How would you feel if schools opened full time in the fall?
I am a teacher. I left work to be with the family. My goal was to return and now this. In all honesty, I would be eager to return in the fall if I were hired by a well-run school.
I am. I would not feel great about it. I’m a cluster teacher so I see every student in my school (~1000) and I just don’t see how I can continue to safely, even if in smaller groups. I am young, single, and healthy so I don’t worry too much about contracting COVID myself, but because I’d be so exposed at work, I would feel forced to go back into serious quarantine (no running errands, or seeing parents or friends) outside of work which is pretty isolating. I think a hybrid schedule where kids are in 30% of the time will be an absolute disaster from an educational standpoint, for administrators to plan, and logistically for families so I really don't think it’s worth pursuing when our time could be better spent bolstering remote learning. I also think it’s important to acknowledge the psychological toll of the teacher deaths which will happen. Of course the teacher’s family experiences the greatest tragedy, but in my situation or in the case of middle/HS teachers, that teacher may teach hundreds of students who will also experience that trauma. Even in an elementary school, if a classroom teacher dies, that is 30 kids who experience such a difficult loss. Fortunately, that didn't happen at my school in the spring (though one staff member lost multiple immediate family members), but I can imagine how frigtening the idea of returning to such an exposed workplace would be for those who lost a colleague or family member. It’s simply not worth it.
Not in nyc but my school district is opening full time in the fall for k-5th.
I’m not sure how I feel. There are so many unknowns. My district is already in a budget crunch and it looks like I will be spending even more of my money to set up my classroom.
My students are almost all immigrants from Central America so they live in small apartments and their parents will send them to school sick for childcare.
I have no idea how things like lunch and the bus will work. how will kids get to read library books if they can’t share?
ugh, there are so many unknowns and the leadership is very meh. I am going to do my best but it‘s a shit show then I’m going back to teach private school.
I’m in an urban area with a surge of cases too.
You're doing good work. Don't get discouraged. Stay at this school where they need you!