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Dear Editor,

After reading Dr. Riveron’s recent letter, I would like to comment.

By using some estimated numbers he gets to the point where we should expect no one under 20 will die. He also claims that most school teachers are under age 60, which ultimately may be true given that many of those over 60 (especially those with health problems are choosing to retire rather than potentially be exposed to asymptomatic students). His focus is completely on students and ignores the danger to teachers, bus drivers, custodians and lunch room and other support personnel.

After reading the Wausau School District’s plan to open schools, I am greatly impressed by its thoroughness and flexibility to change directions as time goes by, based on solid numbers.

Everest and Mosinee have decided to open with different approaches, so it will be interesting and hopefully helpful to make some comparisons as we proceed through the fall.

Finally, a quote from a school superintendent who has closed down his schools for a three week period. “In the end it will be impossible to know if we overreacted or did too much, but it will be quite apparent if we under reacted or did too little.” As Hippocrates once said, “First do no harm.”

Gary Alexander
Wausau