Covid response leaves no surprise that tensions are rising across school system
School leaders object to a one-way flow of responsibility and accountability
A teacher wipes a classroom door handle before students return to school amid the coronovirus pandemic. File photograph: iStock
The first month of this school year has been unlike any other. Unfortunately we have not seen the worst of it yet, and we have many more months like this to come. So far, schools remain open, operating somewhere between business as usual and the “new normal”.
Sometimes this takes them far from society at large; classrooms are the only space 30 people can cluster in for five to eight hours a day, uninterrupted even as the rest of the country moves into higher and more restrictive levels of lockdown.