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Old 07-09-2020, 06:25 AM
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Question What is your child's (or children's) school doing as far as reopening?

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What are your thoughts on the choices being made by your school governing body?
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Pennsylvania , public school... they are leaning towards a couple days a week in person learning and the rest remote. Was told if there is a single case of corona shows up in a school it all goes right back to all remote. Kids ages are 11 and 14. Both kids want to go back to normal school. They were pretty upset to hear the plan to still do mostly remote.
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Our district is asking parents what they want. As far as Im aware there has been no decision made. Im in NY, just over an hour from NYC, and honestly Im assuming they will try for remote.

On my selfish note... I 100% want them back in school. Im ok with some form of distancing, or adjustments to be made (within reason), however keeping them at home for school will be extremely challenging for our family and many others I know. It would keep me from working with no real options.

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5 and 7 years old (1st and 2nd grade).
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Originally Posted by fowlhook View Post
Pennsylvania , public school... they are leaning towards a couple days a week in person learning and the rest remote. Was told if there is a single case of corona shows up in a school it all goes right back to all remote. Kids ages are 11 and 14. Both kids want to go back to normal school. They were pretty upset to hear the plan to still do mostly remote.
When I think of it, what good does going to school for a couple of days a week and the rest of schooling is done at home?

Any disease that can be transferred from one student to another or to or from staff can be successfully transferred well within a shortened school week. So what is the point?
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One left in high school and she's in her senior year so she'll be bouncing around between her private high school, a community tech college, and a public school that offers a technical program.

Community college is a go with a blend of on campus and remote learning.

Both high schools are awaiting guidance from the Governor.
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NC private just got the e-mail will be going back in August as normal!! Face mask required and a few other precautions. But NORMAL time and class schedule. Could not be happier
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One daughter starting high school here in Florida and the schools are planning to be open full time. We are trying to determine if we'll send her or do online classes.
Other daughter a senior at Florida State University. All classes online but she is staying in Tallahassee to be with her friends.
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Theyre going back full time starting Aug 11
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Wonder how many parent's decisions will be based off of financial household economics?
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NJ here. 9th, 6th, and 2nd grade public school. They have no idea what they are doing. My wife works in the district and even she has not heard anything. We don't go back until after labor day here so we have some time. Fall sports are starting to communicate about summer practice but that's about it. I pray they go back. They are not learning much remote schooling.
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Public Maryland. Everything is County-based here, although they need approval from the State. We completed a lengthy survey a few weeks ago that will help them make a final decision. They have also established 14 committees that look at all facets of the issue. Obviously, they are looking at three ideas- full online, full in person, and a mix of each. I'm guessing we will have some sort of mix. Decision is expected late July.
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So far they have announced that they are launching a "virtual academy" as an option for anyone that wants to utilize it. Essentially remote coursework at home, taught by district personnel. Personally I think that's long overdue, and makes a lot of sense for many situations. Will also aleviate a lot of classroom size issues, and to a lesser extent, facility shortages. Only kicker is parents have until July 22 to sign up for it, however the district won't make a final determination regarding plans for the other options until possibly July 27. Variance in dates is for staffing purposes, which I get, but also understand how that is frustrating to have to make a commitment one way or another before knowing the other details. From the sounds of it, the virtual option is planned to be a permanent fixture going forward, which I think is a positive thing.

Other potential options are as follows (My opinion regarding those in red):

1) 5 day in person school. Really hope it goes this direction, or # 2. Going to be either hell on special education teachers (wife is a SLP) if it doesn't, or students will miss services.

2) What they are calling "family + hybrid." Under this, K-6 would stay in homerooms all day, which would be called their "family." Rather than students changing class, the teachers would change rooms. 7 - 12 would do 2 days in school, and 3 at home, with the student population split in half on days that they attend. Meals likely served in the classrooms, and gatherings of multiple classrooms would be kept to a bare minimum. Look for there to a great deal of push back from the parents of average and below intelligence kids, as currently classes are a mix of intelligence level, with gifted & resource students being pulled out of those classrooms for special curriculum. It has already been quietly stated to teachers that the only way to make this work would be to lump GT kids in stand alone classrooms, as well as the same for kids that get resource. Think its great for the GT kids personally, but understand the push back from parents of other students.

3) Hybrid in person/remote learning. Under this students would be split in 2 groups, and half would attend monday tuesday, the other half wednesday thursday, and do remote learning the other 3 days. The school side itself seems to be pretty well thought out...with one glaring shortfall that everyone is asking about....and not getting answers. Where the hell are the kids of teachers supposed to hang out 3 days a week. No way to put them in daycare (not enough capacity locally), and teachers can't competently teach, while caring for and teaching their own kids.

4) If situation on the ground dictates, 100% remote learning. Really hope this is not where things fall. Our district is fairly well prepared to handle it if it does....but as mentioned above, it will be hell on teachers, particularly special ed teachers and on gen-ed teachers in the lower income schools within the district later down the road when kids come back and are way behind. Also the question of what to do with teachers own kids while they attempt to competently teach remotely must be answered. District has indicated that they plan to allow teachers to do their remote teaching from the school buildings, which is a needed change compared to the spring.
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Suffolk Va. Private School.
5 Days a week must wear mask.
Lunch room closed.
Lunch in class room only.
Gym class will be outside only at first.
Not sure what they are going to do to keep the kids in mast and keeping them at social distancing.

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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
when kids come back and are way behind.
Currently the system is based off of X amount of curriculum being taught in a given time frame and that equates to a student graduation by the approximate age of 17. So just change the system to were the average student graduates at the age of 18.
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Palm beach county just closed theirs. Guess my sons first year of kindergarten will be online.

Pete your idea of that big enclosed catamaran was it a leopard? I've been shopping them and other live aboard similar layouts bc if all they're schooling is online forget land based life hahaha.
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Originally Posted by Garett View Post
When I think of it, what good does going to school for a couple of days a week and the rest of schooling is done at home?

Any disease that can be transferred from one student to another or to or from staff can be successfully transferred well within a shortened school week. So what is the point?
I agree and voiced this same logic when the fall plan was released. I want kids back in school full time. Kids want to be back full time. Well never get heard immunity keeping everyone hidden away. This is the divorced mom generation we have going on with Covid. Play dates where you sit there and watch the kids play, wearing helmets in the front yard. Cant get back to normal until we decide to get back to normal.
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Currently the system is based off of X amount of curriculum being taught in a given time frame and that equates to a student graduation by the approximate age of 17. So just change the system to were the average student graduates at the age of 18.
17 is the age they are allowed to drop out. Many kids from the hood don't have anyone to push them along. Having the guidance of caring teachers in person is about the only chance they have of getting ahead. Also have to address the backsliding they have done in their time away from school. The stats on the number of students/parents who have not had any contact with the district or completed so much as a single assignment since schools closed in the spring.
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When I think of it, what good does going to school for a couple of days a week and the rest of schooling is done at home?

Any disease that can be transferred from one student to another or to or from staff can be successfully transferred well within a shortened school week. So what is the point?
At least when it comes to our potential plans, a shortened week would allow shifts, where they cut the population in half. This makes social distancing easier. So 9th and 10th grades go MWF and 11th and 12th grades go TuTh. Then they switch the following week. Just one of the ideas they are considering. They are also looking at in school one week, online the next.
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Originally Posted by jheiii View Post
Palm beach county just closed theirs. Guess my sons first year of kindergarten will be online.

Pete your idea of that big enclosed catamaran was it a leopard? I've been shopping them and other live aboard similar layouts bc if all they're schooling is online forget land based life hahaha.
We're looking at a few options right now. But I know exactly what you're saying. PM sent.
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Originally Posted by mattttt25 View Post
At least when it comes to our potential plans, a shortened week would allow shifts, where they cut the population in half. This makes social distancing easier. So 9th and 10th grades go MWF and 11th and 12th grades go TuTh. Then they switch the following week. Just one of the ideas they are considering. They are also looking at in school one week, online the next.
That's one thing that they listened to parents on very well here. Parents overwhelmingly said that if school is going to be split, they want it to be consistent week after week, and also no doing it by grade. Reason being, this will allow them to mix up the population based on address, allowing all students from a single household to be on the same schedule. Very important IMO, just for allowing parents to easily schedule stuff.

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