Should they stay or should they go? Torontonians answer if kids should be heading back to school

Schools in Ontario are currently set for 'relaunch' in September, sending back what are likely under-exercised, under-challenged, but otherwise virus-free students.

With the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) recently putting out a survey (with plans for another) it seems most students and teachers are on board.

According to the results of the survey, which included over 70,000 respondents, 66 per cent of families are likely to send their children back to school in the fall. 

73 per cent of students feel comfortable returning to school in the fall. With just 41 per cent of staff comfortable with returning to their workplace.

68 per cent of students feel they have what they need to continue e-learning, while 59 per cent of staff prefer a return to real-life teaching.

While the majority of respondents to street-interviews agreed, it's safe enough for students to return, many stated they hope for safety measures such as social distancing and/or smaller class sizes.

Several interviewees repeated the teacher's union tagline of "stuffed like sardines" showing you just how impressionable youth can be when it comes to recalling a narrative.

Despite being presented with the case numbers by age groups in Ontario, their opinions remained. 

Therein lies the argument against teachers/unions; statistics and survey results do not support their cause.

Cutting class sizes in half has long been a goal of teacher's unions, who now seek this demand again under the obvious guise of coronavirus.

The reality is, the statistics are not on their side. Not only do most students (73 per cent), by way of their own survey feel comfortable with returning, the data overwhelmingly shows youngsters to be under-effected by COVID-19.

As of August 11, 9,597 people under the age of 19 have had coronavirus in Canada, with a hospitalization rate of just 1.4%.

This represents just 1.2 per cent of all coronavirus hospitalizations in the country, totalling just one death in that age group.

Even expanding to college age students and beyond (20-29), we see 15 per cent of all cases in that age group.

Only 325 out of 17,942 cases in this group have been hospitalized (1.8 per cent), which accounts for 2.9 per cent of all COVID-19 hospitalizations in the country, with nine deaths in total.

That means, in all of Canada, as of August 11, only 10 people under the age of 30 have died from the virus. Under 50; just 75. 

The numbers, while still unfortunate, allocate just 924 deaths country-wide for those under 70 years old.

Either teacher's unions are incredibly ignorant of the numbers and risk, or they are choosing to ignore them to achieve what they had previously sought pre-coronavirus, but couldn't achieve.