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    Dear WendyDear Wendy
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    Missouri is really fucked up. I have friends in Missouri who are teachers and they are worried for their lives.

    #908089 Reply
    veritek33veritek33
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    Wendy, we’ve had some teachers come into our offices to have a notary be there as they signed their wills. In Missouri – that keeps breaking records every day.

    Never in a million years could we have dreamed this up.

    #908098 Reply
    Dear WendyDear Wendy
    Keymaster

    Yep. My good friend is making a will. Her daughters dad just died (of unrelated cancer), so fingers crossed she doesn’t lose her mom now too. This is the reality we’re in. My kids’ school already lost a teacher and several parents when covid ravaged our community. It’s not a hoax.

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    avatarFyodor
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    Sure, many Americans are acting carelessly but we should grateful that we can rely on our responsible health care professionals to help us navigate this dangerous crisis successfully.

    https://amp.miamiherald.com/news/coronavirus/article244514157.html?__twitter_impression=true&fbclid=IwAR2bDTHk3yekdzgzStpSphyXdFJDFDip2bqMNpRjv8FFi-hO09pobiGLw0o

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    avatarFyodor
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    It is very hard for me not to be constantly enraged by the government’s failure to get this under control and to force so many people to live this way. It’s like someone set the building on fire and is yelling at all the employees inside for not doing their jobs well enough.

    #909087 Reply
    avatarLisforLeslie
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    @Fyodor – why are you surprised that young adults, even doctors, are any less moronic than anyone else? It’s disappointing but far from surprising at this point.

    I don’t have kids but I just don’t see the feasibility of this. What happens if a kid gets sick? Does everyone in the class go home and quarantine for two weeks? What if that kid has a sibling? Now you have two, three, four classes out for two weeks. What happens if the kids take a bus and someone on the bus gets sick? You now how little vectors in a dozen classes. Do all of them quarantine at home?

    That’s the elementary model – when you start moving to the jr high and highschool model – one sick kid could mean that 7 teachers and 200 or so students would need to be quarantined. And if that kid has a sibling – potentially 400 students.

    #909119 Reply
    Dear WendyDear Wendy
    Keymaster

    LisforLeslie, for all these reasons, I think we’re going to opt for full-time remote for our kids (in NYC, families can choose between a blended model or full-time remote). It’s not that I’m so concerned about us getting sick – although that’s not a total non-issue, obvisouly; it’s more wanting to avoid the inconsistency and straight-up chaos I predict the blended model will create. My family is luckier than many in that we aren’t as desperate for childcare (not that school is going to be a reliable source of childcare anyway). My kids will be thrilled; I am dreading it!

    #909125 Reply
    BethanyBethany
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    Oh yeah, I work for a well funded school district and financially and logistically there was no way we were going to be able to do it. I mean the district really tried to and they had plans to provide as many of the cleaning supplies as they could for classroom teachers. My husband and I had started getting extra supplies for me and were about to buy face shields for me so I could work in the front office.

    Now that my district is distance learning there is a concern among staff about furloughs because if we aren’t in person people literally don’t have anything to do. I’m fine but the district is trying to find uses for other positions while we are in distance learning.

    I’m with Fyodor in my anger. It didn’t have to be this way, but a political plan put in to place generations ago has led us to this place.

    #909181 Reply
    avatarLisforLeslie
    Guest

    A friend is a teacher in Maryland. She was telling me some of the BS that the school was offering in order to re-open schools. She said that she realized they were totally BS-ing and setting up a situation in which the teachers’ union was being put in a strong position to keep everyone home.

    The offer – teachers would need to supply their own cleaning supplies but they would supply two masks per teachers and students – for the year.

    Florida is supposed to open schools in two weeks. The governor has completely abdicated all responsibility and put it on the county managers and mayors. In Palm Beach this week a judge had to explain to anti-maskers, who brought a lawsuit against the county, that the Constitution doesn’t protect their right to infect other people and that the mask rule would remain in effect.

    #909333 Reply
    MaterialsGirlMaterialsGirl
    Participant

    Since my daughter is just daycare age, we don’t have to make the decision of school or no school at this point.

    However, I was on the sorority’s housing contract call yesterday and that is just going to be very interesting. The school owns the houses at our campus and while the management and food service are run by the women, the room fees and maintenance are paid to the school. However, they’ve had no luck (as per usual) getting some of their requests met. If they’re paying to live in a special function ‘dorm’ essentially, then the school is obligated to provide the same level of service. All theyre asking for right now is that facility workers wear masks when entering the house (DUH!), hand sanitizer stations, additional cleaning materials and inclusion and consideration in the schools quarantine policy (which shouldn’t be a fight, we just need to have it clearly spelled out).
    It was just making me think about how different college will be. Boyfriends/girlfriends if allowed over will need to wear masks at all times outside their girlfriend’s room.. we do have a few double occupancy so if one gets sick they both go into quarantine at a local hotel.. our chef will need to be masked.. etc.
    It was pleasant to see the young ladies very proactive about all this and honestly just.. balanced. It gave me hope

    #909354 Reply
    avatarFyodor
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    Obviously to each their own, but if I had a college age kid at a residential college, I’d tell them to take a year off and work/volunteer etc. I don’t see the point of being on campus in a residential college with your activities this drastically curtailed. And it seems like even with the restrictions that are in place these places are going to be major sources of disease spread.

    #909364 Reply
    avatarKate
    Keymaster

    Maybe everyone who can should take a gap year.

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