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Education (K-12)

How is your school district reopening? What are their protocols? What are your concerns? What challenges are you facing as a family? Continue this discussion on the EDUCATION (K-12) FORUM.

Christopher
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Colorado

"I will say that it probably will set a lot of them back. The saddest part for me is that not all of our kids will go to a middle school that has theater or has the type of theater. So they're going to experience something that barely any kids in the country ever get to experience. "

I’m a teacher. The school that I work at is called the Studio School, and it’s a K-5 arts magnet school. We’re one of only three in the country that have the intense theater program in that age group. Every grade level gets their own show plus we do an all school musical in the spring. And so I direct about seven shows a year, a school year. And we were right in the middle of our spring musical and which is Newsies. 

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Victoria
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Michigan

"There's half the class that's not wearing a mask and half the class that is. How is that fair for those families that are trying to adhere by the rules?"

In my kids’ district they said if you have some issue that you cannot wear a mask then we are going to offer you virtual learning at this time. If you can’t wear a mask, you need to do virtual. Whereas our district says there are only certain exemptions. What if you have a really good relationship with your pediatrician? And then they just write you a note that says you don’t have to wear a mask? How is that fair to the families that are trying to adhere by the guidelines? There are so many complexities to this whole thing.

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Alison
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North Carolina

"I see teachers as being frontline workers. I think hopefully one of the things that people have learned from this experience is how important teachers are."

The way I feel about the district’s decision on how to teach this year, I think their hands are somewhat tied because it’s dependent on what the state government says and the national response is. I think my district has done the best they could possibly do under the circumstances. 

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Ashley
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Virginia

"I think they're taking into account the parents' wants and wishes and not necessarily the teachers. Which I find a little bit sad that they're not standing behind their teachers more. But they're trying to make parents happy, which I also understand."

They surveyed the parents and the teachers multiple times. So the school board is trying to make a decision that is going to best benefit everyone. However, the teachers have kind of been told, we see your wishes, we hear your wants but you might not get those wishes and wants. Please be aware that this could happen because it’s going to be dependent on what the parents want.

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Sara
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Michigan

"I understand completely that we have to try as best as we can to contain this. So that it eventually will hopefully go away soon and we can go back to normal. But at the same time, I have a hard time with it all because of the social and emotional development of the students."

So the plan right now is for K through five students to wear masks when they’re on the bus and when they’re in the hallways. Once they get into the classroom, they are able to take them off. But sixth through 12th grade have to wear them the whole time they’re at school, on the bus, in the hallways etc. We have been instructed from our superintendent that class sizes should stay below 20.

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Liz
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Michigan

"I may be in the minority, but I think that with the protocols in place we are going to be fine."

Right now, my kids will be going back to school on August 19th. They will be doing in-class schooling Monday through Thursday, and then virtual learning on Friday. I don’t know if that’s really going to stick yet because the case numbers are fluctuating a little bit right now. So as a family we’re not really confirming it until we actually can get on the school bus and get to school.

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Stephanie
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Michigan

"But I'm an optimist that thinks when things go back to normal, we can catch those students up. Teachers are very flexible. We are problem solvers."

So, life was pretty normal. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, I guess we’re canceling. Friday, we never met again.

The first three weeks, the teacher’s job was just to create a resource page for students. We didn’t have assignments; it was just let’s see what’s going to happen in three weeks. I never used Zoom before in my life. I didn’t use Google classrooms or anything like that. I’m such a hands-on class teaching drama. We had to figure that out slowly so it was really nice that our school didn’t say just jump in and go for it. 

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