For Ian, school was his entire life. He loved sitting at a desk in a traditional classroom with typical students taking tests and chugging through his daily schedule. He loved doing his math homework. He loved getting hot lunch from the cafeteria on Fridays. To agree to take a sick day at home, Ian would have to be projectile vomiting or delusional from fever. That’s why, when school ended on March 16, 2020, it was a traumatic event for my son, rather than a happy “snow day.”
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I wish you all the power you need to fight for the education Ian needs and that the schools are legally obligated to provide.
Your battles had me thinking that we need something like the vaccine court for the effects of non-pharmaceutical interventions like school closures in pandemics. We will have more pandemics and some of them will require closing congregate settings like schools (say, for example a virus that most significantly affects children, or working age people who teach them). Even if the closures aren’t mandated, people will keep their children home from school and people won’t show up to work, if doing so results in a substantial risk of death. But, we can recognize that some people are affected by those closures in significant harmful ways and have a plan for compensation, similar to that provided for the occasional individual bad reaction in a mandatory vaccine programs (https://www.uscfc.uscourts.gov/vaccine-programoffice-special-masters). We can recognize a public good, but also that some people suffer more adverse consequences and try to address those consequences.
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