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Temperature checks and staggered schedules: State releases guidance on reopening schools

Original post made on Jun 10, 2020

The state released on Monday much-anticipated guidance for reopening schools this fall, with officials emphasizing that the document is not meant to be a mandate for local school districts.

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Posted by Woodside HS Parent
a resident of Woodside: other
on Jun 10, 2020 at 8:43 pm

I'm currently listening to the marathon school board meeting for our HS district.

It appears the board and the task force is leaning towards 100% distance learning, when the majority of the students and parents have viewed distance learning as an abject failure, and parent survey feedback recommends 50-75-100% time on campus for all students, with reasonable safety measures.

The board is reading 943 submitted comment cards out loud. Every one supports school on campus.

I dare the school board to vote against the wishes of all the parents and students.

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Posted by Woodside HS Parent
a resident of Woodside: other
on Jun 10, 2020 at 9:32 pm

On top of that, the HS Task Force was completely skewed to the opinions of the teachers & staff over others. Only 2 parents and 4 students were included in the task force survey compared to 100+ teachers and administrators. It only proves that Teachers and staff value Safety and Teacher Prep time over in-school instructions.

Please have a Task force with equal representation of Parents, Students, Teachers and administrators. The recommendations would be completely different with a representative committee rather than narrow group of participants.

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Posted by bemused
a resident of Menlo-Atherton High School
on Jun 11, 2020 at 10:12 am

Is it possible to see video from the meeting? I joined the meeting when they started discussing potential fall schedules and stayed until after midnight. One thing I didn't hear discussed was the possibility of using existing online courses if fall is 100% online. Based on spring, despite heroic efforts by teachers, staff and students, they really are not trained for online teaching/assessing. I doubt it's possible for them to develop high quality online curriculum/assessment over the summer, and I'm guessing making another semester credit/no credit is not an acceptable solution to that. Why not use existing online courses, and the teachers can have the role of facilitators, tutors for students that struggle with the content, etc.

The person who I assume was a teacher rep at the meeting said as far as I understood that the teachers cannot handle a hybrid model. Given all the additional difficulties of trying to establish cohort groups, the likelihood of a second covid-19 spike, it seems like we'll end up stuck with 100% online learning. Can we just bite the bullet and start evaluating available online courses and how the district can budget for that. The course delivery and assessment is therefore already done. Teachers can spend their day in breakout groups or tutoring groups for kids who need additional help. Focus can also be on providing services to students who have inadequate home environments. Maybe some high school requirements can be dropped, and students can have more time in the afternoon to meet up with friends to do community work or something along those lines. We can't repeat the spring semester. Everyone gave it their everything, but now we have some weeks to plan this out, let's be smarter about it. Let's not reinvent the wheel. Decide on which online course company to go with and start setting things up. Use college online courses if appropriate. Many high school students already use community college to fulfill requirements.

Just some ideas. I don't think I have the answers but last night's meeting, because of the obvious amount of effort and time many very smart people put into it, was not reassuring. Time to open up some other approaches to this problem.

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Posted by Heather
a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on Jun 12, 2020 at 8:14 am

Sigh....and in my school district, Las Lomitas, we had parents suggesting last night during a School Board meeting, the following: teach outside, let kids clean their own space, bring in a HEPA filter, and repurpose a librarian.

I get it...we want the kids back at school; however, let's be reasonable. Offer up viable solutions - yes, we might have to accept a hybrid model.

Why argue or spend precious dollars in figuring out how to get 800+ and over a 100+ adults on a campus (this is not counting the elementary school), and instead spend our time figuring out the best possible hybrid model. And as soon as this Pandemic releases its grip on us, we will return the children and teachers all back to campus, and we will have done this together.

So think of the following: credentials of the people who teach my children are important, and I want an English teacher teaching English, not a teacher who has been teaching music. I want that teacher to teach my child music!!

And, by the way, there has been a substitute shortage in all of the districts, so this thought of repurposing and/or having a supply of qualified teachers ready to teach my children. It is not there. My child always explains how there is not enough subs and that other teachers have to fill in for their colleagues who have gotten sick in the past, but that is not going to be possible with this new model.

A traditional school year is not in the mix this year. We need to accept it. Work with it.

Let's concentrate on the social emotional aspect for children (it is going to be hard for them to sit in a classroom 6' apart from all classmates AND teachers, watching their teachers teach behind a mask, consistently being asked to be aware of what they touch, hand washing protocols, spending a lot of classroom time on health checks and hand washing protocols, and not being able to participate in the activities like they used to while at school.

Children might breathe (literally) a bit easier with a hybrid model.
Teachers are going to be running from class to class. Students are not moving. Science could be taught in an English classroom and vice or versa. So, let's work together. None of this has been a jovial picnic for ANY of US including the teachers, the staff, the children, or parents. We are all suffering, and this is NOT the time to blame teacher unions, start petitions, and create any more divisiveness. Don't we have enough division in this country already?

The new normal is tough to swallow...I know, but stop the divisiveness and let's make sure we assume best intentions. Trust in the process and listen carefully.

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