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This is the dumbest thing I've read since the virus started.
It is much too soon to make this decision. In the editorial, you said that teachers weren't prepared to teach during a pandemic. Who was? Was our president and were our representatives ready in the country and state? Nobody was ready, and that must be in great part because we lacked presidential leadership. As for the editorial showing some concern for students, where was a mention of concern for educators who are not kids? No where! Many educators and all adults who work in our schools may have preexisting conditions, older family and disabled children at home who would be high-risk. As a former teacher, I have had huge concerns about kids missing their education, but this is a pandemic, and if we don't stop it NOW by following what the infectious disease scientists recommend, we will never get kids and educators back in school.
Did the JT get some new members? The published point of view seems more neutral and sensible. Kids need to goto school... they need to learn. Kids went to school during WW1 And WW2... life goes on. Wash your hands.
Were the kids fighting in the war? That comparison makes zero sense.
convert all schools including high schools into k-8th grade. including the high schools for one year...spread them all out ...plenty of room.....9th-12th grade will be 90% online and one weekend day of in school class.. and that class is civics and history taught by the best professors we can...no indoctrination just the truth...mandatory for graduation...
You get dumber every day
Don't look in a mirror caped.
A large percentage of RUSD is title one with mostly free/reduced lunch. Quite a few students and families are also homeless. These are huge obstacles in virtual learning. If on-site normal learning is to happen and you could provide enough physical space between students and teachers, how would you possibly manage to get the students to school? There is not enough buses, time, or money to get this done. Only with families working jointly with the school does this have a chance. In my humble opinion, the push for more technology based learning that started years ago hurts us now. Think back to every class having a text book. This does not happen now. If it did, at least the students would have clear reference materials and assignments to use in learning and would not rely on technology. This is the clear winner.
As an FYI, RUSD has continued to provided food for students / families to pick up. I do not see any mention of this and it is a clear super-star effort by RUSD to support the welfare of our children.
"it’s because teachers were not prepared to transfer to new online teaching technology" - the lack of technology resources for students would seem to be more of a school district issue than a teacher issue.
"While there have been 766 coronavirus-related deaths in Wisconsin, none have been for anyone ages 0-19, the Wisconsin State Health Department confirmed Friday." - Remember when covid-19 was thought to not impact the younger generation, only those older. Now, day after day the vast majority of cases are from those in their 20's. Why? They stopped social distancing, don't take precautions, etc... and returned to normal. Wouldn't those in the 5-18 year age group most likely suffer the same fate going back to normal?
"That said, the impact of coronavirus remains a very real concern and it will be important to continue to offer virtual options" - All of your listed concerns are outside the education system. While the dire impact remains you failed to look at how it could impacy teachers, school staff, bus drivers, etc. What precautions are in place for them to remain healthy? Classrooms aren't sized for social distancing... neither are lunch rooms or bus routes. Every open business today - post office, doctor office, salon, stores, etc... have made healthy and safety changes to protect workers and those entering. Shouldn't the teachers, school staff, bus drivers, etc get the same consideration?
"How many moms and dads will have to give up their jobs because their employer cannot accommodate every other day off for a child’s virtual learning?" - How many have to give up jobs in summer when there is no school, over breaks, when kids are sick? Are you saying schools exsist to provide babysitting services, because that is what it sounds like.
The challenge is everyone wants things to go back to normal because it is the most comfortable and convenient solution. Newsflash - society is 12-24 months from being able to do so. So again, why force the education system to return to normal when no one else is or will be for quite awhile? The education system needs leadership and creativity to get through this. If kids learn more slowly from through distance learning - why not a year long school year? If parents have to work and help students learn, why not change teachers "hours" to noon - 8PM so they are available at times when more parents are available? The creative solution needs to be as safe and effective as possible for all involved, but it shouldn't be putting your head in the sand and returning to normal because its the most convenient.
Well stated. Thank you. Please forward to the school board.
Come on JT board, you can't just agree to go back to school no matter what. Thankfully kids aren't at risk to die from COVID but they can catch, suffer, and transmit as much as anyone. Is it worth their parents/grandparents/caregivers/teachers, etc increasing their risk? Maybe, but you can't just make a blanket statement like that.
The best proposal I've heard is communities asses a "contagion budget". Want to open schools? Great, but then other things have to remain closed to not increase transmission rates. The community must set their own priorities (you know, for the greater good).
Put the kids back in school. That is what the majority want. If you have concerns then home school your child or find a virtual learning program.
School is not a Babysitting Service. If you can't handle your children, you shouldn't have had them. Science must dictate If, When & How Schools Reopen for the 20-21 School Year. The Infected & Dead Continue to Rise. If Normal & Traditional Education has to take a backseat temporarily in the name of Health & Life, so be it.
@Jacob S....."Science must dictate"...."Education has to take a backseat"....Somewhat of a conundrum. No education-No scientists. So how long can education be suspended, or take a "backseat" before RUSD's graduates fall even more behind? BTW....Where does none find the C-19 statistics from Dr. Bowersox for just the City of Racine?
You republicans come on here everyday and blame Democrats for your failures just whine like a bunch of babies. COVID-19 makes the rules not some opinion board from JT, not RUSD, not the city of Racine and definitely not you Republicans. Why not talk about your fearless leader in Washington.the Liar in chief who knows nothing. I didn't know is not leadership and your boy Walker who sold out Mt Pleasant to a Asian company oversees who has pulled a bait and switch. Yeah you republicans have done a great job. Not!
@JAH JAH....Try to stay on topic which posing the question if RUSD will be offering a traditional educational experience. A fact you may want to consider regarding RUSD is they place very poorly in meeting educational expectations. RUSD obviously has close ties to Racine's Democrat party and City Hall. Tony Evers was responsible for Education for most of his career and now is Governor. Tony Evers is a liberal Democrat and lacks leadership skills. So...RUSD failure is the result of Democrats doing a lousy job. Sorry if the truth hurts.
Layingback there is a pandemic out here. Do you and your republicans friend's know what a pandemic is? If not Google the word.The pandemic makes the rules not all you keyboard mayor's and school board wannabees that blame everything of Democrats. If you want to make a difference run for public office or apply to lead RUSD. All this republican whining about this pandemic following the lead of that loser who do nothing in Washington. let the Pademic run its course. We the people's need to do everything to minimize the impact of COVID-19 and flatten the curve. As September approach the curve will tell us what options will work best to keep students and staff safe not some JT editorial in June. Patience is the key with a Pademic that's not hard to understand.
@JAH JAH "pandemic" six times! "The pandemic makes the rules" LMAO Well let us know when Mr./Mrs. Pandemic sends you a copy of the rules.
"that blame everything of Democrats."
Is that anything like people such as yourself that blames everything on Republicans?
It is hard not to notice the coordination that goes on between City Hall, RUSD, and the Democrat party. In the next couple of months Racine (city) will be facing an extreme stress test. Supplementary unemployment will most probably end. The ban in evictions will end. Various court cases involving Racine and RUSD are moving forward. And, it's very possible what is left of small business in Racine (city) will face a final blow if a C-19 shutdown returns. Add epic increases in violence in Milwaukee and Chicago with Racine (city) sandwiched in the middle. I doubt the liberal Democrats running Racine are up to the challenge and will simply allow the citizens to suffer the results of their misguided political agenda. If anyone is relying on RUSD and the City to do the right thing your going to be very disappointed.
Yes, full time school must happen.
The lefties don’t care about parents missing work as long as they get their tax money and paychecks! They will find any excuse to stay on an extended paid vacation. I say either go back to in person classrooms or cut the tax dollars we pay to the schools. If they aren’t operating ar full capacity then they don’t need all of our money. Cut jobs across the board and significantly lower property taxes! Then they will get back to work!
I don't work for RUSD and I agree with you that if schools are not functioning the way we anticipate, there should be an adjustment to the property tax rate, and I think if this shut down has taught us anything is that a BILLION dollar referendum to build more brick and mortar schools is unnecessary and ridiculous. BUT, I do work for a University and have been working from home since the end of March and I can assure you, this is no vacation. It is offensive you call it that. I am working more hours to coordinate with the people I need to work with, and I am working stranger hours to make sure things are getting done. Please know this is not anyone's choice of how to work, and people are not treating it as a "paid vacation."
As an FYI, the referendum largely covers the repair of schools to make them a safe environment. Look at the cost of razing vs. repairing a building are you begin to see the need for new buildings when they cannot be cost effectively repaired. Check out Janes, or Roosevelt, or the even the now closed old Walden school. You will be amazed at when these buildings were built.
@JMone.......The largest percentage of the RUSD budget goes for wages and benefits, something approaching 75%. With the 25% left going to education it's had to accept how a $Billion dollar referendum "largely covers the repair of schools".
layingback - budget for wages and benefits - yes; referendum is not for these items
RUSD must comply with the department of public instruction guidelines. Any policies put in place are likely above and beyond anything in the balanced budget they pass each year. You seem to fail to grasp all the difficulties of the situation. Yes, RUSD must and will be held accountable do a better job in the next school year.
As an FYI, perhaps you support cutting tax dollars to pay for busing of private schools from the public school budget. The same is true for the silly voucher program which is a large burden.
@JMone....."RUSD must and will be held accountable do a better job in the next school year." Which NEXT school year do you speak of? Think that's the same tag line used by RUSD after they dropped "it's for the kids". RUSD continues to see a decrease in enrollment year after year. I will let you figure out why parents opt out of sending their children to RUSD.
Decreasing enrollment is not a clear indicator of the RUSD. Have you noticed the decrease in manufacturing jobs in the Racine area in the last decades? The state funding for education has been slashed. RUSD can certainly do a better job with education.
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