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This Video Was Meant To Showcase Schools Reopening But Instead People Are Calling It ‘Depressing’ And ‘Apocalyptic’

Despite the fact that the U.S. is still in the grips of a full-fledged pandemic, schools across the country are starting to reopen. And with that come a lot of parents who are still incredibly nervous about all of it. Many parents are worried about possible outbreaks and that their kids are being put at risk of getting the virus or of them brining it home and infecting an at-risk family member.

Schools have tried to be reassuring, and are letting parents know that they are going to be doing everything they can to make sure the environment is safe and that they are following all mandates.

One of the ways they are doing this is by releasing educational videos that show parents and students just how a typical day at school may look. One school district in Florida may have had good intentions with their video, but it just ended up terrifying everyone.

A Florida school district released a promotional video on how they’re safely reopening schools, but it didn’t go as planned.

According to BuzzFeedNews, one promotional video put out by a Florida school district is receiving headlines for all the wrong reasons. One parent uploaded the video to TikTok and it’s since gone viral as people compare it to a “prison for kids” and others saying it looks like a scene from “an M. Night Shyamalan movie.” If you have ever seen one of his movies, you know that this is not the type of movie you want to be in.

A video shared by a Florida school district showing examples of what reopening its schools will look has gone viral on TikTok and other social media, with parents and critics decrying it as a “heartbreaking” viewing experience.

The two-minute clip, shared by the School District of Manatee County, is being called ‘heartbreaking’ as it shows students wearing masks and social distancing in classrooms, lunch lines and cafeteria spaces as a protective measure against COVID-19.

The video also shows teachers wearing protective face masks and shields, as well as lab coats, while working with students. Other measures, such as temperature checks and pre-bagged lunches, were also shown in the video. Another poignant moment from the video shows kids sitting alone at lunch tables in order to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

A representative from the Manatee County school district explained in a Facebook comment the day the video started to go viral, that the examples in the “video are intended to show examples of the new procedures in place” but will not be the case for every school in the district.

The video quickly went viral on TikTok for being way too depressing.

The video was originally uploaded to TikTok by a mom in a nearby school district. Her clip has since amassed 3 million views and over 50,000 comments, with many expressing concern about how unnerving the back-to-school experience shown in the video appears. 

“I’m not gonna lie, it looks a little apocalyptic-y. A little ‘Hunger Games’-y,” she said in the video, a reference to the best-selling dystopian books and films. Jenkins told BuzzFeed News that watching it was “heartbreaking.”

“It feels like a punishment for the kids,” she told BuzzFeed News. “That makes me sad. The kids are kids.”

Nevertheless, the negative response to the viral video may not be mirrored by parents in the district. A survey conducted by the Manatee County school district, per WWSB-TV in Sarasota, Florida, shows that an overwhelming majority of parents surveyed prefer full-time in-person learning or a hybrid model. Across school levels, only 20 to 30 percent of parents — with few outliers — want their kids to be e-learning full-time, according to the survey published Tuesday.

Florida is the new epicenter of the pandemic in the U.S. and many are blasting the state’s reopening plans.

Since July, Florida has emerged as the latest epicenter of the outbreak in the U.S. As of August 5, the state has seen nearly half a million confirmed cases and 7,401 deaths.

As COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to rise rapidly in Florida, concerns raised by some school officials and teachers stand in stark opposition from a push to reopen schools by Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, Gov. Ron DeSantis and President Trump.

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