Any thoughts about the plans to push the CDC recommendations aside and start school like normal? I am 64 soon to be 65 and I work in a school as a teaching associate. I am concerned and may decide to call it quits. I just don't see how you can keep people safe if people are going to the beach and sharing the virus.
While I agree that the kids need to return, it's just NOT time yet. I retired years ago, but if I were still teaching, I know I would definitely not want to take the chance. Those pushing for it to open seem to forget that it's not just the kids that have to be considered. I think way too many people didn't take this seriously from the start, and even with the numbers rising again, they still aren't taking it seriously.
I teach at the local community college, and my courses are being shifted to a "realtime/synchronous" schedule meaning, I will be on campus to teach in a studio while my students will be at home on Zoom, but the classes are scheduled on the same days and times as if they were in the classroom. The idea is that it will make it easier to shift to on-campus classes if the Governor of NY allows the change. Only students who have hands-on labs will be allowed on campus. Thankfully, teaching history means no labs sessions for me. This means I will be on campus 2 days a week from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm, to cover my class sessions and handle the online learning system (computer) portions from home. In considering what amount of time that will require, I will be dressed only about 6 hours per week...so I *almost* get to teach in the nude (I have no video capability at home, so will be grading papers and monitoring discussion boards rather than active teaching there.) If I can get the hang of this process, I may be able to take on completely online courses next semester where I don't have to "live" teach, thus achieving the being able to teach naked for a full semester :)
My wife was an English Professor at the community college. Our daughters are both teachers; one an Elementary School Principal and the other a HS Spec Ed teacher. They all feel that sending kids back to school at this time is not a good idea. These are uncharted waters and all the planning in the world can't seem to address all the possibilities of failure if a child is found positive with Covid 19 and if more students and teachers are then infected. It's a can of worms and we are not prepared.
Boards of Education are flip flopping back and forth. First listening to teachers, then to angry parents that just want their kids off their hands for the day, Mon-Friday. Though our entire family of educators prefers that kids go back to school and teachers back to the classroom, maybe it's time for parents to sit back and see what teachers deal with on a daily basis. School districts and teachers are demanding that safety comes first and kids need to wear face masks along with other safety precautions the schools have plans for but there are parents that are adamant about their kids not wearing masks. I say to them... "then homeschool them!"