To the editor: 

In August 1966, I had the opportunity to come to Virginia from my home in Indiana to be employed by the Halifax County Public School division.

My professional career here in public education ended in December 2011 when I retired. Over those 40 plus years, our local school system faced many challenges. However, never in my memory did we deal with any issue as complex as the one facing our school leaders today.

I commend division superintendent Lineburg, Halifax County School Board chairman Moser and all those who are working tirelessly to devise a school re-opening plan for 2020-21 which protects pupils, teachers and other school system employees. 

Obviously, there are no easy answers or quick fixes to the numerous challenges that the COVID-19 virus has placed before them, nor is there a perfect response which will satisfy everyone.

I believe that all parents want their children to be educated in a safe learning environment. Teachers and school staff also want to be assured that they are not putting their health and well-being at risk when they return to work. 

I have no doubt that this is what our school leaders have as their goal today, the same goal that America had during the Spanish influenza pandemic of 1918-19 when schools were also closed.

How this will be accomplished remains to be seen. Therefore, I urge everyone to be patient and understanding in the days and weeks ahead.

As has been said many times before, we are all in this together, and together we will resolve this present-day crisis.

Larry Clark