@fiesty76 There are no easy answers, especially now that we see what reopening business has done to the numbers already. I assume that most of the population faces the same situation as suburban Minnesota – schools are at or over capacity, with no funds for additional construction, so social distancing is impossible. Consider that we cannot gets adults to do it – how do you enforce it among children and teens in a full-house setting?
This is a constant topic in our family – my daughter is the school nurse in a high school of 2500 students (built for 2000) and parent of 2 preschoolers. The district includes 33000 students in 33 buildings, roughly 10% of them with chronic health issues making them vulnerable. As well, many of the teachers and staff are over age 50 or with health issues, bus drivers are primarily retirees, and the pool of available subs is largely composed of retired teachers. The district has already announced that they cannot get (read will not try to get) any type of PPE for staff or students – even their nurses.
Parents are insisting the schools open because distance education is too hard, they cannot afford daycare, and that "kids don't get very sick anyway." To make matters more difficult, many on staff and many parents are insisting that masks are not an option – "kids can't see facial expressions" "too hard to breathe" "who will provide" etc.
School districts here are working overtime this summer trying to figure out what they are going to do, all while watching the numbers of case to see what is even possible. They are requiring each district, using state guidelines, to have 3 plans in place by August 1st – all in-person, hybrid, and all-distance.
As with everything Covid, stay tuned for further developments.