Letters to the Editor

Time to go all-remote in our schools

Nov 20 2020, 4:59 PM

I am a retired teacher now but have a daughter who teaches and a grandson in day care. Tonight they are awaiting the Covid test results of their day care provider and her daughter due to symptoms. 

My daughter is trying to figure out how to manage parent teacher-conferences, care for her 2-year-old, write sub plans and wondering if she will know if Covid is at the day care by Friday, as she has a neurologist Zooming in to her brain development class on Friday (a sub cannot facilitate that, if they can even get a sub). She does not want to expose me, so I cannot babysit this week and we want to follow state guidelines.

I think given the recent record-breaking number of 122 cases in one day, it’s time for the governor to pause in-person learning until after MLK day. Another grandmother I know told me that her granddaughter’s district is preemptively going remote before Thanksgiving due to survey results from parents showing so many families are planning to go out of state or have out-of-state visitors over the holiday. 

The resulting community spread would likely infiltrate the schools and it would likely spread faster once it’s there. Once most of the staff get exposed, there won’t be enough teachers to do remote teaching. There are barely enough staff now for some districts to manage.

It seems so unfair that those of us being so responsible and following state guidelines are being put at risk by in- and out-of-state people who just choose to flout the norms. I know this is happening from my own observations.

It’s time to pause in-person learning and go remote for the sake of everyone.

Jackie McCuin