This is right, and is true for everyone who has to work with the public. It's true for doctors/nurses/hospital staff. It's true for the folks who work the cashier and stock at your grocery store. It's true for police/fire/and other "essential" government service workers. It's true for those who work in transport/airlines. It's true for small business owners and their workers, and those who work for large corporations and their workers. Why, out of all these important (even "essential") workers, have teachers been allowed to claim exemption from risk? The answer as near as I can tell is that they have the political position/clout to do so - they get paid either way, what's their incentive to take on the risk most others can not avoid? This, despite the fact that most everyone, no matter what their political leanings, deems public education as essential, basic to democracy and society, the de facto social welfare system for children of the lower/underclass almost everywhere in America, etc. I don't see this. At our school the changes are mindboggling, and risk is real, and no one even know if its going to work. Yet we have to try. Somehow in too many places the politics have allowed the government schools from even putting in the effort... This is what I would do I think if I was not in the position we are with our school. Heck, we may be there anyways in a month or three because this is all new and our extraordinary efforts may be a fail. Certainly with our youngest (1st grade) an online only program is not realistic based on our experience in the spring. Even with our oldest (6th grade) it would be "mediocre" at best, and this is with teachers properly incentivised, 14 students maximum each, etc. I would stretch and home school, particularly in a "co-op" situation with the older girl, but I am too far out of my depth with the 1st grader. I have not seen this talked about in the media yet, but the medical community is discussing internally. It looks like the damage this virus does may have life long lasting effects, and a post-polio like chronic syndrome is going to be a daily battle for millions..