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    When and how should we open schools?

    Besides the broad points listed above, here are some of the “new normal” procedures in our day to day life at school. kids sanitize hands in and out of rooms like at the hospital must pre arrange a time for the kids to see the nurse (to protect the vulnerable who must see her every day) no...
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    When and how should we open schools?

    You are right! All of these issues need addressed prior to returning to class, but money is not necessarily the resolution. I teach in a Pre-k -2 Primary building. We have been back to school face to face five days a week for about five weeks now. 1. Masks are worn by everyone inside the...
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    When and how should we open schools?

    On the plus side, my kids keep coming up behind me to sneak a hug and tell me how much they love me and love being back at school. That’s probably not something that the high school and college instructors experience regularly. 😎
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    When and how should we open schools?

    We have been back all day every day for a little over three weeks. There are of course layers and layers of safety and sanitization the teachers are now required to perform in addition everything else. We are suppose to also maintain a fully functioning google classroom that includes every...
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    When and how should we open schools?

    I don’t know that your summary is accurate. The way I read most teacher's posts, mine included, is that this is a complex issue over which we have very little control. Every option discussed has both positives and negatives trying to balance health and safety concerns with educational needs. YMMV
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    When and how should we open schools?

    O.K. I am now officially living in bizzaro world. We are set to open school full time on August 25th. Parents have the option to choose a boxed online option for remote learning, but must commit to a semester. There were very few parents choosing that option (@ 10 district-wide) until the...
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    When and how should we open schools?

    As of yesterday, our students that choose remote learning must commit to a whole semester and will be using a boxed online program overseen by either a couple of paras or substitute teachers. We will still be expected to teach full time in person and maintain a google classroom that exactly...
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    Daily Gratitude Journal

    I am grateful for the bonus four months where both of my kids chose to come home to live during the stay at home. I will smile as my son moves into his new house this weekend and my daughter moves back to her apartment in two weeks. I am glad that they are independent and able to go back to...
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    When and how should we open schools?

    Where I teach it is not so much internet access that is the problem, it is speed of service and access to devises. Most of our kids have gaming systems so they have access. Our district kids are 1:1 from seventh grade up, but that doesn’t help the elementary kids who need a lot of educational...
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    When and how should we open schools?

    My school is fully reopening the last week of August. There is an option for parents to opt out of in person instruction, but they will have to commit to a full semester of online instruction and indicate that that they understand the online assignments are required and will be assessed for a...
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    News & Experiences continued

    I teach an inclusive first grade primarily made up of economically disadvantaged at-risk students as well as individuals on the autism spectrum. As of yesterday, all of the Superintendents in my county met and negotiated a set of “common understandings” that the districts must adhere to and has...
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    Question re Tap Dance Shoes

    My daughter wears a leather Bloch shoe for tap and really likes them.
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