I am getting questions from teachers about having to cover classes during their planning time if teachers are out sick. They also are concerned about having to more prep with doing online and losing planning time to this or meetings.
What happens if you have a positive case in a high school class? Does the entire school shut down?
Will faculty have to be tested before school starts?
what will happen WHEN students or staff refuse to wear masks? Has HCS purchased the needed soap, sanitizer and PPE that may be required?
Questions from Melanie Collins: With lower in person student numbers, will some teachers be moved to virtual teaching? When would we know about placement changes?
Question from Terri Holmes: How many students are too many at the school and not enough at home or vice versa? What if I have 125 students because 50 of them are at home. There will be no social distancing. And who is teaching them at home, a teacher from my school or another school?
Who is teaching the HCS At Home program?
With Hybrid format, will classes be recorded?? How will it work to teach both in person and online students without adding much more load on the teacher?
how can we keep a room safe with no windows that open or a door that opens into another room rather than a hallway.
Will temps be checked daily before school?
if a family chooses option 2 why are allowing them to still play sports which opens you up to playing against a team from outside your county and within.
and do you think sports really will happen
Can we work with transportation to tighten up arrival times? If students arrive an hour or more before school starts (as is typical) we won't have enough staff to provide small group supervision.
For teachers who have school age children, if/when we have to go into Phase 2, I know from looking at the reopening plans that school age childcare will be available. Question: How will those students be learning while the are at school age child care?
Thank you, Keith!
In Thursday’s Board meeting, one of the Dr.’s mentioned the benefits of face shields over face masks. Will we be able to wear face shields?
Are there specific requirements or guidelines for the types of masks teachers should wear?
Judy,, our windows open with an Allen Wrench.
Is there discussion about adjusting the calendar, such as a delayed started to provide more time for teachers to prepare for whatever the final numbers will be for AtHome option versus in Person.
How will grading be structured for At Home learning? Accountability was a big issue this past spring.
Per The Tennessean, Nashville Metro Schools have just announced that they will begin remotely and postpone the opening of buildings until at least Labor Day. How likely do you think it may be that Hamilton County Schools may follow suit, given the current surge?
I've been teaching for quite a while so I have a large number of sick days saved up. That's not the case for teachers who are just starting their careers. If you are recommending teachers stay home when they have symptoms will there be any flexibility with sick days this year?
What does the provision of outside services (PT, OT, speech, etc) look like?
1. Will teachers have to plan for both in person and virtual sessions of their class? Are these supposed to happen simultaneously? 2. How should schools utilize teachers that cannot return due to high risk status? If this teacher is the only one In the building certified for a specific required content area—for example geometry or biology—how will their coursework be taught to students who select in-person instruction?
What about libraries and use of print resources? Will students be checking books in and out or will that be limited to online resources/databases??
Hello to all of the SMMHS teachers on the call! Thanks for participating, and we'll "see" you tomorrow!
What defines someone "high risk"? Does this mean exposure to Covid or general immune system issues?
With 94 new cases of COVID in the last 24 hours in Hamilton Co maybe it is a good idea for the District to consider Phase 2 until after Labor Day. This will allow adequate time and supplies to arrange a classroom seating arrangement that works to protect us all. It will allow principals, teachers, and parents time to practice Phase 2 with masks, social distancing, virtual learning, etc., etc., I do not think we need to rush this. We can slow down the process. This is too important.
For students whose parents choose the HCS at Home option, would the student be allowed to come on campus to take a class on campus (i.e. Band, ROTC, speech therapy or other related service) ?
Once a family has chosen to return their student to on-campus learning, will they have the option to change their student back to at-Home learning during the semester, or are they locked in to this decision?
I have a number of friends who would like to participate in HCS at home but they can't imagine their child being able to literally sit in front of a computer from 8-3. is that the expectation?
How can IEP students in at home learning have the same grading expectations and accountability without the supports that they would have in school?
Certain assignments that work in a classroom setting don't really translate in an online setting. How will this be addressed?
can you tell us how short term disability will work if we test positive?
So what happens about Quarantining absences in addition to the 2 weeks (ie... students test positive and we have multiple events like that?)
If a teacher is High Risk and asks for the accommodation of teaching from home, but then situations improve and we move to Phase 4 can the teacher then return to the building?
What about Singletons in a school if they need to work from home bc of high risk?
Concerned about how teachers will teach face to face and virtual? Will classes be recorded? Will online students be on computers at the same time as the actual class??
The number of active cases does not include people who are asymptomatic and haven't been tested, how will the HCS plan account for this? Many people, including students, teachers, and staff, could possibly have this virus and not know it. Even with masks being worn by everyone, there is still transmission risk
piggybacking on Jamie, testing positivity rate should be an additional data point we consider since it is our best indication of if we are testing enough to identify most of those infected.
For smaller secondary schools providing separate online and in person sections of the same classes will not be possible universally.
Yes, Darlene...you can change to At Home at any time
If our questions haven't been answered, who do we ask?
Amy,, there may be a possibility of teaming up with another small school to meet the needs.
many classes do not translate to online easily which means teachers prep time is doubled every day.
Maybe, you can send out an email that answers most of the questions after all of the meetings are finished because you may get different questions in each meeting.
Thank you! I appreciate all the work being done by the task force. I know this is not easy.
Thanks for being transparent and being available.
Thank you for trying to keep us informed! Our principal has done a great job with this as well.
Thank you for this helpful information!
Thank you for your time!