Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl On Reopening Schools Amid The Coronavirus Pandemic: “It Would Be Foolish To Do So At The Expense Of Our Students, Teachers And School”

Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl has shared a special audio edition of his “True Stories” series in which discusses the topic of reopening schools amid the coronavirus pandemic. The frontman, whose mother served as a teacher for years, says “it would be foolish to [open up] at the expense of our students, teachers and school.”

Here’s an excerpt from Grohl’s discussion:

“Teachers are also confronted with a whole new set of dilemmas that most people would not consider. There’s so much more to be addressed than just opening the doors and sending [children] back home, my mother tells me on the phone. Now 82 and retired, she runs down a list of concerns based on her 35 years of experience: Masks and distancing, temperature checks, crowded bussing, crowded hallways, sports, air-conditioning systems, lunchrooms, public restrooms, janitorial staff. Most schools already struggle from a lack of resources. How can they possibly afford the mountain of safety measures that will need to be in place?”

He also added:

“Remote learning is an inconvenient and hopefully temporary solution, but as much as Donald Trump’s conductor-less orchestra would love to see the country reopen schools in the name of rosy optics, ask a science teacher what they think about White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany’s comment that ‘Science should not stand in the way.’ It would be foolish to do so at the expense of our students, teachers and school.”

You can listen to Grohl’s full piece below:

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