should decide whether or not schools should close for the rest of the year. The Covid-19 pandemic has been one of the most shocking events of our lifetimes and has caused many unexpected issues with one of them being halting in-person schooling for a while. However, the virus isn’t spread evenly over the whole United States. Each state has been individually counting the number of cases in their state each day. Some are better, some are worse, but no state has the same amount of cases/deaths as another. The virus has been thriving in urban, populated areas that have a larger population. But for more rural states like Wyoming, North Dakota, Maine, and Alaska, the cases have stayed low and aren’t growing rapidly as they are in states like California, Florida, Chicago, and New York. These rural states don’t have the same amount of technologies and Wifi-enabled homes as we do here in Chicago. If it was up to the federal government to keep all schools closed, these children would be stuck at home with no source of education to keep them growing intellectually. If states are separately enabled to open their schools back up, they can get these children with no access to the internet back into school and learning as quickly as possible.
    Also, in my opinion, I learn and understand new topics better when I am in person with the teacher rather than watching class over the screen. With online learning being somewhat challenging for a high school student, I can’t imagine what the younger children are dealing with when they aren’t able to form a sentence correctly. Getting these younger children educated should be our main priority because this new generation is going to be leading our world in a few years. That’s why I believe that states should be the ones determining if it’s safe to go back to school because education is important, and if it is possible for students to go back they should be.

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  • Bharat from Illinois

    I think that the state governments should decide whether schools should be closed for the remainder of the school year or not. States across the country have different populations and some people from certain states follow COVID guidelines better than others. States are at different levels with COVID and this means that one state with a larger population could have more cases than a different state with a smaller population. On an everyday basis the state governments track the amount of cases within their states. The state governments should be able to use this information to determine whether they should reopen schools or keep schools closed. If the National Government decides to open all schools across the country while some states are still facing an increase in cases then the health of the students are at risk. If the National Government decides to close all schools across the country even though some states are ready to be reopened because they have low cases then those students are missing a good in person learning opportunity. The point is that every state won’t be satisfied with one decision the national government has to make for all states so it’s best to let the state governments decide whether their schools should reopen or stay closed. The state government of New Hampshire has seen a decrease in their number of COVID cases and they offered full time instruction by April 19, 2021. States like Delaware and Hawaii have certain grade levels closed for in person or only allow hybrid instruction because they have seen an increase in cases. New Hampshire, Delaware, and Hawaii are great examples that every state is at a different stage regarding to COVID. Another reason why state governments should be in charge of this decision is because the 10th Amendment reserves power to the states. Within the reserved powers given to the states is to control education. If controlling education is one of the reserved powers states have then this proves that states should be able to determine if they want to open or keep schools closed for the remainder of the year.

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  • d from Illinois

    I think state governments should have the right to decide whether schools should be closed for the rest of the year. I think governments talk everything into consideration and create the best possible outcome for the majority of the people. They would have accurate numbers on the amount of covid cases and have the best understanding of how their state is actually doing. It varies from state to state, and should not be the US government’s job to decide on behalf of the state. It should neither be the parent’s decision to send them to school because they would most likely take their personal preferences into consideration instead of the wellbeing of the entire community. The government by far is more informed on all pressing issues. In each state the numbers are different, the population is different, and that truly affects the decision for each individual state. Many people are unhappy and hate the way the past year has turned out. Everyone wants to get back to a normal lifestyle and not have to worry about that disease. But the only way this will happen is if we let the people who are best informed about the subject make the decision. We need to keep our bias out of it and leave it to the people who have everyone’s best interest at heart. If the national government were to decide what was best for each state nothing would get better, as each state has responded differently to the virus. I think it made sense for the national government to be in charge in the beginning, but now not so much. It has been over a year since the pandemic started and I think it is time for the states to take matters into their own hands and do what they feel is best for their state. The national government does not have the first-hand experience for each state, but the state government does and therefore should be the ones making decisions.

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  • Carter from Illinois

    In regards to whether the state or national government should determine whether schools should close for the rest of the year, I believe that the state government should make the decision. In determining the risks for students going back to school, there are a variety of factors that can impact the safety of a community. Some of these include population size & density, demographics, general political leaning, etc. In sparsely populated regions—such as the west and south—the likelihood of contracting the virus is far less in comparison to more heavily populated regions—such as the east and west coasts. Some states also may have less densely populated areas—such as many small towns—that are spread throughout the state, whereas other states have very densely populated areas—such as New York and Los Angeles. Should the government take full discretion for school openings, they may be failing to account for one region’s abilities to carry out in-person school by focusing on another region’s abilities. Demographics are also very important, as there are many cities and areas that have large elderly populations; this could be a reason to open schools, as there are fewer children to spread the virus, but it could be a reason to close schools, as the elderly are the most vulnerable to the virus. The national government can’t account for these demographic differences the way a state government could. The final, and possibly most important, is in regards to political leaning. Different regions of the country have different beliefs about what is important and what they are afraid of/willing to risk. Conservative’s would likely approve of opening schools just as they approve of opening businesses, since many are less afraid of the virus and prioritize the economy, but liberals would likely disapprove, as they tend to be more afraid of the virus. These differences would cause the national government to be unable to cater to everyone’s needs, thus causing controversy.

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  • James from Illinois

    Yes, I believe that state governments should determine whether or not schools close for the rest of the year. The country varies wildly in population from coast to coast and border to border. Putting the decision in the hands of individual states allows them to make the best decisions for themselves. The state governments count their own cases, know their own demographics, and are the most informed when it comes to taking care of their respective state. It would not be fair for a state with low population density and covid cases to have to shut down all schools. Many students struggle with online school so it should be avoided if at all possible. We should also consider giving the responsibility to individual counties, breaking down the responsibility even further. Responsible counties would know what is best for their schools since they are most familiar with their population. Opposing views say that students who are not in lockdown will be ahead of the students who are doing online school so it wouldn’t be fair. To that I say we should provide additional time and support to students who are struggling as a result of online learning. I feel like that is a small price to pay for the safety of the entire population. Heaven forbid a student loses a relative, that could be worse for their academics and mental health than having to do online learning would be.

    https://www.modernhealthcare.com/politics-policy/different-approaches-combating-virus-yielded-nearly-identical-results

    https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/news/education/2020/12/13/covid-online-school-tutoring-plan/6334907002/

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  • Katrina from Illinois

    I think this varies, though I lean more towards yes, here’s why. If the number in cases increases over time because there’s not enforced social distancing or people aren’t wearing their masks, then school would be an unsafe place to learn, and could then be a potential hotspot for more cases. So in these circumstances, I do think that the government should have the ability to shut down schools. Although, I do think that the government should be restricted to what schools they shut down. Say there’s a school in the city and its covid cases increase tremendously, shutting it down should be the best option. Now say there’s a school in a rural area with no new cases, the government should still let it be in full operation. One other thing about this is it should be up to the state government to decide whether or not the schools remain open. If the federal government were to close the schools for the rest of the year, it’s unfair to the states that have a low number of cases. The federal government can enforce this law, but it should be the states that decided if the schools are in need to be shut down. For the schools that do remain open, the rules of social distancing should be followed and so should wearing a mask. If we play it safe, the kids who go to in person school can have the feeling of being back, even if it is a bit different. Overall, I do think that the government should be in some control over the schools open hours only if absolutely necessary.

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  • Mira from Illinois

    I believe that state governments should be able to determine whether schools close for the rest of the year or not. Public schools are usually giving the state all of their analytics, especially during this pandemic era. With the information that the government gets from the schools, it is also the first to know about all of the analytics from everywhere else, all of the covid data that is being collected throughout the region and the entire state. If anything, the government knows more about everything than the actual schools do since they have first access to all of the information. However, dealing with closing down schools is quite a tricky subject from both stances. During the first wave in the fall of 2020 there was a mass amount of protest from parents and even teachers trying to get the schools to open back up again. Closing down would have to be the last retreat for the government if the numbers are so high that they cannot be contained and/or controlled. Of course, the safety of the teachers and students have to come first then being able to go in person. This is a last resort however for the government. Another part of this is that the government has, in theory, the highest knowledge for everything that is happening. Safety is their number one priority as they don’t want to raise the numbers and if that means closing down the schools then that is what has to happen. This is both unfortunate and uncomfortable for those who have been attending in person school for some time but it’s better than raising the numbers in terms of cases. This has been a learning experience for a lot of different people, and for those in charge of the state governments it has been especially challenging. Balancing what the people want versus the health and safety is a tricky subject to try and do perfectly but for the most part many have been more or less satisfied with the conclusions. Should schools have to close for the rest of the year? Will they? This is a question that is unanswered for the moment as there is no real answer. At this time, everything is moving day by day and the only thing that most can do is wait for another day. When everything first started in 2020, things were very different. Schools started to close one by one for extended spring breaks, which lead into an entire month off, which lead into finishing the year from home. Many were worried about the impact it would have on the children as they lost their access to learning, but as the times have changed drastically in just a year, children are still able to get some kind of education from outside of the classroom. This is not ideal of course, and closing down the schools would send another spiral of worry through the minds of both parents and teachers but in the end the states decisions are purely for the safety of others, and thus are important.

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  • Logan from Illinois

    The past year has been an unprecedented time for both the USA and the world. One of the most challenging parts of this pandemic has been school. Teachers are scrambling to create new lesson plans, students are trying to adjust to a new type of learning and administrators are doing everything they can to make school as normal as possible. Every school district is different in how they are approaching school for the rest of the year. The argument that the government should be in charge of shutting down schools for the rest of the year is just silly. This one size fits all plan will not work. Every state and community are in a different situation when it comes to the pandemic. It should be up to state governments to decide whether schools should be open or not. State governments have always been in charge of education for their community and now is not the time to try something new. As we have seen in the last year, change has been very difficult. If we were to change how education is managed now, it would just cause more frustration and stress than there is now. All in all, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Confirmed cases of covid have decreased in the past months and are on the decline showing that the states have done a good job managing this pandemic.

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  • Myles from Illinois

    Parents all around the country want their kids to have access to a good education. Last year their kids were denied the chance to even attend in person school. I can say first hand as a student that the online system had its flaws and my education derailed temporarily. Schools closed down nationwide and education was put on hold. If it were my choice I would have created a hybrid program just as there is now. While the pandemic was at its prime, I still believe the hybrid system would function and do its job properly. Allowing the parents who would like their kids to stay home to stay home, and the parents who’d like their kids to attend school to attend school. If the parents could have coordinated maybe they would have been able to approach state legislators and let them know their stance. Instead schools were closed on a federal level and the parents and kids didn’t stand a chance. If the pandemic worsens or another occurs in the future with the same severity, I would think it right to set up a hybrid program. I would also think it would be a good idea to let the state regulate itself, seeing as its people elect their legislators.

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  • Alexander from Illinois

    Yes, state governments should determine whether or not schools close for the rest of the year. State Governments should have priority over the national government in this scenario because of their reserved powers. As outlined in the 10th amendment, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively.” As there is no part of the constitution that addresses the coronaviruses effects on schools opening, this power of closing the schools would be reserved to the states. Furthermore, it would be smarter for the state governments to be the ones making the decisions. State governments are more intricately familiar with the conditions of coronavirus in their state, including the public opinion on it, the statistics of who is infected, and the variance in coronavirus effects throughout the region. Compare this to the federal government trying to make the decision for 50 different states: a decision that may seem to work for one state could be detrimental to a different state. Some may argue that the federal government needs to address coronavirus so we can be a unified front. This argument is flawed because each state is different. According to the CDC’s COVID Data Tracker, 40% of counties have a high level of community transmission(coronavirus growth), and 7% have a low level, with 53% in the middle. The range of high level and low level counties vary between states, and are concentrated differently. It would be foolish if we acted on a united front and either made students in low coronavirus affected states like Oklahoma continue with e-learning needlessly, or made students in high coronavirus affected states like Minnesota go back to school when it is very obviously unsafe to do so. You can’t cut a watermelon and sharpen a pencil with the same knife. It should be noted, however, that state governments should be very careful when it comes to how they address coronavirus throughout their state. As previously mentioned, counties differentiate just like states in terms of coronavirus statistics. Informed decisions, perhaps from a coronavirus council within the state government, should be made on a county by county basis. Much like how we have a right to press and to protest, individual school districts will maintain the right to petition the state government to alter their approach for their specific county. The ability for the individual school districts to petition is why it’s okay for the state governments to make their decision for them. If the opinion is truly so wrong, the counties should be able to protest the decision, and the coronavirus decision makers should be considerate of their demands. State governments don’t have the goal to oppress, the state governments need to work together with the counties to make the best approach to the coronavirus possible. This approach will be much more effective on federal, state and county levels.

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  • Cat from Illinois

    Yes, I believe that State governments should be the ones to decide if a school should be shut down or stayed open for the remainder of the year. I think that the state governments know more about their citizens and their health than the federal government. The federal government just looks at the overall facts and information of the spread of the virus, they don’t look into how much change is happening within the states and all those towns. As mentioned before, all the states and different communities have all different sorts of populations and different ways they are trying to reduce the spread of COVID. Looking at many different health charts and data a smaller state can’t be compared to a larger state that has more of a population and higher chances for the spread. State governments are able to tell and determine if it would be the safer option for these students and teachers working together and in the same area based on the data and charts they find. These governments are also able to look for information from their citizens themselves based on voting and protests. The federal government may want to stop the spread within the citizens by having quarantine periods but that doesn’t mean it’s what’s best for the people and their education to continue for the future. Not having in-person schooling is taking a toll on all students, they don’t get the interaction they need daily and they don’t keep up with the importance of learning. The state governments are able to tell from scores of standardized tests and overall percentages on students performances, looking at the collected data the state governments can decide on if it would be necessary or not to have schools remain open or not for the following year. States everyday track the number of cases and the number of citizens being vaccinated, the federal government on the other hand doesn’t look in depth on everything but they just want everybody vaccinated and safe. Yes I do think the federal government gives good advice and a helping hand to states and gives them ideas on how to better the cases, but the state government should be the one to make the call in the end.

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  • Catryna from Illinois

    Yes, I believe that State governments should be the ones to decide if a school should be shut down or stayed open for the remainder of the year. I think that the state governments know more about their citizens and their health than the federal government. The federal government just looks at the overall facts and information of the spread of the virus, they don’t look into how much change is happening within the states and all those towns. As mentioned before, all the states and different communities have all different sorts of populations and different ways they are trying to reduce the spread of COVID. Looking at many different health charts and data a smaller state can’t be compared to a larger state that has more of a population and higher chances for the spread. State governments are able to tell and determine if it would be the safer option for these students and teachers working together and in the same area based on the data and charts they find. These governments are also able to look for information from their citizens themselves based on voting and protests. The federal government may want to stop the spread within the citizens by having quarantine periods but that doesn’t mean it’s what’s best for the people and their education to continue for the future. Not having in-person schooling is taking a toll on all students, they don’t get the interaction they need daily and they don’t keep up with the importance of learning. The state governments are able to tell from scores of standardized tests and overall percentages on students performances, looking at the collected data the state governments can decide on if it would be necessary or not to have schools remain open or not for the following year. States everyday track the number of cases and the number of citizens being vaccinated, the federal government on the other hand doesn’t look in depth on everything but they just want everybody vaccinated and safe. Yes I do think the federal government gives good advice and a helping hand to states and gives them ideas on how to better the cases, but the state government should be the one to make the call in the end.

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  • Desi from Illinois

    I believe that the State Governments should be the ones to determine whether schools close for the rest of the year or not. Why? Because the State Governments have information about their own states. Each state’s government tracks its own number of cases, every single day, across that particular state. Then based on those numbers, the State Governments should be able to decide whether or not it is safe for students to go to in-person school. At the moment, those stats should be the most influencing factor when making that decision, because the most important thing is to keep the students safe from COVID. I do not think that the National Government should be the one to decide for all of the schools across the nation because in different states, there are different numbers of cases of coronavirus. If the National Government was the one to make that decision, and say that it decided to close all schools permanently, it would be limiting every single student across the nation from going to school. For states that are not as advanced with technology, online school would be a very difficult task to achieve, because it would require more resources, more funding, and more time for training of teachers. And that would be a waste of all of the above because if those less advanced states had minimal cases of coronavirus, that would mean students are actually safe to go to in-person school. Another issue with closing all schools permanently would simply be the fact that some students just learn better when they are at school. All of those students would not be able to take full advantage of their education because they are limited from getting hands-on experience. I believe State Governments should be making their own decisions about whether or not to close schools permanently because they truly know better what is best for students.

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  • Daniel from Illinois

    As we begin to recover from the pandemic, a major question must be answered: should state governments determine whether schools close for the rest of the year, or should that power be vested in the national government? While there is merit to both options, a decentralized approach to reopening schools is ultimately the better option. Each state is different, and therefore the procedures for reopening the schools should be different as well. It cannot be reasonably expected that rural states such as Montana or Idaho will have the same obstacles to reopening as New York or coastal California. Each state had different circumstances, and it would be in their best interest for the national government to allow the individual states to act accordingly. If the national government is tasked with deciding when to reopen schools, there would be a risk of opening some schools too early, and keeping some closed for longer than is necessary.
    In addition to this, the federalism of the issue should also be addressed. The education system has primarily been a state controlled area of the government, while the federal government has taken a more minor role in it. Each state’s situation is unique, and acting on a national level for this issue won’t allow each state to reach an ideal outcome. This being said, the states power over their public education should remain as it has been, and the national government should let each state handle the task of reopening schools .

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  • Cora from Illinois

    Yes, all of the states have a different amount of cases, so the individual state governments should decide what is best for their state. States like Illinois, and Florida both have a very high amount of cases whereas states like South Dakota only have a few cases. In the Bill of Rights, the tenth amendment says that any powers not given to the federal government belong to the state. The closure of schools isn’t listed as a power given to the federal government, so shouldn’t it go to the states? Most of the other issues that have to do with education are in the hand of the state government. The standards and learning criteria that are given to schools are provided by the state government, not the federal government. Also, the state government sets mandatory requirements for students to graduate. The federal government plays a limited role in the education system. The role of the federal government is to provide education rights, not rules. Some might say that the issue is spread across the whole country and that all states are affected, so it is a federal issue. Even though it has become a federal issue, we should let the state governors decide how bad it is in their own state. For the reasons above, the state government should be able to decide whether schools close. To add on, schools are a major germ facility. Too many students get sick from others attending school. The government should cancel school (allow it to be up to the state) because it puts students at risk of getting sick. If schools shut down, it gives the students a chance to handle school work plus having a job on the side. It helps prepare us for our future.

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  • Jeffrey from Montana

    I believe that states should be able to choose whether or not they open up schools to the public and not the federal government for a very simple reason. The United States is just way to big and diverse of a country to try to control it fully on its own. In a quote from the article by Intelligencer “Just in the public K–12 education system, there are 13,598 school districts in this country, most of them retaining significant autonomy. Identifying — much less applying — levers for coercing compliance with a national school-closing strategy would take too long to facilitate the kind of lightning strike on COVID-19 that Bossert is recommending (Kilgore)”. Trying to get everyone in the United States to do exactly what the federal government is saying is just way to monumental of a task for the overall government to do. Breaking the country down into 50 much more manageable places would help them target specific problems within a community much easier. Like for example right now Michigan has the highest number of new cases while a state like Kansas has a lower number of cases. Instead of having Kansas have stricter conditions because of what is happening in Michigan or having the situation in Michigan be brushed under the rug because Kansas is doing better, having it be a state issue may help the people of that area be able to more effectively solve the problem. This doesn’t just apply to states either, if a specific school is struggling from corona then that school should be able to independently shut down to try to solve the issue. In conclusion it’s all a matter of breaking down government to specific local authority so problems can be more easily spotted and sniped.

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  • Taylor from Illinois

    The topic of whether or not the state government can control the opening of schools is very controversial, especially because of the Coronavirus. I believe that it should be state government controlled over the national government as a whole. This is because each state is so different. For example a state with a big population like Texas or California, would need to take a different route than a state with a small population like Wyoming. States with a higher population or especially a higher COVID cases number will need to keep their schools closed and continue with remote/distance learning. On the other hand, states with a low number of COVID cases can look to reopen their schools slowly, and with the necessary safety precautions. This is why the state governments should determine whether schools close for the rest of the year, not state governments. If this decision was in the hands of the national government, they could decide to open all the schools in every state. This would lead to a huge rise in cases everywhere, and be especially bad for the states with an already high case count. If it was the state governments power, they already know how their state has been affected by COVID. For example the governors and localized government are most knowledgeable about their area, over the national government because they look at the country as a whole. Having state governments sphere in charge will help all the students. In towns where the coronavirus has affected it a lot, students can continue with remote learning and not have to fear about contracting the virus by being forced to go to school in person. And in areas where the virus has not been as severe, it would be beneficial to get the students back in person to classrooms so they can have a proper education. Over all, I think it would be the most beneficial to allow this decision to be decided by the state governments rather than the national government as a whole.

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  • Taylor from Illinois

    The topic of whether or not the state government can control the opening of schools is very controversial, especially because of the Coronavirus. I believe that it should be state government controlled over the national government as a whole. This is because each state is so different. For example a state with a big population like Texas or California, would need to take a different route than a state with a small population like Wyoming. States with a higher population or especially a higher COVID cases number will need to keep their schools closed and continue with remote/distance learning. On the other hand, states with a low number of COVID cases can look to reopen their schools slowly, and with the necessary safety precautions. This is why the state governments should determine whether schools close for the rest of the year, not state governments. If this decision was in the hands of the national government, they could decide to open all the schools in every state. This would lead to a huge rise in cases everywhere, and be especially bad for the states with an already high case count. If it was the state governments power, they already know how their state has been affected by COVID. For example the governors and localized government are most knowledgeable about their area, over the national government because they look at the country as a whole. Having state governments sphere in charge will help all the students. In towns where the coronavirus has affected it a lot, students can continue with remote learning and not have to fear about contracting the virus by being forced to go to school in person. And in areas where the virus has not been as severe, it would be beneficial to get the students back in person to classrooms so they can have a proper education. Over all, I think it would be the most beneficial to allow this decision to be decided by the state governments rather than the national government as a whole.

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  • Joseph from Illinois

    I think that state governments should determine whether schools close for the rest of the year. COVID-19 is a virus that spreads very quickly and easily through the air and human contact. It has affected probably every single person in the United States of America in some way shape or form. It has affected students because they have had to change the way they are used to doing things and change to online school. The schools should remain closed and students should finish their studies at home for the rest of the year. This way students and teachers and those at most risk can avoid contamination of the virus. If schools were to open too early, this could cause a recontamination of the virus or a second outbreak of the virus. This would cause an unnecessary wave of new people who are sick and it could possibly cause deaths that easily could be avoided if students learned from home. Unlike snow days or days where school gets cancelled for some reason, when students are learning their school material from home, they won’t have to make it up another time like they do in snow days. Also, from the state government’s point of view, it is their job to do what they think is best for their state, so if they think that keeping schools closed in order to keep the citizens of that state safe, then I believe they should be allowed to do that.

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  • Olivia from Illinois

    States should be able to determine whether they close or open the schools due to COVID-19. Each state is living in very different circumstances, North Dakota vs. Vermont, for example, and they should be able to make more personalized decisions to help the people that live in each state.

    According to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Research center, there are almost 5 times as many covid cases in North Dakota than Vermont, per 100,000 people. North Dakota currently has around 13,648 cases per 100,000 while Vermond only has 3,265. It would be a lot safer to send kids back to school in Vermont then it would be in North Dakota. Even though these states are both landlocked and in similar weather climates. These states are both in the same country, but have such differing stats. It should be the state that decided whether to open schools or not, because as we can see here, It wouldn’t be safe in a lot of states to send kids back to school where it would be ok in others.

    There are already different mandates and rules in each state, so the same should go for schools. There are also so many other options then online school and most communities have done a nice job at keeping kids educated while also keeping them safe. It’s not fun for our kids to be learning from home, and the education may not be as good if they were in person, but it’s what is safe and keeping us healthy. Having the country unified is important, but the safety and health of our future generations is more important in unprecedented times like these.

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  • Sullivan from Illinois

    I think that yes, the state government should decide if schools are closed for the rest of the year. We are living in unprecedented times, and we need to do what’s best for the American people. Allowing for state governments to decide if schools are closed would help ensure the safety of millions of people. If schools were allowed to be opened for the rest of the year, the virus would continue to spread and more and more people would get sick. If a child at school were to get the virus, they could spread it to somebody at home who may be in the risk group, and that is something that cannot happen if we hope to beat this virus. It would be irresponsible and dangerous for state governments to allow schools to be reopen and risk lives of students, teachers, parents, and many more. Another thing to consider if schools were to reopen would be the dangers of traveling, if a child were to go somewhere for spring break and unknowingly bring the virus with them, they could spread it all around the school and put a lot of people in danger. If schools are chosen to remain closed by the state, we eliminate the chance of this happening, therefore more lives are saved. It should be the state governments responsibility to keep its people safe, and allowing them the choice of opening schools would allow for that. This is the government that is making decisions regarding COVID and is specifically designed to focus on that state, and since they are responsible for their state, they should be the ones who decide how to keep them safe. At the end of the day COVID spreads fast, and allowing schools (which are places were the virus could spread in an instant) to reopen would only make it spread quicker and more. Schools were closed for a reason, and allowing them to open back up again will only cause harm. Every state is fighting against the virus differently. Although I do not think that school should be in person right now I still respect some schools decisions to go back, especially as it has become safer to do so.

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  • Sullivan from Illinois

    I think that yes, the state government should decide if schools are closed for the rest of the year. We are living in unprecedented times, and we need to do what’s best for the American people. Allowing for state governments to decide if schools are closed would help ensure the safety of millions of people. If schools were allowed to be opened for the rest of the year, the virus would continue to spread and more and more people would get sick. If a child at school were to get the virus, they could spread it to somebody at home who may be in the risk group, and that is something that cannot happen if we hope to beat this virus. It would be irresponsible and dangerous for state governments to allow schools to be reopen and risk lives of students, teachers, parents, and many more. Another thing to consider if schools were to reopen would be the dangers of traveling, if a child were to go somewhere for spring break and unknowingly bring the virus with them, they could spread it all around the school and put a lot of people in danger. If schools are chosen to remain closed by the state, we eliminate the chance of this happening, therefore more lives are saved. It should be the state governments responsibility to keep its people safe, and allowing them the choice of opening schools would allow for that. This is the government that is making decisions regarding COVID and is specifically designed to focus on that state, and since they are responsible for their state, they should be the ones who decide how to keep them safe. At the end of the day COVID spreads fast, and allowing schools (which are places were the virus could spread in an instant) to reopen would only make it spread quicker and more. Schools were closed for a reason, and allowing them to open back up again will only cause harm. Every state is fighting against the virus differently. Although I do not think that school should be in person right now I still respect some schools decisions to go back, especially as it has become safer to do so.

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  • Jack from Illinois

    State governments should be the ones making the decisions on whether or not schools should close or reopen over the National government because of various factors. One of these factors is the people themselves. If certain states are doing much better than others and have different regulations when it comes to the coronavirus, they should be able to determine whether or not to reopen their schools. Certain states may have downward trends of the virus, and may have climates that are much more hostile against the virus, thus if they were to be regulated on the same basis as Chicago, IL, a very large and tight city, then it would not be fair. Chicago has many more people, and many more reasons to close down in respect to say, Wyoming with very few people and very few cases of the virus. Putting the two states Illinois and Wyoming under the same regulation on the determination of school closings is unreasonable. Children in states with low cases have no reason to have the same fear as someone in a much larger community.
    On Top of which, the National government does not have the ability to override state control. The state has control over everything that the national government does not (10th Amendment). Thus, the National government would be overstepping their jurisdiction and be a violation of the amendments.

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  • Sophia from Illinois

    Yes, state governments should determine whether schools close for the rest of the year. With every state comes a different situation. They will have a different population, a different amount of covid cases, and therefore a different way of handling the covid crisis. If the federal government were to decide whether schools close for the rest of the year, many students would be set behind a year in schooling as they might not have access to e-learning technology. Since the federal government regulates the entire country, they won’t know the personal details of every state and what is best for each one individually. Some states like Wyoming have very small populations and, therefore, a very limited number of covid cases. This makes keeping schools open much easier for their states. On the other hand, states like New York are crawling with covid cases and will most likely need to figure out a way to close schools for the rest of the year. That being said, there is a large difference in the spread of covid cases throughout the US. The federal government will have a more difficult time than the state governments in determining whether or not it will be safe enough to keep schools open for the remainder of the year. A similar example of this issue was when former President Trump decided to push for schools to fully reopen in the fall. The 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) returned nearly full discretion to the states, reversing the federal role in education (https://edsource.org/2020/local-control-of-schools-defeats-trump-efforts-to-bring-students-back-to-class/635996). This act gave states the power to make their own decisions, making Trump’s call to action mostly nothing but hot air. This demonstrates why the state governments should have the power to determine whether schools close for the rest of the year. While the federal government making the decision to reopen may create more unification within the country, it could also create a lot more chaos as they won’t be able to keep track of the many important details in regards to the covid cases and safety precautions in the thousands of schools throughout the US.

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  • Cesar from Illinois

    I think that the State should determine whether schools close for the rest of the year. The population of Each state is different and people are all individually different. Some people follow the covid guidelines way better than others. If schools were to open, it would inevitably lead to major spreading of the virus. This not only affects the population of the schools, but everyone that the attendees come in contact with

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  • Maggie from Illinois

    Yes, state governments should determine whether schools should close for the rest of the year. I think this should be the case because each state can have very different case totals for COVID-19. For example, according to the COVID.CDC.org back in January 2021 Texas had a 7 day average of 17,568 cases. Whereas Michciagan had a 7 day average of 4,433. This is quite the difference in numbers. In my opinion those two states were in dramatically different COVID points. Florida required harsher guidelines but Michigan could allow for a little less harsh rules. Although some may argue that the national government should make these choices because they will be fair if it happens to all americans at the same time. But, why would we change that now. The state governments have reserved powers over maintaining and establishing schools. So why change that now? All and all I feel that state governments should have the power to decide whether or not schools should close for the rest of the year. This is for a number of reasons but the main two being they have had this reserved power for a while so why change it now. Also, if the national government just made one decision for all states it would be foolish because every state is in a different circumstance.

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  • Martha from Illinois

    There can be no doubt that gun violence has burgeoned as a problem recently….In the span of just one week, our headlines were first filled with news of the Atlanta spa shootings targeting several Asian American women followed by the Boulder supermarket shooting. 18 people killed. This is clearly unacceptable – anyone can recognize this. But what can be done to best prevent events like these from occurring again? That is where the real question lies….
    Personally, I do support the major reforms passed by the House. According to a 2017 study by researchers associated with Harvard and Northeastern University, 1 in 5 gun transcations in the United States occur without a background check, which require firearm purchasers to pass a criminal records check in order to complete a purchase of a gun. While licensed dealers must run these checks, law doesn’t require that this occurs during private gun transactions, which could provide a loophole for individuals – that would otherwise be prohibited – to buy a firearm legally. Additionally, under current law, a gun sale can continue without a bacground check if three business days have passed. In this way, the bill’s provision to require universal background checks and to extend time for checks is a common sense way to help close these loophole and better ensure that the people purchasing guns are responsible good citizens.
    And while I do agree with these reforms, I will also recognize the validity of some opposing claims. Indeed, I don’t think that making gun laws more and more stringent will automatically and irretrievably equate to less violence. Criminals will still find a way to obtain guns. A fine line must therefore be struck between allowing good and responsible citizens to obtain guns in line with their 2nd Amendment right while also better ensuring that guns do not fall in the hands of those who can’t responsibly possess them. These recent reforms, in seeking to make background checks universal – don’t directly threaten the 2nd Amendment – it seeks to more effectively enact shared aims to better ensure that guns don’t fall into the wrong hands as often as they may currently tend to do.

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  • Emily from Illinois

    Yes, I believe that the state government should determine whether the schools close. It is in the best interest of the public that the spread of COVID-19 is slowed. Schools are places where germs and bacteria are easily spread and because of that limited contact will help slow COVID-19, thus allowing us to reopen schools safely and quickly. Just like how bars and restaurants close due to COVID-19, places with large gatherings of people should also be restricted and maintained. As cases begin to slow, schools should be able to open back up this allows students negatively affected by school closures to be provided the help they need for the time lost during closure. Even during school closures I feel that students should be able to have the necessary resources to continue learning, just because schools are forced to close because of health reasons doesn’t mean it should jeopardize learning. Another point that can be discussed is should the power be given to the state or national government? I feel that the state government would be an appropriate choice, because the state government establishes and maintains schools. As well as the fact that each state may react differently to COVID-19 and can be handled state by state. By giving the power to the state government each area is able to handle resources accordingly. Another reason why the government should be able to decide if schools should close is because the U.S is founded on the basis that we, the people, have to give up some of our rights for the benefit of the whole. Giving the decision to the state government is a part of that basis, closing schools would echelon keep the community saf and lessen the impact of COVID-19. The argument that because the state government is forcing school to close is a violation of our rights isn’t quite true, because it is for the protection of everyone involved.

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  • Jack from Illinois

    State governments should have the ability to enforce lockdowns rather than the national government. I believe that the recent data on Florida after it has released its mask enforcement proves that they are not necessary for some states. With Florida having one of the highest elderly populations in the country at 20.5%(Himes), you would think that many more deaths would be coming up in Florida. However, this is not the case. This is not something that could happen in more population-dense states like New Jersey or Massachusetts which have much more population density. If the national government had control over the entire nation’s lockdown I think there would be far less trust due to the fact that Florida already successfully removed their mask mandate. While it is true that we need a unified approach to stop the virus, with proper precautions to ensure that there are not covid infected people entering other states, not everyone needs to stay inside. Additionally, this is only one way to stay unified in our fight against covid. Unifying our country under our government and getting everyone to wear masks or quarantine is close to impossible in some states at this point. People who haven’t regained their ability to take off a mask in public wouldn’t find it so hard to keep them on. This would be another story in other states such as Florida. It’s likely much harder to ask people who have regained the ability to take off their masks to go back. And if not everyone has to sacrifice their jobs, there is no reason for them to be inside in order to support our economy.

    https://www.statista.com/statistics/183588/population-density-in-the-federal-states-of-the-us/

    https://www.prb.org/which-us-states-are-the-oldest/

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  • Niko from Illinois

    I dearly agree with having the state governments decided what is best within their population rather than the federal level decide for everyone. To start I believe every state is drastically different and that is one of the many things that makes America great; how different the east coast is to the west coast with the same shared values of the constitution. All states have different circumstances based on demographics, geographics, and psychographics. I believe it would be best for society to focus on a micro level rather than a macro level of 340 million people in times like these. The federal government can not treat the east coast the same as the west coast. Instead people should focus their energy within their local communities and determine their environments strengths and weaknesses in order to better assist the current virus spread. I believe that one of the ways individual states can better evaluate their own terms is whether or not one should open up public schools for in person learning. From what I have seen as a current student 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. An overall example of why one main order of closing public schools down federal is not effective as locally is by the number of cases. Currently, New York has just over thirty thousand cases of the 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 go in-person even though it was less of a risk to go to school. In conclusion, whether or not public schools should remain open or closed is a reserved power up to the state government who knows best. All states have different aspects and can not all be looked at the same.

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  • Olivia from Illinois

    States should be able to determine weather they close of open the schools due to COVID-19. Each state is living in very different circumstances, Alaska vs. New York, for example, and they should be able to make more personalized decisions to help the people that live in each state. It wouldn’t be safe in a lot of states to send kids back to school where it would be ok in others. There are already different mandates and rules in each state, so the same should go for schools. There are also so many other options then online school and most communities have done a nice job at keeping kids educated while also keeping them safe. It’s not fun for our kids to be learning from home, and the education may not be as good if they were in person, but it’s what is safe and keeping us healthy. Having the country unified is important, but the safety and health of our future generations is more important in unprecedented times like these.

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  • Ivan from Illinois

    I believe that it is the states responsibility to decide whether schools should close for the rest of the year or not. Schools and education are reserved issues, meaning that state governments have control over them. Some states have different situations than others with the coronavirus. Big cities where the virus is very prominent and can easily spread should be kept quarantined and definitely not go back to school. But, in places like Wyoming or Maine where there aren’t a lot of cases, they can go to school safely. Population also determines the sizes of schools. Some large schools like my own have thousands of students, but other schools that are in rural areas or are private do not have many students, so it is unlikely that the virus can break out there. Also, some schools don’t have the resources to do e-learning. They can’t supply students with computers or iPads at home, so it is almost impossible for these schools to teach students curriculum. If they decide to open all schools back up, then children that go to schools in areas with high rates of Covid won’t be safe at school and the other way around, if an area has a very low rate of cases then they should be able to open back up. Although I agree that it should be mostly up to the State Governments, I do, however, also believe that the Federal Government should monitor the states and make sure they are not rushing opening up schools. There should be a minimum case rate in that area that the schools must surpass to reopen. This plan allows the State Government to open up areas that have low cases there, but it also allows for the State Government to monitor and check the States and make sure the State Governments aren’t opening too quickly which can be unsafe because at the end of the day the safety of the students and faculty at a school is the number one priority always. I also think the Federal Government should make requirements like wearing a mask and staying six feet apart as much as possible to also help improve the safety of the schools if they decide to open back up.

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  • Anik from Illinois

    The Founding Fathers would have never predicted a pandemic on this scale so the U.S. Constitution does not clearly state whether controlling education during national emergencies should be a reserved power (for states to decide) or an enumerated power (for the federal government to decide). However, state governments, instead of federal governments, should determine whether schools close for the rest of the year. First, different states have different percentages of their population that have COVID-19. As of the end of February 2021, North Dakota is one of the worst states and Vermont is one of the best states in terms of the percentage of the population with coronavirus and the number of daily new cases. Each state has different statistics and schools with different average sizes. Because of these constantly changing variations of the severity of the pandemic throughout different states, it would be almost impossible for the federal government to make a judgement applicable to all states on whether to close schools for the rest of the year. Also, establishing and maintaining local schools is a reserved power so even though the pandemic is considered to be more of a national issue, the states should get to decide if they are opening or closing for the rest of the year. Furthermore, protecting public health is a reserved power, which means that even in a national health crisis, states should be responsible over their own health and safety. Some may argue that the federal government has access to more resources, medical professionals, and contact with credible organizations such as the World Health Organizations, so it has the information needed to make such an important decision for the country. However, this does not change the fact that the federal government will not be able to make a decision which is the most suitable for each state. Each state may have to compromise with the federal government to get a better plan for the state, so a widespread federal plan may not be optimal for all 50 states even with all of the knowledge and resources the federal government has. One might also argue that if schools are closed for some states but not others, it might increase the education inequality between states, so students in one state will have the opportunity to take an SAT test whereas the SAT test in another state may be cancelled due to that state’s policy of closing schools for the year. However, the education system has adjusted for the possible education inequality between states. Using the same example of SAT tests, most, if not all, American colleges have made standardized testing an optional part of the application process. This means that students whose states did not allow them to take the SAT test will not be at a disadvantage in the college admissions process. For these reasons, state governments should determine whether schools close for the rest of the year.

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  • abe from Illinois

    The covid 19 is something our country has never faced before and is treading in unknown territory. Their are so many factors and decisions that constantly have to be faced and conquered. One of these are the decisions regarding our schools. Should they should be closed for the rest of the year or not and who gets to make that decision? the State government or the National one?
    In my opinion I think that the State Government is in charge of that decision which is what is stated in the constitution.
    I think each state has a much better gage on how the pandemic is effecting them and their population of people. Each state government is closely following the numbers as to how many cases their are and how well they are doing to control the spread and save lives. If a state finds they numbers going down and they feel it is safe to open schools they will. There are safe ways to get kids back in school but nothing is full proof and every school may not have the means to install or put forth a very safe environment do to funding. Even school districts have different protocols in place, can you imagine trying to tell a whole country either the schools are all open or the schools are all closed? No way, for one that would be giving the national government to much power and take away a states legal constitutional right to make decisions for its own state.
    This is a subject that can be agreed by many and for both sides of government but no matter what there will never be a for sure correct choice or answer when it comes to this pandemic and schools and many other aspects of this pandemic, like quarantine, travel, restaurants, exposure , spread of virus etc. We can only hope for a better tomorrow and support our state government to make the best choices for our state .

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  • Linda from Illinois

    Should state governments determine whether schools close for the rest of the year? Yes, I personally think that State governments should be responsible for whether schools close. My reasoning for this is because the powers of the government are currently split up between state and federal powers, this is so not one side has too much control creating a “check and balance” situation. Regulation of public schools are part of the states powers, if we were to deviate from this, it would give the federal government more power than we initially wanted. Because of the pandemic, if the power to regulate schools were to be given to the federal government, it may result in people wanting other issues to be regulated by the federal government. Although this may unify the responsibilities, so that issues will be easier to control, it will still give the federal government too much power. There is also a risk where the power given in the time of the pandemic, may be hard to take away afterwards. In all I would think it is better to stick to the roles that are already put in place, to keep consistency, and to prevent the abuse of power.

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  • Jason from Illinois

    I believe that if the state makes the decision if whether schools should be closed or not people will be much happier with the decision that is made because everyone in the state will have the same opportunities, unlike now whereas some schools are open and they rest that are closed have to sit and watch from the sidelines. Honestly I think either every school should be closed or they should all be open, no in-between, but obviously it isn’t that easy. Personally I think that schools should be 100% distance learning at the moment, since the virus will simply spread less if it is, but that is common knowledge

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  • E from Illinois

    I believe it should be up to state governments to decide on school closures. COVID-19 cases are inevitably going to spread if schools are opened, and it is the job of both the Federal and state governments to protect the life of American citizens. It would be wholly irresponsible to let schools reopen, and under the current administration, they would. If states were in charge of their own schools reopening, each region would have its own personalized plan based on the severity and number of cases and deaths. There is not one response plan that’s perfect for every state. Each state has responded differently to the crisis, and under the guidance of the federal government, should be able to look at the severity of the outbreak in their particular region, and see what the safest decision would be. For example, in Illinois, there are specific criteria that public school areas must meet in order for hybrid learning to occur. Once the volume of cases reaches a certain number in the area surrounding the school, distance learning must be fully continued. Personalized plans like these allow states to stay safe while still responding at the level they deem appropriate.

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  • Zach from Illinois

    I think state governments should decide whether schools should stay open or close for the rest of the year. I think that state governments should decide over the federal government because each state’s Covid numbers are different and the school systems should reflect the severity of cases in the state. Meaning, that in states like New York where people live very close together and there are high Covid numbers then, all schools would likely close for the rest of the year. However, in states like Wyoming or Montana where the population is very small and the people are spread out, the state is more likely to decide to re-open schools if they feel like they can adequately protect students and teachers from getting sick. If the federal government were to decide that it’s their responsibility to decide then, they would have to make a blanket deal for the whole country so that there isn’t a state that gets a preferential judgment. Another reason I don’t think it’s fair for the federal government to decide is that whichever political party has a majority is likely to side with their constituents without considering all the facts. Republicans would end up voting to reopen with little to no restrictions, and democrats would vote to remain closed with full restrictions. Instead of state governments who can look at the data on their communities alone and make an educated decision without party bias.

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  • Eric from Illinois

    In the world we are living in COVID-19 has effected many states differently. Some states have a very high amount of cases some low. When it comes to schools opening it should come down to the states decision. First of all the federal government shouldn’t have a say for every state because every single one is going through something different. Secondly the federal government has already shown that they failed to act fast enough and failed to inform people about this virus, it is the reason it is so bad in the united states right now. I personally have friends from others states, some of them are in schools. They have said its annoying to wear masks and deal with some social distancing but it is overall much better then the elearning. In my personal states very few schools are open because of how terrible our amount have cases have been. To add onto what was said earlier, ever state has a different situation right now, so forcing one solution on the whole country would not only be not as necessary, but it would also impact the quality of learning that the students are getting. Overall when it comes to this school decision I believe that the power should go to the state governments to control which path they are going to take and how they are going to act.

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  • Alyssa from Illinois

    State govern should determine whether or not school close because it depends on the local COVID-19 situation. The federal government also doesn’t have the power to make such mandates. Every state is in a different situation in terms of severity in COVID-19 cases, which is why they should make that determination. If the federal government where to decide if schools should be open or not, they could only advise of how they think it should e dealt with, not give a mandate. All closures and decisions made in terms of safety measures have come from state officials, making their decisions based onCDC guidelines and research that has been done. In the Constitution, it is written that the states have their own power, and the federal government mainly steps within jurisdiction to support or to aid.

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  • Lupita from Illinois

    Yes, state governments should determine whether schools close for the rest of the year. The reason why is because they know the facts, they know what is good for us. They have to work alongside doctors and how to take a look at cases to see whether or not it’s safe to have kids back in school. In October they said it was okay to go back into school, and not a week later, we were told cases were going up again and that it was not safe for kids to be in school. If a certain state is doing good with low cases, then they should reopen their schools. The only thing is they have to make sure they follow the guidelines that the CDC has put for them. Nothing will get better if they don’t follow the guidelines. If the state government sees that there is no improvement in the cases, they should close for the rest of the year. This all involves the amount of cases a state has and if they keep lowering down. Each state is different, they have big cities which makes it harder for them to control COVID-1. This is why I believe that each state government should determine whether or not they keep schools closed for the rest of the year. Having big cities makes it harder to control the cases. Yes it is a big city but that means way more people. People cough, sneeze, you can see how easy it is to get sick. Now if you have a big city like New York, and you put a school there that many students attend. Of course one kid will get covid-19 and then give to another student and so on. It’s easy to spread around. This should just not be a whole government decision. This should be a state government decision. They know how many cases they have and how to deal with them, whether that means shutting down again or giving them the okay to reopen again.

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  • Alexa from Illinois

    Yes, State governments should determine whether schools close for the rest of the year because one of the largest problems with the COVID spread was that each state was doing its own restrictions and created fluctuations throughout the country that varied from state to state, so while some saw declines in positivity rates others saw surges. If we as a country had implemented rules across the board from the top down I feel as though we would be in a better position today regarding the virus. These restrictions would include schools along with other public gatherings. Furthermore it takes the burden away from individual school districts that may have repercussions in the community and with parents. For example in countries that had a more unified approach, they were able to resume normal activities much faster. Some people would say people need to be at school and it’s hard for their education to stay home but in the long run I think many towns have seen that when you do that too soon you have to revert back to elearning again which is counterproductive.

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  • Sitlaly from Illinois

    The question that was asked is whether or not the state governments should determine if all of the school’s should close for the rest of the year or if this decision should be left to the national government. Although I do see both sides and see why some people want the national government to make the decision, I strongly believe that state governments should be in charge of this. People supporting the idea of the national government making the decision to determine the school may think that it is the best option for the county’s health as a whole. However, when it comes to school, the state government should be the ones to be involved for so many reasons. For example, according to this website (TheUSAonline.com) it states “state and local governments exercise important functions of the United States. They plan and pay for most roads, run public schools, provide water, organize police and fire services, establish zoning regulations, license professions, and arrange elections for their citizens.” This shows that the state government is involved in many things, and one of the things they do is run public schools. I think that each state should reopen school’s if they think it is completely safe with the cases they have in their own state or if they believe they are following the safety guidelines and keeping everyone who goes to school, including staff safe at all times. By doing this I believe that it is the best option because many students do not like online learning because they can get distracted easily and it gets hard to stay motivated to do the assignments. Some students find it harder to do online learning because they won’t understand a material. The current states that have the most COVID-19 cases are Minnesota, South Dakota, and North Dakota. States like these with higher cases should keep the school’s closed and going back to school could possibly cause an even higher risk of an outbreak. There are students who have a different opinion about masks and following the safety guidelines. On the other hand we see states like Hawaii, Vermont, and Maine with one of the lowest cases in the United States. Although we see the states having lower daily cases per hundred thousand in the last week, I believe the students who are from hawaii can go back to school because it would be more beneficial for them to have a semi-normal school year, as long as they are following the safety guidelines and making sure that everyone’s safe. In the end, some people believe that the national government should be in charge of having the ability to make this big of a decision because they want our country to move forward as a whole, but I believe the state governments should be in charge of this. They are the ones who are following the pandemic closely and they know what is best for their own state and schools.

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  • Sitlaly from Illinois

    After doing some research between state government and the national government, I believe the state government should determine whether the schools close for the rest of the year. If we want to stop the spread of COVID-19, then we should let the government states to set their own restrictions and boundaries on what needs to be done and how it should be done. Closing the schools and other public places is something that can flatten the curve of the virus. I am aware that we cannot stop it but we can slow down the spread by setting rules, and that is what we’re doing. The virus can easily be spread in one room so I feel like that’s the whole idea of the state government determining to closing down schools.

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  • Emma from Illinois

    Short answer, yes. Long answer, you should have the option whether or not. Or a poll to see how many teachers and students would do in-person learning. Based on the outcome, each school should review whether or not it’s worth it to open school to students for in-person learning. In regards, to the possibility of going back. It should be slow, meaning it should be by grade. The youngest going first because their exposure to other people is monitored more than someone older. The issue of being back in school is the amount of students that one could come in contact with. Not only that, but the contact trace would be nearly impossible without constant surveillance. The symptoms are often delayed after contracting the virus, so by the time a student would be suspectful of the virus it would be too late. However, the numbers of COVID are only increasing, and by increasing the number of possible exposures is unnecessary. Limiting exposure would mean that cases would go down and in time, go away. Seeing a big city like Sydney, Australia go back to normality is a big step. They are able to walk around in the streets without masks and no cases. I can see how the parents of young-children are needing to have inperson school. Their school requires parental supervision and most families don’t have access to child-care as well as tutoring. The power of allowing school to go back in session needs to remain in the power of the state government because there are places where COVID is a lot more prominent. It’s time for America to see normality again and going back to school is not going to get us there.

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  • Sarah from Illinois

    I believe that State Governments should determine whether schools should close for the year. State governments better understand the impact and risks of COVID within the states border on a more immediate understanding of the individual states situation. Although the entirety of the country has been negatively impacted by the Pandemic, the decision regarding education limited to an individual state should be made by the state government.With the state government making this decision, an individualized and detailed plan can be crafted, positively impacting the state. With more details than the national government could obtain, the state can focus on its primary needs. Programs for schooling (including hybrid and online) can be formulated to ensure top safety and education in a way that is unique to each state. The state governments know the current state of their own area; it would be the most beneficial for this.
    Different states have different situations. A more “rural” state such as Montana would not have as many COVID19 cases as New York; therefore, a different plan should be crafted for both states by their own government. If the national government were to shut all schools down, some states could be negatively impacted as the coronavirus is not as present.

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  • Hannah from Illinois

    I personally believe that the state government should choose to close or open schools in response to the Covid-19 Pandemic. I believe that it should be left to each individual state because every state is different. If the government as a whole was in charge of sending every state back or not it would not end up working for various reasons including the fact that every state’s rate for corona virus differs tremendously. In addition, it would not make sense to let a high rate state such as Illinois go back but stop a low rate state from not going. This is why it would be best to accommodate each state with their own policies and let the state government decide on what to do with each state’s situation regarding the Covid 19 Pandemic. Different states should regulate their rules according to their very different situation. Moreover, I believe that going back to school would revive Covid 19 more because it’s a public place and without a vaccine nothing can be done to prevent it. Various technologies have also made it possible to have the full experience and learn better at home. Technologies such as zoom also mimic a classroom which is why I believe it would be a good idea to carry out the year at home. The risk is not worth a few months in the classroom to carry out the year. If there was a In addition, each state should see how well the trial for returning to school goes and then reevaluate and reasist over and over till the risk factor is gone. If there was a vaccine tested out and evaluated for kids then it would be a whole different situation in regards to school. Overall, I believe that it would be a mistake to let the government plan out the return of school for every state rather than every individual state choosing for themselves.

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  • Mia from Illinois

    I think that the State governments should determine whether schools close for the rest of the year. This makes it so the entire country can be successful. It should be the state’s job to protect us. Schools should close until we can stop the spread of COVID-19 or at least until it is more under control. Schools are such crowded places and a disease that spreads as rapidly as this one does could be easily brought into the schools where so many of our students can be affected. We have already had this happen in places that have attempted coming back to school. I want to go back but it just doesn’t work. I think we should not open the schools until this pandemic has calmed down so no students and staff get affected any more than necessary. We have had multiple ineffective closures and quarantines in the past few months. They don’t work because everyone is so eager to get the world back to normal. A quarantine won’t work unless everyone is on board, including schools. Everybody has something going on. A family member who is at risk, a young child, a job to worry about, etc. But this pandemic is affecting all of us. A great deal. Nobody has control over it. We just aren’t educated enough. We need to wait it out.

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  • Evan from Illinois

    I do believe that state governments should be controlling whether schools are open or closed for the entirety of the year. This is because there are certain spikes in covid in differing states. This also goes along with the standard of if states have a rapid decrease in numbers then they should also be able to open schools again for the students and people in said state. The restrictions catered to a certain state during quarantine are made SPECIFICALLY for that state not the entire country. States also have differing numbers of populations. California does not have the same amount of people as Rhode Island. If a state has certain guidelines addressed to THEIR own population. Meaning that if a state can control the virus guidelines due to the small population then they should be able to have less strict guidelines.

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  • Brooke from Illinois

    Yes, state governments should determine whether schools should close for the rest of the year. Each state is experiencing vastly different amounts of covid cases and covid deaths. Some states are doing fairly well while others are doing extremely poorly. In order to make sure that each state addresses their personal needs and requirements to keep covid cases down they must be looked at as an individual. By grouping states together we will not be able to properly address the amount of help each individual state receives or needs. It is best for each state to address its own needs and decide what is safe. By having each state focus on itself we will have better and more detailed information. I think that the federal government would not be able to put enough attention into each state to make the decision on what is safest. I also believe that each state should move at its own pace when it comes to determining if schools should open or not. Some states may be able to open their schools sooner than others. I think that there are many factors that go into deciding if it is safe to open schools this year, each just as important as the next. The federal government does not have the time to look into all of these factors for each state. I think that with the states deciding if they open schools or not we will see a much better outcome in terms of covid cases and deaths.

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  • Bobby from Illinois

    I do believe that school should be closed for the rest of the school year for it is almost impossible to distance. Every classroom is filled with 20 to 30 kids. The hallways are filled with kids getting to their next class. There would be a guarantee that someone gets COVID-19 and spreads it at school. If a kid gets it from their parents or from going out, they could infect potentially hundreds of students. Nothing like this has ever happened before so we don’t exactly know what is best to do, but we are trying to best stop the spread of the virus. Every state is affected by Covid, Some states are more affected than others, but in one way or another every state is affected. THe schools need more time to try and figure out what the proper response to getting all the students back into school in a safe environment where there is little to no fear of getting the virus. In concussion I do agree that schools should stay closed for the rest of the 2021 school year to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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  • Nathan from Illinois

    I believe that it is the states responsibility to decide whether schools should close for the rest of the year or not. Schools and education are reserved issues, meaning that state governments have control over them. Some states have different situations than others with the coronavirus. Big cities where the virus is very prominent and can easily spread should be kept quarantined and definitely not go back to school. But, I places like Wyoming or Maine where there aren’t a lot of cases, they can go to school safely. Population also determines the sizes of schools. Some large schools like my own have thousands of students, but other schools that are in rural areas or are private do not have many students, so it is unlikely that the virus can break out there. Also, some schools don’t have the resources to do e-learning. They can’t supply students with computers or iPads at home, so it is almost impossible for these schools to teach students curriculum. So if the government orders all schools to not go back, these kids will be a year behind in the education. But, if states have control, they know their state well, so they can make the correct call on what to do. Each state should do what they think is best. In some cases that would be staying home, in other cases that would be returning to school. But, it would not be fair to one side if the federal government made a decision for everyone.

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  • Emma from Illinois

    This pandemic is going to go down in history as the worst of the worst and apparently it’s not even at its worst yet. We’re dealing with quarantines, schools closing, restaurants closing, basically a complete shutdown. Yes, state governments should determine whether schools close for the rest of the year. Not every state should be closed because Covid has spread differently in different states. Some states or even cities only have 10 or 15 cases when others have over 300, you see the difference? If the national government were to shutdown every state, it would be absolutely pointless for the cities that have no cases and could be going out to work, school, restaurants, bars, and more. “Bossert believes a program of school closings is the most important immediate measure Americans can take”(Kilgore). A lot of people will fully agree with this statement but, other’s don’t believe that covid will even affect them especially if schools follow safe protocols. But, in the end, schools will get more and more cases by the day because Covid is an airborne disease and even having only four people in a room with each other you’re still susceptible to the virus. States should have full access to close schools especially if they’re the ones that even make them. Most states are watching closely with covid cases, they’ll know what to do when needed.

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  • Brodi from Illinois

    I think it should come down to the state government. If they allow every school to choose differently it will lead to lackluster planning and it would be unfair all around. I feel like the choice for everyone to make there own decisions is what got us into the place that we are in right now. If one school shuts down and the other does not, it’s unfair to the community if the school that goes back has a breakout. I personally don’t want the school year to be all E learning but if it has to be I would rather have the state government decide for everyone

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  • James from Illinois

    State governments need the power to be able to close school because case numbers are not equal in each state, and to minimize unnecessary closures states must look at their own cases and make a decision based on that. If it were not up to states, the federal government would decide. The federal government would have either a blanket closure or keep all of them open, which wouldn’t be practical for the aforementioned reason. Population varies by state, so it would be impractical to shut down schools in a state like Montana along with states like California. Shut downs should be in response to high infection rates, and because no states are the same, you cannot have a national mandate to shut down/keep open schools. Not shutting down when faced with a breakout could make the COVID situation even worse than it is now, and if there were to be a breakout in California for example, there would be no reason why Montana would need to shut down its schools. The state governments are also best equipped to determine their own needs, so a federal intervention could over-provide in some states while under-providing in others. Shut downs are similar to lockdowns in this instance, the whole country doesn’t need to go into lock down if a few states are struggling through a bad infection rate, so why should it be any different with a shut down? It could be detrimental to interstate economies if an unnecessary lockdown or shut down could happen, it’s not just to schools. Many small businesses have taken a huge hit since this pandemic started and many small business closures are due to unnecessary lockdowns and shut downs, so it not only hurts students but also local and state economies.

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  • Bobby from Illinois

    I do believe that school should be closed for the rest of the school year for it is almost impossible to distance. Every classroom is filled with 20 to 30 kids. The hallways are filled with kids getting to their next class. There would be a guarantee that someone gets COVID-19 and spreads it at school. If a kid gets it from their parents or from going out, they could infect potentially hundreds of students. Nothing like this has ever happened before so we don’t exactly know what is best to do, but we are trying to best stop the spread of the virus. Every state is affected by Covid, Some states are more affected than others, but in one way or another every state is affected. THe schools need more time to try and figure out what the proper response to getting all the students back into school in a safe environment where there is little to no fear of getting the virus. In concussion I do agree that schools should stay closed for the rest of the 2021 school year to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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  • Connor from Illinois

    I believe the state government government should determine whenever to close or open schools. I say this because the state government probably knows better than most people about the state and whether or not we should be in school. I also think the state government should make the decision because it is the same government that is making quarantine decisions and are specifically assigned to be in charge. The government officials were elected because they wanted to help the state and they always had helping, and ensuring safety for the people. I believe that the state government is more up to date on what is happening and what will happen than the average person. What I mean by this is they have smart people that I can trust working on finding the best solutions to have us back in school and if those people can’t find a solution where we all will be safe. If they do find a solution to have us going back to school I will listen to them because if there is a chance to learn is school this year I will take it because learning online I shared than I expected. I think that in the end they know what is best for the people of their state and whatever they decide we will be in a safe learning environment.

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  • Pricilla from Illinois

    We are all currently living through something that no one has ever experienced. Everyone is at panic and does not know what to do. Not closing down the schools has made students less motivated to do anything. There are kids who are only doing the work just to do it. Being under so much stress at already such a difficult time makes us not want to do the work. Everyday is the same day for most of us. We wake just to be on a screen for 6+ hours. Plus we have our phones. If it’s not one thing it’s another.

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  • Victoria from Illinois

    I think state governments should determine whether schools close for the rest of the year or not rather than the federal government. While every state is struggling with the pandemic, different states are at different levels and need to make individual decisions based on the data. While some argue that the federal government should decide so that the states are united and on the same page when dealing with this situation, the states have already made their individual decisions when it comes to lockdowns and other areas of handling the pandemic that at this point they are all at different levels of cases and need individual plans going forward. No matter what the federal government’s decision would be regarding whether schools should close or not would negatively impact some states. States like Vermont and Maine have a very low number of daily cases per week compared to North Dakota or Rhode Island according to the CDC at this time. There have been a significant number of articles explaining how online school is difficult for students and so going back to school when it is safe to do so should be a priority. For this reason, if the federal government were to decide that schools should be closed for the rest of the year, these states with low cases that can have schools open safely would be negatively impacted. Some may argue that some states have been handling the pandemic poorly by making their own decisions, but with more data now we have to trust that they will make the best decision. Overall, if the states choose individually there will be more positive outcomes than if the federal government makes the decision.

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  • Tyler from Illinois

    Yes. State governments have control over state buildings. They should have the ability because they run the whole state and a major part of the state is schools. They are in good communication with other parts of the government and they know what’s going on and what’s best for the state. For example if the state has a growing number of cases they might have to shut down schools but if there is a state with a low number of cases, their schools should be open.

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  • Hugh from Illinois

    I think yes, absolutely state governments should determine if schools are too close. I believe this because a state govt. has more of a view and an understanding of what’s going on in that specific county/state. If we leave the government for shutting down schools it would be completely unethical if some states are say “doing well” during this pandemic and not having a big surge in cases and another state is, it’s that states problem and not the other states problem if they are failing to be compliant with covid guidelines. The corona virus is affecting all states very differently and the effects are not the same for every state. States such as New York, California, and Illinois are among the states suffering the most from COVID-19 due to their populated cities. The decision to close schools in these states for the rest of the year was an obvious choice as the number of deaths and cases has not yet declined. There are other states, such as Utah and Nebraska, who have experienced a significantly lower number of deaths and cases. This shows that the federal government should not determine if schools are closed for the entirety of the nation as individual states are not equally affected by the virus. The state governments know specifically what is going on in their state, how they are affected, and what is best for their people. States should definitely determine whether schools close for the rest of the year, as this enables the states to act in their best interest. Different states have different situations as far as coronavirus goes. For example, Chicago is a hotspot for the covid disease and it was a good move by our state government to close down because it’s an Illinois problem that needs handling. Say just because one city in a particular state is a hotspot it doesn’t mean that all other states are dealing with the same type of situation. This is why I believe our state should be handled independently from the federal government.

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  • Charlie from Illinois

    I think that state governments should decide whether schools close down because of COVID-19 because schools are already managed by the state government so they should be the ones who decide if they should close or not. States with lower numbers of cases shouldn’t have to close their schools because of states with higher numbers of cases. If some states who have been really good throughout the pandemic in terms of their cases shouldn’t take the fall from other states.
    While I think states should decide whether schools close, there can be a bunch of really good arguments for why the national government should decide whether they are open or closed. Some states might not have as good of regulations for COVID-19 compared to other states so they could have a big wave happen in that state. The national government is also more capable of responding to the pandemic and putting in regulations and protecting everyone.

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  • Nick from Illinois

    I believe that state governments should determine whether schools close for the rest of the year instead of the federal government. The main reason I believe state governments should be the ones deciding is that every state is in a unique position. In my mind, it would be ludicrous to say that the same covid restrictions set in Manhatten, New York, where the population density is 69,467.5 persons/sq mi, would fit well in rural states like Alaska, where the population density is 1.4 persons/sq mi. When there are so many factors that determine how COVID spreads, it’s impossible to account for the vastly different situations across different states with an overarching mandate on the whole country. Even on a state level, this is an issue. Here in Illinois, Governor Pritzker sets mandates for the whole state to follow, non differentiating from those who live in Chicago to those who live in the rural South and Central Illinois. Taking this a step up to the Federal Government would worsen this issue and divide between rural counties and a government focused on the cities. The shutdown of schools is simply too broad of an issue for the Federal Government to handle. It’s the same reason why the Federal Government can’t apply the same parking laws in New York and Montana. In a small town in Montana, you wouldn’t need a parking meeter but in NYC you would be lucky to find a spot without one. Each State, County, City, and Town has different needs. Coming back to the issue of School closings, I believe that should be out of federal control because they always seem to mess something up. Looking back at the school lunch program instated during the Obama era, they aimed to make kids healthier by instating rules on school lunches. As I and many other students can attest to, these changes were more harmful than good, reducing the quality of food and pushing kids to eat foods less healthy than they were eating before. Overall, the government’s bad history with federal school programs and the inability to make good decisions for each state in the whole country leads me to my belief that the issue of school closing should be left to state governments.

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  • AMANDA from Illinois

    State governments know the most about their states current standings for COVID. A small school district doesn’t know everything about the potential risks that they could be subjecting their students to like the state government does. State Government are getting information from much more credible sources and they are more prepared to be dealing with a pandemic in the correct way than a school district would be.

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  • Nicholas from Illinois

    The coronavirus has affected many people, places and states. But it has affected them all differently. At the beginning of the pandemic some states weren’t really affected but others were. And later on the ones that were bad are good and Vice versa. But shutdowns and cancelations were happening in states that didn’t need it. Which only caused anger and violence to occur. Different things happened in different states because different states are different, therefore they need to be treated differently. That’s why state governments should be the ones to determine whether schools close for the rest of the year. State governments should be the ones to determine whether schools close for the rest of the year because the leaders of a state know better than spectators and because states might have other ways of protections other than closing schools.
    The first example to show that state governments should be the ones to determine whether schools close for the rest of the year, is that the state’s leaders know the state better than spectators. Pretty much the only way information is spreading is through the news, so when people see this they make their own opinions on what should be done. The government is doing the same thing, they don’t know what exactly is going on in each state so the only people who should be allowed to make a decision for the state is the state, because they know exactly what’s going on, they know what they can do, and they know how they can do it.
    The second example to show why state governments should be the ones to determine whether schools close for the rest of the year, is because states might have other ways of protection other than closing schools. The government thinks that shutting everything down is the only thing they can do but there are other options for different states. A state could have a solution that is better for their particular state like e learning or a hybrid or something else, this solution could be very beneficial for the states, but the government doesn’t care or pay attention to them and forces them to just shut down. This could be very bad for the states depending on which one.
    These examples show why state governments should be the ones to determine whether schools close for the rest of the year because the leaders of a state know better than spectators and because states might have other ways of protections other than closing schools. All states are different which means they need to be treated differently. Some things work in one and don’t in the other. They need freedom to do what they have to do, to do what’s best for their own state.

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  • Michael from Illinois

    Yes, I believe that each state should control if it is safe or not to go back to school. The population of Each state is different and people are all individually different. Some people follow the covid guidelines way better than others. This could affect the number of covid cases and also the number of deaths due to covid-19. Also, States like California, New York, and Texas have a way bigger population size than a state like Vermont which could affect the spread of covid as well. This also doesn’t take into account how densely populated areas are such as New York City compared to a place in North Dakota. On top of that, this also doesn’t take into count school population size such as my school having over 3000 people which wouldn’t be very safe to go to especially with densely packed hallways during passing periods. Especially with the rise in child covid cases and the recent spike from thanksgiving, it wouldn’t be safe to go back to school. When there are large numbers of people gathering covid always comes with shortly after. According to Dr. Fauci, we still have yet to hit the worst of covid. He predicted that the spike around Christmas time will be WAY worse than the one that happened with thanksgiving. Although the state government has called upon the federal government for help it still won’t be enough to make covid spread less or have it become less dangerous of a virus. There are way too many different factors that can go into this and a single giant government can’t do it all that’s why it should be state-run instead of federally decided.

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  • Daniela from Illinois

    The question of whether the government should determine whether schools should close for the rest of the year is a very controversial topic during our 2020 pandemic of COVID-19. Although many people think it’s not “fair” to have someone else intrude in the future of their children’s education, I completely disagree it’s not about intruding or doing things for their own benefit but for the safety of all the other students, staff,etc.. I think we are way beyond the point as to where people should take a step back and let officials do the right thing. The pandemic has increased dramatically in the past couple of months and many people have died or lost a loved one due to COVID. We should start thinking about how it’s going to affect us even more if we keep on being selfish. As much as us students want to go back to school and experience everything normally again, our safety and the safety of others is much more secure if we follow the regulations of those who know what really is going on. The government makes their decision based on what health officials tell them which is way more viable than what other people want based off of their own selfishness. If we listen to health officials maybe now that our technology is so advanced we could put it to good use and help everyone’s well being. Another reason as to why I agree with the government deciding what’s going to happen with schools and how we’re going to attend it from here on out is because in large populated schools there are 18-25 students in each class and about 3,000 students in the whole building at once 7 hours a day. It is a great risk, we don’t know how many students have health problems and how many might contract the virus at the building and have no symptoms. There have been multiple schools who have alternatives for students who do want to attend school and gave them the opportunity but the difference of having 5 kids in once class compared to having 15-20 is that many as low as the number is they can still contract the virus and many of the necessary measures aren’t being taken. From my point of view it does absolutely suck that we aren’t in school when the education we get is 100% better in person rather than staring at a screen and getting distracted more often than being present at school. But I personally rather struggle and get help than put my safety and others at risk, we should also take in mind faculty that are put at risk when so many students are attending school.The decision that the governor or state makes also depends on the state, many states have different regulations and many cities have a smaller populations. Many people aren’t taking what is going on as serious as they should because the media tends to portray it as a hoax or that its an exaggeration compared to what is actually happening, which I agree on a certain level but as the months have gone by many states have made great improvement in safety although many schools, business, etc. have continued to disregard these announcements made by their governor so I think it’s time we actually let the professionals take it into their own hands and help health officials guide us on a better path so that in a shorter time period we can go back to school which is what many people want at this point.

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  • Ethan from Illinois

    Yes I believe that state governments should decide whether schools should go back for the rest of the year or not. The state governments should be able to decide whether we go back to school or do not go back to school. This is because while COVID has been spreading rapidly, not all states are experiencing the same amount of cases. We could compare New York to Montana and you would see there is no comparison. While there is reason to think that the federal government should make that decision since it is a national crisis, the reasons for the federal government to make this decision is far greater. Education is a power given to the states. While there are mandates the federal government puts in place for schools to follow, it doesn’t control everything every school does in the country. Like for example some states require the constitution test and some don’t. Yes, I know the situation is a lot different but still the school system and education of the young people of america should still be up to the state government. I also believe that the complete shut down of the schools systems across America would dumb down the next generation of kids. While e-learning does give us the information we need to learn, it does not give everyone the hands on learning that many kids are best at. While for engineering classes it makes it near impossible to learn anything since the teacher cannot physically be there to help you out. What I’m trying to say is that the state governments need to look at their own situations and make a decision off of what they see. Cause as I said every state is different with COVID. Since that is the case I believe that the state government should control whether or not schools come back or do not come back.

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  • Max from Illinois

    Yes, the state government should be able to determine whether to close schools for the rest of year. I believe that states should be able to decide because the central government can’t have to much power you need let states decide a state wide issue because the virus could be worse in certain areas like city’s, a lot more than rural places. The amount of covid causes very per state so I think states should be able to make the decision of if they are going to be closing schools for the rest of the year.

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  • Eric from Illinois

    I think the responsibility belongs to the state government about closing schools or not. I believe that the state government should have the power to close and open schools because one of the reasons are that some states have fewer cases than other as well as take precautions which would allow them to have a smaller infection rate. If a state has taken more precautions to ensure that there is a low amount of people who are infected then the state government should be able to choose if they want to open up schools again. For example if a smaller state like Vermont has a low rate and not many people infected they should be able to have the power to open schools. As well if the national government makes schools open then states with high infections like Florida might experience a surge in cases as kids start going to school and if the national government has control over school regulations then it is doubtful that they would close schools for all 50 states just for a couple states having a higher amount of cases. Instead if we give the power to the state then the state would be able to evaluate their own current situation and decide if they do need to add higher regulations or close schools all together to make sure everyone is safe and healthy to lower the case amount. Though some may argue that the national government would be better because it would keep the whole country on the same page instead of many states having their own approach. People who wouldn’t like this are probably more invested into a political party. If someone who is very much an conservative they would want national government to decide because they would not like what the states with democratic leaders are choosing to handle the pandemic in their state. Though if the national government had the power to control these regulations it would be harder to lower the curve and make sure each state is doing what is best for their current situation.

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  • Jack from Illinois

    Yes, I believe that the state should decide whether or not it goes back to school, but only to a certain extent. I think states should only have so much power to the decisions they make in regards to going back to school, because I feel like if every state had unlimited power to what they can and can’t do, the government wouldn’t be able to monitor each state. I agree with the fact that the government has closed schools. It’s so hard to socially distance in schools, but I think that if states had more of a say, they could open up schools in lower populated areas such as South Dakota per capita compared to New York per capita. Or even open schools county wide. I think if states were given this option, so many more people could be in a learning environment and be given the option to go to school, or opt out of it. Nowadays we’ve had unreal advancements in technology that will allow kids to easily learn from home, but not all kids have access to good, stable Wifi. This could be a problem in areas that are very rural, but much less populated. So making the decision state by state by allowing kids back in school is better because lower populated areas that are less likely to get and spread the disease, therefore states should give these kids the opportunity that I think is being taken for granted lately. I believe that the topic of federalism is very important here, because this is a very tough topic to make a great discussion about. There is a fine line between the government having too much control, but also a fine line of a state having too much control, so the decision (To send kids back to schools) must be limited state by state, and not just Nationwide. To once return to the topic about having a larger amount of cases in some states and a very small amount of cases in others, this is my main argument of why states should have the option to keep kids home or send them to school.

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  • Tej from Illinois

    State governments should have control over whether or not schools within their state remain open or close for the rest of the year. State governments focus more on the individual statistics and other factors regarding districts within their state and even local schools and school systems. To expect that the national government will focus on specific areas and districts in all fifty states to make a decision that applies to the nation, would be unreasonable. In addition, if they were able to do so, it would not be done well because of the various external factors that cannot be seen in statistics. Overall, the state government has much more insight over the issue of closing schools for the rest of the year, and they are able to make a more educated decision by looking at the issue on a more personal level (not just statistics). The national government may do what it thinks is best for the nation as a whole, but states which have low positivity rates and have implemented successful hybrid or in-person learning programs in many of their high schools, will be forced to shut down even though they have a plan that is working. The opposing argument to this is that allowing states to decide which schools close will create confusion and potentially affect the fight to stop the spread of the virus. I disagree with this argument because if there is a clear decision as to whether the state or national government will make the final decision, there won’t be any confusion. In addition, there will be no effect on the fight against the virus because the entire population will still be listening to both the national and state governments for all other guidelines (besides academic), as has been done since the start of the virus. I agree the country needs to be unified, but saying that allowing states to make the decision to close schools is going to have a large impact on our ability to unify and stop the spread of coronavirus is unreasonable, in my opinion. In conclusion, I think that states are able to make the decision to close schools, a decision that will affect millions, much more effectively than the national government.

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  • Madeleine from Illinois

    Yes, state governments should determine whether schools close for the rest of the year because each state experiences different case numbers with Covid-19. Currently the map of Coronavirus in the U.S. provided by the New York Times shows Covid present in every state, but some are worse than others. The midwest states have a lot of “dark red” on the map signifying higher numbers of cases, while eastern and western states have more “yellow” on the map signifying lower numbers of cases.
    Every state government will understand what is going on within their own borders better than the federal government will, so they should be allowed to decide if their schools should go back or not. In addition when the time comes, distribution of a vaccine might be skewed to certain states due to population or the number of cases. When one state is largely vaccinated then it can be widely agreed upon that it is safe for them to go back to school. So why should the government stop each state from progressing at their own pace and deciding when it is safe for their citizens to go back to school?
    I acknowledge that during this time the country is greatly divided and we could use the unity of the federal government having total control over the status of schools opening, but if certain states can open their doors safely the federal government shouldn’t stop them. And the opposite can be said, if a school doesn’t have the resources or supplies to open safely, the federal government should not force them to open.

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  • Owen from Illinois

    I believe that opening schools is a childish and irresponsible thing to do. People are dying in the country and I find it to be scary that a government who is saying “stay 6 feet away” is willing to put a bunch of kids in a school together instead of having them stay home. People with asthma and diabetes should be sent to school where if they get COVID they might die. And even people has a low risk to not die from COVID, a small risk is still a risk that should be avoided. As the governor he should be doing everything possible to make sure his people are safe. Locking down may be tough but at least it’s safe. Saving lives and stopping this deadly disease should be our #1 priority right now.

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  • Parker from Illinois

    As citizens of the United States during this worldwide pandemic, we have had the pleasure of seeing our government push through many issues and come out on top, yet the problem of reopening schools is something that remains highly debated in our federalist society. When it comes to the reopening of schools, the states should have the liberty to make this decision because they are closer to the people they are affecting with this choice. Not only can we trust our state to make a more beneficial decision, moving any issue from the federal government to the states gets us closer to functioning the way our government initially intended. By moving the responsibility of reopening schools to the state legislature, we give more power to the people because state officials are locally elected. Scott Gaylord, an associate professor of law at Elon University School of Law, when asked about this issue, responded, “The expansion of administrative agencies and other federal programs have encroached on state sovereignty, often with little or no resistance from the states themselves.” Reopening schools by state is the American people’s chance to start the transition to regaining real state sovereignty. Having an increase in state sovereignty will create a world where the American people are closer to the government that they give trillions of dollars a year!

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  • Shaden from Illinois

    The question we are present to do today is whether or not state governments should determine whether schools close for the rest of the year or if this decision should be left to the national government. Although I do see both sides and see why people would want the national government to make this decision I strongly believe that state governments should be in charge of this. People supporting the idea of the national government making this decision may think that it is the best option for the country’s health as a whole but when it comes to schools the state government should be the ones involved for so many reasons. “State and local governments exercise important functions in the United States. They plan and pay for most roads, run public schools, provide water, organize police and fire services, establish zoning regulations, license professions, and arrange elections for their citizens.” (TheUSAonline.com) As it states in the quote above state governments are involved in many things and one of the things that they do is run public schools. Since state governments run public schools I think that each state should reopen schools if they think that it is completely safe with the cases they have in their own state or if they believe that they are following safety guidelines and keeping everyone who goes to school including staff and students safe at all times. By doing this I believe that it is the best option because many students do not like online learning for so many reasons whether it’s they get too distracted, it’s harder for them to understand material, or they have no motivation to do extra homework once you’ve done school through a screen for eight hours. At this time the three states who have the most Covid cases per hundred thousand in the last week are Minnesota with 107, South Dakota also with 107, and North Dakota with 98. (covid.cdc.gov) States like these three should keep the schools closed because of the high daily cases and going back to school could possibly cause an even higher outbreak because there are students who have different opinions on wearing masks and following safety guidelines. On the other hand we see states like Hawaii with 5, Vermont with 10, and Maine with 12. (covid.cdc.gov) although we do see the states having lower daily cases per hundred thousand in the last week I believe that the only see you should genuinely go back to school is Hawaii since they’re under 10. If schools like these were to go back to school it would be a lot more beneficial for the students who live in those states because they will be able to have a semi-normal school year while still following safety guidelines and making sure that everyone is safe. In the end some people believe that the national government should be in charge of making this big of a decision because they want the country to move forward as a whole but state governments should be in charge of this because they are the ones who are following the pandemic closely and you know what is best for their own state and their own schools.

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  • Morgan from Illinois

    Yes, state governments should determine whether schools should close for the rest of the school year. This pandemic has changed everyone’s way of life. It has been months now and COVID-19 continues to affect people everyday. On top of the many ways our society has changed, education has been forced to change in a drastic way. Nationwide schools are closed forcing students to do something called ‘’e-learning’’. Remote learning from the comfort of their own house. In more ways than one this has been a huge cultural shock. The question now in many people’s heads is who should get to decide whether a school closes or opens and when. “If you wait for the case to occur [in your school], you still have wound up closing the school, but now you’ve missed the opportunity to have the real benefit that would have accrued had you closed the school earlier,” says Yale University sociologist and physician Nicholas Christakis (NPR.Com). These are the types of questions and consequences that school and government officials are up against everyday. For the state government to be in control and make these decisions in a split second is important for the safety of American citizens. Every state’s death rate and infectious rate is different. Possibly in less populated places, they haven’t had a case in awhile and then they should be given the opportunity to go back to in person school. Each state can cater to their own wants and needs. Some may argue though that this is a national pandemic therefore it should be in the hands of the national government to decide. That the federal government ensures that schools have the funds to open safely. Although this is widely accurate nobody knows the state better than the state government. For the national government to be making a decision for everyone involved would not be wise and in their expertise. State governments should be making the decision whether schools should close for the rest of the school year. They have a better look into what is going on with the pandemic in their state to make an ultimate smart decision.

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  • Kevin from Illinois

    I think that the government should be able to close schools for the year if they feel it’s necessary. Yes, some states might be in better situations with the pandemic than others but I feel that as long as we have a good government who know what’s better for the people, the choice is in the right hands. This means that the States will also have a better sense of unity meaning all of the people might hopefully encourage one another and encourage each other to keep going in the midst of what’s going on. Also some states that are more leaning towards no masks or that covid is a hoax could cause numbers to spike if they allow kids to go to school going against what the government says. This being said school is one of the places where it’s hard to socially distance because each class is on average 15 kids or more. This combined with passing periods where hallways get super crowded could lead to a major risk of many many families and people being at risk. Plus with the advancement of technology these days most kids are used to learning some type of video online, which is great because as we have seen this has become the main way of schooling to continue amidst the global pandemic. Though I feel that the government should invest in lower income schools because of situations like this. We never know when there could be another global pandemic and how it can affect the future generations. Even now we don’t know how long this pandemic will last considering that there is no cure made. It’s in the works but who knows how long it will take for it to be available to the public. This could be a wake up call to the government to make them want to make the United States a more future proof country.

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  • will from Illinois

    I believe that state governments should be able to determine whether schools close for the rest of the year, mostly because this decision leads to a faster response. There are some arguments saying that the federal government should make the decision but every state in the US is different, high schools down south are opened because their numbers aren’t as high as schools in the midwest. There is downside of state governments making the decision with every state having different rules to follow.

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  • Aditya from Illinois

    Yes, I believe that schools should stay closed at this time. Currently, there has been an all time high at daily cases. In the previous months, we were at a steady thousand cases per day and we were slowly, but steadily, decreasing. Now, we are averaging at least more than five thousand cases per day. In addition to that, from the period of November 14th to 27th, there have been an additional 150k covid cases, in Illinois specifically. There is still not a vaccine that will be publicly available for the country yet. If people cannot follow guidelines, school should not be open. Considering that school is a very crowded area and people can easily contract covid, it is one of the most dangerous places for people to go. There is no guarantee that covid cases won’t spread and considering some students may be reckless and not wear masks it would be too risky. In addition to that, some school’s may not have the resources to provide their students with a safe environment. Whether this be socially distanced classrooms and a proper plan to decide when students come in. Though, there are benefits of switching to in-person learning. First, it would be a more healthy environment for students to participate in the classroom. Second, it gives students a little exercise because they are forced to get up and walk to their next class, even though it is very minimal, it is better than sitting around all day in one spot. Finally, it forces students to pay attention because they cannot hide behind a camera and do whatever they would like. Although, in-person school could benefit students very well and help them, the risk of contracting and spreading Covid is still worse so I believe that schools should stay online for the rest of the year and switch to in-person the following year if there is a vaccine that is out by then.

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  • Ally from Illinois

    When presented the question of whether the State Government or the Federal Government should make the call on closing schools, I believe the decision should be in the State Government’s hands. Though I understand the opposing view that unification is important during trying times like these, I think it really depends on each state’s specific circumstances. State governments understand what is going on in it’s state borders, where the national government does not necessarily know. Even though COVID-19 is affecting everyone, each state has a different statistics, ways of life and opinions. Presently, in Illinois our average cases per 100,000 are 71.6 per day, while Maine only has 10.5 average cases per 100,000 a day. Due to the statistics, it is obvious that Illinois would need school closures much more than Maine would, as the numbers are much greater. Though Maine has it’s own guidelines, they may not be as extreme as Illinois’. It is unfair for everyone to be under the same guidelines when the circumstances can be so different, especially since these guidelines can be extremely controversial. Overall, the decision on whether or not to close schools should be decided by State officials because of their better understanding of what their specific state needs.

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  • Lily from Illinois

    During trying times full of strife and hardship, is when it is most imperative for the government to step up and unify the country in pursuit of bringing peace once again. We have entered a new era of hardship during COVID-19 and it is once again time for the US government to step up and protect its citizens. I believe the state government should decide to close schools for the rest of the year for a multitude of reasons. Firstly, and arguably most importantly, I value human life and believe public welfare and safety should be a priority. One of the main arguments against closing schools for the rest of the year is that student’s grades and academics are suffering while learning through the e-learning platform. To me, the value of academic achievement pales in comparison to the value of human life and safety. personally, I would trade my whole education to save the life of my loved one, getting a few bad grades seems like a small price to pay for someone’s life. The second reason as to why I believe the state government should decide to close schools for the rest of the year is that going back to school could only perpetuate the issue and make it worse. However, if the country takes the time to properly eradicate the disease versus rushing the process, COVID may not only go away faster but there will also be fewer fatalities. Ultimately, I believe the number one objective of the US government should be its citizen’s safety and in times of crisis is when this country needs its government the most. It may seem like seems like a great overreach of governmental power now but, in the long run, this country, and its citizens, will be better off for it.

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  • Caleb from Illinois

    When it comes to this pandemic, there are multiple situations where there needs to be certain powers for each state in regards to how they need to handle their current situation. It is up to each state to enforce what they think is best for their state. This also includes the school districts and how they are allowed to teach, whether in person, using remote learning, or hybrid (a mix of both). States should be able to control how the school districts are carrying out school in the safest way possible, based on cases and areas that may have spread in people who are infected with COVID-19. The reason it is so important to have this role given to state governments is simply because the federal government cannot allow for too much flexibility when it comes to each state’s individual situations. They will have a broad guideline instead of a specific plan to decrease cases. An example comes in two states who are right next to each other, but have different approaches; Wisconsin and Illinois. Illinois is, as of right now, in a tier 3 of quarantine as stated by the governor which is in effect until December and may go even longer. Illinois is in a difficult state where they can have complete quarantine and limit numbers extremely, or have numbers increase ever so slightly for a while. Wisconsin, however, has the highest cases per capita in all 50 states at the time that I’ve found this information. Wisconsin has also been more flexible to business owners continuing and allowing for events to be held. This has shown a way different approach from states that are touching borders. It would not make sense to give such power to control schools to the federal government since such a variety in approaches would make it far more difficult for the federal government than it would for state governments to control schools. State government is the best way to maximize the amount of similarity in approach but also keeping a controlled and different flexibility depending on how the pandemic is going.

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  • Caleb from Illinois

    Yes I believe that state governments should have control over regulations on schools for when it is alright to participate with in-person school. The reason I think this is simply because every state is different in terms of the amount of cases and how they are trying to lower the spread. It should be up to the state government to do what is best in terms of the state to ensure that they are doing the best for the citizens in each state. If this task was given to the federal government, it would have to broad of restrictions and not enough detail into how to lower cases with each situation of every state. Also, giving this power to town leadership will only make the situation worse since it allows for too many different types of recovering from this pandemic in such small spaces.

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  • Harrison from Illinois

    I think that the state government should have control over whether schools are open or closed due to covid-19. The federal government should not be able to make this decision on the pure fact that each state is different. For example, if one state has extremely low cases while another state has extremely high cases it makes no sense that they should all follow and be lumped in the same decision that the federal government makes. I believe that if the federal government were to make this choice it would be an overreach of power and be unconstitutional. I also believe that even if the federal government would take the time to look at the status of each state and make a decision on whether that state goes to school or not it would be a waste of time. The national government has so much on its plate as it is and adding this decision only worsens the situation. I think the responsible thing to do is to delegate the power to the state and let them decide on what they do based on the status of their cases. So that is why I believe in the power of deciding whether the state of the federal government should have the say in if schools are in person or not.

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  • Christina from Illinois

    When determining whether the State or National government should have control over the closure of schools for the rest of the year, I believe that this decision should be left up to the State Government. The pandemic has left a lot of uncertainty within the public especially in regards to education, and it is important that the State Government navigates through these difficult times to ensure the most effective plan for their citizens. With that being said, each state is undergoing a different phase of reopening so it would make sense that the State should then determine the closure of schools based on their stance in the pandemic. Each state has a varying number of outbreaks that differ from their neighbors, so the safety rate of one state is different from the other. It would seem fit to only close schools in states that have a high number of outbreaks that would impose an immediate threat to the public, and allow other states with a very low number of outbreaks and with the approval of local health centers to remain open. As stated in an article written by the New York Intelligencer, “state and local health departments are in charge of enforcing quarantine orders” so the decision to close schools should be left up to each state. Also, the State Government is a reserved power and that power includes determining the correct laws regarding public safety and public schools. Each state knows what is the most effective option in stopping the spread of the virus and ensuring that their citizens remain safe, so they should determine whether or not schools permanently close for the school year. Also, allowing this decision to be made by the States is the most politically safe option. In an article written by the National Review it states, “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”. This is significant because it demonstrates how it is easier for states to follow state rules regarding the pandemic instead of a global order that may not even be applicable in their area. On the other hand, some may argue that if the power to close schools is left up to the states the states could use this power to remain open based on other economic or social stances. Although this can be likely, states want what is best for their citizens and would not put the public in danger simply to suit their social needs. We all want life to return to normal especially in regards to school, so it would be in our best interest to let State Governments determine the closures of their schools for the remaining school year.

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  • Ali from Illinois

    Yes, I think the state government should be the ones to determine whether or not schools close for the year. Why I think this is because states all have different amounts of people infected. This number can give the state government the reasoning behind the closing schools. In my opinion, at this time I think schools should be shut down because it will be a lot safer and slow down the spread of covid-19. People might argue that students are losing education time but online classes are just as well as in school classes. It’s just a lack of focus. At this unpredictable time, all state governments should close down schools because there are way too many COVID-19 cases in each state. It is quite obvious that if there are so many cases and COVID-19 is so easily spread that a school won’t last for more than a week without an increase of COVID-19 cases. It is important that each and every state make the dissension of closing schools because COVID-19 is spreading. If the schools are not cooperating then there could be a massive amount of death.

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  • Melanie from Illinois

    Yes, state governments should determine whether schools close for the rest of the year. Each state has different numbers of COVID related cases. Some states may have higher or lower numbers than others. Each state has their own guidelines based on the number of cases each day. With that being said, if a state has a small number of cases everyday, they should allow some students to go back to school. However, schools should wait to allow students back into the building as cases continue to increase.

    If the decision were to be made nationwide, then all schools would be closed down based on a few statistics. Students should be allowed to go back to school if the center for disease control and other Health centers approve of so. Although some seniors might miss out on homecoming, sports games, prom, winter formal, or other school related activities, students should keep in mind their health is above everything else. This pandemic has taken the lives of so many people, have taken away jobs, and has separated families from seeing each other. Closing down schools for children could prohibit the students from receiving an appropriate learning experience. Some students struggle to keep up with the long distance learning and need help with their classes. Others found or seeked emotional support with the staff of their school and now are no longer able to do so because of this pandemic.

    With that being said, each state government should determine whether or not schools should close down for the rest of the school year. Some states might take the guidelines more seriously than others and have controlled the amount of cases they’ve had. These states should have the opportunity to have their children go back to school, if they decide to do so. A nationwide decision will most likely not give everyone the answer they want.

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  • Damien from Illinois

    During these hard times, the idea of Federalism in our government becomes a prevalent topic in this situation. The issue of whether schools close should be in the hands of the state. There is a reason why we have state governments. The states know their people better than the federal government. In addition, each state is not enduring the same thing during this pandemic. A state like New York for example has had 34,000 deaths while in Maine, only 191 people have died. In this case, New York is in a far worse situation than Maine. The students of Maine should not have to follow the strict regulations that New Yorkers have to, because it simply is not fair to them. If a state is succeeding at preventing this disease from spreading, then it shouldn’t have to have the same strict restrictions. As long as the states follow proper health guidelines that are appropriate for them, they should have power over whether schools close. Every state is different and should proceed with their own plans best suited for them, rather than having a federal plan that applies to all without considering the powers that the states hold. The states hold these powers because the Founding Fathers created the constitution to prevent a powerful federal government. If the Federal Government becomes involved in powers reserved for the state, it will be overstepping its limits. Overall, the states have the right to decide on what happens to their students because it is their power to do so and not all states are affected by this pandemic the same.

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  • Jake from Illinois

    I believe that it should be up to the state government to decide if they should open up the school or keep them closed. every state is different and the level of COVID cases fluctuate between each state. In Illinois, the state in which I live, cases are increasing, so the state government would most likely choose to stop the curve and keep the state safe. With a state like Virginia, the state government would most likely try to open up the schools to see how the public and the cases react. We are in unprecedented times and we have to test different things. We need to take this is scientific route and make a hypotheses and test them out. Opening schools and closing businesses are ways to test these hypotheses. Another thing to put into thought is the ages in the state. If there are older people in the state then opening schools could be dangerous. In places with younger adults, then the state may want to take a risk and test the school opening idea. The federal government couldn’t make that decision because they are big picture when they should look at the smaller area. Keeping it in a small area and looking into the smaller things is the important part and as a state, they need to look into ages and the number of cases in that state

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  • Jorja from Illinois

    Yes, state governments should determine whether schools close for the rest of the year. Establishing and maintaining schools is a reserved power, which means it is a power reserved by the Constitution for the state governments. Although Coronavirus has affected the whole nation, each state has different population, beliefs, and numbers of cases, meaning having a unified approach will be unsuccessful. According to the CDC, North Dakota has 120.2 cases per 100K people, but Maine only has 7.4 cases per 100K people. States like North Dakota, with many cases, should keep schools shut down to keep everybody safe, but places like Maine with less cases should have more freedom, and maybe their schools can stay open. If the federal government decided that because some states have low cases, everyone should go back to school, that isn’t a safe decision for the states that have high cases. If the federal government decides that, because some states have very high cases, everybody should stay home, that is not fair for some states that have been taking precautions and have low cases. Although it may be hard for working parents to watch and/or teach their kids while working at home, it is more important that everyone is staying safe rather than going in public places. The president might not understand how Coronavirus is affecting people from state to state, so he should not be able to keep every school open. The health experts and governors in each state ultimately know what is best for their own state so that students and teachers will remain healthy and safe.

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  • Daniel from Illinois

    I do believe that the state government should be able to determine whether schools close for the rest of the year, and also believe that it is up to these schools to decide to listen or not. The federal government has completely relinquished its powers in terms of education, except for manipulation through altering the amounts of funding that goes to states for education. This means that it is completely up to the states to determine whether or not schools should remain open or closed, defeating the argument that it is up to the federal government to decide. Although I understand the idea that we are living through unprecedented times, the state government is much more seasoned in terms of running the education system, and in times of hardship, consistency is needed to keep the peace. As stated previously, I think it best that the states determine to close or open schools. The state governments should consider statistics regarding the COVID-19 outbreak while making decisions, and should provide thorough information on how they reached their decisions. This last step, providing thorough information on how they reached their decision is the most important step. I believe that it is up to the schools to either follow or not follow these recommendations. Is civil disobedience not one of the most American ideals? Personally, I would advise that every school should listen to their respective state’s guidelines, but I think there needs to be room for interpretation when it comes to following the guidelines, specifically in relation to private schools. Obviously, public schools have to be subject to the state’s guidelines and recommendations, but private schools should look to analyze the information and come up with their own opinion on whether or not to close. The state government should definitely give a recommendation to these private schools, but if these private schools deem the guidelines as absurd they should be able to act how they see fit.

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  • Mark from Illinois

    I believe that, yes, state governments should determine whether or not schools should close for the rest of the year. Realistically the general public is likely not informed enough about the risk of the virus and the potential effects it holds.
    The school board would also not be able to make this sort of decision without a poll or vote from the district. That is why the state government is the most informed and logical board to decide whether or not it is a good idea to go back to school. They hold information about not only the risks the virus presents to wealthy areas, such as the district I live in, but what those effects can trickle down into, and create a much greater risk.
    Also the amount of complication of going back to school during the pandemic, is simply too great. While it is possible that we could, it will be very hard to control the virus, hence it is a decision best fit for the state government.
    I also believe that the school board may not have a view of what would be best for the greater good of American people, and our country as a whole. If states begin going to school in divided fashion. Any attempt to prevent the virus by another district is cancelled out. As cases may keep going up. I believe this decision needs to be a culumlitive one.

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  • David from Illinois

    The state government should determine whether schools close for the rest of the school year, 12 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of the first of November and rapidly increasing. The government should enforce closing schools for the rest of the year because of the chances of spreading more, the virus carries a symptomatic and a non-symptomatic virus, it varies on different people, it is hard to tell if a person is really infected. They can feel great but they would have the virus without them knowing and endangering other people’s lives, on the other hand schools can force a COVID test every week, for the safety of their students but COVID testing results take a long time to come back. Online schooling would be the greatest and safest outcome for the students and the school, the students can learn from their home instead of going to school risking getting the virus and endangering their families. Students will have an online schedule depending on their school on how they want to approach the online schooling. In order for the virus not to spread the government should take a harder approach of forcing people to stay home, closing shopping centers and places that spark interest in people. Students are going to be bored at home and are going to want to leave their house to go out, it beats the purpose of staying at home for online schooling. For those students who do go out it is safer that a school is in online schooling so the students don’t go in person learning the next day and infect other people. For the schools sports many students that worked hard to earn a sport scholarship aren’t going to have the chance to show their potential to scouts because of the pandemic, many schools want to continue the sports in their schools but the safest approach to minimize the spread of the virus is to cancel the sporting events, it’s understood that students sports are very important to them, for the ones that dream of that career, but colleges and universities should host tryouts for those students that want to join after the pandemic, so they still have an opportunity of hope in accomplishing their dreams even with the pandemic happening, it’s the safest way possible for them and their families to be able to get recognized for their hard work in their individual sports.

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  • Vaibhav from Illinois

    Education is one of the most important things in our world, but health is something that comes first to many. Social distancing is a solution to decreasing the spread of the Covid-19 disease. School campus environments are not meant for social distancing. Students are traveling all around the school, interacting with many different people.The state government should be able to control the situation for schools within their state. The federal government may feel that in person school is still viable because it may be the cheaper and convenient option for certain schools in a particular state. For each state that shouldn’t be a deciding factor when it comes to a crucial subject like health. State governments should determine the situation that their state is in and proceed with a plan that will impact the state as a whole. Letting the federal government decide their option of continuing in person school will create a plan that may not be applicable in every state. Some states have to deal with a larger spread of the disease. The federal government would make a decision that would affect the country as a whole and states that have a more controlled handle on the pandemic may lose opportunities because of other states. Being able to attend school is a gift that many have taken for granted. Many states still allow for students to attend school and get the most of their education with their restrictions. Even with this pandemic we want to do the best we can to take advantage of the opportunities that are lost.nThe federal government should not be responsible to make that decision for each state in this crisis. Each state is different and is in different phases so having each state government handle their own situation with education is the most effective. having fifty separate government agencies is a much thorough approach compared to having just one.

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  • Cj from Illinois

    SHOULD STATE GOVERNMENTS DETERMINE WHETHER SCHOOLS CLOSE FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR?
    Yes I personally think state governments should determine whether schools are closed for the rest of the year because at this point in time cases are currently rising and there’s really no point to go back when there’s only like a few weeks of school and everyone is traveling for thanksgiving which could cause cases to rise even more if we get out back in school.
    HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT KEY ISSUES LIKE IMMIGRATION, FREE SPEECH, COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY, AND MORE?
    I feel that immigration should be allowed for legitimate families who want to move here not just for drug dealing. I also believe in free speech in what you want everyone’s voices should be heard. I believe college should be affordable for everyone however it’s not really a great idea because the only way to make that happen is the raise taxes for the rich and the rich shouldn’t have to pay for the poor people colleges.

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  • Keegan from Illinois

    Yes I Believe that state governments should decide whether Schools should go back for the rest of the year or not. This is the same government that is making quarantine decisions and are specifically assigned to be in charge and focus on that state. This nation since March has been put on hold while the COVID rapidly spreads. We are living through something that has stopped people from going to school and there’s a reason why. In very public areas like school COVID can spread quickly and rapidly spread which is why many schools are closed and which is why I support them doing this. Most state governments are trying their best to fight against the spread of this virus but there’s only so much we can do at this moment. If the nationwide government was in charge of deciding when schools could go back I do not believe this would work once so ever. I do believe that it would be too big of a task and decision of when 50 states could go back to school because the government doesn’t have the knowledge to know exactly what’s happening in each state. Every state is fighting against the virus differently and some are doing it better than others. Although I do not believe that any school should be in person right now until at least the spring I guess I can still respect what some governments decisions are about school going back.

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  • Nathan from West Virginia

    Schools are supposed to be governed by state government not federal.

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  • Damian from Illinois

    Yes. I believe that with the current situation we are in, we are struggling. Especially in Illinois, where sports are completely uncertain, while Indiana has sports up and running in full force. With this being said, it is a much better idea to have individual state governments decide what is right for their state because some states need lockdowns, while others don’t at all. Giving the federal government the keys to the car would cause much more fatal economic damage by shutting the whole country down, compared to having the states decide for themselves, and slowly but surely the virus can be overcame. By giving state governments the control, it allows for the federal government to sit back and rely on the federalist government system the country has always been in. However, the federal government should provide financial, medical, and moral support to these states and these citizens of the United States. With the federal gov. providing ventilators and such needed for patients and the states controlling the reigns, it would be the best option. Many people think it would be a good idea to shut the whole country down and wait for the virus to go away, but the would only make things worse. With kids like me in their prime years of school where it is most important and the time the economy is a huge factor for people who need support, shutting everything down would only cause more issues. A virus spreads much more and much faster than regular sicknesses or diseases and can last up to 12 years before it is fully eradicated. Overall I believe that the states should make the decisions when it comes to covid because it helps the economy, maintains livings and small businesses, and would be the best option for the US to continue the recovery process from the virus.

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  • Patrick from Illinois

    I believe that the state government can achieve a better outcome in a health crisis than a centralized approach from the federal government. I understand that countries like Spain, France, Italy, and Germany decided to close all public places like restaurants, bars, and theaters as a centralized whole country shutdown. However we cannot compare the size of the United States with the much smaller size of these countries; a centralized approach would not work well in the United States due to a wide variety of health conditions and infection rates throughout all 50 states. All states have been through the pandemic with different numbers of cases and population size is different within each state. Due to this variety, each state responds differently to the pandemic and requires different restriction measures and different approaches to lockdowns. There are states like California or New York with a higher population and with a much higher number of cases where the closing of schools would make sense. There are states like Maine or Alaska where the cases are low and the population is lower and more spread out thus closing school would not be beneficial to students and staff. In the United States, the president does not have the authority to lockdown an individual state when it’s the state governor that is in charge of making the decision. I believe that America’s practice of federalism allows each state to respond faster to this crisis than the states of Europe where a centralized approach is in place.

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  • Ingrid from Illinois

    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!

    I believe that state governments should have the authority to determine whether or not schools should remain open or closed during the global pandemic. However, I believe that even though it ultimately the choice of the state, they should be following guidelines and guidance from the federal government. During these times, things change very quickly in many different states. Since America is such a huge country and different states have been affected by the pandemic differently. For example, a state like North Dakota may have safe conditions that allow schools to open and operate in person, but a state like Texas or California may have unsafe conditions and it may be in their best interest not the reopen schools. These discrepancies throughout the country make it hard for everyone to be covered equally and fit each scenario, which would be planned by the federal government. It is also important to highlight that it is the state government’s job to control and supervise the education system, so it may not even be feasible or constitutionally allowed for the federal government to institute a call to return to school. All in all, the coronavirus pandemic has led us to a time on uncertainty, and every state is dealing with the pandemic differently. Therefore, it should be the state government’s job to determine whether or not schools in the state are able to open safely in their state wide conditions, case numbers, and positivity rates. They should continue to follow guidance from the federal government when making a decision however.

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  • Ian from Illinois

    We are living in a time when everyone around us is dangerous. You can’t trust anyone besides the ones in your home. Not even your friends or other family. It only takes one person to get multiple. I believe that the state government should be in control of if the schools should be closed or not. If a school has the ability to open their school up and allow students to come with out states permission, then tons of students will bring the virus into the school and get the other students and staff sick. Then the infected go home and get their family sick. Example my school opened up last week with no one sick, two days later nearly 100 students got the virus and a couple of staff members too. If the state government controlled what schools get to open and what not then it would be a lot more safer. In general I think all school should be distant learning.

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  • Josh from Illinois

    The decision of whether or not to keep schools open should ultimately fall to the individual state governments. To suggest that the federal government should enforce when and if schools open, is narrow-sighted. While it’s true that intervention on a national level would be overall more manageable for the federal government as a whole, and provide relatively stable, easily measurable numbers for flattening the curve, doing so takes away the voice of the states, and, more importantly, individual communities. A decision such as that would be one made without proper insight/understanding of states’ individual needs. Without the autonomy of states, and by extension their communities, a huge amount of oversight could occur. If the federal government prohibits in-person school for the entirety of Illinois, while that would in theory diminish the spread of COVID in more densely populated areas such as Chicago and her suburbs, what of the rural areas? Is it fair to districts with extremely low population densities to completely inhibit their in-person learning? No. While this pandemic is certainly a national issue, education has typically been in the hands of the states. It should remain that way, hand in hand with whatever reasonable guidelines the federal government should implement on a national level.

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  • Erica from Illinois

    Although some may say that the different state regulations could affect the fight against the virus and we need unity in a time like this, I believe that each state is affected by the pandemic differently, so they should be able to decide how to handle things like going back to school this year based on what is going on in their state, and a blanket regulation wouldn’t accomplish the needs of the different states. Each state already has different regulations on how they are handling the pandemic, for example, Illinois has a 5 phase policy. Based on the number of cases, the Illinois government decides what phase the state is in, and each phase has its own set of rules that determine if schools, businesses, and many other things are open along with how they run (Sate of Illinois Coronavirus Response). While other states like Wisconsin have pretty much-opened everything back up and they now are requiring the people to wear masks in public, but they didn’t really do much besides that after the original quarantine to help stop the spread (KFF State Data and Policy Actions to Address the Coronavirus). Each state is already dealing with the pandemic how they think they should, and I don’t believe that an overall regulation to shut down schools for the year by the national government would do the states and justice. I don’t believe that the national government would access the number of cases in each state and how shutting down the schools for the year would affect the population as the individual states would. Yes, the different regulations are a bit confusing, but each state has its own beliefs and their own issues that they have to tackle when it comes to reopening schools, so ultimately they should be able to decide whether to close them for the year or not.

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  • Mariela from Illinois

    The question presented today is whether or not the state government should have the right to decide if schools remain closed or open during the school year of 2020 due to the coronavirus. According to “The White House”, the state and local governments are in charge of police departments, libraries, and schools, buildings that require a lot of resources to help and protect the community. These state officials know how their state is doing, not the government, nor the president. For instance, some states like Texas have 28,014 cases of Covid-19, and others like Vermont have 65 cases (covid.cdc.gov). This being said, it is clear that Texas should be considering implementing remote learning. In comparison, Vermont is a safer state for students to return back to school in person because of their low cases on COVID-19. Therefore, I believe that state governments should determine whether or not they want their schools to remain closed for the remainder of the school year because they are the ones who know the statistics of Covid-19 of their state better than anyone else. If this decision was made by the president, he would reflect on his beliefs, which is to go back to normal. The president does not take care of each fifty states, nor does he live there to know what’s best for the state either. The people of the state and it’s system knows whether or not it is safe to return to school during a pandemic that has affected the whole country.
    Although remote learning only benefits our physical health, it does not benefit our mental health because we have to stay in one position the whole morning, staring at our screens for continuous hours, and not getting a proper education where we can ask our teachers for help in person as before. It is a different type of communication, and some may not be comfortable with speaking to strangers, or being called out by a teacher through our screens, but it is better than getting sick and having a possible chance of death.

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  • Zain from Illinois

    I think state governments should be able to decide for themselves on if schools should close for the rest of the year because they have more knowledge on the status of their jurisdiction than the U.S. federal government and that the same executive decision by the federal government wouldn’t be beneficial for all Americans as a whole. Due to COVID-19, there are some states that have more cases per capita than the other states, some states have higher infection rates than other states and some states have more awareness of the seriousness of the situation than other states. Because of this, it makes sense that state governments, departments, and officials should decide on the best course of action because the severity of the pandemic affecting their sovereignty can really affect the people living there, from the economy to the standard of living to the kinds of people being affected by the pandemic, like people of lower socioeconomic status, and even by racial group. Also, when state governments are in charge, they are more likely to be held accountable by the people since their leaders are more likely to listen to people’s demands whether it be by demonstrations, petitions, voting or other methods. This means that if the state’s health department were to enact insufficient restrictions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 or if a potentially corrupt official were to prevent enacting restrictions, people can organize and push their government, both state and possibly even local, to enact restrictions to help prevent more COVID-19 cases. If the U.S. federal government were deciding on which restrictions to enact, unless they made many exceptions under certain circumstances which might not happen due to certain disagreement between members in the U.S. Congress, they are more likely to make general restrictions that every state would need to follow regardless of their current status with COVID-19. This means that if a state doesn’t have many COVID-19 cases per capita and had to comply with strict regulations, this would be unnecessary since that state’s citizens wouldn’t have to worry a lot about potential transmission between people and the business that they do, but rather the simplest forms of prevention, like social distancing. Also, if the U.S. federal government were to make light restrictions, this wouldn’t be effective for states that have a lot of COVID-19 cases per capita, since the rules that people comply with wouldn’t be enough to make people avoid transmission and get infected with COVID-19. Additionally, it would be more difficult to push the U.S. federal government to enact rules that would better fit the situation since there are many conflicts of interest between the leaders, their beliefs, their cabinet of advisors, as well as their current powers, even if you were to utilize methods of protest like demonstrations or petitions. As a result, since state governments should have power over what restrictions they should implement and not the U.S. federal government, this means that they should be allowed to decide if schools should close since many schools are different by infection rate and by resources to serve their respective communities as well as which state rules and standards they need to follow. Since states are more connected with their schools than the federal government, they are more knowledgeable on what decisions will cause what situation to occur relating to COVID-19.

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  • Zain from Illinois

    I think state governments should be able to decide for themselves on if schools should close for the rest of the year because they have more knowledge on the status of their jurisdiction than the U.S. federal government and that the same executive decision by the federal government wouldn’t be beneficial for all Americans as a whole. Due to COVID-19, there are some states that have more cases per capita than the other states, some states have higher infection rates than other states and some states have more awareness of the seriousness of the situation than other states. Because of this, it makes sense that state governments, departments, and officials should decide on the best course of action because the severity of the pandemic affecting their sovereignty can really affect the people living there, from the economy to the standard of living to the kinds of people being affected by the pandemic, like people of lower socioeconomic status, and even by racial group. Also, when state governments are in charge, they are more likely to be held accountable by the people since their leaders are more likely to listen to people’s demands whether it be by demonstrations, petitions, voting, or other methods. This means that if the state’s health department were to enact insufficient restrictions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 or if a potentially corrupt official were to prevent enacting restrictions, people can organize and push their government, both state and possibly even local, to enact restrictions to help prevent more COVID-19 cases. If the U.S. federal government were deciding on which restrictions to enact, unless they made many exceptions under certain circumstances which might not happen due to certain disagreement between members in the U.S. Congress, they are more likely to make general restrictions that every state would need to follow regardless of their current status with COVID-19. This means that if a state doesn’t have many COVID-19 cases per capita and had to comply with strict regulations, this would be unnecessary since that state’s citizens wouldn’t have to worry a lot about potential transmission between people and the business that they do, but rather the simplest forms of prevention, like social distancing. Also, if the U.S. federal government were to make light restrictions, this wouldn’t be effective for states that have a lot of COVID-19 cases per capita, since the rules that people comply with wouldn’t be enough to make people avoid transmission and get infected with COVID-19. Additionally, it would be more difficult to push the U.S. federal government to enact rules that would better fit the situation since there are many conflicts of interest between the leaders, their beliefs, their cabinet of advisors, as well as their current powers, even if you were to utilize methods of protest like demonstrations or petitions. As a result, since state governments should have power over what restrictions they should implement and not the U.S. federal government, this means that they should be allowed to decide if schools should close since many schools are different by infection rate and by resources to serve their respective communities as well as which state rules and standards they need to follow. Since states are more connected with their schools than the federal government, they are more knowledgeable about what decisions will cause what situation to occur relating to COVID-19.

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  • Michelle from Illinois

    Unlike the Federal government and President trump they are looking at the total number of cases reported over all the U.S territory, they’re not looking at specific states that have higher numbers in cases of COVID 19, they look at all and decided is it a lot or not and if it isn’t then we’ll send them to children to school. But having the states government decide, they’re looking at the state only and they know what’s best for their state, if the numbers are high in Illinois but not in Wisconsin, Illinois will not have schools open but it won’t affect us if Wisconsin does.

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  • liberty from California

    I think that this should be state, because they are responsible of the schools. The national governments are of a higher power in a sort of way and they should focus on bigger things right now.

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  • Samuel from California

    I think the state government should have a say on when schools should open because they know what conditions there state is in. Sure the national government knows whats happening to but I think its more important that the state government has control when school’s open. Alfonso-The state government should not decide if we need a school closure for the rest of the year. The situation depends on different parts of the cities. Some cities won’t have as much exposure to the virus as others. I agree with what Alfonso is saying here but I definitely think that the state government knows better whats happening in the state.

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  • Julie from California

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

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  • Yasmeen from California

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

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  • Isabella from California

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

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  • Hayley from California

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

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  • Rebeka from California

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

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  • Grace from Illinois

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

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  • Luke from Illinois

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

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  • Olivia from Illinois

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

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  • Christopher from Illinois

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

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  • Victoria from Illinois

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

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  • Maggie from Illinois

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

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  • Joseph from South Dakota

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

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  • Saharra from South Dakota

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

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  • John from Illinois

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

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  • AJ from Illinois

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

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  • Jocelyn from Illinois

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

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  • Keegan from Illinois

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

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  • Presley from Illinois

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

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  • Aiden from Illinois

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

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  • Jack from Illinois

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

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  • Benett from Illinois

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

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  • Holly from Illinois

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

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  • Ben from Illinois

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

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  • Michal from Illinois

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

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  • Ian from Illinois

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

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  • rud from New Jersey

    YESSS!!!! Stay Safe.

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  • Grace from Illinois

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

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  • Autumn from Illinois

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

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  • Sarah from Illinois

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

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  • Grace from Illinois

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

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  • Grace from Illinois

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

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  • Nick from Illinois

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

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  • Genevieve from Illinois

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

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  • Isabella from Illinois

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

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  • Zack from Illinois

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

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  • Emily from Illinois

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

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  • James from Illinois

    During this time, I feel as if states should make the conscious decision about shutting down school systems. Even though this pandemic is affecting people nationwide, states have different circumstances and case severity and should be allowed to make their own decisions. They have more information about the people and the state rather than the federal government who would have to focus on everyone. For example, California has a case number of 54,937, compared to Wyoming who has 26 cases. Each state should have their own set of regulations during this virus, and people to make decisions about shutdowns of schools as-well as reopening their economy, and lifting stay at home orders. Smaller states with less of a population can follow reopening procedures, and would