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Old 06-25-2020, 11:58 AM
 
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School starts in about a month. I am asthmatic and obese, so I am double high risk according to my doctor. I need to work but donít see how I can protect myself enough. How is everyone else feeling?


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I am sorry you are at high risk
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Can you ask for a different job with the district that would be less risk? Can you seek another job? Health is truly number one.

I too have asthma and understand your concerns. Luckily I retired a few years ago. I wish you the best whatever you decide to do.
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There are many teachers and staff members who will be in the same boat as you! Even pregnancy is considered an underlying health condition and could put women (and their babies) at risk.

Can you reach out to HR now and ask what accommodations they are offering for employees with high risks? Maybe you could be an online only teacher.
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Old 06-25-2020, 12:19 PM
 
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In addition to how the entire school days will go having to take countless precautions now, which I don't know how it will go, yours is another HUGE worry...all the people purely afraid to go back to work for health reasons. I sure wouldn't want to work outside of the home AT ALL...teacher or otherwise. (I have a couple of issues that affect my immunity as well.)

I shudder to think about many more cases there will be once school starts up. Remote learning's much safer. I'm sure many people in general chose not to return to work for this very reason. Now, how they'll earn a living is another question.
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Old 06-25-2020, 12:20 PM
 
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I would get a doctor's note and not go back to school. You are in a high risk group.

Do you have disability insurance?


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I'm not sure systems will be able to offer alternative employment to everyone who feels they have any condition that might put them at risk. Obesity seems to be a common characteristic of many of the younger patients who have had the most serious cases of the virus. We are a country filled with heavy people of all ages.

Many systems will be laying off employees due to lack of funds as the economy sinks. I'm not sure any system will continue to pay those who can't or won't work at the job the way it has to be done during a longer term crisis.
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Old 06-25-2020, 12:36 PM
 
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My doctor would surely give me a note. He’s very concerned. However, I work at a small private school and have no other options. I do not have disability and couldn’t even get unemployment. I’m concerned for myself and so many others. Big decisions.
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Old 06-25-2020, 01:09 PM
 
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I'm obese too, but I keep telling myself now is a good time to work towards a healthier me.
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My husband (not a teacher) has a note from his doctor stating that he shouldn't work due to COVID-19. He also has conditions that put him more at risk if he were to get the virus. He's been collecting unemployment from our state. It's a good thing, too, since there have been quite a few cases at his place of employment.
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I'm 65 and have a slight case of asthma
Old 06-25-2020, 01:31 PM
 
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and am being treated with anti-cancer drugs. I talked to my assistant principal and said that I know there are parents who will be afraid to send their kids back to school this fall. I told her that I know that distance learning is not ideal, but that I would be willing to try it next year if they had enough kids to make a class with a grade level or two. We have a very large school (nearly 1000 kids) so that might be a possibility.


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Old 06-25-2020, 02:12 PM
 
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It's probably a good time to focus on losing weight because that is something you can control. The asthma (from my experience) also improves with weight loss.
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Old 06-25-2020, 02:36 PM
 
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I've been retired for 3 years and have been subbing. I question going back into anyone's classroom until a vaccine. Even then, I think things will change.
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Old 06-25-2020, 03:35 PM
 
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I am also asthmatic, so very concerned. I will be working as a science coach this year instead of a classroom teacher, so Iím hoping that will help me stay a little safer.
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Old 06-25-2020, 04:28 PM
 
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Many posters are focusing on the issue of obesity. The original poster said she also has asthma, and her doctor is very concerned. That is very high risk for Covid.
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Our district needs remote teachers
Old 06-25-2020, 04:54 PM
 
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Your doctor could write a note that you can only work remotely. We're starting as hybrid but unofficial consensus is we'll have to go remote eventually.

Some students will not be able to physically come to school and some parents will choose to do remote only.

It may not be all or nothing with your district but first step would be your doctor.
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Old 06-25-2020, 05:33 PM
 
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I understand. I am scared too. In February 2019, I was diagnosed with “mild” type 2 diabetes. I do not require any medication, I just need to manage it with diet and exercise. Since then I lost 60 pounds and my A1C is now in the normal range, and I am of average weight for my height. I am not sure if I would still be high risk or not which makes me want to be cautious.

I have been applying for work at home jobs, but don’t think it will be easy to get one. I think asking if you can do online teaching is something to consider along with a stronger mask or face shield if you have to go back. I wish I had other ideas.
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Old 06-26-2020, 03:34 AM
 
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My son, 23, have major asthma, low immunity, and is obese. He has been exposed since day one, exposed on a daily basis, he is an electrician. He has worked in hospitals, homes, and businesses that all have had cases, he has not even gotten a sniffle. He does not wear a mask, just practices good hygiene! This is the key PRACTICE GOOD HYGIENE, place it all in God’s hands and wash yours!
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Old 06-26-2020, 04:39 AM
 
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Yesterday there was a story of a family in Texas. About a month ago they held a surprise birthday party. There were about 20 family members who attended, only 1 had a slight case of the sniffles. Fast forward to today, about 25 people who attended or came in contact with the family after the party are now dealing with CoVid. The most serious is the grandfather who is on life support and the grandmother who is in intensive care. This is not just a bad case of the flu. Wearing masks, especially indoors, has been shown to be highly effective. You could unknowingly be asymptomatic and still infect others.

"Wearing is caring"
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Old 06-26-2020, 06:28 AM
 
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Tsy,

Your son has been lucky, but not everyone would be so lucky in the same situation. Especially people who are older. The fact that your son is young might have spared him so far. Again, the key words are so far.
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Old 06-28-2020, 04:02 PM
 
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He practices good hygiene!
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