You can read the entire post at https://www.facebook.com/JillianSta...061637975221/3100881536659873/?type=3&theater Many of you work in districts that are including teachers in addressing concerns and making plans, but there are also a lot of us who are in districts (or states) that have completely left teachers out of the process. Additionally, many parents and parents' groups are acting as if teachers don't want to go back or don't want to work, and this is the furthest thing from the truth. All we want is to be a safe as possible, for ourselves, our students, and our families. I read and hear all kinds of rude comments about how other professions have had to work the entire time, and that teachers are just wanting to be a lazy and earn money without having to work, and this makes my blood boil. Other than daycare workers, who else besides teachers is stuffed into a little classroom full-to-overflowing with germ-factory children for 7+ hours a day, in ancient schools with barely functioning air ventilation (and in most cases, windows that can't even be opened, either for physical reasons or for safety reasons)? I could go on and on here, but I won't. I just want someone to hear my point, which is "Why are teachers being villainized for simply asking reasonable questions, for which, at this time, there are no answers? Here in Florida, our governor announced two days ago that all public schools must be open a minimum of 5 days per week, for ALL students (no hybrid models can even be considered.) Our classes in Florida start the week of August 13th. That is in 4 short weeks. Yes, in 4 short weeks, students will be flooding into the public schools here (especially in the low income areas, where parents can't stay home to do online or who don't have access to reliable wifi or adult supervision.) Are the masks for teachers there yet? No. Have the plexiglass dividers arrived or been installed in the reception area? No. Are the additional cleaning supplies there? Nope. Have any additional cleaning staff been hired, vetted, and trained? Nope. Are additional subs available for when teachers are quarantined? No, and we didn't have enough subs before this -- even to the point that Florida lowered the requirements to be a sub to just needing a high school diploma and they STILL can't get subs.) The typical way of dealing with teacher absence here is to split the class, and give the other teachers a small end-of-the-year stipend for overcrowding their already overcrowded class. So if you class (that has a max capacity of 18) is already at 28 students (totally typical here) and another teacher is absent, you will get 5-8 of her students in addition to your 28 students. How on earth is everything that needs to happen to meet the governor's requirements going to happen in less than 4 weeks? I know at our school, if a teacher quits, it typically takes a month and a half for a replacement to be hired, vetted, processed, and allowed in the classroom. I just don't see how any of this can reasonably happen.