Right now, just about every school in America is closed for the rest of the school year.
In the entire country, “Thousands of childcare centers have been closed, either by decree or because demand has crept up. . . In early April, nearly half of childcare facilities across the country were completely closed, and 17 percent remained open only to the children of essential workers, according to a survey of 5,000 childcare workers conducted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. “
Public school districts have already decided that summer school will only be distance learning or will be canceled entirely Ames, Iowa; Tempe, Ariz.; everywhere in Indiana, Houston, Texas, Columbia, Missouri . . . and probably communities near you.
Summer camps in the county and in the city are canceled in Montgomery County, Md.; Palm Beach County, Fla.; Denver, Colo.; Evansville, Ind.; Piscataway, N.J., and probably communities near you. Private summer camps are organized canceled in the San Francisco Bay Area, Atlanta, GA.; Austin, Texas; Marion County, Fla, different places in Maine . . . you get it. Camps are at least partially canceled in Raleigh, N.C.; Chicago, Ill.; Charleston, S.C.; and more.
New York City’s Public swimming pools are closed for summer, as is the summer work program for young people, and the city still decides on city-run camps. Swimming pools are expected “to be one of the last places to reopen. ‘
Apparently the plan is to just open up the economy again without working parents.
In normal circumstances, grandparents and other family members would be the most natural choice to watch over the children when their parents return to work. . . but we try to minimize the amount of contact the elderly have with other people.
No summer school, few camps, no public swimming pools. . . what the heck should kids do this summer?
While we’re on the subject, most of the country’s children have seen none of their non-siblings personally since March, a level of isolation that can’t be psychologically healthy. Children may have the least risk of contracting coronavirus, but they may pay one of the best prices.