Here’s What Some Local School Districts Plan for Upcoming School Year Amid Fluctuating Virus Cases

While this story in being published in mid-July, it is not accurate.  Not that the author wanted it to be wrong, but government is changing its rules and conditions on a daily basis.  Add to that, the unions are refusing to go back to the classrooms—why not, get paid full salary and benefits, doing little real education.

“The San Diego Education Association (SDEA), a local union that represents teachers, released details on their proposal to safely get educators back into classrooms. The bargaining team met with SDUSD to discuss their demands as the scheduled Aug. 31 start date looms.

For in-person learning to begin, the SDEA is asking for the following conditions to be met first:

  • “A downward trajectory, or near zero incidences, of documented cases, hospitalizations, and positivity rates for at least 14 days in local communities;”
  • Frequent testing of students, staff and when necessary, parents;
  • Fully funded prevention measures.

These are just plans, nothing in concrete.  Government schools are no longer reliable sources for education—have not been for a long while.  Now, they have an excuse to cash paychecks and not work.  Those most affected will be the children in poverty and many kids of color.  Racist?  You bet, expect anything else from government?

Here’s What Some Local School Districts Plan for Upcoming School Year Amid Fluctuating Virus Cases

School districts in San Diego, Carlsbad and the South Bay have scheduled the new school year to begin in August, but a concerning trend of positive COVID-19 cases may put their plans in jeopardy

By Karla Rendon-Alvarez and Nicole Gomez, NBC Los Angeles,  7/8/20   

San Diego County school districts are trying to adapt to ever-changing calls by health officials while planning students’ return to school as the number of positive COVID-19 cases continue to fluctuate locally.

For weeks now, the upcoming school year has been a hot topic of discussion as parents weigh the option of sending their children back to school or opt for digital learning as the virus continues to rage.

The county reported on Tuesday 578 new cases of the novel coronavirus out of 5,530 tests for a 10% positive rate – the first time in months local cases reached double digits.

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Regardless of the numbers, President Donald Trump urged state and local leaders to reopen schools, saying officials who have decided to keep them closed are doing so for political gain rather than the safety of their residents.

“It’s very important. It’s very important for our country,” the president said at a press conference on Tuesday. “It’s very important for the wellbeing of the student and the parents so we’re going to be putting a lot of pressure to open the schools in the fall.”

Locally, several school districts have revealed their plans to reopen.

Carlsbad Unified School District announced it intends to start school on Aug. 25, with plans to open campuses that will have safety protocols put in place. The North County school district said it would give the option of 100% distance learning for students who aren’t ready to go back.

Questions Continue on How to Best Reopen Schools

San Diego County school districts have detailed different approaches on how to reopen school but given how unpredictable the coronavirus pandemic is, questions have emerged.

Sweetwater Union High School District students are scheduled to go back to school on Aug. 3 with virtual learning through the end of the month as the spread of the virus is monitored.

The South Bay has been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus pandemic, with National City taking the most impact.

As for San Diego Unified School District, it plans to begin the new school year on Aug. 31 with plans to reopen campuses, have distance learning and hybrid learning. SDUSD Board vice-president Richard Barrera told NBC 7 that the district’s plans may be in jeopardy if the current, concerning trend of the coronavirus continues.

“Our primary focus is on the health and safety of students and staff,” he said. “We need to see a downward trajectory of COVID infections, hospitalizations, etc., before we can reopen safely.”

The San Diego Education Association (SDEA), a local union that represents teachers, released details on their proposal to safely get educators back into classrooms. The bargaining team met with SDUSD to discuss their demands as the scheduled Aug. 31 start date looms.

For in-person learning to begin, the SDEA is asking for the following conditions to be met first:

  • “A downward trajectory, or near zero incidences, of documented cases, hospitalizations, and positivity rates for at least 14 days in local communities;”
  • Frequent testing of students, staff and when necessary, parents;
  • Fully funded prevention measures.
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Comments

  1. William Hicks says

    Any talk on more local school districts in Ventura County?

  2. The teachers unions see a short term economic and political gain but,are in fact committing suicide. Let them.

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