Any teacher Bees kind of terrified to head back?

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Post # 31
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Helper bee

I’m a teacher in Canada and we still have no idea what is happening! I am beyond anxious about this and there is a lot of grief and angry parents who want us back full time. I teach grade 8 FYI 

Post # 32
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Busy bee

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@jellybellynelly:  I agree 1000%, that’s the culture here and I’m not blaming the parents, both parents work and some times family is far so there is no one to watch the kids. Day cares etc are also prob worse then schools idk I don’t have kids. I think if our numbers were coming down or federal govt had a better plan it would be one thing but numbers are getting worse, federal govt plan is have schools make the plans and they just wants the schools open almost as a political move.

to the OP it is completely natural to be scared. I work in healthcare and I’m scared to go to work every single day and I can’t tell you how many times random people think it is ok to tell me that “this is what I signed up for”, is it? Did I sign up for a pandemic to work without proper PPE sometimes and have the federal govt mismanage the situation and make it all about elections? You would think the govt would be working for us not just to get re-elected. 

while children under 10 don’t spread the infection as much children above 10 have normal risk of spreading the infection. So unless schools are only opening for children 10 and under this point is moot. Secondly schools don’t only have children there are teachers and support staff and janitors and kitchen crew and other adults even besides from teachers, why put everyone at risk. 

also I just don’t think we have enough studies on kids because schools closed pretty quickly in march/April so we don’t have enough data 

Post # 33
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Busy bee

Aw OP, I feel for you. It’s a mess all around and the blame lies at the heart of an inept federal government. A short well-executed nationwide shutdown with mandatory masks would have really helped the situation, but by stupid inaction and denial, this has been prolonged to a point where it’s an economic disaster. For lower income parents especially, whose jobs can’t be done remotely, their kids will really be hit hard and fall behind, since remote learning is going to require significant parental supervision. The well off are organizing pods with private tutors. 

So yes, it’s painful when schools go online. BUT that doesn’t mean we should put teachers lives on the line. It’s ridiculously unfair to ask teachers to take on such risks, especially considering how teachers are so underpaid. To those telling you you’re selfish, ask them why they aren’t volunteering to teach? It’s so easy to talk when your life is not on the line. 

Post # 35
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Blushing bee

I’m a teacher in Illinois, and I’m incredibly anxious. I have random crying spells about it every other day, and I desperately send pleading emails to the governor often. I’m also very anxious because my mom is older and works in a school, so I feel really horrible about her having to return to the classroom. It isn’t safe. 🙁 

Post # 37
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Busy bee

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@JemmyGee:  I really hope you get some good rest. I am not a teacher, but I understand the fear. I wanted to let my child go back to school, but with the cases rising as they are, I don’t think it is a good idea.

Post # 38
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Worker bee
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@echomomm:  that is horrible!! I feel so bad for those forced to go back 🙁 Your district sounds like they are just pretending everything is normal and we’re not in the middle of a pandemic 

Post # 39
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Busy Beekeeper
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Our governor just passed a mask mandate, at least, although it is being challenged (freedumb). Otherwise there will be no change for us unless the governor steps in (which won’t happen because the legislature overturns everything he does). It’s going to be a mess in September. Fortunately I am not teaching summer school this year, but it is still only a matter of time…

Post # 40
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Helper bee

My husband and I both teach in CA. Our county still has an infection rate of 15% with hundreds of positive cases a day. Luckily both our districts are doing distance learning for at least the first semester of school but we are still required to teach from our classrooms. My community has taken to calling all teachers “lazy cowards” who just want to get paid for “doing nothing”. It’s really unfortunate that the people making these decisions haven’t been in a classroom since they themselves have been in school and have no idea how schools work and how ludicrous it is to think kids will wear masks and social distance from their friends. I really feel for all the teachers who are having to go back to in person teaching now. 

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