Does your school take precautions for Covid seriously?

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  1. Tired Teacher

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    At first, I was thinking our entire district did not. The school board made masks optional. My former school has a P, parents, and even most teachers who think Covid is no big deal. My best friends from there wear masks, are in the minority, and kids do not wear masks. The others think the mask wearers are paranoid. It has caused a big rift between some. When kids have been sent to the nurse for sore throats, they have been given cough drops and sent back to class. All of this while, our hospitals are full and we have the highest cases now than we ever had.
    Something really funny happened though the other day. A traveling specialist showed up to the school for the 1st time this yr. She is highly respected in our district and related to higher ups. She privately told a friend how appalled she was at the lack of precautions the school takes. She said the other schools have sanitizing stations at the door and offer masks to visitors. I guess in other schools, visitors are not allowed to wander freely unmasked either. She's going to tell and I hope they are forced to change the way they run things there! :) :) :)
     
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    Sure we do.


    I mean, kids shoulder to shoulder on school buses, no disinfectant spray for custodians, hell, we don't even have temps taken!

    So much preparation!
     
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    On paper, yes.
    In practice... eh.

    It's the 3rd full week of school and already admin is out with covid, teachers have been out every day, we've been averaging 2-3/6 aides present for the past two weeks, and on Monday it seemed like almost 1/4 of students were absent. I'm on my 3rd sick day today and am hoping to get back tomorrow, but it's still iffy (thankfully not covid, but still).

    We require masks and students are supposed to be 3 feet apart at all times, but most masks end up around chins and kids don't space themselves very well (and teachers don't all have desks spaced apart).
     
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    Same - on paper, yeah. that 3 feet apart "suggestion" is such a joke. "smaller class sizes? Really? If class sizes over 35 is smaller, what will it be in the future? and if student masks slip? "Just remind them" uh...yeah. (does not work) Our numbers were published in the news and our school said zero, and I know that isn't true, so how far off are the schools in my district with larger numbers? Or maybe just some schools are somehow not reporting? And I am in a "safer" district. My heart goes to teachers in districts that are just completely out of touch. So frustrating and exhausting.
     
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    It sounds like this is common practice. When I wrote the above, I had gotten the impression our school was the only 1 not following procedures. Admin does not have issues lying though and saying they are.
    Then I got another call from someone who has been in many of the schools today. She told me each school looked good on paper, but that was about it.
    In all my years teaching, the system was always good at looking good "on paper." I am so thankful I was able to get out of there when I did. I am very sorry for those who are trying to be careful in an environment where many do not take it seriously.
    I am glad you do not have it. Last year, kids wore masks and not very many kids even got colds. This year, it seems it has hit way harder without masks.
     
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    I wonder too how much is being covered up. I know part of the problem here is parents do not take it seriously. If 1 person in the family knows they have it, they do not take the rest of the family to get tested. So the numbers of positive cases are a lot higher than we are even being told.
    Classes over 35 are ridiculous! There would be no way to keep a distance. That has got to be frustrating! So sorry!
     
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    That is so wrong that custodians do not even have the needed cleaning supplies.
     
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    Not to mention the air conditioning systems not working! It's been such a great start!
     

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