Yes, going to school virtually is different, but I just rolled my eyes when I saw the picture and read the caption on the front page of the Sept. 1 paper. There was a similar photo last spring of a Ballenger Creek student learning from home.

I guess the Frederick News Post shows only photos of kids in homes that are upper middle class. These students are shown at a nice desk, surrounded by a calm and clean environment with parents that are involved. That is not what it is like for many of the students.

My friend that I’ve been mentoring for four years is starting sixth grade. The environment he is trying to learn in is dirty, constant chaos all around him. The adults in his household don’t understand technology and do not know how to assist him. He’s getting no exercise and is missing the contact with peers and teachers.....his life line.

Please, let’s get him and other children like him back into the classroom ASAP so the playing field can be leveled.

Gretta Benson


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Black and Brown children are falling behind much more quickly than White and Asian kids- that's a fact. In Montgomery county some schools saw fewer than half of Latinos log on while only two-thirds of blacks logged on AT ALL last Spring. Black Lives Matter right? Get kids back to school if you believe that.


It was never level, yet some astound us and become inspiring role models. He has you! Keep encouraging! There are trees worth our concern. But mind the forest.


We need to protect the teachers! Schools are places of employment first and foremost. Would you put the rights of the tacos ahead of the rights of the cashier at Taco Bell? Of course not, schools are no different. Randi Weingarten for President!!!!


Upon reading the first three sentences of joelp's response I was certain that without question the taco analogy is absolutely The Dumbest Observation Ever to appear in this chat room for the perpetually aggreived. But then I hit that last sentence and I knew a new winner had already reared its ugly head. But congratulations anyway for achieving BOTH the number one and number two spots. .


Haha, apparently you are a little slow when it comes on satire. I guess your teacher was too busy eating tacos to explain it to you. My prescription for you is to read the Onion more often.


After re-reading your response, I realized -- too late -- that I had been had. You got me fair and square. Well played and good on you. Keep up the good work -- and I'll be on the lookout for you from now on!


“Throughout the pandemic, many child care centers have stayed open for the children of front-line workers — everyone from doctors to grocery store clerks. YMCA of the USA and New York City's Department of Education have been caring for, collectively, tens of thousands of children since March, and both tell NPR they have no reports of coronavirus clusters or outbreaks.”

“The BMJ study looked at 651 children with coronavirus in hospitals in England, Wales and Scotland.

It covers two-thirds of all children's admissions in the UK due to Covid-19 between January and July and confirms what is already known about the minimal effects of the virus on children .

A "strikingly low" 1% of these 651 children and young people - six in total - had died in hospital with Covid-19 compared with 27% across all other age groups, the study found.

Eighteen per cent of the children needed intensive care.

And the six who had died had had "profound" underlying health conditions that had often been complex and themselves life-limiting.”


Why are you offering information from the U.K.? Find relevant information on the United States, and you might be taken seriously


Hi Gretta- It’s really good of you to help your friend, and to care about his learning space. Getting everyone back to the classroom is the goal, but it has to be safe. Covid is still a threat. Schools that opened, found themselves closing very quickly because Covid spread quickly. A vaccine against Covid is being worked on, and hopefully it will be available soon. We will beat Covid at some point, which is a good because grownups and kids are ready to get back to work.

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