Letter to the editor: Jeffco Schools fall opening

Posted 6/24/20

 

The plan for Jeffco schools this fall is very confusing. Teachers, often the most vulnerable in the classroom, teach some students in person, while teaching the majority online. Will …

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Letter to the editor: Jeffco Schools fall opening

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The plan for Jeffco schools this fall is very confusing. Teachers, often the most vulnerable in the classroom, teach some students in person, while teaching the majority online. Will teachers be expected to clean classroom each passing period; supply masks, gloves and hand sanitizer; make sub plans for in-person and online? Are administrators going to put themselves at risk to see how this is working in real time?  
Most importantly, are the school board and Jason Glass listening to the concerns of teachers, parents and students? I wonder, because when I email, I received only a form letter back that does not address any of my concerns. Glass referred me to the community survey, but it was for parents of students. My children are Jeffco teachers.  
My thoughts:
Elementary students are to be brought back full-time. They’re easier, because they don’t change classrooms. They could expand to the middle schools for space, and Paras could help manage more classrooms. 
Middle and High Schools could continue to be taught on-line with some elective classes and sports gradually starting up.
Keep this schedule for the first half of first semester, and then re-evaluate. Hopefully second semester our schools would be open to all, with some safety features in place. Passing periods should be staggered so the hallways and common areas are not crowded. Food service could be changed to all take-out. 
Our schools are not babysitters and are supposed to be as safe as possible, for students, teachers and other staff and employees.
Jan Bender,
Lakewood

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