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Old 07-14-2020, 12:36 PM
 
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What are some serious questions teacher should be asking their district about the reopening of schools in the fall. I know people are out there talking in their community. I don't feel super comfortable talking to my co-workers, as there is some uncertainty if I will actually be teaching in the fall. We have not received a lot of concrete information yet.

Here are some that I currently have:
If a teacher quarantines, do all of their students need to then stay home and quarantine for 14 days?

Substitutes teach in multiple schools. What if they are diagnosed with COVID-19? Do all the kids in each school now have to quarantine and get tested?

Do we all get notified who is infected and when? Or because of HIPAA regulations are parents and teachers just going to get mysterious “may have been in contact” emails all year long?

What is this stress going to do to our teachers?

What will be the triggers for closing schools again in the fall after reopening? Things are worse now than when we closed back in March.

Will students/families have to tell school personnel if they/members of their household have traveled to COVID hotspots?

What will be the protocol if a student comes to school with a fever/develops one throughout the day? What happens when a sick students' parent/guardian cannot be reached/pick them up from school?

If masks become mandatory for students, what happens if they cannot afford one/forget one at home? Will schools have a supply of "extra" masks? (as of now they do not know if students will have to wear a mask)


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Who pays if we have to quarantine? Will we have a sick bank, or do you have to use your own sick days? (I am a specialist and see 600 kids per week- I see myself quarantining a lot!)

Who is going to be doing the cleaning and how?

How are we going to ensure social distancing? What are we going to do when 20 desks won't fit in a room with six foot distances?
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How are we going to ensure social distancing? What are we going to do when 20 desks won't fit in a room with six foot distances?
And even if they can, the poor kid in the very back corner of my elem. Classroom ( about 27ft ×24 ft) probably won't be able to see the board all that well unless I write 3 ft high .

Also, the coat rack/ shelf is along one wall......we will need to have a routine for getting/ putting away coats and backpacks so they aren't all on top of each other like usual.

Our Gov. Is not mandating masks for students...it is up to districts to decide. No word yet. That makes me very concerned if they don't wear them. No one likes them, but I want more protection than nothing!

Teaching/ learning style will need to totally change if they are in seats all day 3-6 ft apart ( and I'm not sure just 3 ft is a great idea )

Are we going to be expected to have 2 weeks of sub plans or remote plans available at all times? That will be an overwhelming night mare! Where will we get subs??? I would not want that job and we already have a shortage like most places.
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Thanks everyone! I just feel it is important we talk about this together as a teaching community!
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Old 07-15-2020, 07:47 AM
 
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My questions relate to quarantining. Just like others suggested, does this come from our sick leave? Do we get extra sick leave because of this? My thought is that maybe we won't have to take sick days if we do online learning if we are quarantining (assuming our class is quarantining, too).

If I get COVID and am out sick, will there be a sub? Or will my class be quarantined too and do online learning? Who does the plans if I'm out? What if I'm too sick to do the plans?

If/when we have to shift to online learning, will we get at least a day to prepare/get it al set up?

I've also been thinking about the playground. We've been told they are going to do everything they can to have more recess shifts, so only one grade goes at a time. However, they will all be using the same playground equipment. I assume things like balls, jump ropes, etc. can be set aside by grade level, but you can't really do that with swings, slides, etc. I realize that's probably low risk/unlikely, but if those become contaminated by one group and then the other grades go out, they could become contaminated (maybe...I assume it's very low chance). How will that be disinfected? Plus, what about neighborhood kids using the playground after hours?


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Old 07-16-2020, 06:40 AM
 
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My district put out FAQ where we can ask these questions and they are answered. Some addresses that I felt important were:

* subs are going to “try” to be limited to certain buildings (based on need my not happen)
* teachers get 10 additional “covid days” either for testing, quarantine, or taking care of family member
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Thanks for sharing some answers from your district.

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teachers get 10 additional “covid days” either for testing, quarantine, or taking care of family member
I know this is something you have no control over, but with the recommend quarantine being 14 days, 10 days doesn't seem like enough, in my opinion.
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Very true on 14, but at least 10 are not taken from me.
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I guess 10 days will work for quarantine, because we don’t go in on weekends.
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Old 07-17-2020, 07:22 AM
 
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I can't remember if I originally found this through PT or through a friend on FB, but this post has close to 300 questions about returning to school that are serious and thought provoking

https://www.facebook.com/mmuhaloch/p...24906897808302


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I guess 10 days will work for quarantine, because we don’t go in on weekends.
But that would be only a 1 time deal...meaning you could quarantine once, but what if it happens several times? It seems to me that would be likely to happen if you are in school full time, 5 days week.
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Old 07-20-2020, 03:13 AM
 
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You are usually notified of exposures after a person tests positive. That takes a few days. By the time you are told of the exposure, you are probably already going to be on day 3-5 anyway. My son was told of an exposure when it was already day 12. It was his second exposure. He was notified very early for his first one, and that was day 3 after exposure.

I have a feeling, after seeing what happened in other “essential areas” in hard hit areas is that after a while, the more cautious areas will close before you have to use much leave and in the less cautious areas those who are exposed will be asked to work until they test positive themselves or have symptoms and they will use very little leave until they actually get sick.
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Old 07-21-2020, 02:37 PM
 
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This is great! Thanks for sharing. So far I've gotten a lot of non-answer answers from my district and school is a month away!
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Old 07-23-2020, 06:52 PM
 
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I sub two districts both are going back 5 days, masks are probably going to be optional for kids, unknown about staff. the city just voted down a mask requirement. but the big city down the street has a mask ordinance, and tons are shopping in our small town as a result, so I don't see that changing anytime soon...

the doctors recommendation so far is washing hands and monitoring that it is done, 40% of confirmed transmission is fecal. probably going to have extra subs as hall/lunch/restroom door monitors. the restrooms will be sanitized hourly. the playground equipment will be sanitized with a concentrate that dilutes with a hose attachment twice a day. (they want the stadium drones we've seen in the news...lol)
aerosol transmission hasn't been figured out enough yet, but seems very low percentage. the doctors are not terribly keen on masks, they said if you can smell a fart (or a 13 yr old boy) through it, its basically worthless. the example was, if a bacteria is the size of a car, the virus is the size of a baseball. masks are like keeping mosquitoes out with chain link. so sanitation is key and protecting the vulnerable.
they are getting quotes for UV treatments in the HVAC, they were planning on that two years ago, but now (surprise it much more expensive)

we are not sure how many parents will opt out yet, but the majority seem to want normal back, but some teachers will be tasked with the online students.

my other district is similar but with masks, and expensive plexiglass shields on every student desk. I kinda like that as test day will be easier to shield tests.

our big city district that I no longer sub in, they are going 2 days a week, 3 days online, or just all online. parents have to choose this week which one they must commit to for the semester.
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