Here we are in the middle of a pandemic and the Federal Government couldn’t put together a detailed plan for re-opening schools nor have they presented any updates since school has re-opened. It appears each state is on their own to devise ways and means to combat education during this time in our lives.
While perusing through some social media sites I came across some scared and angry parents and educators – all voicing their concern over returning to school. Some areas of concern were:
Areas of Concern
- The pandemic is not over;
- We don’t have a vaccine;
- Students would have to take a bus;
- Lack of information about what and how the districts were going to manage the return to school;
- How will the schools be sanitized;
- Can children spread the disease;
- How will students without wifi or a computer access their classes;
- How will students with disabilities be handled;
- Betsy DeVos is diverting public school monies to private school;
- Social distance how will it be managed in the school;
Children from low-income families who face hunger, possible abuse, mental health difficulties, and other issues have been hit the hardest during this pandemic. Local communities including religious organizations, social workers, and mental health specialists, along with educators and school officials, are needed to continue to help those struggling.
The Darker Side
- Students are at home babysitting their younger siblings while trying to engage in classwork;
- Breakfast and lunch are not provided;
- Students don’t have a quiet place to focus on school;
- Students are simply not showing up for either hybrid or distance learning classes;
- Students are not submitting their work;
- Students are confused about assignment thinking they have homework when actually it’s work for class for the days they attend school from home;
- Teacher have no way of managing 46 distance learners in one class;
Your suggestions and comments are welcome.