COVID-19 closing

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  1. TeacherNY

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    If they are teenagers you don't have to do the work with them. If the teacher gives them work then encourage them to do it. You don't really have to homeschool them.
     
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    Agreed!
     
  3. Aces

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    Pretty much. I mean I’ll help them if they need it of course, but their old enough in my opinion to be left to their own devices. If they do it great, if not that’s on them.
     
  4. TeacherNY

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    I think the issue with some students/parents is that they are told that they have to do this work but then told it's not going to count in some districts. If you tell a kid it's not going to count for a grade then they probably wont' do it.
     
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    Or do like many kids here do........be told it will count and still don't do it!
     
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  6. TeacherNY

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    Well, there's that too LOL
     
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  7. Ima Teacher

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    I had an 83% completion rate for our first week of online instruction. I'm sitting at about 55% this week, but they don't have to have things done until tomorrow, so some are waiting until the last minute . . . just like regular days.

    If we don't have an 80% completion rate overall, we have to make the days up. UGH.
     
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    That would upset me to no end.
     
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    I find that completely irresponsible. You, the teacher, can't force students to study online. Perhaps the administrators need to get serious about contacting the parents themselves and light a fire under them to get their kids to work. I'm sure your teachers are doing their best right now.
     
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    You misunderstand...I meant the school district requiring the teachers to get an 80% finish rate was irresponsible...if you look closely at my post I said to get the administration to do their job, not to make the teachers responsible because they can't force the students to work (and the teachers shouldn't be penalized if they don't meet the 80%)
     
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    Add Alabama to the CLOSED list.
     
  12. Aces

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    Right, exactly. But in truth with mine I’ve never forced them to do homework/school work except maybe when they were younger. My hubby though? Oh geez I think he’s gonna have a panic attack if they don’t get their stuff done.
     
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    I don't know if you are still teaching the little ones, but does that include preschools? I know many states are leaving those types of schools open to help working parents.
     
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    And Vermont
     
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    Add Virginia. Pretty soon it'll be everyone for the year.
     
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    Might as well go on and add New York. Read that there's a possibility that schools there could be closed for the calendar year.
     
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    North Carolina extending closure until May 15th. We're really just delaying the inevitable......
     
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    Ohio has really been a leader in many areas during this time, so I am surprised that, as of now, we are only closed until April 6th. No one expects us to go back then, however, and the state has already cancelled all state testing for the year.
     
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    It's the same as with in school teaching too. You can't force them to do the work. Most of this lies on the parents' shoulders now since WE ARE NOT IN THEIR HOUSES. 80% is really not fair.
     
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    We don't start distance learning until next week, but I do feel for parents in some situations. Many parents are still having to work because they are considered to be in an essential field. If they are still going to work all day (or all night depending on shift) and are also expected to teach their kids (if little) while home - that is a lot. That's like two jobs. My heart goes out to them. Not everyone is able to stay home right now.
     
  21. TeacherNY

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    Good points. The parents might not have a huge amount of time to help the kids. But why is that the teacher's fault?
     
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    After Sandy forced a lot of companies to work from home for several months, remote work became a lot more common -- likely because the companies realized they didn't necessarily have to pay for quite so much real estate. I could see a similar thing happening with online instruction.
     
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    I too could see a similar thing, but I also don't think it's going to be all-encompassing. It's hard for many kids to learn online and, I hate to say it, brick-and-mortor school is arguably a good childcare.

    I rather like the idea of seeing more online instruction popping up, but I think if districts try to force it there will be pushback.
     
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    It’s weird so far, working online. Many students are doing fine, and some need a LOT of help still.
     
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    My special education students can NOT be taught online. They need one on one instruction most of the time. They require hands on materials. They require OT, PT, and Speech services during the school day. The parents have no clue how to help their children with daily living tasks let alone school work. Some require ABA instruction. The parents are not going to get training on that. It's just not going to happen 100% as discussed above.
     
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    I found out late last night that our closure is extended through April 30th. Central Valley, Ca.
    They will tell us more on Tuesday.
     
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    Y'all probably done for the year.
     
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    I would not doubt it. All it takes is one of the local larger high school districts (in Fresno) to say that and we will all follow. Yesterday I saw that they made the decision to extend for 2 weeks and then like a domino effect all or most districts followed suit.
     
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    The 80% is for the district as a whole. I am sure that we will see that. It is a mixture of work turn in rate and communication. Lots of it is just documentation. For instance, if I call a parent and the phone number is disconnected, I document that. It doesn’t count against us that the parent doesn’t give us a way to contact them.

    DH’s school has had some parents say to stop calling. Teachers are calling certain classes on certain days, which means that parents are getting calls every day. If they have multiple kids, it is multiple calls every day.

    My favorite contact so far was the parent who emailed to let me know that she couldn’t get her son to do the work for her. Welcome to my world, lady.
     
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    We are also out through April.
     
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    I love this!
     
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    Mar 29, 2020 at 7:01 AM

    Add New Mexico.
     
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    And Oklahoma
     
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    Mar 29, 2020 at 12:07 PM

    I missed something here. (attendance)
    Someone pls explain because I get news late.
    What is the 80% attendance look like? Can it be a mixture of phone calls, Zoom, platforms, work completed, and such or do we need screen time w/each kid daily to call it as they are present? I can't reach all of the kids in 1 day w/ my/ their schedules. I already have a few parents who sound like I am disrupting their favorite TV shows when I call. 1 who I know well told me she was going to hate me (jokingly, but with some truth to it) if I kept calling her.
     
  36. Ima Teacher

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    Mar 29, 2020 at 12:45 PM

    Attendance is a mixture of work completed and interaction by phone, email, text, online platform like Google Classroom or Remind, or video.

    Even with all those options, I have some kids with no listed numbers who haven’t answered a single contact of turned in any work. These are, however, the same kids who have terrible regular attendance and failing grades when we are in physical school.
     
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    Mar 29, 2020 at 3:12 PM

    DeWine has said the closure will be extended. He just hasn't put a date to it. To me that means "until further notice."
     
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    Mar 29, 2020 at 3:21 PM

    Thank you so much because I was going into panic mode about something....lol So, if they complete assignments that can be counted as attendance even if you did not talk to them that day? Were you given a time per week that you needed to have direct contact like Zoom w/ your kids?
    I am so sorry you can't get in contact w/ all your kids That is a major bummer! Some of mine are going to start blocking my calls, I am afraid. I am going to slow it down a bit.
     
  39. Ima Teacher

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    Mar 29, 2020 at 4:12 PM

    We have a form to fill out every week (not day) and in one column we mark digital contact, and in the other column we mark phone contact.

    We have to make at least weekly contact—or attempt at contact—with every kid. I do a daily 30 minute Zoom meeting.
     
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    Do you have to do the 30 minutes every day or are you choosing to? At least it sounds reasonable.
     

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