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Classes begin for Natchez Adams School District students today and it will be a year like no other.
Faced with a choice of attending in-person classes or online-only courses, 80% of the district’s parents chose online-only courses for their children.
Not surprising given the devastation brought on by COVID-19.
Sure, the schools can screen people entering school buildings with a series of questions and taking temperatures, etc., but that is no guarantee people spreading the disease won’t enter the building.
One of the most insidious aspects of COVID-19 is that infected people can be spreading the disease to other people for weeks before they even exhibit any symptoms of the disease.
That’s why mask wearing, social distancing, hand washing and not touching your face are such important tools to prevent the spread of the disease.
You can practice all of those precautions and drastically cut the chances of spreading COVID-19 within the schools but there is no guarantee.
Then an infected student could bring the disease home and spread it for weeks before anyone knows the child is infected.
Most parents are aware of these aspects of how COVID-19 is spread and chose to have their children attend …
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