We are better equipped now more than ever for educating students during a global pandemic.
When I was in elementary school we used a chalkboard, not a Chromebook, prohibiting remote learning. That isn’t to say that modern technology is a game changer, especially for the youngest students. Is it even possible to teach first graders how to read via Google Meets?
Alternatively, how do we send 6-year olds to school and expect them to keep a mask on and remain a safe distance from their friends, all the while keeping their teacher out of harm’s way?
Kids are resilient and they will get creative about learning and socializing. It’s the educators that are left to think outside the box and come up with a plan to reopen safely on August 20, the first day of school.
There are some easy ways that you can immediately help the situation: wear a face covering in public, stay at least 6-feet apart from each other (farther from a person not wearing a mask!) and wash your hands.
Looking forward to the next 10-years, you can complete the 2020 Census, as required by the US Constitution.Our schools (hospitals, roads, human services, etc.) will receive more money if we all complete the questionnaire and be counted.
We are not helpless during this pandemic; we’re all in this together means doing your best for our students, teachers, schools, and the community.
Getting back to school is an exciting time and it’s up to all of us to keep classes going by staying safe and healthy. We are better equipped for this pandemic now more than ever because we are all equipped to care.