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Pods of students in the fall?
Old 06-29-2020, 02:21 PM
 
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I heard that something being discussed by our transition team is to keep classes separate from other classes, with their teacher, forming a pod. They would stay together in their room and not mix with any other students.

The good part is that being in a pod means it’s like a family and we wouldn’t need to social distance or wear masks when it’s just our pod. They would need masks whenever they leave the classroom.

It’s not definite yet, but there are doctors on our transition team and one is an infectious disease physician. He said the science shows that kids don’t catch the virus from other kids and don’t spread it to adults.

We still would social distance and wear masks around other adults, but I’m excited about this possibility.

*This is still in the planning stages- no decisions have been made.

I’ll keep you posted!



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Old 06-29-2020, 02:56 PM
 
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This is something that has been discussed here and while it sounds okay (not really good in my opinion) in theory it involves a lot of logistics such as...

(Iíll preface with this: schools are quite large in my area, my elementary school has close to 800 students and there are multiple within a few miles that are all the same size)

Arrival
Dismissal

Lunch... when does the teacher get their lunch? What about bathroom breaks?

Students also get a 50 minute special area daily where classes have to be mixed due to numbers. This is our planning time. If specials time is gone where is our planning time and what happens to the teachers that teach those special area classes?

What about all of the pull out teachers... ESE teachers, speech, interventions. Does that just not happen? And what about those positions?

(I would love to see the science that kids canít pass the virus to each other or to adults. How are children getting the virus then?)
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The good part is that being in a pod means it’s like a family and we wouldn’t need to social distance or wear masks when it’s just our pod. They would need masks whenever they leave the classroom.
Why wouldn't you need to social distance and wear masks? These kids are still going to their own homes everynight right? If so they are coming into contact with parents, siblings, friends, and others who have in turn been in contact with other people as well. Unless you are living together in the same house, masks would be necessary.

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He said the science shows that kids don’t catch the virus from other kids and don’t spread it to adults.
I am not sure there has been enough studies to prove this yet.
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In theory, it may sound good but...
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I'm thinking back to some of the groups I've had. There were situations when I just needed a break away from the group, or from just the one or two that "needed some fresh air"... away from me! Staying together for the sake of the virus is one thing, but in reality, everyone needs a break from everyone else now and then.

Not saying this is your situation, but I've heard rumblings that students will be having lunch in the classroom. I'm not sure how recess will be handled. I've also heard teachers will be asked not to congregate in whatever common area you typically have such as a lounge, lunchroom or in the office. I don't know how teachers are going to be able to get away from the students when they just need a simple break away from them. If they must constantly be together, when does anyone get to take a healthy, much-needed break from each other?
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I don't know how teachers are going to be able to get away from the students when they just need a simple break away from them. If they must constantly be together, when does anyone get to take a healthy, much-needed break from each other?
This is something I'm legitimately worried about. That's all that got me through some days!


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Here is our plan.

Each grade is divided into two groups of four teachers. The kids travel together in groups to the same four teachers. We see each group two days a week. The rest is online. They have to wear masks if they are closer than 6 feet from each other and when in common areas or moving around the room.
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We talked about that at the beginning. I wish it was still a possibility. Our thought was they would still get specials and lunch, but those teachers would be distanced and masked, and would come to the kids. Unfortunately it's not happening like that, even though for k-2 (at least) it would be best.
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He said the science shows that kids donít catch the virus from other kids and donít spread it to adults.
I thought they were finding the virus from infants on up? So if that is true, I would think kids would be able to spread the virus. So much we don't know about this.

I think I would be taking a break in my car if I was able to leave my area for a break.
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There is no way I am going to be with children from 7:30 to 3:30 without a break. Specials, lunch, recess, etc. are the only time one can get a breather. I would only be comfortable giving students and myself a break outdoors so we can all remove our masks, not inside where air currents still carry the virus around the room.

We also have up to 200 kids wait in the gym in the morning before their teachers pick them up. They are supervised by two teachers at the most. Sitting in lines close together will be impossible now, especially in such large quantities.

Some fool on TV said that school doors should remain open all day to cause air to circulate and filter better. Yeah right: just invite the dangerous people to walk in anytime. I suppose they will have permanent door guards as well.
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Not really adding anything new, just wondering why teachers would think this is okay. For elementary this is not much different than what we do now, except the students won't leave for recess, lunch, or specials. The teacher gets no down time. And they are doing all the work!

You still are exposed to all the families, and all the family's exposures.

Doesn't sound optimal to me.

WOndering about specials. Can they video the class in while the teacher remains? Of course, the teacher won't get plan time, but the kids would still get specials. As a specials teacher, I want to continue teaching, but I don't know how it could work otherwise.


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Lots of questions!
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Believe me, I want answers to all those questions, too!

The letter sent home today said we were doing innovative in person classroom instruction, with social distancing as feasible, and masks for students and adults when distancing is not able to be maintained.

Other things like scheduling specials to prevent hallway traffic was mentioned. Also staggered recess, and teaching outdoors sometimes.

Iím sure we will get our specials, although they may be in class. Idk! But I am sure our specialists will still be teaching- we need them, too.

I will keep you posted! I trust my P- heís all about safety, even before this.
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Just a few comments and things to add:

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Some fool on TV said that school doors should remain open all day to cause air to circulate and filter better.
This should be fun November - March when average temperatures are below freezing, often below zero!

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I would only be comfortable giving students and myself a break outdoors so we can all remove our masks, not inside where air currents still carry the virus around the room.
Absolutely agree with this statement!

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Wondering about specials. Can they video the class in while the teacher remains?
There has been discussions about the specials teachers coming into the regular classroom. Yes the specials teacher will be going to all the classrooms and seeing all the students, but it is a little safer than having all the kids schlepping in and out of the music/art room or gym throughout the day. The idea is to keep the largest amount of people in the same space as much of the time as possible. The classroom teacher would not get a true break because she/he would need to stay in the classroom while the special teacher is there, because we are not allowed to go anywhere else, but hopefully that teacher would get some time to work. Another option that has been discussed is shortening the time the kids are in school by an hour. Since kids are not getting recess or any other real down time, having them go home earlier would provide the lost prep time for the teachers at the end of the day. This idea may work better for the elem because the high school doesn't have recess. Early outs would require approval by the state department of education because we would be reducing the amount of time kids are actually in school so it is probably not a feasible option.
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I think I would be taking a break in my car if I was able to leave my area for a break.
Good Idea!

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What about bathroom breaks?
I teach in a small rural school district. We have about 120 students and 30 faculty, staff, and administration ..... we have ONE set of bathrooms (girls room and a boys room). That means about 60 people will use each bathroom at least once over the course of the day. There are multiple toilets/urinals in those rooms and our building is old and doesn't have any ventilation. I don't mean to be facetious but Depends might be the best option here.
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Old 07-01-2020, 03:33 PM
 
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I meant bathroom breaks for teachers
But, I also know Iím lucky in that every classroom in my building has their own bathroom either in the room or immediately right outside of the door.

We do arrival the same way as described above, except with close to 800 students. We also have free breakfast for all students.

As far as specials, the videoing in could possibly work... I suppose, minus the equipment needed. Theyíd have to waive my stateís physical activity law.

But, as an example:
I teach third and we have 8 third grade classes... there are only 5 specials classes (3 PE, Art, and Music) so classes are always split/combined for specials. So, not sure how that would work? And specials are all already back to back to accommodate everybody.
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