Kids HAVE too go back to school….
One way or another….
Distance learning is no substitute for face toe face learning in classrooms parents and teachers will NOW reaffirm to anyone who asks…
Some school districts will be opening up soon…
Others are planing on resuming come September ….
Even as the Governor’s give the ok for the restart’s?
School administrators will have the task of figuring out how to keep every happy and safe….
THAT is NOT gonna be an easy job….
Budget short falls, Heath issues, nervous parents, kids that have had time off , teachers that are ‘zoomed’ out and curriculum’s that probably will have be retaught are some of the complications in store for stake holders in American education…..
Most school districts are NOT gonna get MORE money….
Most will be getting CUTS in their budgets, because of the economic affect of the virus economic slowdown in government revenue…
“You don’t want to be the superintendent to open too quickly and somebody dies,” said Kristi Wilson, superintendent of the Phoenix-area Buckeye Elementary School District, where schools will reopen Aug. 5.
“Live with that! It’s just way too much to take on.”
The concern isn’t just for students. Nearly a third of K-12 teachers may be at higher risk for severe illness because they are over 50. In New York City, up to 20 percent of teachers could teach from home over health concerns.
Face coverings, desks spaced 6 feet apart, and, if feasible, daily health checks in schools are part of detailed guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for reopening the country.
But the CDC’s recommendations are simply guidance, leading to a patchwork of rules playing out across the various states. In Washington state, for example, all employees and students will require face coverings. But in Vermont, only staff are required to wear masks. Vermont will require all students to have their temperatures taken but neighboring Massachusetts will not.
Marcus Plescia, chief medical officer for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, said the nature of the coronavirus almost lends itself to a patchwork of rules and requirements because there is still so much unknown about the virus.
“We are going to learn as we go,” he said. “It’s a matter of trying some of these things out and finding what will work.
Rules may need to vary even within school districts, said Roger Shapiro, an associate professor of immunology and infectious diseases at Harvard’s school of public health. High school students may be more apt to wear masks and remain socially distant than younger children, he said, while younger kids may need alternate days to limit the number of students in a class.
“We’re not going back to how the school system was any time soon,” he said. “People are going to have to be ready for it.”
Education leaders say all these changes will require additional funding and many decisions are on hold until they know what’s coming….