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Old 06-22-2020, 07:41 AM
 
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I have been trying all morning to read the pandemic guidelines for schools that my state released this morning. I can't get more than a few pages into the report without anxiety and stress taking over.

Every scenario they present seems exhausting and impossible. The recommendations I have seen so far seem to expect teachers to be able to teach remotely and in person simultaneously. An A group in the class, with a B group working from home, and the teacher handling both.

I cannot. I cannot. Distance Learning was exhausting this spring. I worked all the time and never got ahead of the game. How am I supposed to do two jobs at once? And at a time when they are considering cutting my pay or eliminating positions (to relieve the budget), which will only pile more work on me?

I finally closed the document and went for a walk. Bought a lottery ticket on the way home.


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Old 06-22-2020, 07:59 AM
 
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I'm feeling the same way reading the "possible options" listed in the parent survey that went out. Of course, no one has asked the teachers for input.
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Iím trying to ignore it all for now. I know my district is still putting the return plan together. We are supposed to receive the plan in a week or two. I wonít get myself all worked up over the things I canít control right now. Once I see the district's full plan, Iíll have facts for any arguments I may have.

Until then, I suppose, Iím putting my hands over my ears and chanting, "La, la, la, la, la, la,"
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I am with you. My husband told me to stop reading. I'm a reading specialist who has a classroom that is about 10X15 so spacing guidelines are going to be impossible unless I only work 1:1, and any kind of split schedule will completely change our intervention model in my building. They are also talking about having students work all day with one teacher and no intermingling, which basically eliminates my job. So, yeah.
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Old 06-22-2020, 08:42 AM
 
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Sped teacher going between 2 buildings here. Iím not dealing with it. Our super sent out a parent survey. Parents on the FB page are saying that their kids are saying, ďMy body, my choiceĒ and if they donít want to wear masks they donít have to and even better out super is leaving July 1st so whatever he decides could be undone by the incoming temporary supers.

Itís a hot mess. Not dealing with it.


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Oh, Izzy23! I am so sorry for the level of anxiety this is bringing you and all who will be returning in the fall. To the best of my knowledge, my state hasn't released any guidance yet.

In my opinion, masks should not be optional in any indoor situation among people who are unrelated. But I am in the minority in my county.
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The way things are going, I feel it’s just a lot of planning and brainstorming right now. No one knows where we’ll be when school is scheduled to start, so I’ll worry more about it then because things are constantly changing and updating.

In the meantime, I’m focusing on optional PD provided by my district to brush up on content areas skills and getting mandatory trainings out of the way now instead of taking them during the school year when I’ll be busy with daily lessons.
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Oh, Izzy23! I am so sorry for the level of anxiety this is bringing you and all who will be returning in the fall.
Thanks, Chalkdusty! I'm trying to do what other posters say, letting it go for now, since I can't control anything. But we are meeting to do our fall planning starting next week, so I can't ignore it completely. Trying to be grateful I have a job and really, really hoping the numbers on my lottery ticket match!
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Maybe you're in my state! I was reading, or trying to read what was released today. I thought, I can't even understand these words. No way could I get past the first little bit, how can any of this even be possible for teachers or for families? I am just a sub, but I am looking for other work because it doesn't look like there will be much work for subs in the near future.
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Old 06-22-2020, 11:51 AM
 
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Unless you are part of a committee that is actively working on what this will look like in the fall, don't even think about it. Right now, I'm on a committee that is split into small partnerships looking at one guideline each, and a few members are on other bigger picture committees, and I can tell you that we are looking at this from every possible angle and it changes almost daily what looks viable.

What is clear is that there will be some distance learning no matter what. So the best bet to prep is to get ready to do some distance learning. Immerse yourself in the world of edtech and find what's going to work for you - hyperdocs, padlet, seesaw, peardeck, video, zoom/meet, etc. - and read as much or take as much optional PD on remote learning as you can.

If you can't not think about it, and it's an option, try to get on one of your school or district's committees and let your voice be heard.


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I just got an email from the union inviting us to apply to a new online program within the district. The implication being that as people decide they arenít ready to physically send kids back the online program will keep them in the district. Schools will have to adjust classrooms depending on numbers, and there could be a point where they have to come back and add classrooms as kids return to physical classrooms. What a mess. Do I apply to online or will I still have my job? It seems as no one will know as things will be fluid. Great...

Trying not to worry too much, but I am also not going to stress about being ready for anything as who knows until something happens.... sigh.
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Old 06-22-2020, 01:34 PM
 
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Teachers received a survey asking if we are coming back and under what conditions.

Parents have also received their own separate survey. No idea what questions were asked.

Glad to still have a job, hope it lasts. But there's no way I am going to work overtime for free if they do in-person AND online. Even though online learning was useless, it would be a lot safer not to reopen schools at all and just keep working online.
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Izzy23, I hope the lottery comes through for you! My mentor and I have purchased lottery tickets for at least the past 15 years with the understanding that we will spilt if we hit the jackpot. She buys Wednesday night's ticket and I buy Saturday. We've never hit it for more than a few dollars, but it's fun to dream.

I retired at the end of the year. District incentive given to get us old timers who cost them the most to leave. I had some mild regrets about retiring, but after Covid...now I'm relieved. I'm pretty sure my governor will just have everyone go back as if the virus doesn't exist, or he'll tell parents that if they're concerned, they should just homeschool. He actually told citizens at one of his addresses that if they were afraid of getting Covid while voting on June 2nd, then they should just stay home and not vote. Strange times we live in.
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Old 06-22-2020, 08:01 PM
 
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I glanced through the 55 page document that CA came out with a week or two ago. It actually just made me laugh with how ridiculous it is. Not only are most things just not reasonable, but the majority of the document was "think about how you will address xyz". Yeah, that's not helpful.
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I am with you. It seems like our option is heading towards live streaming the core lessons, while teaching in class - but allowing those Zooming in - to still participate. I struggle with this. I rather be all online or all in class (and given the fact COVID numbers are rising still in my state, I rather keep it online even though it was rough! but safety first). An official guide hasn't been given though but I keep telling myself that we have to wait and see by August. Hang in there!
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Maybe you're in my state! I am just a sub, but I am looking for other work because it doesn't look like there will be much work for subs in the near future.
Maybe! I am in Wisconsin. I know what you're saying about subs. My neighbor subbed for our district for two decades but this year he decided to retire. He doesn't think there will be enough work either.

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I glanced through the 55 page document that CA came out with a week or two ago. It actually just made me laugh with how ridiculous it is. Not only are most things just not reasonable, but the majority of the document was "think about how you will address xyz".
OMG, that's what half this document was. "Consider how you will do this..." Um, I thought you were going to give guidance? Like, make suggestions? It took them a while to finally lay out anything specific, and then when they did, it was anxiety-inducing!

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I rather be all online or all in class
Me too. Actually, what I'd prefer is we go back at the start of the year for 1-2 weeks, to build community and practice the online platform. Then we do Distance Learning, maybe only coming together once a month in person to check in. I feel bad for the kids not having more socialization, but the way they're planning right now, I doubt there's going to be any chances for that anyway.

My biggest concern is having to do both jobs at once. I can either online teach or in-person teach, but asking me to do both at the same time is really too much. So far my district hasn't asked for our input on what we'd like to do. There was a committee formed, but I have no idea how they selected who's on it. They didn't ask for people. Like everything in education, I guess I just have to wait to see how it's going to affect me.
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Missouri's guide was 97 pages..
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Even the summary/quick guide was several pages. I didn't even read through all of the Summary...

My thoughts...

-no one will even ask me until something else happens... usually after the first plans fail...
-it will change several times between now and Fall semester...
-our state allows individual districts to interpret the recommendations as needed...
-those decisions are above my pay grade and I am glad I do not have to make them or defend them...

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Old 06-23-2020, 11:49 AM
 
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NM PED just announced our schools will open at 50%, so hybrid model. No idea how this will actually work.
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I am a sub too. Just actually started right before the pandemic hit California and everything closed. I am also a student working on my BA in ECE and getting dual credentials. I have no idea how I am even going to finish up if things keep going the way they are. So I feel like I'm going into massive debt without any type of certainty in the future.
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Old 06-24-2020, 03:08 PM
 
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Our state has released guidelines. Our District has released nothing. Let's all PRAY conditions will so improve that we can bring all our kids back safely.
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