What classrooms and campuses will look like

The coronavirus is thwarting plans for reopening of schools across the country.
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with the rough start for some school districts, some students showing up for class testing positive for covid-19. This as we get a better idea of what the school year will look like in much of the country or at least what the plans are. Stephanie Ramos is here with much more on this. Stephanie, good morning to you. Reporter: Hey, Dan, good morning. As some schools prepare to open across the country others already welcomed students back into the classroom as covid cases soar in certain states. Parents now facing that difficult decision to send their kids back to school or keep them home. This morning, the coronavirus already thwarting plans for the re-opening of schools across the country. A Mississippi high school student testing positive and in Indiana a junior high school student went to school on the first day with a pending covid test, learning the results were positive while at school. The staff isolating the student and alerting those who have come into close contact. It's certainly unfortunate for those families that were contacted last night. They have this excitement about being back for the first day of school and that very night getting a phone call saying your child is going to need to stay home for two weeks. Disappointing, yes. Reporter: Classroom safety and contingency plans for students who test positive with covid now in place. So what will schools look like this year? For some it's all remote learning. For others, it's a hybrid. Physically in schools some days and remote learning other days. In Florida, the manatee county school district sharing this video on their website as part of their re-opening plan. Every effort will be made to put as much distance between students as possible. Reporter: Teachers donning protective lab coats, masks and face shields with kids spaced six feet apart and sitting alone at lunch. Cloth masks will be provided to each student through their schools. Reporter: One Florida mom shared her views of the district's video on tiktok. I'm not going to lie, it looks a little apocalypticy. Reporter: That video now viewed millions of times. I was like, man this, is intense. I can't believe this is real life. Reporter: In Avon, Indiana, 85% of students opted for in-person school. They were back in the classroom this week. Amanda has three daughters ages 11, 8 and 7. She sent her daughters to school with their masks to very little complaints. It's going to be okay and, you know, back generations they lived through things worse than this, so just be hopeful and stay positive. Reporter: And here in new York City once the epicenter of the virus, the governor says in order to re-open schools, the school's region must maintain a daily infection rate of 5% or lower over 14 days. Eva. Stephanie Ramos for us, thank you. Let's turn now to our chief medical correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton. Good morning to you. The school year is just beginning in some districts and some students as you heard in Stephanie's piece are already testing positive. Should parents be concerned and should some of those plans be reconsidered at this point? Well, Eva, I think parents are always going to be concerned. That's our human nature as parents and I think it's not a one size fits all answer. We shouldn't be surprised when we hear about there being cases. It's really about how we respond to those cases and that will be different in different parts of the country at different times. It depends if there is a lot of circulating virus in that area and depends on that particular student, their families and the risk factors of the families involved on the part of the teachers and faculty. So this is a complex issue and I think the name of the game is flexibility. We have to be able to pivot and shift and modify and adapt because this is going to be a roller coaster academic year for sure. We are seeing a lot of pivoting happening. A new study is raising concerns that children younger than age 5 may have up to 100 times as much of the virus in the upper respiratory tract as adults. What does that mean for how this virus may be spread? Well, this was just published, Eva, in the Jama pediatrics journal and it just bears repeating. There's a saying in medicine, children are not little adults. And this is E example why. They detected genetic material of sars-cov-2 or the coronavirus in high amounts in the respiratory tract of kids. That doesn't mean it was live virus, but it does suggest, again, that kids may have a significant role in transmitting the virus to adults, so we have to look at the ripple effects here and we're learning about how this virus behaves literally day by day. Dr. Jennifer Ashton, thank you so much for being with us this morning. We always appreciate you. Whit, over to you. Heavy debate. That's one thing to open schools, the other thing is can you keep them open throughout the school year so a lot to cover on that.

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