Fact: In western Colorado our vaccination rate is too low to stop the new corona variant. That’s bad news.

Schools are set to open soon. Large concentrations of vulnerable kids make easy targets. Parents and teachers know schools are indeed “germ factories.” Virus spread seems certain. Importantly, more infected hosts means more time and opportunity for wider spread and a mutation into something far worse.

But, there may be hope.

Some researchers predict the delta variant will peak toward the end of September. If correct, delaying school by a month or so could help mitigate. Why not treat the virus like the natural disaster it is. Delay opening until the storm hopefully subsides.

Sadly, some also oppose mask-wearing. Thus, a more doable and effective step may be delay school opening. After all, which is more important, the schedule or the safety of kids, their families and our community?

Larry Heath