ELLICOTT CITY, Maryland (WJZ) – WJZ spoke with a Howard County father who wants principals to reinstate virtual learning. He said his daughter had such a bad case of COVID-19 that she ended up in the emergency room.
âWhy wouldn’t that be scary for a parent? said Charles Adams. “She’s my oldest daughter.”
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Grace Johnson, senior at Long Reach High School, has just tested positive for COVID-19.
Her father fears she got him in school.
He took her to the emergency room Thursday morning because of her severe symptoms.
âIn the hospital,â Adams said. “They told me I can’t go back with my daughter, to the hospital, but my kids can go to school with kids with COVID and that’s okay.”
In an effort to keep schools open and protect students, a General Assembly panel voted Wednesday to extend the Maryland School Mask’s tenure by 180 days.
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Grace’s dad said that was not enough, he wanted schools to return to virtual learning.
âA mask cannot cover this problem,â he said.
Grace’s sister Amber is also a student at Long Reach High.
âWhen you walk into the school, it’s really crowded, there’s no separation between anyone,â Amber said. âYou can just be on anyone. People are not wearing their masks properly. “
Amber enjoys going to school in person, but seeing her sister get so sick makes her feel like learning in person isn’t the safest way.
âI care about my education and I know going online is going to affect a lot of things,â Amber said. “But, I also know that for us, going to school is risking our life and we cannot have an education if we are dead.”
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The mask’s tenure will last until the end of the school year, however, schools have the option of having their tenure lifted if the school and the county it is in meet certain vaccination and vaccination rate criteria. transmission of cases.