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Our neighborhood primary school is closed today because a student, whose parent is a confirmed case, has symptoms.

Would you allow your teen to go to his job at a private tutoring center that services many students from this elementary school?

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Is anyone in your family high risk?

Do you care for or regularly visit anyone who is high risk?

Are all parents or stepparents under 40?

Is now an especially bad time for your family to be under quarantine if DC gets sick, of you all get sick, or would you rather just get 2-10 weeks stuck in the house over now?

 

Those are the things I would think about.

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7 minutes ago, Katy said:

Is anyone in your family high risk?

Do you care for or regularly visit anyone who is high risk?

Are all parents or stepparents under 40?

Is now an especially bad time for your family to be under quarantine if DC gets sick, of you all get sick, or would you rather just get 2-10 weeks stuck in the house over now?

 

Those are the things I would think about.

I wouldn't need to think about any of this :-).  Just a big no!

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I probably would, unless you plan to have him not go to work for the next several months.

Look, this isn’t a one and done. It’s in your community now, and so either you need to shelter in for the duration or go about making targeted decisions about what risks you are willing to take.

Dh is going to work during the pandemic, I am immunocompromised and not going out except for essential doctor appointments. We think things will continue to trend up with hundreds and thousands and ten thousands getting this in our area. Statisticslly, 80% will have mild cold symptoms. 15% will need hospitalization. Do your math and make a calculated projection about the impact to your family and move forward.

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No. 

I'm basing my answer on the fact that my local schools with diagnosed students or faculty are closing their entire districts at least for cleaning, and the affected people's particular schools and school activities for two weeks.

I'm not sure your school system is following the correct protocol, keeping any of the student-based gathering places open. They might be -- I'm not saying that "I" know the protocols -- but I would be more comfortable with treating a neighborhood school system as a piece. When the school is re-opened, go back to the tutoring center, too.

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What does the tutoring center say? Don't they have a policy in place? Are they allowing telecommuting with students? Facetime or something? It seems like this is something they need to consider or they'll have a bunch of new students whose parents want them occupied during the day. 

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I might if no one in your household was high risk. If you're all young and healthy and don't have regular contact with the elderly and it's open... I'd probably go. The school is likely to reopen too, yeah? They're going to clean, the student who may have been exposed is going to stay home. That's what's been happening at a lot of places.

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My teen stayed home.  The center was open, but I imagine attendance was down.  It is run by a big chain, not part of our public school system.

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I have a kid whose job supports an after-school paid activity. She is the only 'helper' during her timeframe. The adult/owner drives from an area where there has been confirmed exposure to COVID-19. Local school is on spring break this week and many students& families will be part of large sporting events Thurs-Sat where there will likely be more exposure (only known after-the-fact). The activity closes when the school closes (usually), but I admit to being uneasy about her going next week when the activity starts back up.

Guess we'll cross that bridge next week.

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On 3/9/2020 at 3:47 PM, RootAnn said:

She is the only 'helper' during her timeframe.  

I wouldn't let this affect the decision, at all. 

I would likely let my kid work at the tutoring center if they have good protocols in place - smaller, cleaner to begin with, easier to sanitize, it's not crowds of kids in a small space. Based on being in two different schools over the last 9 weeks, I wouldn't want them to be at a school. Much dirtier to begin with, much harder to clean, kids will be crowded in a room regardless of activity. 

Edited to add: if your kids are in school, have a look at the vents next time you go in. Complain if there is a decade of dirt and dust on them 🤢

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Absolutely not. Tutoring can be done via skype/facetime. There is zero reason to take that risk and the tutoring center should be saying that themselves.

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No. The tutoring center should switch to online tutoring.  I suggest calling the tutoring center ASAP - maybe they aren’t aware.  

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I'm a risk-taker, I'll put that out there.  But in this situation, it seems like if the school is cancelled, then school-related services would be cancelled.  I'd probably try and set up on-line tutoring.  That's not hard to do.  We have found Zoom to be a great site for things like that, and I think if it's for 30 minutes or less, it's free.  (They have white boards, recording options, etc.)

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It takes a lot of risk, imo, for a school to close.  No. 

I will take risks to help people, to bring people food, to love people.  I will not take similar risks for trivial reasons. 

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