Anyone else's admin have these priorities?

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  1. Sarge

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    When we had our last in-person meeting, our principal made it very clear that his priorities during the school closure were as follows:
    1. Students' mental health during the crisis
    2. Students staying emotionally connected to the school and their peers.
    3. Academics

    Teachers have online time with their classes where students are required to check in and be online using Google Meet or Zoom. Each period is meeting twice a week. However, we were also told to limit he amount of additional work so that students were not overwhelmed.

    Teachers are also encouraged to keep online clubs and activities going and come up with any other ways that students can stay connected with each other.

    Any thoughts?
     
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  3. otterpop

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    Our focus is academics. We haven’t mentioned emotional well-being once. :( I prefer your school’s approach!
     
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    I focused on that last week and will continue to because if you don't, you'll never get to #3.
     
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    We are still waiting for final plans. We started with paper packets which held minimal busy work. Last week was Spring Break. We have paper packets again next week, but none of the elementary teachers have seen it because it was created by district specialists. I think we are getting an email tomorrow to go over our plan for what’s next.
     
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    We have been focusing on mental health all year.
     
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    My principal hasn't specifically mentioned mental health, but it's always one of his main concerns for not only students, but staff. I've been doing a brief Google Form check-in each day of eLearning asking one or two questions relating to stress, emotions, etc, then a third question asking, "Anything else?". It's worked well so far.

    Our middle school counselors have set-up a student check-in of sorts in our Canvas system. It allows students to reach out if they need to talk with someone or need some other kind of assistance.
     
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    Sarge, I think there has to be a good balance of all three.
     
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    Key word: Balance.

    Sarge’s principal makes it seem like the first two are more important. I would say they should all be considered equally, not in the hierarchy they have been put forth. In a hierarchical system, there cannot be a balance.
     
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    My district seems to be striving for a balance of well-being and learning. We have a virtual staff meeting today to find out what learning will look like going forward.
     

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