Missed school days should be made up
As of March 2, not a single child under the age of 10 died or became seriously ill from coronavirus anywhere in the world.
Of people between the ages of 10 and 19, for every 500 who have contracted the disease, 499 who have contracted the disease have survived for every one that has not.
For our children, this virus does not pose a risk any greater than what they faced last year or the year before. The risk of child to adult transmission is not known.
But most cases of transmission have been from adult to adult.
The schools were not closed to protect children. They were closed to protect adults.
The constitution of Pennsylvania recognizes the responsibility of the adults of the state to provide the children with “a thorough and efficient system of public education.”
The General Assembly has interpreted that to mean 180 days of instruction.
When the schools reopen, there is no reason for the adults of the state not to fulfill their constitutional obligation to the children by making up the lost days.