Parents listed several options as their largest concerns with online learning, including losing connection with classmates and teachers (29%), students falling behind (25%), students not being challenged (22%) and lack of time to monitor their student's learning (16%). Depending on the level of "community spread" of COVID-19, the highly contagious and potentially lethal novel coronavirus, schools will implement standards created to prevent infection and to safely conduct large group gathering, the transport of students, the serving of meals, the entering of school buildings and the transition between classes. "This plan provides guidance regarding reopening school this fall", said Woodard.
Parents in the Boise School District gave the district an overall positive grade this spring.
The Seattle school district says it will soon decide how the next school year will operate given the current coronavirus pandemic. With revenues falling, many districts will need to make hard decisions to balance their budgets at exactly the same time when keeping students and staff safe from covid-19 dictates higher costs. That means the only place we can turn for help is to the federal government. "We will maintain close communication with local and state health agencies in making decisions regarding reopening school". Each student was chosen by teachers and school administration for their commitment to learning and personal growth.
Schools just can't do all of this important work with as much as $1 billion in lost revenue, and the state is not in a financial position to help. Social distancing would likely continue in classrooms, and students may be required to wear masks in crowded areas, such as hallways.
Seattle Public Schools is also considering an option for the fall that would have children in pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade on campus full-time, while students in middle and high school grades take on an alternating schedule where they would spend part of their time in-person and the other part would be remote learning.
But the safety and well-being of students and staff can not be compromised. We need to keep the physical spaces in our schools free from illness, and we also must be ready to address the needs of our students, including the trauma this pandemic has caused.
Congress holds the key to successfully reopening our schools.
"We can provide you a device and the curriculum, you do not need to go to home schooling".
Rich Askey is a Harrisburg music teacher and president of the Pennsylvania State Education Association.