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(Mediaite)   After nine Coronavirus positives, multiple viral photos, and few masks, an infamous Georgia high school is switching to all-remote learning   (mediaite.com) divider line
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2020-08-10 9:28:18 AM  
"No one could have predicted this"
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2020-08-10 9:29:19 AM  
If only there was a warning that Corona Virus was extremely virulent....
 
2020-08-10 9:33:40 AM  
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2020-08-10 10:25:15 AM  
Don't you effing dare, Georgia.  You decided to listen to Sir Incompetento in regards to how to proceed with the virus.  He stated your children needed to return to schools physically so you darn well better do it.  No backsies.  Show your President and the world that you know what you are doing and you knew what you were doing all along.
 
2020-08-10 10:48:17 AM  
Sorry GA kids, you were an experiment for the rest of us to see if schools could be reopened safely with an expectation that students will take safety upon themselves.

What's going to happen now is schools that still are going to reopen are going to put in place things like mandatory masks and distancing, and, over the next month or so, everyone is going to see more pictures coming out showing non-compliance. There will be more suspensions, because that's the only way school administrators know of to deal with egg on their faces. Then retractions when the full brunt of the Streisand effect hits. That will follow by the infections and closures.

The one thing you'll have going for you Georgia, you can point  and say "Yeah, we made the mistake first, but our stupidity was broadcast far and wide. What is your excuse?"
 
2020-08-10 12:47:06 PM  
Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.
 
2020-08-10 12:48:23 PM  
This could have been entirely avoided had none of the staff nor students been tested.
 
2020-08-10 12:48:34 PM  
Good news, you guys. I just got a Trump campaign mailer in my mailbox that emphasizes on the front that he will "fight for the safety of the American people."

That virus is as good as dead now!
 
2020-08-10 12:48:42 PM  
So it's back to remote learning... but now with a slice of the staff on sick leave.

Great job!
 
2020-08-10 12:48:45 PM  
haha it's going to be COVID forever. omg.

I hate everyone.
 
2020-08-10 12:48:49 PM  
Oh, they're not done compounding the stupid -- the remote learning is only for two days for cleaning.....because clearly the covid virus is being emitted by the desks and lockers as opposed to the teeming masses of germ-ridden students
 
2020-08-10 12:49:11 PM  
If only that kid adhered to the "no cell phones in school" policy and there wasn't any testing, this wouldn't be a problem!
 
2020-08-10 12:50:41 PM  
Too late. #ohwell

I rag on the Minneapolis Public Schools district for a lot of things, but one thing they are doing right is starting the year distance learning. The ACTUAL distance learning part, well...hopefully it's better than it was in the spring.
 
2020-08-10 12:50:57 PM  

Opacity: What's going to happen now is schools that still are going to reopen are going to put in place things like mandatory masks and distancing, and, over the next month or so, everyone is going to see more pictures coming out showing non-compliance. There will be more suspensions, because that's the only way school administrators know of to deal with egg on their faces. Then retractions when the full brunt of the Streisand effect hits. That will follow by the infections and closures


oh you sweet summer child
you think republicans are going to LEARN?  from EXPERIENCE?

whats going to happen is in a few days another deep red state will do the exact same thing.  and a week later another.  then a few more.

because EVERY TIME noone could have predicted this would fail!  just like how every time lowering taxes on billionaires just a little more will generate more money.
 
2020-08-10 12:52:33 PM  

Skeleton Man: Good news, you guys. I just got a Trump campaign mailer in my mailbox that emphasizes on the front that he will "fight for the safety of the American people."

That virus is as good as dead now!


I think you subconsciously added in "the" in front of safety.  Common mistake.
 
2020-08-10 12:54:02 PM  
This ...

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... this is not a bright man.
 
2020-08-10 12:54:41 PM  

Bungles: So it's back to remote learning... but now with a slice of the staff on sick leave.

Great job!


So now it's back to remote learning... but now with a slice of the staff having been exposed to a virus that's killed 160,000 people in the last 7-8 months.

(You're not wrong at all; I just feel like the lede may have been buried a little bit.)
 
2020-08-10 12:54:42 PM  
I get that it is a feature, but the uncertainty and chaos is what is finally going to drive everyone insane. Pick a safe plan (i.e. distance learning for the entire fall semester), and let parents make a plan to deal with it. Taking this shiat a week at a time is making everything so much worse.
 
2020-08-10 12:54:44 PM  
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Farkheads.
 
2020-08-10 12:54:50 PM  
They moved it online for Monday and Tuesday only in order to come up with a plan. You know, the thing that they should have had months ago? The problem is that the administrators there in the middle of Trump country are going to have to do the following.
1: Admit they made a mistake.
2: Admit that the virus was a bigger problem than they thought.
3: Directly contradict Trump talking points about the Coronovirus not being a problem in schools.

So let's see what happens because it's put up or shut up time for them with this.
 
2020-08-10 12:55:28 PM  
Only thing more expensive & chaotic than devising a new teaching/learning system to deal with the pandemic over the summer is pretending you can crank up as normal come the start of school and THEN having to change every. single. thing. at the last minute, upending thousands of lives and incurring last-minute costs that crank into the millions.

Whoever's in office at that school board should be @&#%ing running from torches & pitchforks.
 
2020-08-10 12:55:32 PM  
Imagine if this guy hadn't quit.

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2020-08-10 12:57:21 PM  

Opacity: Sorry GA kids, you were an experiment for the rest of us to see if schools could be reopened safely with an expectation that students will take safety upon themselves.

What's going to happen now is schools that still are going to reopen are going to put in place things like mandatory masks and distancing, and, over the next month or so, everyone is going to see more pictures coming out showing non-compliance. There will be more suspensions, because that's the only way school administrators know of to deal with egg on their faces. Then retractions when the full brunt of the Streisand effect hits. That will follow by the infections and closures.

The one thing you'll have going for you Georgia, you can point  and say "Yeah, we made the mistake first, but our stupidity was broadcast far and wide. What is your excuse?"


My niece tells me the teachers at her public high school in Tennessee are openly telling the kids they expect to be open less than a month before it becomes obvious they have to close.

Her parents are being idiots about the whole thing so my wife made her a week's supply of masks and mailed them to her back in April. I don't know if she's taking it that seriously either but luckily she's a K-Pop fan so as far as she's concerned masks are cool because all her Korean idols wear them.
 
2020-08-10 12:59:17 PM  

TwilightZone: Oh, they're not done compounding the stupid -- the remote learning is only for two days for cleaning.....because clearly the covid virus is being emitted by the desks and lockers as opposed to the teeming masses of germ-ridden students


Not to mention the fact that a lot of older school buildings have shiatty ventilation systems. But at least it's keeping people employed, I guess.
 
2020-08-10 1:00:55 PM  

bambi121899: TwilightZone: Oh, they're not done compounding the stupid -- the remote learning is only for two days for cleaning.....because clearly the covid virus is being emitted by the desks and lockers as opposed to the teeming masses of germ-ridden students

Not to mention the fact that a lot of older school buildings have shiatty ventilation systems. But at least it's keeping people employed, I guess.


If it has a forced air return ita going to get people sick, whether it's new, old, cheap, expensive...
 
2020-08-10 1:01:37 PM  

Irresponsible Homeowner: Bungles: So it's back to remote learning... but now with a slice of the staff on sick leave.

Great job!

So now it's back to remote learning... but now with a slice of the staff having been exposed to a virus that's killed 160,000 people in the last 7-8 months.

(You're not wrong at all; I just feel like the lede may have been buried a little bit.)



Yes, I might have somewhat underplayed that school staff demographics greatly over-represent in the COVID death patch for age
 
2020-08-10 1:01:38 PM  

Nuclear Monk: Skeleton Man: Good news, you guys. I just got a Trump campaign mailer in my mailbox that emphasizes on the front that he will "fight for the safety of the American people."

That virus is as good as dead now!

I think you subconsciously added in "the" in front of safety.  Common mistake.


Maybe that was a joke that went over my head but here it is, unopened and in the trash, how and where it belongs.

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2020-08-10 1:02:05 PM  

TwilightZone: Oh, they're not done compounding the stupid -- the remote learning is only for two days for cleaning.....because clearly the covid virus is being emitted by the desks and lockers as opposed to the teeming masses of germ-ridden students


And then the virus 🦠 got the cleaning staff...
the teachers trying their best...
the parents of the little germ bags.
Do we want Miri? Because no foolies, this is how you get a Miri
Scenario.
 
2020-08-10 1:02:13 PM  
No highschool students ever caught the 'rona in Shermer, IL.
 
2020-08-10 1:04:53 PM  

Leader O'Cola: bambi121899: TwilightZone: Oh, they're not done compounding the stupid -- the remote learning is only for two days for cleaning.....because clearly the covid virus is being emitted by the desks and lockers as opposed to the teeming masses of germ-ridden students

Not to mention the fact that a lot of older school buildings have shiatty ventilation systems. But at least it's keeping people employed, I guess.

If it has a forced air return ita going to get people sick, whether it's new, old, cheap, expensive...


True. Thank you for the clarification.
 
2020-08-10 1:05:47 PM  
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2020-08-10 1:06:12 PM  

red230: They moved it online for Monday and Tuesday only in order to come up with a plan. You know, the thing that they should have had months ago? The problem is that the administrators there in the middle of Trump country are going to have to do the following.
1: Admit they made a mistake.
2: Admit that the virus was a bigger problem than they thought.
3: Directly contradict Trump talking points about the Coronovirus not being a problem in schools.

So let's see what happens because it's put up or shut up time for them with this.


Oh, that would assume that they're going to respond rationally. The correct answer is actually "inexplicably blame the Democrats for causing the coronavirus outbreak in Georgia by insisting that people get tested and/or publicizing how irresponsible the republicans are being."
 
2020-08-10 1:06:39 PM  

fragMasterFlash: No highschool students ever caught the 'rona in Shermer, IL.


There is no Shermer in Illinois. Movies are farkin bullshiat.

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2020-08-10 1:07:58 PM  
Huh.  I was really expecting bullying the virus to work.  Certainly in combination with everyone keeping their heads up their asses.  I wonder where it went wrong.
 
2020-08-10 1:08:23 PM  
Yeah, it's a real sh*tshow here in Georgia. Many "teachers either don't believe in covid-19, or are just too goddamned stupid, and somehow managed to get certified while believing the Sun goes around the Earth, or that their god is protecting them.

Brian Kemp, the Governor, is also the President of the Board of Regents, he has refused to mandate masks and social distancing in schools, but also let the local Boards decide what to do, sadly to those too stupid, and that are not teachers in a classroom.

This is live action Red State politics, they want kids in school for the numbers count as each kid has a monetary amount the State gets for attending each day. So that about sums up Georgia's education, and why it is ranked so low in the Country. It's not about test scores, it's about body counts, and that is going to be the only thing going up.
 
2020-08-10 1:09:23 PM  

GregInIndy: Whoever's in office at that school board should be @&#%ing running from torches & pitchforks


The school board is a reflection of the local community.  I'm sure many parents were pushing for the kids to get back school, with their main motivation being to ensure football would be played in the fall.

To have on-campus class be actually safe, it would likely mean that students and administrators were wearing PPE similar to what we see in hospitals--masks, face shields, and gowns.  It's a virtual certainty that someone on campus will be infectious at any given time.  Unless everyone has a level of PPE sufficient to block the infection, it's inevitable that the infection is going to spread in a school environment.  But if the parents in the community don't understand that, they and the school board they elect won't take the necessary steps to keep the school safe.
 
2020-08-10 1:10:06 PM  

red230: They moved it online for Monday and Tuesday only in order to come up with a plan. You know, the thing that they should have had months ago? The problem is that the administrators there in the middle of Trump country are going to have to do the following.
1: Admit they made a mistake.
2: Admit that the virus was a bigger problem than they thought.
3: Directly contradict Trump talking points about the Coronovirus not being a problem in schools.

So let's see what happens because it's put up or shut up time for them with this.


Mother.  Farking.  This.

This is an entirely predictable outcome if you're NOT an idiot.  But even you ARE an idiot, you still recognize it as a *possible* outcome.  Only an entire organization comprised of idiots would then choose to not consider back-up plans.

So... hopefully the good people of Georgia take some interest in local politics and write a few letters to chuckles & co.
 
2020-08-10 1:11:14 PM  
Something New Mexico is doing right is simply not having any school at all until after Labor Day, and then it has to have remote learning available.
 
2020-08-10 1:12:40 PM  
So they did all that special cleaning for nothing?
 
2020-08-10 1:13:24 PM  
It turns out that those libs were right.
 
2020-08-10 1:13:38 PM  
Link

MACON, Ga. - Governor Brian Kemp is heading to Macon to announce details about a new virtual care option for COVID-19 patients on Monday.

The Governor, Navicent Health, and their strategic partners Atrium Health say the new option helps create more room in hospitals during the pandemic.

The latest report from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency shows 56% of emergency room beds, 85% of critical care beds, and 78% of inpatient beds in use.



Hey, Kemp. Wanna know what else would create more room in your hospitals during the pandemic?
 
2020-08-10 1:14:42 PM  
It doesn't matter what they do now.  They're done.  Over.  Welcome to Covid City.

All it takes in an environment like that is one, and within a matter of hours, absolutely everyone in that school has been exposed, guaranteed.  Water fountains, restrooms, doorknobs, all of these are lingering places, and there were fewer gloves than there were masks.

By the time 24 hours have passed, somewhere around (mom + pop + other 1.4 kids) means 3X more have been exposed.  If any of these people came into contact with anyone outside their family, you get to start a new chart.

The very same thing is happening, on a much, much larger scale at Sturgis.  "Outlaw" bikers who weigh more than the bikes they're straddling would probably fall at the higher end of the risk spectrum, but what the hell, party on dudes.  The pain, financial loss, potential death, etc., that the millions you will infect on the drive home, before you even begin to show symptoms, are a small price to pay to prove that 162,000 dead is a liberal hoax.

Thanks for being the party of personal responsibility.  What value do you place on a human life?  What on a permanent disability?  Will you be paying individually, or should we just put it on the RNC tab?
 
2020-08-10 1:17:28 PM  

Rapmaster2000: It turns out that those libs were right.


They done tricked us into opening up them there schools!
 
2020-08-10 1:19:32 PM  
For the great decision makers, they should also do remote learning from a minimum security facility while awaiting trial for child endangerment charges and a judge denying bail for fear they would offend again given half the chance.
 
2020-08-10 1:19:54 PM  

Rapmaster2000: It turns out that those libs were right.


Seem climate change. See Brexit. See any major catstrofuk of the last 40 years.

It seems to happen a lot, those damn wily libs.
 
2020-08-10 1:20:11 PM  

Soup4Bonnie: Link

MACON, Ga. - Governor Brian Kemp is heading to Macon to announce details about a new virtual care option for COVID-19 patients on Monday.

The Governor, Navicent Health, and their strategic partners Atrium Health say the new option helps create more room in hospitals during the pandemic.

The latest report from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency shows 56% of emergency room beds, 85% of critical care beds, and 78% of inpatient beds in use.


Hey, Kemp. Wanna know what else would create more room in your hospitals during the pandemic?


Death?
 
2020-08-10 1:20:56 PM  

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Yup. Pretty much. My wife is a professor at a uni that's going hybrid this semester. Her plan is to make the first two weeks of her courses fully online "for logistical reasons," and if they still don't go back to online, she'll buy herself another week by "getting sick" with the regular flu (since they're testing for covid). Hopefully it won't take any longer than that for the inevitable freakout to happen.
 
2020-08-10 1:26:27 PM  

Opacity: Sorry GA kids, you were an experiment for the rest of us to see if schools could be reopened safely with an expectation that students will take safety upon themselves.

Someone I was discussing this subject with this weekend was bleating the same old bleat about "OPEN DA SKOOLS" and trying like hell to pull numbers out of their ass about "infection rates" and such. I asked them some questions.

"Those figures you're using are from after schools closed in most of the first world in February and March, right?"
"Uh, yeah.."
"In fact the only data we might have are from after schools closed and children were separated from each other?"
"Yeah, so?"
"So you're trying to use that information to prove schools are safe enough for the children to go back, right? In fact the lower infection rates, hospitalizations and deaths among children could also be attributed to NOT having the children in school and essentially quarantined from each other."
"Yeah, it's safe"
"So how do you know it's safe for the children to attend school when they haven't attended school and there's little data from when they did? For the "closed school" data to be valid as proof there must also be "open school" data to compare it to, and we don't have any. Even the closed school data can't be more than 5-6 months old."
"And what does that mean?"
"That means the second part of the experiment to prove that schools are safe must be held  - the open schools part - in order to prove they are. How many children are you willing to sacrifice to prove you're right?"
"....."

And now... Georgia. The science experiment begins.
 
2020-08-10 1:29:05 PM  

BeesNuts: red230: They moved it online for Monday and Tuesday only in order to come up with a plan. You know, the thing that they should have had months ago? The problem is that the administrators there in the middle of Trump country are going to have to do the following.
1: Admit they made a mistake.
2: Admit that the virus was a bigger problem than they thought.
3: Directly contradict Trump talking points about the Coronovirus not being a problem in schools.

So let's see what happens because it's put up or shut up time for them with this.

Mother.  Farking.  This.

This is an entirely predictable outcome if you're NOT an idiot.  But even you ARE an idiot, you still recognize it as a *possible* outcome.  Only an entire organization comprised of idiots would then choose to not consider back-up plans.

So... hopefully the good people of Georgia take some interest in local politics and write a few letters to chuckles & co.


Look, everyone warned me not to stick my dick in the pencil sharpener way back in June, but I liberally applied moisturizer every in day preparation for the main event in August.

/The lotion did nothing to prepare me for it. 😒
 
2020-08-10 1:29:43 PM  

Leader O'Cola: Imagine if this guy hadn't quit.

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We need a shop of this with the microscopic coronavirus thing superimposed as the head.
 
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