County Public Health has announced that in-person classes may resume. But is this a good idea? As a parent, I was overjoyed by the news; As a school board member, I was a bit more hesitant.
What do you think school districts should do over the next six months?
I need your Input
As the mom of a 13 and 10 year old, I had watched my kids struggle all summer long. No kids to play with, none of their regular in-person camps they’d enjoyed in year’s past. Only the practice part of sports - none of the games that make the rest worth it! I worried that they were losing important skills they’d been taught when they were all together inside of a classroom. And I worried for all of the other children (once a Mom, you are mom to the world.) Children play to learn in the youngest grades. Students with special needs can lose ground quicker than we can come up with a “new plan.” And then there’s the social isolation creating depression and anxiety among our youth. “Yes, yes, bring them all back,” the mother in me exclaimed! But then I was brought back to reality and asking the questions you are all probably asking as well.
Is it safe enough?
Is the odd, socially distanced structure conducive to learning any more than the on-line at home model?
Sure, it is seemingly great news for the many parents who work full time and can’t monitor their children’s school day, but what happens if there is an outbreak?
Many of the businesses that were forced to close, reopen and close again said it was worse than staying closed the entire time. It would have been easier had they just been given some financial assistance. Will it be the same for working parents? From the many conversations I’ve overhead in the market and in other community places, grandparents have been called on often to support childcare. But if the kids are released because of an outbreak at school, can grandparents really be called upon to be surrogate parents?
School districts and city council leaders are talking. And I want to hear from you! Policy must reflect the true needs of residents, not what leaders think they need, based on a sample of one!
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