I live in a “red” state with a smallish population, but the majority of that population in two big cities. I think the mask mandates in those two cities have worked wonders despite the governor opening things up early. I think rural folks do what they want in their own towns but have no choice but to wear masks when they come in to the city. People for the most part follow the rules, even if they don’t like them.
I’m at Hyvees, Targets and Bakers all day, every day. It’s very rare for me to see someone not wearing a mask.
Social distancing measures have been implemented in the classrooms (mask wearing, barriers between desks, keeping teachers and students in "cohorts," contact tracing when someone gets the virus.) This approach has largely worked
Virtual conferencing has leapt up in significance since the virus hit. I remember the show Who's Line is it Anyway? moved to Zoom (unofficially).
The problem with home schooling is parents might not have the patience or the ability to deliver lessons on the level of the trained school teacher. Many of my friends with children are busy with work, and dont have time or any skill to captivate and teach.
With everyone having the internet these days, even on their mobile cell phones, I cant see why Online (free) Conferencing (Zoom/Skype) cant be rolled out to schools, and without the need to foot the bill to segregate every child in a cubicle (forever). In this way, a child might go outside into nature during Geography, History, Physics, Culture and Art, and without the confines (or the bullying, peer pressure) of a school environment.
DD could host a virtual gig in outer Mongolia - there are no trees there, or people.