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What would you do? Re: school meeting
Old 08-01-2020, 12:57 PM
 
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Teachers report Tuesday and students will start Thursday. We are starting a full traditional start. 🙄 We live in an area that has a very high positivity rate, yet so many still refuse to wear masks or even believe its that serious.

I got my back to school letter in the mail today with the weekís schedule. First day teachers are back there will be a four hour meeting with all teachers and staff at my school. This includes about 50 people. We will be meeting in an area thatís about the size of roughly three smallish classrooms put together. No windows. Nothing was mentioned of masks.

What would you do? I love my school and what I do. But I donít want to get sick. Any advice appreciated. Right to work state...no union.


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Old 08-01-2020, 01:02 PM
 
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I wouldn't roll the dice. I would quit and stay healthy for myself,my family and my community.
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Any plans for social distancing when students arrive or is the staff meeting the biggest concern?

I would maybe ask for the meeting to be livestreamed with the option to watch it from your classroom.
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Old 08-01-2020, 01:11 PM
 
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I would contact my administrator on Monday morning and express my concerns. Tell him or her you are not comfortable being in such a small environment with so many people and no mask requirement. If they refuse and its at all possible for you to resign that is what I would do. In my opinion there is no excuse for requiring this type of thing with no safety precautions in place!

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We will wear masks when kiddos are present. And TRY to set up our rooms to promote social distancing. However, one teacher already knows she will have 27 students so...

Iím a nervous wreck.


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Old 08-01-2020, 01:16 PM
 
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I can't imagine how you are feeling right now...I don't go back until the 19th so I'm in heavy denial. Masks are being required at my school. I am wearing a mask and a face shield...best of luck
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Old 08-01-2020, 01:16 PM
 
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Keep your mask on during the meeting. Stand in the doorway.
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Does your city or state have a mandate for masks/social distancing? It NEEDS to be followed.

But, yeah, express your concerns early.
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Old 08-01-2020, 01:18 PM
 
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i think it really depends on how comfortable you are talking with your P and staff.

i would be sending a reply all email asking: Is there a larger room we can hold this meeting? or can we hold a virtual meeting? we will all be wearing masks, right?


*our state has been on an upward trend for the past couple weeks and our county and city both have mask mandates. school is supposed to start the 17th (and will) but will prob be virtual---but all discussions have been VERY CLEAR that everyone will wear masks in our schools.

good luck!
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Old 08-01-2020, 01:55 PM
 
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Being practical óif you have a good relationship with the principal I would ask if there could be social distancing, a bigger room, part of it outdoors, and masks suggested. If you donít have that kind of principal I would sit closest to an open door and away from others. I would wear a mask and a plastic shield (thatís what the general practice doctors are doing here for regular appointments.) I am sorry that it isnít taken more serious.

In person with 27 kids with positivity going up - I suspect your school wonít be open for long.


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Old 08-01-2020, 02:08 PM
 
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Wear your mask and try to social distance yourself
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Old 08-01-2020, 02:15 PM
 
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Please contact your principal and discuss your concerns as soon as possible, in person or over the phone would be best. They should be willing to schedule this meeting in a larger room, the gym or the cafeteria if nothing else. If they refuse then you need to decide what your next steps will be since they have shown you that they do not care about the health of staff or students.
Sorry you are being put in this situation.

Edit to add: If 50 people are scheduled to attend this meeting chances are you will not be the only one to complain about this.

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Bring a chair and meet in the gym?
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I am sorry. I made the decision that I would not risk my health for my job even if that meant I had to quit and find something else. We cannot afford me not working, but I want to be alive so I was willing to take that stand. I am no martyer. Thankfully I am working remotely next year so I am good. No union here either.

I agree with talking to admin and addressing your concerns. I would refuse to attend unless your safety concerns were met or ask for the meeting to be streamed.

I just feel so confused by people's behavior and lack of concern during this time.
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Old 08-01-2020, 02:41 PM
 
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Your governor has made clear his intention to open schools and continue to be a yes-man for the WH. Can you afford to quit? Most of us couldnít. Wear a mask and social distance the best you can. Take Sonomaís advice and get close to the door.
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There is a definite clue as to how your principal feels about the advice of the scientists and the doctors about masks and distancing.

You are also getting some clear messages about how your district, and principal feel about protecting each member of your faculty. Your whole school is clearly free of students during the meeting time, yet you are being crammed into a room with no requirement for wearing a mask.

This when your cafeteria and gym are clearly available and safer options?!!!
Your principal clearly has control over the meeting location, knows what the doctors and scientists say about gathering in closed building and wearing a mask, but knowingly makes the meeting location going against their advice.

Wow... and I can't begin to imagine your over loaded classrooms......

Stand up for yourself, voice your concerns, others are thinking the same as you. Wear a mask, face shield, and distance yourself during the meeting. I willing to bet there will be positive cases within the first few weeks of school.
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I am very surprised you are going back with full classrooms. Which state? My district had planned on giving families a choice between hybrid or complete distance learning before deciding recently to start all online in Sept. Teachers were asked to give a preference for hybrid or distance. Staffing the two systems became too difficult. With the hybrid model I would have had about half a class (maybe 10-13 students) on alternating days, masks required and 6’ distancing. Our positivity rate has been level or slightly dropping since mid-late June. We are currently around 5.4% on our 7 day average test positive rate.
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Old 08-01-2020, 07:55 PM
 
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I would talk to your P. I'm sure you are not the only one concerned!
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Old 08-02-2020, 10:10 AM
 
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.I wouldn't roll the dice. I would quit and stay healthy for myself,my family and my community.
This is not a realistic option for most people. Those that are not working to pay critical bills are doing this, but many rely on their income for critical bills.

I would wear a mask, bring my own chair, and sit as far away from people as you can. I'd also contact admin ahead of time asking about social distancing protocol.
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Old 08-02-2020, 11:19 AM
 
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Can the meeting be held remotely via Google Meets for those that aren't comfortable being all together? That is what my school did....if you wanted to be in your room the meeting was Zoomed.
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