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OMG! Kansas just called off school for the year.
Old 03-17-2020, 01:42 PM
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We will be teaching online, even though they won’t allow our elementary kids to take their chrome books home. Right now, we are just emailing activities. That may have to change. We may have to allow kids to come get their chrome books.


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Old 03-17-2020, 01:48 PM
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WOW! I wonder how many more states will go to this. I thought closing until the 14th of April was a lot but I get the feeling this is going to go on longer than I'd thought.
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Old 03-17-2020, 02:00 PM
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Well I guess the rest of the nation will follow their lead.
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Old 03-17-2020, 02:16 PM
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Oh, that's hard to hear, although I am sure it is for the best.

I'm feeling pretty low today.

Hugs to all.

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Old 03-17-2020, 02:26 PM
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I do wonder if more states will follow. It’s hard to be the first. I think it would be hard for us because there won’t be any closure to the end of the year. Our last day was Friday and many students were absent.


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Old 03-17-2020, 02:40 PM
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Honestly, I feel it's too soon to make that call. I’m glad my district is taking it in steps. They’ve warned it could potentially be all year, but for now it's early April, and then they’ll reevaluate. They’ve even given dates for reevaluating in two week increments.
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Old 03-17-2020, 03:00 PM
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Cruxian- I think it’s unlikely for us... DC and MD both closed restaurants, clubs, gyms, etc., and our governor said today that he won’t even do that, sooooo
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Old 03-17-2020, 03:01 PM
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We were told today at school that we may be back, we may not, and to treat it like the last day, that it very well could be. We are doing online learning, but only focusing on maintaining learning, not new learning. However, if we are longer than planned (2.5 weeks), we may have to go to new learning.
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Nothing against Kansas
Old 03-17-2020, 03:09 PM
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But I don’t consider it a trendsetter. Honestly, when things start looking better, the big question being when, the parents are going to start screaming for the kids to return to school. Seriously.

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Old 03-17-2020, 03:15 PM
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I wish states would slow it down and take it week by week!!! There is nothing wrong with evaluating the situation every 2 weeks or so.

There are still 2 1/2 months of school left. I'm sure other states will follow suit, but I hope some take the decision making process slow and don't just follow suit "just because" Kansas did.


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Wisconsin just changed the 4/6 return date...
Old 03-17-2020, 03:16 PM
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...to "indefinitely." We're being told to be prepared for the fact that we may not go back to face-to-face instruction until next fall.
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Old 03-17-2020, 04:08 PM
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I think this will go on for quite a while. Look at Italy to see where we are probably headed. We are not going to be OK to resume normal life in just a few weeks.
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We were just told
Old 03-17-2020, 04:14 PM
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To prepare another 5 day shod e learning activities.
I'd say it's 50/50 if we go back. 2 major colleges just cancelled face to face for the rest of the year.

I feel so badly for our kids from less than desirable homes, and for the seniors. This is unbelievable.
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Old 03-17-2020, 04:41 PM
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Whoa!!! It’s hard to believe this is all happening.
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I was surprised when Kansas announced that
Old 03-17-2020, 04:57 PM
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But I think they are doing this so we can get a permanent learning plan established for the rest of the year, instead of taking a week-by-week let’s wait and see attitude. This way, we can get started teaching the “meat” instead of just maintaining.
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Old 03-17-2020, 05:13 PM
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That makes sense, Linda.

I will say the gap is going to widen!

Parents who are involved in their child's education will come through. Their children won't suffer academically.

Many others have parents who don't care or who don't have time to assist and teach their children during these last 2-3 months. Their learning will stagnate/drop, and they will fall further behind.

This is what I really worry about.

I have to remember this is all out of my hands...
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Old 03-17-2020, 05:51 PM
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Parents who are involved in their child's education will come through. Their children won't suffer academically.

Many others have parents who don't care or who don't have time to assist and teach their children during these last 2-3 months. Their learning will stagnate/drop, and they will fall further behind.
Definitely this. I have 44 students. Yesterday I put up one, 2-page story for them to read and asked them to answer one question about it. Out of 44 kids, only 1 did the assignment.

I know parents are doing the best they can, too, but it's not realistic to expect that kids will learn much for the next 6 months.
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Old 03-17-2020, 06:52 PM
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Izzy~That is disheartening. Surely your group of parents can do better?

I know I plan to e-mail my parents regularly about ensuring their children do the assigned tasks. I have parents who are capable of ensuring their children do so, though!

I realize many do not.
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My apologies to Kansas
Old 03-17-2020, 07:56 PM
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The gov. of California (where I teach) announced tonight that parents should be prepared that their children will nit return to school until the fall. As a teacher and the parent of a high school senior p I am stunned and dismayed.
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