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Old 08-03-2020, 08:00 AM
 
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Our school ordered individual desk shields for all the kids’ desks.

Would you still have them wear masks if the are seated behind their shields? I will probably be able to get them 4 ft. apart, but I haven’t been in the room yet. I want them to wear masks except when they are eating. These are 1st graders.


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When I go to places/businesses with shields, some don't have to wear masks when they are behind that shield, other places still require it.

Some things to think about:

*What are the other teachers doing? I think it's best to be on the same page, at least at your grade level on this. If you require them to wear it and the other teacher doesn't, I could see that leading to complaints.

*What are you most comfortable with?

*These are 6 and 7 years-even as adults we need mask breaks, and I'm sure they will need them as kids. Having them off while in front of the shield might be the mask break they need.

In the end, you have to do what makes you feel most comfortable and safe.
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I would only because if they leave their seat, they probably won't remember to put their mask on. If the shield falls off/gets bumped, etc. I'd also think if anything just to continue building good sanitary habits.

I am envious you're getting shields. I'm not sure of our plan yet, but I'm positive funding isn't there for shields
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Yup, sure would.
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Old 08-03-2020, 09:37 AM
 
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I don’t 100% understand the point of the desk shields or some districts allowing masks off when kids are at their desks.

If they are taking their mask off in class and they happen to be asymptomatic, what was the point of them ever wearing the mask? They’ve now contaminated the entire classroom.

Same with eating lunch in class...I just don’t understand the reasoning.

If they’re taking it off within the classroom, they may as well just not wear one at all.


(I’m honestly completely against going back in person right now in any state that isn’t trending downward)


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Old 08-03-2020, 10:12 AM
 
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Is this your decision to make? We would not be able to decide where I teach.
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Yes, I would have them continue to wear the mask. Air flow moves the airborne virus. The shield won't stop the virus from moving with air currents unless it goes all the way from ceiling to floor. The desk shield is another layer of protection in addition to a mask, similar to the face shield, it's not enough on its own.

Can I edit to add how sad I am for these kids having to go back in an environment that is set up to intentionally keep them away from their friends. I can't imagine being 6 years old and having to sit behind a plexiglass shield wearing a mask all day without even being able to play with my classmates. The psychological toll this is going take on our children is going to be devastating. They will always feel isolated and that something is wrong with them or that they are dirty and no one wants to be around them. This type of environment is not good for their emotional health. I truly hope that families who can keep their kids home make the decision to do so. This entire situation just sucks because there are no good answers.
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2 recesses a day
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Our kids will go out to play twice a day with just our class. They’ll have their own class equipment to play with, like soccer balls. Hopefully this will help with the peer connection piece.
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Old 08-03-2020, 10:58 AM
 
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All41- I completely concur.

Will they be allowed to play with each other at recess?

My school did a summer school “test run,” each class had only 8 students.
They had recess but had to keep masks on (outside in July, in Florida) and still had to stay 6 feet apart. Playground equipment was not allowed to be used.
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