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Old 03-25-2020, 12:45 PM
 
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Are any other states closed for the year? MD is not but VA (where I teach) is. People are having a lot of opinions I'm not sure what to think.

Not really a vent but maybe I'm just in a venting kind of mood because I'm not sleeping well.


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I know KS already did. Personally, I think itís too early to call it for lots of reasons. I think itís better to go week (or bi-weekly) by week.

Calling it now just feeds the panic, among other things.
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I'm in Virginia. I do think calling it this week was....a touch early. But I wonder if it was an effort to make people realize how serious things were? Like extending it on a week by week basis (or even two weeks at a time) makes it hard to plan.
As an example, knowing that we're out for the year, my teammates were able to divvy up how we were going to teach the materials until the end of the year. If we thought it was just for a week, we likely would have just done enrichment actiivities for the week.
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Oklahoma just did! Honestly, I am surprised the unions are not up in arms. I hearing from several contacts that a number of woman are staying at home with the kids, and the man is going to work. I afraid that this is going to set women's paycheck back by decades.
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We called two weeks and then two weeks of Spring Break. So that means four weeks out. I'm in California, and the governor is saying to be prepared to shut down the school year.

We have a video staff meeting tomorrow. I'm not sure what will happen, and that makes it impossible to do any planning. We have also been told to provide enrichment activities, but we can't require anything because of uneven tech access.


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Old 03-25-2020, 02:08 PM
 
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As of right now our date to go back is April 20th. I sincerely doubt that will happen and am planning to be doing online instruction for the rest of the year. If we go back, I'd be thrilled. I'd love to go back to normal! We would still only have one month of school left then. Restaurants and other businesses have already been closed through the 30th, so I don't see the governor saying those aren't safe but school is.
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Old 03-25-2020, 02:15 PM
 
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6 Bay Area Counties in CA just announced they would not be going back until May 4 at the earliest.
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Old 03-25-2020, 04:07 PM
 
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Our governor-Massachusetts - just shut schools until May 4th. I think we might be out til the end of the school year.
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Old 03-25-2020, 05:18 PM
 
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Maryland is closed through April 27th now, but enough hints were dropped that makes me think that may be extended.
We are supposed to more guidance on virtual learning next week.
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Mistake to call it
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I think if you say we arenít going back, the kids are going to be unmotivated to do anything. They would know that they arenít returning to their school or their teacher, so why do it. I hate to say it but itís already hard enough to get my middle schooler to do the work as it is. I havenít told her about the May 4 extension in California yet. If she heard that we werenít going back at all, that would be it.



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Old 03-25-2020, 05:55 PM
 
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That's a really good point.
I guess though the thought was that parents can look ahead to make longer term decisions once they know what the story is.
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Old 03-25-2020, 08:19 PM
 
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We are closing 10 school days at a time. We are on our first cycle now.
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Old 03-26-2020, 05:24 AM
 
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I'm in Ohio. We were off this week for spring break, and next week we are also closed. I believe we will be out for the rest of the year and have already made plans to adjust my instruction accordingly.

I teach ELA, so I am planning on having one grammar/spelling/vocabulary-type "bellringer" opening activity each day and one meaty reading or writing lesson. They're doing narratives, which is the most fun type of writing, so I think the kids are more likely to do it. I am planning it in pieces. For example, the first day, they're coming up with an idea. I am also doing each step along with them and probably giving them videos on Screencastify and/or screencastomatic.

For my spelling lessons, they're not doing spelling tests anymore because that's not practical, but we're doing work with roots and so forth.

I agree that if they're called off very soon, the kids are less likely to do the work. I would be fine with cycles of two weeks. I am speaking only to my own needs and desires as a teacher, not what parents might want or need.
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Old 03-26-2020, 05:33 AM
 
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We're on spring break as well this week but going back to work as usual next week. Of course, I'm a teacher for one of the online schools so the governor's orders of closing down the schools didn't affect me any. Our last day of school is May 29th which is my husband's birthday too.

Our school is more waiting on the official word that state testing is cancelled for the year as we don't start ours until April 6th. Most of the testing dates are for the elementary and middle school whereas high school doesn't have as many. Luckily, I'm a high school teacher so it's nice not being out as much throughout the next month.

I am worried though for my nephew and niece as they go to a regular school and wondering if Ohio will close down schools the rest of the year. I'm hoping everyone is able to go back only time will tell.
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Old 03-26-2020, 07:19 AM
 
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I'm with GreyhoundGirl. I get needing to let parents know in case they need to find day care, so a week or two out is fine...but the whole year just seems to extreme, as we really don't know. We can guess, but we really don't know.
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Old 03-26-2020, 07:50 AM
 
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I am in CA. We were initially out til April 13th. It had now been extended to May 4th. I would have preferred decisions made 2 weeks at a time.
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Old 03-26-2020, 08:12 AM
 
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Tennessee just extended to April 24th. I teach at a private school and our administration has said they are going to operate on a two-week schedule, so we won't know if we are extending until next week since our original end date was April 3. I personally don't want to do virtual learning for the rest of the year! A few weeks will be fine, but I am ready to be back in my classroom.
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Old 03-26-2020, 09:51 AM
 
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I'm in central California, and we just got word that we are out through May 1st.
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Old 03-26-2020, 11:38 AM
 
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Oklahoma called it on Monday. I think it was way too early and like Greyhoundgirl mentioned adds to the panic and anxiety. I would have rather seen a week at a time, on the other hand, we only have four weeks left.
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Old 03-26-2020, 02:51 PM
 
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Alabama wonít be going back to school but apparently we are supposed to do some kind of learning, either online or packets.

As a high school teacher in Alabama, I have no idea how this is going to work. God have mercy on us all.
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Old 03-26-2020, 02:53 PM
 
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We are not returning but going online for the rest of the school year. Just found out and I am sad.
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Old 03-30-2020, 01:35 PM
 
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Schools closed for the rest of the year in AZ. My income was only subbing until the right job came in. I was scheduled for a long term for May. That is 13 days @ $125 I won't be getting. You can't get unemployment either. Most subs are employed by ESI and they wont let us cash in accumulated sick days.

That now means I will have too look for a job. The reality is you won't find anything that matches daily sub pay and it was only 7 hours of work. Who knows maybe there will be a blessing since I'm at the crossroads of not going back into public education. Maybe something will happen that settles it for me.
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Old 03-31-2020, 04:22 AM
 
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Indiana is closed through May 1, but we are not expected to peak in virus cases until mid- to late April, so I honestly don't see us going back.
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