Editorial: Keep the options open | TBR News Media

As the holidays began to wind down and COVID-19 infection rates rose, many parents hoped their children would learn remotely for a week or two instead of returning to their classrooms.

Many feared their children would get sick if they returned to school buildings and hoped their districts would take advantage of their past experiences with remote learning and allow students to temporarily return to a virtual classroom — just long enough for the surge. holiday virus pass.

As a few Long Island schools moved to remote districts and other districts offered an option, many school officials opened their classroom doors as if they had no idea how to get there. use alternative methods to educate.

Many would agree that learning during the pandemic for the majority of students was difficult when a day at school meant logging onto a computer instead of getting on a bus. The ideal option is to be seated in a classroom. However, in the worst of times, like the world still battling a virus that could be deadly for some, would switching to remote learning for a week or two be so harmful?

To keep our children and their families safe, school districts must be prepared to transition to remote learning when infection rates soar. While health officials may advise against congregating over the holidays, is it so terrible to allow people to be with loved ones and then stare at a screen back to school?

Technology has made it possible to continue learning and working during difficult times like these. Perfecting techniques remotely and always being ready to use them means that learning, work, basic health care and more can continue no matter what is happening around us, except perhaps a power outage. .

And with more and more employers offering work-from-home options, many parents will be able to watch their children at home if their children need to log on to a computer to connect to their class. Which, in turn, eliminates the old problem of snow or sick days of who is going to watch the kids.

It has been said many times during the pandemic that instead of going back to normal, it might be better to embrace a new normal. Let’s learn the lessons we’ve learned over the past two years and increase our country’s chances of returning to good times soon.