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High school teachers worry about returning to campus

Original post made on Jul 10, 2020

Many Sequoia Union High School District teachers are raising concerns about reopening school campuses this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to Edith Salvatore, president of the Sequoia District Teachers Association.

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Posted by David B
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Jul 10, 2020 at 1:00 pm

I certainly sympathize with the teachers... I'm getting more and more nervous about sending our high school senior to school in August. Other states are showing that young people aren't good at taking the restrictions seriously, and they're discovering more serious and long term health impacts from even mild COVID-19 cases. Hmmmm.......

Posted by Jennifer P
a resident of another community
on Jul 10, 2020 at 1:40 pm

I’m curious what percentage of SDTA members actually responded to the survey between June 23-June 26? How come that is not reported here?

Posted by pvrez
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Jul 12, 2020 at 9:37 am

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Posted by Liesel
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Jul 12, 2020 at 7:06 pm

I'm nervous about sending my kiddo back to school too, but I support the idea. The American Academy of Pediatricians supports reopening schools, and I think they're right. The national experiment in on-line education last spring was a dismal failure, so the kids are already behind. And the kids are not a susceptible to it as the adult teachers. If anything, the kids have to worry about the adults bringing Covid to them. I understand the very real concerns of the teachers though, and all mitigation measures should be taken and a back-up plan for reverting to on-line education should be in place.

Posted by John
a resident of Woodside: Mountain Home Road
on Jul 13, 2020 at 12:01 am

Look at the data, people. Since inception, there have been ZERO Covid deaths reported in SMC for anyone under 30. Zero.

Yes, Number of deaths is not the only metric but it’s a pretty powerful one. Here’s another: the number of cases among young people is less than 1% of all infections.

Outdoor classes, several days a week, is more than a reasonable way to manage the situation. If anything we should be more concerned about teacher health and resources To adapt.

Posted by Downtowner
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 13, 2020 at 12:33 pm

Biggest hazard is to teachers & staff, who are subject to whatever viral transmissions can be brought into classrooms by asymptomatic students from their home contacts. How careful are the adults at home?
Many people are no longer masking or hand-washing while socializing @ home with friends & neighbors. Do all parents use PPE & observe social distancing outside their own homes every day as is recommended?

No one knows, but teachers are supposed to believe that each kid entering the classroom comes from a covid-free environment & isn't carrying anything contagious? Do dad's barber & mom's manicurist live in overcrowded conditions, a known high-risk factor? Oops.

Posted by David B
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Jul 15, 2020 at 4:43 pm

@John: What makes me scared for the KIDS (as well as adults) in spite of the low infection rates, is not the death rates, but the stories of serious, life-changing health issues for young people who had a very mild case... strokes, blood clots, damage to lungs, heart, and other organs. Sure, they may be one-in-a-million anecdotes, I get that. The knowledge of this disease is changing fast, but it feels like the more they learn, the scarier it is. One doctor called it "the Polio of our time". It's hard to factor this into our risk calculations.

Posted by Stra
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 15, 2020 at 6:10 pm

My biggest concern is any teaching going to happen? From March to early June, my teen had no classes, no teacher support, months delay in responses from teachers when emails were sent, no feedback and the list goes on. Sure she passed. But now there is fear of moving to the next level of math, language and how to keep up if she’s back to functioning alone again.

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