The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of returning to school during a Pandemic

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of returning to school during a Pandemic

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of returning to school during a Pandemic Behind the scenes in an Elementary School continued…

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of returning to school during a Pandemic

Behind the scenes in an Elementary School continued…

 

So, we have made it through October and we seem to have a good routine going on. The children are settled into their new classroom, they love their teachers and learning and growing is taking place. Routines have been established, hand washing and wearing masks is entrenched and schedules have been completed for the 100th time.   

But wait… our school board is changing things yet again.  

A survey to parents went out last week to determine if their child/children will continue online learning or will return to the building. This is not the problem… The problem is the board is dismantling the virtual learning school. 

To give a bit of the back story, the virtual school has its own Principal, schedule and expectations.  Further, the virtual teacher works with students from various schools throughout the board.   

The expectation of teaching and assessing student learning online will now fall on the classroom teacher, who already has a full room of students.  The teacher will receive new students, who will plug in throughout the day when he/she is teaching a lesson and then complete the work online. 

Would you say this is double the work?  I would.  I have taught virtually and the amount of prep and uploading of files for all the subject areas is very time consuming. How are we to give individual attention to our students both virtually and in class? The virtual teachers are overwhelmed with just teaching online.  How is the classroom teacher going to juggle this new learning model with little to no time to prepare?  The virtual classroom will finish on November 13th and their new classroom will begin on November 16th.   

In a nutshell, this is a logistical nightmare for all concerned, especially the students.  What about the students with learning difficulties? How is this disruption going to help their progress? 

I realize we are all faced with the challenges of a worldwide Pandemic and this is new territory for all school boards and the Ministry of Education; however, I believe teachers, who are on the frontline, need to be part of the planning process for students and schedules.  We live this every day.

Ultimately, these changes can and will affect both teachers’ and students’ mental health and well-being. We don’t need to look far to see how the pandemic alone has raised anxiety and depression. We all need predictability and stability during this time. 

Do we need this disruption?  I would love your feedback and comments about what is happening in our schools. 

 

 

 

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