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Re: What if...2020-2021 school year
It would end band, choir, and other electives including athletics. If you can't put on a concert or compete why do you exist? We would be let go and replaced with more core subject teachers.
And remember - parents cannot sustain this home schooling thing forever. They will start going back to work and can't do the teacher's job with those elementary kids that need more hands on. We cannot expect employers to adjust their work schedule to an A/B schedule to accommodate their kids.... And we cannot expect those disadvantaged, low income, inner city kids to possibly keep up without the extra support from their incredible teachers that do more than a computer could ever do! Those kids need their teacher!!!
My guess is that teachers could/would give assignments to be done at home also on their two at home days (assignments that would have to be done and submitted electronically from home). This A/B scenario would be a nightmare for band, choir, orchestra and other thing at MS/HS but could actually have some positive outcomes at elementary schools.
I read that a Dallas area school district was discussing a plan like you discussed. I don't see how this would work and still meet the state's instructional minutes requirement. TEA would need to make huge changes and some of those (I believe) are legislative and would not be a possibility. It would involve adjusting how attendance count and funding is done, attendance and credit is done, etc. It would also be an instructional nightmare as teachers would be repeating the same lesson twice a week, cutting instruction in half. If teachers weren't teaching to the test before, you can sure as hell bet they would be now. That proposal being floated is marginally better than this distance "learning" business we have going on now.
will be different for sure.
My wife, who teaches at a private parochial school, was in a Zoom meeting yesterday and was told they are considering an A/B type schedule because the large public school district that surrounds the parochial school system is considering this and they want to stay aligned with the same type schedule if that is chosen. All local superintendents are in communication to make plans. Also, to be in line with possible directives from city/county government that may be made in the fall.
For social distancing, 1/2 of a class on Monday/Wednesday and the other 1/2 on Tuesday/Thursday with "At Home Learning" on Friday.