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COVID-19

Poll shows strong desire for online learning over in person classes

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Warren County District 3 Supervisor Shawn Jackson posted a poll on her social media earlier this week. The results are definite: It is too soon to reopen the schools.

Jackson’s unscientific poll asked four questions, and more than 90% of the respondents in every question voted against returning to schools now.

The questions and results are:

1.) Do you think our community has the resources (hospital beds, respirators, medical care) to handle a growing trend of COVID-19 cases?

There were 626 respondents and 91.7% of them answered “No.”

2.) Do you think increased exposure of COVID-19 to our children would increase exposure to our elderly and others in the community that are at high risk?

There were 627 respondents and 92.7% of them answered “Yes.”

3.) Do you think allowing some children to go back could contribute to an increase in COVID-19 cases in Warren County?

There were 627 answers and 91.7% said “Yes.”

4.) Given that many districts in MS and most of the private schools in Warren County have delayed school openings, do you think it is safe for our children to be sent back into the classroom setting this week?

There were 627 respondents and 91.7% said “No.”

On her social media page, Jackson appealed to the Vicksburg Warren School District.

“Dear VWSD, please consider reopening this week and instead choose a 100% online platform with NO in person instruction for the time being,” she wrote.

“627 Respondents are clearly concerned about our school district choosing not to delay, unlike other school districts and the local private schools. Reopening schools this week instead of initially going 100% distance is a concern of more than just one or two people.

“Over 600 concerned residents voiced their opinion in a little less than 24 hours.

  1. If we’ve put in a lot of work to prepare for opening, great. It’ll be there when it’s safer to return.
  2. If we think choice is good. In this instance, choice could harm far more than those doing the choosing.
  3. If we think our school district is different and shouldn’t delay, like the other districts and our local Catholic Schools. Why?
  4. If we aren’t listening to the community who elected us, why not?
  5. If our County is spiking in COVID-19 cases before schools reopened, why would we delay?

“This is an urgent and serious matter, and it’s never too late to correct a past decision to avoid future problems,” Jackson wrote. “Our community has exploded in COVID-19 cases with not one child in school. Not just myself, but clearly hundreds of concerned residents, teachers, administrators, other public officials, health care experts and many more believe not delaying could be detrimental to our community in ways that are unconscionable. I wanted to poll the community and publicly deliver the will of the people.”

Other local political leaders, including Mayor George Flaggs Jr., have urged the school board to reconsider opening the schools right now.

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