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There was something about a report I read last week that was bugging me.

EverythingLubbock.com published a report on COVID-19 cases in area schools that's well worth checking out, even if it is a few days old at this point. I'll give you some highlights.

First off, Frenship ISD has the bug with 10,252 students, and 52 students and 32 staff reporting in for cough duty. That's up 12 students and 12 staff cases. Compare this to Lubbock ISD, which boasts 26,205 students. They have 75 student and 48 staff infections, and only one reported new case. You don't have to be good at math to see that Frenship ISD is seriously outpacing Lubbock.

But wait, there's more. Let's head over to Lubbock-Cooper ISD, where weekend pictures showed loads of students unmasked and not socially distancing at the weekend's football game. What could go wrong, right? How about 7,252 students with 31 students and 9 staff infected, up from 12 students and three staff members.

Someone smarter than me can work out actual percentages, but the overall list shows, with very few exceptions, that the smaller the school district, the higher the rate of infections. This would lead me to believe that a lack of education and/or political leanings are allowing these kids to get into situations that put their health in jeopardy.

Here's a reminder for you parents out there. If these situations bother you, you DO NOT have to send your kids back to their school district. You can quit enrolling where you are, use an online school or homeschool them.

We wish everyone a speedy recovery. Hopefully, the reality of this sinks in at some point and schools will get a little stricter on following the relatively easy-to-follow health protocols.

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