Gov. Kay Ivey, State Superintendent of Education Dr. Eric Mackey and the members of his learning options task force deserve commendation for making the difficult decision to keep K-12 public schools across Alabama physically closed for the remainder of the academic year.
The closure certainly disappoints students who will remain separated from their teachers and classmates for the time being, and some parents may even be wary of its necessity, but the public health and safety of millions of Alabamians demanded that it be done.
Consider for a moment that in the past two weeks, more than 800 COVID-19 cases have been diagnosed in Alabama, and those numbers continue to climb dramatically each day. Deaths are beginning to occur across the state, and dozens of Alabamians are at this moment fighting for their lives on ICU ventilators.
Proms and graduation ceremonies can be held at a later date, and extra-curricular activities and sports can be postponed, but protecting our families and stopping the spread of this invisible killer requires us to take action now.
My wife, Kendall, and I are parents to twin boys, Hunter and Hays, who are in fourth grade, and a daughter, Addie, who is in second grade. We understand that the responsibility of continuing their education falls on our shoulders for the foreseeable future.
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