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Aug 1, 2020 08:49AM
Flashlight, Trump made the pandemic political, but I agree, it shouldn't be. I will say I am furious that Trump didn't do all he could to stop this from being as bad as it is, and I will always believe he is the cause of the death of thousands of innocent people. I have relatives in Europe who are pretty much back to normal, the Covid virus is under control because their leaders did what needed to be done early.
Opening schools is political, like it or not, a trickle down from the president. It is impacting how schools are opening.
I believe there are remote areas in most states that can safely return to school as they did prior to the pandemic, and areas that should not even consider opening in person for an extended length of time. That is why opening schools needs to be done locally, not state wide and certainly not nationally.
In a perfect world this would all be science based, not political based, but as we all know, that isn't the case and it won't ever be. Every district deals with politics all the time no matter who the president is, school board members are elected to that office.
So, moving forward, we all need to work within the rules that have been set in our individual communities. Going back isn't going to be easy for any of us. I am okay with going back to half the students, but not all. I think that is the way my district is leaning. I worked for years using sterile technique and while I can't say for certainty I won't get the virus, I am going to do what I can to avoid it. If called back into the building I plan to wear a face mask, face shield and gloves. I will clean surfaces, try to keep kids distanced safely, and once home immediately shower and change clothes. Shoes will be off at the door as they are now.
I worry about how opening will play out. Some here said they are opening remotely but a parent of elementary students must be present for on line study and I don't know how that can happen! What about single parents, parents with jobs, etc.? I don't think any of the scenarios are going to work for all, which is why many districts gave options. Our lives have become so disrupted by this pandemic that I don't think "normal" will ever return. What we are doing is trying to find a new normal.
I do find it interesting that many of the parents in my area who are screaming the loudest that their kids need to be back in school full time, are also the parents who screamed that their kids had homework! I am not even talking about too much homework, I am talking about small amounts of homework. You can't learn math in school or remotely if you don't practice the problems after the lesson has been taught. Our school finally caved to parent pressure and gave up on grading homework, but let me tell you, it showed at test time and then those very same parents screamed that the tests were too hard for their child. In my district, the importance of education (not to be confused with importance of being IN a school building), has steadily declined over the last 20 years. I don't know how many other districts caved to the parents, but in my district, parents rule. That is why teachers and staff have not had even one survey about school openings, but parents have had two or three!
I hope this pandemic will have many positive effects on education. I attended Zoom conferences and other on line work shops this summer and they do have a permanent place in education. The middle school I am at already did their science and social studies curriculum using on line programs in the classroom prior to the pandemic.
Anyone who starts school in August, please find a few minutes to let us know how things go!
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