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“Parents Need to Go to Work” Does Not Stop COVID at the School Door.

June 25, 2020

When I hear discussions about schools reopening in the fall, I already know what two chief reasons will be offered.

One is that students need to be educated. Of course they do, and as a career teacher, I desire to educate. I have dedicated my professional life to educating generations of children, and I miss being at school, in my classroom, with my students.

The second reason, which seems to follow quickly on the heels of the first, is that “parents need to get back to work”– the implication being that schools need to open so that parents once again have the built-in child care that the K12 school day (and its auxiliary programs) offers.

That “parents need to get back to work” reason never seems to include the reality that in this time of international health crisis, expecting schools to offer uninterrupted, on-site education defies reality.

Schools and school systems nationwide (indeed, worldwide) are trying to navigate providing education to students despite the COVID pandemic.

That navigation almost certainly includes a remote learning component.

Thus, not only might students be receiving instruction at home, but also, parents, guardians, and/or other caregivers will need to be available to both care for children during the school day and to assist them with their remote learning.

In other words, it is completely unrealistic to expect schools to open and to stay open without interruption in 2020-21. What is realistic is that schools may open and may have to close if they cannot function due teacher, admin, and staff shortages from their contracting COVID, or if the threat of such contracting is deemed imminent and schools are shuttered proactively, or even if too many adults are exposed to a person with COVID and therefore must quarantine for a couple of weeks per instance. Think about that. It is possible that a student in my room contracts COVID. One student. Let’s say that student has been in contact with at least one classroom of 10 students (small, I know, but stay with me) and rides a bus with 20 other students (and with a bus driver) and has class with six teachers per day. So, right there, we have at least 37 individuals needing to be quarantined– six of whom are responsible for instruction.

Furthermore, if a teacher contracts COVID, then all of that teacher’s students (and likely some colleagues) must be quarantined in order to curtail a super-spreader situation.

Add to all of that the possiblity for a teacher or student returning from quarantine to be exposed yet again and to have to head right back into quarantine.

We haven’t even touched on what happens if the entire admin and office staff of a school are exposed and the heart of school operations must be quarantined.

None of this is a recipe for a stable, on-site, schooling experience.

In order for me to continue to teach (and for my students to continue to learn) while in quarantine, my school must have a plan in place for me to teach (and for students to learn) remotely.

Remote instruction is not an ideal. I prefer interacting with my students in person. It is definitely easier to build a student-teacher relationship in person, and that relationship is a vital conduit to persuade students to invest in their own learning. But it is what we have to work with in the face of this pandemic.

America is planning to educate its K12 students in 2020-21, even if in our respective living rooms.

Therefore, to those tempted to view K12 school as solid, reliable child care *if only the schools will open*, think again.

COVID-19 will not stop at the school door because America is tired of being inconvenienced.

If only it would.

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  1. I agree! Cramming that many people together will lead to a huge resurgence and will endanger students, staffs, and the families they go home to!

  2. jacksartspace permalink

    Yes, Mercedes. Schools and universities opening with such a rush this summer/fall are not being realistic, and could endanger a lot of people. Jack Hassard

  3. Carrie Preston permalink

    Just think of the problems at the meat packing places. School children and teachers work just as close together as they do. Rooms are either too hot or too cold. Especially the old buildings. We may be warm enough when the year begins to keep it away but as the weather gets colder and the stale stale air is circulated in the rooms………you know it will come .

  4. It’s not that America is tired of being inconvenienced. The poliitcal leadership botched it by allowing the outbreak and then on responding to the outbreak. Polling actually shows people want safety first. The problem is the political leadership, both parties, presented workers with the Faustian bargain of having to return to work to feed their families and possibly get sick, or staying at home but dying of starvation or homelessness instead. We should be given means to survive at home while the pandemic is contained. The money exists. They gave Wall St. trillions in March. How’s that helping anyone?

    • If people wanted safety above convenience, mask-wearing would be much more prevalent.

      • Mitch Marcus permalink

        How prevalent is mask wearing? On the whole I suspect it would at least be a solid majority of the population.

      • Where I live in southern La., about 40-50% of the population.

      • Mitch Marcus permalink

        I’ll admit you do see a bit of a mania about it, people throwing caution to the wind in many areas. Political leadership plays an important role I think. All the governors, Democratic and Republican alike, have been re-opening their economies way prematurely. Profit over people’s lives. That’s what the school reopening campaign is all about as well.

    • Robert Tellman permalink

      How on earth did “The poliitcal leadership botch it by allowing the outbreak”?
      How does one ALLOW a pandemic?
      Some folks take every opportunity to blame all the ills of the world on elected officials. I’m afraid this virus has a mind of its own.

      • Mitch Marcus permalink

        Epidemiologists and scientists have warned about the danger of a pandemic for more than two decades. The destruction of health care infrastructure throughout that time have left millions vulnerable. The Trump Admin downplayed it in January and February, then delayed doing anything about it until finally autoworkers refused to go back to work. Only then came the lockdown. And now the lockdown has been lifted with the complicity of both parties and media and unions with their back to work and school campaign without even the minimul guidelines for reopening released by White House followed– 14 straight days of decline in cases and death; and robust testing, contact tracing and hospital capacity in place.

  5. More independent research into “Covid-19” may alleviate some concerns.

  6. Jack Moore permalink

    So let me say this…. some parents do have to work!!! I work an essential job and top of owning an essential business! So what am I to do? Make no money lose my house and not put food in the table! I am one of many on the other side! I am not sending my kids to school(you) to babysit! I am sending them for a quality education to better themselves. If you feel i am sending them to you to babysit, then I must question what type of teacher you are! A good teacher at minimum or a babysitter? I hope and pray you are a teacher. We are in a no win situation. But 100 % distance learning is not the answer!

    • Not asking for 100% distance learning. As stated in my post, I prefer to be in the classroom. However, it is unrealistic for parents to assume that the 2020-21 school year will proceed as usual, without interruption from COVID-19.

    • Robert Tellman permalink

      So many things could be discussed here with as many opinions as posters, I suspect.
      About political leaders reopening too soon, no one has been forced to go out to beaches, bars, etc.
      Let’s begin a conversation about CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY. If that would be society’s focus, think of the good that could be accomplished in this world. Instead it’s always civil RIGHTS/demands. Start thinking about what you can contribute instead of what others should be doing for you. I don’t know if a speech writer or JFK himself penned “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” How refreshing! I love it!

      Charity should begin at home. I quit working when I had children so I could raise my own children (I’m a woman, despite my email). We struggled to buy groceries but I wouldn’t trade those moments being home with my children for “all the tea in China.” I had them and it was my responsibility and desire to be with them, take care of them, teach them right from wrong, etc.
      I’m blessed to have had the opportunity to do that. I know not everyone can.

      But when we look at what our society has become, a lot of families make a choice to have more than one parent work outside the home. People don’t necessarily live close to relatives who could help with childcare. I’m not judging, just stating facts.

      Yes some parents need to work. But, guess what, many teachers are parents. It is not our (I am also a teacher) responsibility or obligation to provide childcare for your children. We instruct them, we love them, we care for them, But at the end of the day, they are yours. I made the choice to only have 2 children so I could afford to provide for them. I chose to have them 2 years apart so I could return to work when the last one started school.

      Make good choices. You will have the rest of your life to live with those choices.

      • Ashley permalink

        Yes! The teachers provide the education. And if that means doing it remotely during this pandemic then they are still fulfilling their duty. It is not the teachers responsibility to physically watch other people’s children so they can work. They may have to hire a child care provider during this time or as you did, consider stepping back from a job to accommodate their children. It’s really what’s best for them and what’s best for society, as unpleasant as it may be for us.

      • Karen Moeller permalink

        Looks like a strong case can be made for 100 % distance learning, replacing teachers with artificial intelligence programs. As education is a majority of local tax budgets, the elimination of the traditional public school teacher, principals, etc.will free up taxes families must pay to support the system. Therefore, the families have more money and may not need two full-time incomes which will free up a parent and/or leave enough money for childcare. The added benefit would be that since teachers will no longer be needed they can be free to look for employment in the STEM fields for which they are so eminently qualified. By the way, those jobs require fifty-two weeks a year.

    • Ashley permalink

      What she was saying was she can still educate children remotely. People do it every day. And if that’s what is best right now then that’s what she will do. But that’s what her job is, to educate. Not provide child care. And while parents use the opportunity to work during school hours (which there’s nothing wrong with) it is not right to ask her to risk her health or the health of others when there are alternatives, as unpleasant as some may find them. She would still be fulfilling her role as educator.

  7. Super post. Thank you!

    Wondering about this sentence:

    “None of this is not a recipe for a stable, on-site, schooling experience.”

    Would the meaning be more clear if you deleted the word “not”?

    Thanks again!

  8. Zorba permalink

    Reblogged this on Politicians Are Poody Heads.

  9. Ashley Polomsky permalink

    This is a very well worded and well written article. I’m amazed at the lack of common sense among people today. Logically things can’t go back to normal because we are still in the midst of a health crisis. Adjustments need to be made. As much as we want things to go back to normal, wishing will not make it so. And while people use them as such, schools are not day care centers. I totally agree with all of your points.

  10. Teri Knox permalink

    Living on a single income for 40 years. Paid the estate off, never had college debt for either of us, paid for kids college, saved in 401ks. It’s not so much about how much one makes, but rather about, how one spends what is earned. Budgeting and managing is key.

    I volunteered for each of my 4 children’s teacher, in the classroom, throughout their elementary years. Except for our 4th, we pulled her out of her lical school for lack of resources. I homeschooled her 12 years. She thrived. She is 1 class away from graduating college with honors in a degree in digital design and graphics. So proud of her.

    I respect the hard work teachers do. I wish each one blessings. Parents know you are not babysitters. If they want to homeschool, that is an option. We will make it through these hard times. Wash your hands, cover your cough, distance oneself and be of good cheer. We will get through this. Hold tight to your faith in God. He loves each of us.

  11. Lisa Christensen permalink

    So while I respect the opinions of others, parents going back to work is NOT the reason schools need to be open. It is also not just for student learning. For the greater good of the mental, emotional and physical well being of children is the reason why. There are considerations for sure and this is not an easy time. I think it is a very small minority of entitled individuals who view our school systems as daycare. The majority of people view them as critical for children because they are. Parents going back to work is also critical for many families. I suggest people read the “Considerations: Guidance for school re-entry” by the American Academy of Pediatrics. It is a long but very comprehensive look at what education may look like while we all learn to live with this virus.

  12. Robert McCarthy permalink

    Covid won’t end until everyone has contracted it and gotten over it. Get over it.

  13. Kathy permalink

    I agree we need to be flexible. I also think there are many students that are suffering health issues and food insecurities with prolonged school closures. What I find problematic with the tone of the article is the attitude that parents merely feel “inconvenienced”. I think the core issue is the lack of childcare resources in general. School should not be looked at as childcare service, however, that has long been how our system is set up. Please remember that we are in an economic crisis. People are struggling right now. I think as a society we need to figure out how to support families.

  14. Fred permalink

    I have to tell you that the heart of the school isn’t the administration.

  15. Bakiatu Koroma permalink

    Thank you…well said

  16. Allison permalink

    Oh good grief!
    Apparently, she doesn’t have young kids at home and have to work outside the home. Such an arrogant view for those who do.

  17. Sabrina permalink

    Thank you for speaking out. I don’t understand why so many feel like they are untouchable or like this isn’t really happening but it is. Our children are being put at risk by opening the schools. This thing is NOT dying down – it’s getting worse and taking as many as it can with it. I do not wish to see my kids or anyone else’s children be subdued by this plague but I am just one voice that they will not listen to. All we can do is wear the masks along with the other instructions and trust GOD to keep us as HE has done this far. I agree with all you have said and again than you for saying it. GOD Bless you.

  18. Brenda permalink

    Thank you for sharing this covid-19 perspective, regarding schools reopening. It appears those who are making decisions for educators and students continue to overlook “What’s Best!” If “they” could take their minds of the ‘money,’ then “they” must continue with distant learning, until there’s a cure for this horrible pandemic. Please continue to speak on education and sharing common sense measures that protect both students and teachers.

  19. Kelly permalink

    My sentiments exactly! I am also a teacher and mother of 2 school aged children. I believe that there should be several options for families. For families stuck with a childcare situation perhaps cash strapped districts can offer some sort of enrichment opportunities?

  20. Beth permalink

    Finally! Someone who has sense!
    I am also a teacher and miss my students dearly but I believe it is too soon to decide whether to open the schools.
    I am disappointed that the national organization of pediatricians is saying that covid doesn’t affect children. It hasn’t affected children as much because we have protected them by shutting down the schools proactively.
    Learning online is certainly not ideal for all students but it is definitely a 21 century skill that our students need to master.
    (I know it’s tough with elementary age students but most middle and high school students are already on technology almost constantly.) Let’s use this time to invest in all of our students to ensure all have access to the internet and have computers and or tablets.

  21. john pfeffer permalink

    Except most parents are not equipped emotionally or financially to teach their kids. Who can i call to make my mortgage payment? Or my electric bill?

  22. Amy permalink

    I find it interesting that in so many of these posts it feels as though educators are blaming parents for the return to school. Make no mistake, many parents are very concerned about sending their children to school. Many of us do not have another option. We can’t simply stay home or hire a babysitter as one other poster mentioned – what a privileged comment. We are being pushed back into the office with little option to do anything other than send our kids to school. We realize the risks: to our children, to teachers and staff, to ourselves. But many parents have no recourse and we hope that employers will be understanding of the potential roller coaster that this school year may bring. None of us wants this, any of this. Make sure you’re laying the blame at the feet of those who have pushed for reopening, those who assert that the virus is not a danger, those who have made mask wearing a political issue.

  23. Ming permalink

    The title, tone and premise of this article makes me a little sad. Most parents don’t view education as childcare and it makes me sad because it sounds like that’s how you feel. Most people do however set up their life (including job and commitments) around the school schedule. I don’t think their reliance on the educational system’s schedule makes them bad people. I also don’t think the predicament they find themselves in during this pandemic should be overlooked, especially since they may need to work out of the home as essential workers. As a society we can’t turn our backs on the needs of others.
    One of the reasons that there is a “cry” that school must be in person next year stems from what many saw as a complete loss of education from the last round of “remote learning” and students suffering mentally from a lack of social engagement (especially in the social/peer development middle school/high school ages). Many parents saw no education, instead resources were pushed to students and if they understood it from the reading great, they learned, but in the complete absence of teacher student interaction there was NO educating by a large number of districts. Not saying this is all the fault of teachers. Administration didn’t help. Some rose to the occasion despite a lack of administrative leadership. Some didn’t. Obviously with no time to plan and so much unknown it was a unusual situation. But we can’t go back to that. Now is the time districts should be planning with flexibility.
    Just for perspective, I am a stay at home mom of two middle and high school.
    I recently submitted my thoughts to our district via their survey. Here is an abridged version of what I said to them.
    The goal needs to be Consistent meaningful live instruction. The plan should be To have teachers teaching from their classroom, on their regular schedule. Worst Case all students live zoom from home on their regular school Schedule so while not in person they can interact with teachers and students in a way that most closely resembles the real live classrooms. Best case scenario students are with them 100% and the teacher still records their instruction so at risk or ill kids can participate and catch up. Mid case scenario is they come up with a plan for subgroups of students to be on the classroom daily/weekly (By grade, team or instruction subject, etc. ) while the rest Live zoom from home. Or find other ways to get some in person student-student and student-teacher interaction.
    Then students can go back to school after classes for Activities that Are approved for the stage of pandemic their area is in. Are there obstacles to this, yes. Ironically teachers who have Young kids may have child care needs (just like so many others). Busing. Technology (but federal money has been received by districts based on need to offset this to some degree Already). Logistics.
    With the quarantine necessary when exposure happens this article is definitely spot on, it will be chaos. Education will suffer for the students.
    Just my thoughts.

    • I am addressing the talking point, not the parents themselves (hence the quotes around the phrase in my title). Anyone who believes that talking point as the end of the matter is being set up.

    • Jacqui permalink

      This is the best comment and exactly my thoughts. I am a working mom, and am fortunate to have the option to work from home and still want my kids to go back to as real a school scenario as possible. I saw the lack of remote learning this spring, lack of teacher daily interaction, and lack of motivation from my kids. It was awful. And I don’t consider school to be my babysitter… I don’t like the tone of this article that suggests that parents do. Notice all the people saying everyone should stay home and “we are opening too early” were still getting paid throughout this “epidemic”.

  24. Ming permalink

    I’m having trouble posting a comment. Is there moderation time? It keeps saying duplicate comment but didn’t say it posted and it’s not showing. Thank you!!

  25. Tom permalink

    Sorry education trumps your fear scenarios. Children get sick and as long as they are not in danger then it is natural and tolerated. Many are asymptomatic. Their grandparents however must be careful and must not be around them until there is a vaccine.

  26. People at my job had the virus I think 30 to date of 1200 people and no one quarantined except them. So saying if a teacher gets it everyone quarantined sounds ridiculous to me. I work for an essential job that has been open the entire time. Not sure where you are getting your information.
    Plus during the shut down the numbers still went up. They just need to let the virus run its course.

  27. Hollis permalink

    And for those of us with young elementary-aged children who work in healthcare on the front lines and do not have the option to work remotely… ??? Not only are we not able to BE at home, we also do not have the flexibility and TIME to educate our children. Let me emphasize YOUNG children, who cannot just read what they’re supposed to do. You are coming at this from one perspective and what you’re saying is ALSO unrealistic.

    • I feel so divided on this subject. I do think that this article points fingers a little bit at parents who rely on school as childcare. I understand and agree with all the points as to why it is tricky and not a stable choice to rely on school as a source of childcare. It will be tricky. I am a para educator and I may not even have a job when school starts due to budget cuts, but I am also very concerned about sending my children to school. However, one thing is true for my family- We cannot survive off of one income. With that being said we are not privileged enough to hire someone to babysit our children. I understand the concerns but there are a lot of children who are more at risk in their settings at home. And how can you qualify that everyone is getting the same education when you have a stay at home mom who can consistently help their child and teach them but the other child who is left at home alone to do their work while their parents work recieved the same education? Not to mention the fact that there will be a lot of elementary aged children left home alone due to the fact that parents have no other options. And as far as the one person who mentioned the CARES act. It would be nice if there was support but it’s not reality just like relying on schools to provide child care this year will be not be reality. There is more to it than parents simply want free childcare. I have no idea what I will do next year.
      The other difficult part is not knowing what kind of childcare I will need to seek out. Is it a few times a week or is it a few hours every day? Another problem is the lack of communication and decision moving forward. How can I even plan for childcare if I have no answers as to what it will look like? We have a start date for school but no answer whether its hybrid full time or completely distance learning. It takes time to find childcare…and how is a group based childcare any safer than children sitting in their desk sociall distanced? I am an avid mask wearer, I follow the social distance guidelines and rules of the state. I am scared….but it is also unrealistic to think one parent can stay home, you have to admit the people who have large salaries or have one stay at home parent already are greatly at the advantage while making it even harder for families in poverty to provide for their own family.

  28. Tammy permalink

    Bravo! Thank you for a well expressed article.

  29. Charnita v Davis permalink

    Very well said. No one ever thinks about us(educators) and our families. But don’t forget we have preschool students also. Thank you so much.

  30. Darlena Goodwin permalink

    This article is excellently written. I am a teacher and totally agree.

  31. J.T. permalink

    “it takes a village”… I’m older now, but if I had a young child that either could not go to school because it was shut down due to whatever Covid reason (s), or I was fearful of sending my child into a crowded school, I personally would look into either home schooling or working with one or two other families to home school or do the school systems remote teaching with one or two other families….Thus giving each other time to work. None of this is ideal, but it is just my thoughts…
    Yes, we are all in this together…. All My Best To You All.

  32. Yarrum1956 permalink

    I think you are (sadly) 100% correct.

    I would have much more respect for a school system that understands up front that preventing a new spread of infections is impossible and plans now for remote learning until a vaccine is available.

    The futile efforts being spent towards creating partitions and barriers, would be better spent directed towards investing in an enhanced remote experience in the fall for K-12 and also colleges.

    Anything else is complete folly and endangers the health of all involved.

  33. Roger permalink

    Kids need to learn. Teachers need to teach. Parents need to work. All 3 are just as important as the next. Are you saying the parents have to quit their jobs so you can teach and the kids can learn? Even if parents work from home, they still have to work and can’t be watching the kids or helping you teach. Perhaps it is time for the public schools to change how they do things, instead of expecting the world to adapt to your expectations.

    If parents don’t work, they can’t provide computers, internet access, food and clothing, a house to live in. Is the school going to provide all that? No, unless you are advocating a total government takeover of the child’s life. Goodbye to the Land of the Free.

  34. Pam Goloback permalink

    I’m a MI school bus driver. You touched on the topic of a student contracting Covid and all the people whom that child came in contact with. So let’s not forget, if Jane Doe rides my bus…myself and the other students would have to quarantine, Yes! However, I also have others runs with other students that I would then be exposing and would thus have to quarantine! Just one school bus driver could expose MANNNY students! Not to mention, the CDC is recommending 1 student per seat with an empty seat in between each student. On a 72 passenger bus, that means only 13 students can ride at a time. The drivers would be on the road shuttling ALL DAY! The district’s don’t have that kind of funding to pay every driver to shuttle all day long! It is just impossible! I am VERRRY concerned what is going to happen!!!

  35. Deloris Mitchell permalink

    By far the most well-versed article I’ve read in years. As an educator and mother of 2, I often side with “what’s in the best interest of the majority”. None of this current scenario is easy or “fixable” to everyone’s interest, however I cringe when I think about the level of neglectful actions society is willing to take at the loss of our youth for a few dollars.
    By far, education is served better when children feel safe, have a great rapport with their educator and can socialize, however, where are those who advocate for the adverse effects of sending children into a virus war zone where many will be continuously bombarded with the fears and anxiety associated with contractions, contamination, social distancing and wearing an oxygen-restricting device for 8-10 hours a day? Anxiety presents in even the youngest of children, and has led to an abundance of research on it’s negative impact on student growth-mindset and achievement.
    As a parent, I am creating options for work that will allow me to work around my child’s needs, as I will opt out of sending my son into a building in the fall. He will continue distance learning and we both will have a peace of mind.

    • .Batman permalink

      A few dollars! Lady are you going to feed our kids when we lose our jobs so we can do your job teaching our kids? I think not. A teacher does not need to be paid while parents are teaching all the students. Meanwhile the teachers are babysitting their kids kids at home getting paid; tax money at work. I say we fire all the teachers, put all that money towards getting all the kids a technology they need to be homeschooled and give the rest to the parents who are stuck at home teaching.

      • Deloris permalink

        You can feel whatever you chose, however, if your child is not in my undergraduate classrooms, then you may want to ask more clarifying questions about the term “Eduactor”. Secondly, a small percentage of anyone’s taxes pay for school districts around the world. It is a consistent line item on Fed budget that states have the authority to use.
        Third, when I was a child, it was the parents responsibility to ensure their child’s metacognition and application of information, not a teacher’s, and that is the philosophy I have raised my scholars with.
        Each person has their opinion and view, and that is fine. But put your writing on paper to your district’s School Commissioner and Superintendent, vote in ALL elections (state and local officials, etc.) so that you can actually be an active part of decision making…opposing my view is futile.

  36. Rose permalink

    Under the conditions proposed in this article, teachers must be furloughed, remote learning must be structured with a much larger student to teacher ratio, private property taxes must be reduced in order for parents to continue to remain at home with their children and/or be able to afford childcare for their children while they go to work. Property tax prorations and refunds should be calculated and dispersed to households promptly. The suggestions by the teacher who wrote this article fail to address the economic unsustainability and reality.

    • Not the point of my article. The point is that simply saying that schools need to open so parents can go to work does not make schools impervious to the problems of COVID-19.

      • Roger permalink

        By the exact same principle, you can’t say that parents have to stay home from work just because it’s easier on the schools. The reality is that nothing is impervious to the problems of COVID-19. Just as my employment has changed due to CV19, so must the schools change. That is my point. Students need to learn, teachers need to teach, parents need to work. We need to work together to make it happen, not berate parents for needing to work.

      • Schools will change, and remote learning will be a part of it– which means kids will not be in the school building at some points.

      • Roger permalink

        So the question becomes, where will they be? They can’t be at home, because the parents have to work. Very few jobs can be done at home, and if they have work form home jobs, the parents have to actually work, not monitor children. Schools can’t just throw this back on the parents and say “Figure it out.”

      • Concerned Dad permalink

        what about hospitals? We stay open. There’s no magical filtration system, just N95 masks and eyes covering. I honestly question your dedication to teaching. You should be very grateful that us doctors and medical professionals do not share your lack of empathy.

  37. Jessie Moreno-Graham permalink

    Thank you for your input. Coming from an educator, your opinion matters. Please read the American Academy of pediatric response . This is coming from medical doctors who specialize in Pediatrics. They understand the risks more than anyone. It’s definitely your right to not go back to teaching if you don’t feel comfortable or safe. Teacher safety is important. As we have seen in Sweden they have not successfully kept all teachers healthy. Unfortunately this is a virus that we have to live with until we have a vaccine and are able to vaccinate the most vulnerable.

  38. Rayna Strong permalink

    Wow. It must be nice to be able to dictate your work conditions and what you will and won’t do. It must be nice to have the option of doing your job from home, even though it’s not nearly as effective, but hey- whatever’s best for you. It must be nice to sit on a high horse and tell parents that expecting the schools we pay for be open is selfish and unrealistic. I wish we could all be as fortunate as you.

    • My previous post was about modifying goggles and purchasing a suitable mask for when I must be in my classroom. I do not run the show. If I did, it would indeed be nice.

  39. Concerned Dad permalink

    Uh, by this logic, hospitals would all be closed. I’m a doctor. We take care of people with Covid. You wear a mask. N95s are no longer under massive shortage, so teachers can wear one. I understand you may be hesitant, but don’t manipulate reality to suit your needs. All decisions need to be based on a risk-benefit analysis. School is more than simply education for kids. Thousands go hungry when school is out, abuse rates have gone up. If the solution is that you all wear an N95 mask (like we do in the hospital!), just think about it. There’s obviously other factors, but teachers can protect themselves so that aspect isn’t a valid criticism of restarting.

  40. Must home quarantine follow exposure? Anyone who teaches or attends school this year assumes they’ll get covid eventually. If the whole school has been exposed, then it may as well stay in session as giant quarantine bubble.

  41. Jessica Napier permalink

    I am in total agreement with your point of view. I do not feel comfortable sending my 3 children who are 10, 9, and 7 back to school in the fall and honestly I don’t see how any administrators could put the students in that situation. Between the bus ride to school, then breakfast and in classroom settings passing in the hallway between classes or accessing lockers then lunch and recess and then bus ride back home puts kids in too close contact too frequently throughout the day, and who will be deemed responsible for the students well being? Their teacher? The school my kids attend has put 15 kids into a classroom but hasen’t changed the plans on their bus route except for temperature checks before being allowed to get on the bus. Some mornings we can take them only though if it is raining where my husband has a job that starts before the school allows drop offs and he works until 5 or 6 in the evening. I feel deeply they should want to prevent exposure to covid19 at all costs. I think strongly that they should allow any parent the option of online course study if they wish to do the work. Could you suggest anything?

    • Jessica, some schools are allowing parents to choose an online option. If your school is not (or if you are unsure), call the school or school district and let them know your position. They need to hear from you.

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