Wednesday, July 22, 10 a.m., Our Schools: Recovery and Reopening - Shared screen with speaker view
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Good Morning Everyone!! :-)
Thank you school leaders!
How many students are you expecting in each middle school class?
Will virtual school be offered for 6th-8th grades?
How much or how often will teachers receive training on Covid-19?
Are there any guideline on how absence from Covid -19 and coming back to school in place?
How will you reach the students that don't have internet access or reliable access?
How do you plan on managing masks/transmissions for the little ones (4yrs-8yrs)?
Has there been any collaboration with internet providers remote or semi-remote areas to make virtual learning possible?
Why not start with the A/B system to lessen exposure risk to all students instead of opening school doors to all kids at all times?
I’m wondering the same thing, Kelly.
How do you justify having 30 students in a classroom if they aren’t even allowed to dress out in the same locker room?
Will there be more funds for the student to receive technology?
From Facebook: When might we know if we will do a staggered attendance/group attendance?
Will there be a decrease in the amount of students in classrooms?
will group A and B students be taught by the same teacher? If so, won’t the exposure be the same as it would be if all the kids were in class at one time?
my 4 yr old grandson is better at wearing a mask & using hand sanitizer than I am :-)
Will schools provide mask to students in school?
If the city does not feel it is safe to have in person school, why is the county
is virtual only for 9-12?
How will you educate students about covid-19?
For TCSS: I have a son at Brookwood High who was to start Automotive CTE classes being bused to Holt. If we choose remote, how will this affect him going to these classes? Would we have the option of taking him to Holt for these classes and doing everything virtually??
Has the school system found a way to have continued cleaning?
From Facebook: How do parents let the country schools know what their plans are for their children?
How will the ADPH map correlate to our decisions for the status of schools? What must happen in order for us to transition to A/B or remote?
Are there any guidelines for students and staff on buses?
From Facebook: What does “attendance “ look like for a blended student? Will the teachers have to make sure those students are logged on during their class?
TCSS: Will remote students have to "pace" with in school students? Meaning, are students able to advance at a faster pace if committed to do so?
Will middle and high school students still change between 6 to 7 classes per day? Will desks / classrooms be sanitized between classes?
TCSS: Will remote learning for 9th-12th grade offer Honors courses that students are currently enrolled/scheduled for?
From Facebook: County plan shows remote learning school time is 8-3:15. However, the ALABAMA roadmap shows realistic virtual timing anywhere for 60 mins to 180 mins for my school aged kids. Will the county allow flexibility in the timing of remote work done throughout the day? Expectations around daily attendance for remote learning will help us make our decision. Thank you for hosting this!
Will there be any guideline for Special Education students for remote learning?
If the risk are so heavy for in school, why are sports being allowed with full body contact?
From Facebook: Tim Reid CBS 42 WIAT: how difficult will it be for parents to find daycare while they are at home learning virtually ? Also what makes at home virtually safer to protect kids
What about TCS high school performing arts classes like band, strings, choir, & theatre? Will they be allowed to come in as part of those "small groups" for direct instruction?
Will TCSS require masks even if the state requirement expires on July 31?
Are there any health and safety guidelines for having Covid-19 testing for students and faculty and staff?
From Facebook: Couldn’t we make high school virtual and send our elementary and middle school students with adaptations?
I have essentially the same question as Donny Jones about remote learning as far as will the students be required to be on the internet the entire time or can they download the content and complete offline then upload it later.
What sort of testing will you have??? speed of results???
I also want to know if the TCS system can explain how the testing of kids for COVID will work. I would not want my kid tested at school. Also, what is the requirement for re-entry to school as I have seen the guidelines recently changed saying to not retest for at least 3 months.
What are single parents or households with 2 working parents to do? We can't just leave our children at home alone.
From Facebook: What is the “magic number” for kids to go back to school, face to face?
What percentage of parents said they wanted to return to full time in school?
We have a large number of parents that work in the automotive industry which are full-time shifts and sometimes rotating shifts. Has the board put together a plan for those parents, that are not able to assist kids during those hours?
My comment about testing should be directed to TCSS not TCS
Did I miss the County's plan
Have either of the school systems considered an every other week stagger instead of the two day in/3 day off option? it would be a little more stable.
are they starting virtually
From Facebook for Dr. Daria: can he address full time at home and how thats a good thing for safety etc. just his thoughts on this whole situation how COVID has changed everything
From Facebook: TCS plan for athletics?
Will siblings of a student who tests positive be required to test, too? They may already have spread it to their classmates, too, so quarantining JUST the siblings may not be enough.
In high school or middle school, if one student or teacher is positive the whole school is potentially exposed.
If my one of my child tests positive, will my other children in other schools be required to quarantine? and how will that effect the other schools?
How is sending your child to a YMCA or church camp ANY safer than having them in a classroom?
so its safe to for the kids to go to PARA and the YMCA but not school? that makes no sense.
agree Will... some daycares and camps have been open with no issues...
Thank You Dr. Daria for this plan and your heart for the kids, your staff and leadership team.
Are there more kids in greater danger/harm (mentally and physically) by being at home without proper supervision or structure.
I missed County's plan - is it the same as the City's?
Thank you Mr. Daria, School is important but SO IS THE HEALTH of EVERY Student/ Teacher/ Support for those that work with the System.
Vicki Hobbs no County is different from city. Go to tcss.net and you can find the plan there.
thank you to the city & county school officials for making such a hard decision. You had an impossible job & will never make everyone happy but knowing you are trying to do what is best is appreciated
Is staggering school schedules now out of the picture all together ?
For TCSS, will teachers receive hazard pay?
will students wear a mask after the mandate is over
For TCSS, will classes like welding still be offered?
From Facebook: Hillcrest high school is already a crowded school .. how will you organize social distancing with safety?
Could we allow for more time in between classes for this sanitizing??
What will be the plan for social distancing on buses for TCSS?
For TCSS, if teachers have to “take the lead” in cleaning the classroom, you will be putting them at greater risk of exposure. How do you justify this? What are you doing to ensure the safety of teachers? We are VERY concerned...
For TCSS, what will the plan be for social distancing as students change classes?
TCSS how is a teacher suppose to clean, teach, and keep the lessons going? Are you going to hire additional custodian staff? Are the teachers responsible for cleaning all the high contact areas? I can see teachers doing more cleaning than teaching?
Beth, I was told from an administrator that social distancing during transition would be impossible.
For TCSS, What are the guideline or procedure on how to quartanine if a student or teacher test positive with coid-19?
What is TCSS doing to ensure students have access to technology?
Did I miss any conversation about how the TCSS will use the funding provided to help cover new cost of social distancing
What cleaning measures will be in place for County High's automotive class?
There needs to be more time between classes for cleaning
For families with multiple children in multiple grades/schools, will they each need a computer? If so, how many will each family be able to check out?
Will teacher have continuous PD on working with teaching online?
Destiny- a lot of your questions are listed on the plan put out by the county at TCSS.net
TCSS what will happen if the classes or a school will have to go virtual to do the virus? How will you reach the classes and get them all on virtual learning?
Destiny, a lot of teachers are already on their own, researching the Schoology system to figure out how it will work and how we can best serve our students. PD will definitely be an ongoing thing.
What were the percentages of work turned in during the last nine weeks of last year? I've had many conversations with teachers that said most of the students turned in ZERO
I do think it would be really beneficial to have a lot more information regarding remote learning and what that looks like for families with 2 working parents. We would really appreciate a glance at “a day in the life” so that we can better understand what this will look like. Especially for those that have younger elementary students.
Will- the students weren’t required to turn work in from my understanding in the Spring
Boys & Girls Clubs of West Alabama, YMCA of Tuscaloosa, and PARA are working on a plan together to try to meet as many of these childcare needs as possible.
Yes please. I agree with Kristin. With 2 working parents, we need to know what a school day looks like for remote learners in TCSS.
what about students that receive services like speech or PT?
it’s so important that we can access the remote learning at whatever hours needed. will remote learning be flexible in timing? not everyone will be able to do the assignments with their kids during the regular school day hours.
What about physical education? Last I checked PE was pretty chaotic.
For TCSS, will the class options be limited to the students who choose to do remote learning? If so, what classes would not be available to the remote option students?
I agree Mr. Jones, if schools need to be out due to mass gathering risk having smaller organizations with lower numbers of students help is a great idea
So it's safe for kids to be at unstructured gyms, rec centers, daycares and churches, but not in a structured school settings?
I really need to know about PE and electives....
Thank you Dr. Daria & the City School system for making safety the first priority.
There is a difference between 500 students and 30 students in terms of safe distancing and sanitation
Thank you for Dr.
Thank you to the school leaders and educators!
I wish the County school would take City School system and Dr. Daria’s recommendation in consideration.
Thank you for all of your diligence and hard work. I wouldn't want to be in your positions. Thanks for keeping us informed and keeping the students first!
But our daycare has over 150 kids...
I understand that offering childcare through other options takes the liability off of the school system but that still doesn't make any sense. There aren't 11,000 students at one school. The programs with the YMCA/Churches would have the same amount of children in those groups. If it is safer for kids to be home and NOT in the classroom then how is it safe for them to be in a facility like the YMCA? How is it safe for the people that work at the YMCA and not for a teacher? How is this logical?
Most daycare classes are less that 20 per class
Remember TCSS has more students and covers a much more expansive geographic area.
only a portion of students need daycare
How do you know how many kids will be at these facilities? How do you know it will only be 30. Where are you getting that number? I'm not sure we have the infrastructure to support this.
And there are many more organizations then schools so splitting the population is doable. Yes the county is much more diverse but funding is available to help with that diversity and limited access
Thank you very much to the Chamber for providing this, and future fora about such concerns in our community! We need your help to keep our community need the safety concerns that SARS-CoV-2 has impressed upon our families!
TCSS- what does pre-k look like virtual?
What portion needs daycare - most daycares are already full and don't have space for an unexpected influx of students. Most classrooms are 20-30 kids as well. Same size as most daycares?
TCSS- electives, honors, IEPs, in person testing, logged in from 8-3:15- The material available to us does not cover these subjects entirely. more information is needed to make a choice between remote and virtual.
And thank you to our school leaders for their professional approach to keeping us all safe. We are all in this together!
My problem with the TCS decision is that they presented all summer that their would be a choice. Your Child - Your Choice! There was not a choice presented, but there are segments that inherently have choices about their schooling, while others don't! It the feeling of being deceived that I think has many TCS parents upset. They spent all summer thinking there would be a choice! I'm personally okay with virtual for my child, but I know many that the lack of choice threw them for a loop last night! But open, honest and upfront!
Thank you both. This is a difficult sistuation. There will be no way to make all happy.
TCSS- will there be a guarantee that children will not become responsible for cleaning the classrooms, among other areas?
Thanks to you all for your patience, understanding and support.
Thank you Dr. Daria and Mr. Duncan
Will masks be required after the mask mandate?
Thank you for the information session
Thank you for the information shared.