Students in Rochester public elementary schools will return to class on March 1, but opinion is split over whether that's a good thing or not.

Parents of elementary students were disappointed that the change is taking so long. They want their children in class now. Middle- and high-school students are also expected to return to in-person classes, but not until April.

But many teachers, according to a new survey, are reluctant to return to classrooms before more people are vaccinated.

The survey found 32% of pre-K and elementary teachers “strongly oppose” using the in-person learning model, compared to 25% of elementary teachers who “strongly support it.”

Among secondary teachers, nearly 40% said they “strongly oppose” in-person instruction at this time, with only 16% “strongly supporting” it.

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What would make teachers more comfortable returning to in-person learning?


Dan Kuhlman, president of the Rochester Education Association, said he's nervous about the vaccination process. "I would like to see it moving faster."

Thumbs up to the district for setting a plan to return our younger students to school. Thumbs down to the agonizingly slow distribution of vaccines that would keep our teachers safe.

Music and medicine

Dr. Joseph Dearani, chairman of Cardiovascular Surgery at Mayo Clinic, is also an accomplished jazz saxophone player. He tries to practice his saxophone every morning before work. He says it helps clear his mind.

In an interview with John Sievers, Dearani said surgery and jazz have many similarities.

"Surgery is a balance of structured steps and improvised steps," he said. "The OR team and surgical team have many parallels with a group of musicians — leaders and followers (supporting roles), clear communication, careful and intentional listening, and respect for each other.

Thumbs up to Dr. Dearani, who has found a delicate balance between music and medicine.

Don't show your card

Scammers want to see your card.

If you've received your COVID-9 vaccination and received a card, resist the urge to show it off on social media.

The Better Business Bureau says the self-identifying information on the card makes you vulnerable to identity theft.

The BBB suggests showing off your vaccination sticker instead.

Thumbs down. If only there was a shot to keep away scammers.