Well, Dear Reader, we are here again! Ready to face another school year, sure to be filled with the glories that come with the school experience. Learning, clubs and even falling in love are sure to be the keystone of a once again normal school year… or are they. Yes, dear reader, I am truly sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but as I am sure you are aware, we once again face an issue of a possible gargantuan pandemic that has already claimed over 100 deaths from a pool of 92,000. I am of course speaking of the Delta Variant. Today, as we come to recognize this new threat to our society, we will look at what the Delta Variant could mean for our educational system, and if we will even have a normal one in the coming months.
So, at this moment you are probably asking yourself: “what does this mean for us as a student population?” And the answer is very simple on my part. I don’t know. I am sure that many of you are excited to return to a sense of normalcy, however with growing concerns over the Delta Variant infecting vaccinated individuals, many things that we once again began to see as normal are quickly repairing under the microscopes of state officials, all monitoring the situation with bated breath. Many schools have at the moment taken a similar approach with governments and school boards like those in Idaho and Arizona taking a “wait and see” approach to the variant. This is of course because of the situations currently in the two states, with Idaho, having a slight uptick in vaccinations, and their continued recommendation to wear a mask, and of course, Arizona's high vaccination rate with almost half of the population fully vaccinated and dosage open to all. Nevertheless, there are states that have become much more reserved in their decisions.
In the wake of the new recommendations by the CDC, many schools and even states have taken to reinstating stricter mask policies, bringing us back to a time reminiscent of the early days of covid, leaving many people uncertain about the next step. While it is a moment of uncertainty, there are measures that are suggested for all those who are returning to school in person at the start of their term. Wear a mask, sanitize and practice social distancing to the best of your ability.
While this is a short entry, my dear reader, I hope that at least some general information has been of some use to you. Rember, there is always the possibility of a better tomorrow, what can you do to make it a reality?