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NJSubteacher 06-26-2020 09:59 AM

NJ and CT Plan To Reopen Schools In September
As long as these states keep the virus under control, NJ and CT officially announced schools to reopen in September meaning subs will be busy most likely. NY also hinted to do the same. In NJ, masks will be required for all staff while strongly encouraged (but not required) for students. I am glad to hear this because as a sub, I do not want to have to be "mask police" too. Next school year will be a challenge for us all, but I must admit that I am looking forward to it (God willing it doesnt get bad here again).

TheMercenary 06-28-2020 03:34 PM

"In NJ, masks will be required for all staff while strongly encouraged (but not required) for students."
Great. One more way to encourage kids to think they are in charge.

NJSubteacher 06-28-2020 03:50 PM

Well, I get tired enough yelling at them about their cell phones. Therefore, the last thing I want is to have to constantly tell them to keep their masks on too.

subasaurus 07-05-2020 06:54 AM

Oh God, the cellphones are the worst. Masks wouldn't bother me as much because they don't make noise and allow kids to look at inappropriate media in class. But yeah, still not excited about having to deal with this whole mess.

YayaSub 07-05-2020 03:54 PM

Only at certain times
In my district, the plan is that classrooms will be arranged so that all students face the same direction. They can have the masks off there unless they are doing something collaborative. Masks are required during passing periods, lunch line, and buses. Students will be one to a seat except siblings. Students who live close enough will now have to walk to school.

You just know there will be kids who place it under their nose or otherwise not effective use. Unfortunately, there are plenty of parents here who will encourage that behavior and argue that they are following the rules and "wearing" the mask. This is bound to be a constant policing issue.

Families are being asked to choose either in-person or remote learning and stick with that choice for 9 weeks or (HS) one semester with no switching back and forth. Remote learning will not be elearning as it was in the spring. Students will now enroll in a designated online curriculum.

NJSubteacher 07-05-2020 05:31 PM

Sadly, in many of the southern states and even CA, it is looking tougher to open up schools in person this Fall due to the large COVID spikes. Yet, nationwide death rate continues to decline even in these hot spots. Hopefully the virus will calm down in time for schools to start in those places, or lose its lethal strength as it evolves, which may be the reason deaths are decreasing. Time will tell.

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