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Online or on-campus? High school district debates how to reopen in the fall

Original post made on Jun 18, 2020

The Sequoia Union High School District is still in wide-ranging discussions over reopening its schools in the fall, Superintendent Mary Streshly said in a June 12 letter.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, June 18, 2020, 11:27 AM

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Posted by susannahID
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Jun 18, 2020 at 3:43 pm

The report at the school board meeting lacked detail about personal protective equipment for teachers and staff. And the teachers' union rep at the meeting talked about teachers not wanting to get COVID and not being able to trust teenagers to take safety steps. No school can reopen with this problem unsolved. In the Chronicle of Higher Education there were detailed diagrams of safe building setups including clear plexiglass protective panels at the front of classrooms for teachers and one way hallway and doorway circulation. The answers are available.

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Posted by Rvengosh
a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Jun 19, 2020 at 12:11 am

I will only send my boys back to school if I’m convinced that strong measures are being taken to protect their health and that of the rest of my family.

This pandemic is not over. Not by a long shot. It’s going to be a rough summer and fall. We shouldn’t take this lightly.

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Posted by Sarah
a resident of Menlo-Atherton High School
on Jun 24, 2020 at 12:46 pm

I'm disappointed that parents are willing to ignore the data because they want their children back at school, whether it be for social reasons or improved learning. Of course we all want them back at school! But the data clearly show a _current_ upward trend in the number of cases since reopening, and a predicted near-exponential increase if we do not adhere to 100% masks and 6 feet apart with stable cohorts (impossible for high schools). It seems that we in the bay area made the tough decision early on to lockdown...but now that it's continuing, and it's tough (no grades, no APs. etc,) some parents are willing to look the other way. Where is the adherence to science and data that we claim is prevalent in the bay area? And where is the empathy for the ~20% of high risk children (diabetes, asthma), not to mention the broader community?

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