Monday, December 4, 2023


RVers report: “Don’t send kids back to school!”

Last week, we polled the readers of to ask “Should public schools open on their normal schedules this fall?” Comments were all over the place, but of the nearly 4,000 responses, only one of four said schools should open on time with students in physical attendance.

Another 34 percent said, yes, open on time, but with both online and in-person classes, based on local circumstances. Eighteen percent said open on time but with online classes only.

Comments ranged from strongly supporting opening as usual to strongly not opening or postponing. The last we looked, 113 readers had weighed in with comments.

While many believed it was okay for the kids to return to school as usual, one commenter suggested those kids “don’t visit Grandma and Grandpa.”

Among the least opinionated comments was “Let the local school experts decide how and when the schools will open. Different locations have different needs and risks. These are better managed at the local level. This year will be a challenge for us all and our educational system will also be challenged.”

See the poll with up a current voting tally.


Chuck Woodbury
Chuck Woodbury
I'm the founder and publisher of I've been a writer and publisher for most of my adult life, and spent a total of at least a half-dozen years of that time traveling the USA and Canada in a motorhome.



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jillie (@guest_89097)
3 years ago

I just got an email from our district. 10% undecided, 30% said no and 60% said yes to sending back. I am all for it. Sent them back. If Europe can do it so can we. Otherwise we might as well bunker down with sleepy joe in the basement. At least he makes a good puppet on a string. Good luck with that one. So my distict is sending them back to school. Your poll must be the over 65 club.

Brad (@guest_89072)
3 years ago

I can certainly appreciate the comment about kids visiting their grandparents. Grandparents & grandkids love to see each other but their need for education is critical. Homeschooling can be good, if not better, if it is taken seriously. Our kids need the social interaction they get at school allowing them to learn to respect their fellow students. We can’t continue to hide in our homes. Interaction with others is a big part of developing the herd immunity that the “scientists” say is important. Living behind walls degrades our ablilty to develop immunities from many diseases. We also have read about the rising issues of increased suicide occurring throughout society caused by depression brought on by being forced to be alone every day. Social distancing is said to be the answer but merely walking by another, I don’t believe, create’s a great health danger. It’s time for the vast majority of us to get back to living. Those who are truly concerned can easily take stronger measures.

jillie (@guest_89098)
3 years ago
Reply to  Brad

100% agree. Time to get back with our lives and our government getting in our faces with executive orders. Our founding fathers would be rolling in their graves if they knew this was what was going on. So sad our country our world has stooped this low. My family fought the revolutionary war. Now we have to fight another? Good points.

Suru (@guest_89067)
3 years ago

Interesting how you presented this article. Your headline stated “RVers report: ‘Don’t send kids back to school!” with exclamation point and all. However, as I read through the article it stated that “one in four said schools should open on time with students in attendance.” Ok, that’s 25% of respondents. Then the article went on to say “Another 34 percent said, yes, open on time, but with both online and in-person classes, based on local circumstances.” Ok that now puts us at 59% of the respondents think kids should be back in school. Not quite what your title presented. Reading that title would lead one to believe that the all RVers believe kids should NOT be in school when actually 59% of the RVers polled believe the opposite. It’s this type of hyperbole and opinionated agenda pushing reporting that drives me nuts. Whatever happened to reporting only the “who, what, where, how, and when” of journalism without the sensationalism?

Jim (@guest_89034)
3 years ago

I suspect this poll is biased by the average age of the newsletter readers who, you’ve reported in the past, are more senior than not. If one doesn’t have school age children it is pretty easy to say don’t open. But those with children have the toughest challenges and the best reasons for opening, or not opening, schools.

Robert (@guest_89016)
3 years ago

If I had school age children, I would do everything in my power to homeschool. It has nothing to do with the pandemic either.

Deborah Mason (@guest_88954)
3 years ago

The scariest thing is that this is a decision that can have terrific consequences if we guess wrong. If our daughter was still school age we’d not send her back.

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