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Union wants ‘purple’ county schools to stay closed

Original post made on Feb 1, 2021

The California Teachers Association has told Governor Gavin Newsom that the union wants schools in counties with high Covid-19 infection rates to remain in distance learning for 100 days ...

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Posted by H
a resident of San Ramon Valley High School
on Feb 1, 2021 at 10:40 am

H is a registered user.

Good! The SRVEA teachers can say home while parents get the kids safely back in classroom. SRVEA has constantly said that remote learning is great, so why not have the teachers be 100% remote while the kids learn from the classroom. Problem solved! This also solves the budget crisis for next year as we can replace the highly paid local teachers with equally qualified remote teachers in parts of the state with far less salary requirements. Easy!

Posted by Reader
a resident of Danville
on Feb 2, 2021 at 9:20 am

Reader is a registered user.

Thoughts on comments by other residents follow.

1) SRVUSD teachers are not among the highest paid in the state. That’s a common misconception.
2) I personally know three teachers and they would definitely prefer in class teaching. However, that would be after vaccination, which they are unable to receive. Why? Like it it not, they are in a high risk position.
3) All of us need to put ourselves in the shoes of teaching professionals. Would you be comfortable in a relatively small room with just a few windows that will open, perhaps in high school with 150-170 students per day? Would you do it if you were say, over 50? If you had an elderly parent?
4) Instead of criticizing teachers and school staff, consider promoting school staff vaccination. They need it.
5) I have posted this before, but the “private schools are open” argument has holes. My grandchild’s private school was actually closed for a month after a COVID outbreak (among the older staff). It happens.
6) Where will the substitute teachers come from, when the inevitable outbreak occurs? Substitutes are often retirees, either from teaching or from business. They are not likely to take these jobs. They can’t.

Vaccinating all school staff seems like a winning option. Parents may then make their own decisions regarding whether or not to send their own children back to school.

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