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March 16 Special Board Meeting - Shared screen with gallery view
Louise Shaw
01:44:41
Has any thought been put to the fact that there is a Spring break AND Easter Sunday on April 4. There have been outbreaks after every holiday to date. Is the money really more important than health? I say no.
Caroline (she/her)
01:44:51
Hi Mr. D! Yes I agree that simultaneous instruction can lead quickly to teacher burn out. Moraga Unified has implemented a model that supports the home cohort and the in person opt-in without simultaneous instruction. Has this hybrid model been considered?
Stephanie Diehl she/her
01:44:54
What will we do about violations of the Safety Pact?
Ms. Parra (she/her)
01:44:56
Do we have any guarantees as to where these funds will go? Our students need nurses and counselors in addition to their teachers. Will there be hazard pay? Where will this funding go to?
Caroline (she/her)
01:45:21
@jackieperl YES
Sophia Siebert
01:45:33
I work in a nearby district (Jessica Siebert - not Sophia - sorry I can't update my name right now) and we have been back for a month - everyone has been safe, kids are great at wearing masks and it is all very possible - but the concurrent model is very worrisome to me.
Stephanie Diehl she/her
01:45:39
Excellent question. Will there be hazard pay? Will teachers who aren’t ready, have an option to stay distant?
Emmons Family
01:45:52
Logistical Question: Will students K-12 be required to bring the Chromebook to school when in person? If so, how will this be monitored when kids forget? Will materials be shared in the classroom?
Stephanie Diehl she/her
01:46:13
Excellent question @Emmons Family.
Lisa McNally
01:46:21
As a teacher, we had to learn a whole new job at the outset of this school year with on line learning. Now we are asked to to this again with only 55 days of school left! What kind of training will you give us? Although there was “training” offered by the district in August, it wasn’t helpful. Teachers had to learn this job on their own basically. It’s really all about money that is why the district is pushing for an opening on April 1st. Just to let people know out there….it took a good 6 weeks to just get into the hang of distance learning. I’m estimating it will take at least that long to learn this new model. In addition, I’m not too confident of the cleaning schedule either. All the custodians do daily is empty the trash and sometimes vacuum. Are they really going to clean to the requirements of the county standards? This all seems very rushed because of the money.
Louise Shaw
01:46:22
Like we say to the kids, “If someone told you to jump in front of a moving car, would you?” Just because other districts are doing it, doesn’t mean it’s the best plan.
Katie Burdett
01:46:50
@Emmons Family—I have the answer—no loaner chrome books or chargers will be offered. I know this from helping film the returning safety videos.
Wati
01:46:53
Yes, while I understand the importance of wanting to keep the teachers with their students.., zoomers and roomers sounds very stressful for the teachers. Is this what the teachers want?
Lee Gong
01:46:54
Is there a plan for extra staff to support the extra work like health checkins, possible temperature checks, etc at the schools?
Louise Shaw
01:47:27
Yes, MacKenzie!
Ms. Grant
01:47:32
@Wati No, this is not what teachers want.
Sophia Siebert
01:47:42
I want to know who the "we" is that developed the plan. Were there teacher reps from all grade levels?
Ms. Parra (she/her)
01:47:48
Thank you Trustee Mackenzie for bringing such excellent questions! Many teachers in our district are wondering the same!
Ms. Grant
01:47:48
Excellent questions Mackenzie!
Jackie Perl, Oakland Thrives (she/her)
01:47:49
I’m hearing response to suspected or confirmed COVID exposure/infection, but wondering whether there will be symptom screening protocols in place? Will students be excluded for runny nose, cough, etc.? For how long?
Emmons Family
01:47:55
@Katie, what is the expectation that students will still be able to “learn” without materials?
Fona Ou
01:48:07
Great questions Mackenzie !
Teryn Kravitz Kesweder
01:48:16
Thank you Trustee Mackenzie. These are very important questions.
Katy Felsinger
01:48:16
Thank you Mackenzie for your excellent questions about teacher training and effective instruction.
Lee Gong
01:48:24
I’m concerned that zooms/roomers splits the teacher’s attention too much for either group to thrive.
Lauren Fierro
01:48:27
As a teacher I do not support the “Zoomers and Roomers” model. It seems as though all students will hurt in this model as a teacher cannot meet the needs of both groups (especially without prior training/experience with this).
Danielle and Cari
01:48:29
Were parents and teachers involved in the development of this plan? it seems as if it is a no-win for anyone.
C
01:48:49
How will special education service providers such as Speech Therapists and OT’s be supported? As a SLP with a caseload of an average of 55 students, we mix cohorts, have small classrooms without sinks, some of us share our small rooms with other providers, and some of us have shared HVAC systems (where we share from another classroom because we weren’t given our own).
MJacob
01:48:50
The concurrent model only shows the three cohorts A/B (hybrid), and C (distance). Who will be responsible for flushing out the specific site details for those models? ie. Pick up/drop off, lunch schedules, materials, etc.) District? Site admin? Site admin and teachers? Again, it doesn’t seem like enough time to have those minute details fully elaborated before it’s rolled out
Katie Utehs Panzer
01:48:52
"In San Francisco, 113 private, independent and parochial schools — the overwhelming majority — have reopened and remain open. More than 15,800 students in the City have returned to in-person school. Less than five cases of in-school transmission have been reported, according to the Department of Public Health.In neighboring Marin County, where nearly 90% of schools have resumed in-person instruction — including public schools, which began reopening their classrooms last fall — there have only been nine cases of suspected in-school transmission." Per SF City Atty Dennis Herrara's lawsuit compelling SFUSD to reopen.
Amanda Bliss
01:48:54
This has been the most demanding year of teaching yet. Teachers have been casually asked to put in a tremendous amount of extra work this year. Many weeks of 15hr days 6 days per week. I would like to hear more about what is being done to support us, our mental health and compensate the incredible efforts we are putting in to offer the best education we can given this very challenging situation.
Katie Burdett
01:48:54
@Emmons Family—great question! I don’t know. I wonder if they would send them home if they don’t have their materials, or if they would only have paper and pencil.
Ms. Fortier (she, her)
01:48:57
Starting on April 1st would completely interrupt learning. If we care about student learning more than the extra funds, why can’t we start after April 1st?
Ms. Grant
01:49:20
As a teacher, I was never given an opportunity to help develop any of these plans.
Phil Smothermon Jr.
01:49:25
As a veteran of the Coast Guard, I understand that it’s time to get the ship out and underway. Let’s just go slow and pay attention to all hands aboard. I’m game to serve … let’s be loving in our choices.
Lauren Fierro
01:50:15
@Danielle and Cari As a teacher, we have been given no directions, instructions, or guidance on any of these models prior to this meeting
ann
01:50:37
ALL these questions HAVE BEEN ADDRESSED by MANY schools in the EAST Bay. It seems like a bit of a waste of time to re-invent the wheel.
Christie Allen
01:51:06
As a teacher, I am very concerned about managing students both online and in person. This model feels like students will not be getting the best instruction as it will be so divided. Students all vary in level, and attempting to differentiate while also juggling assignments and management of both in person and online seems all but impossible. If this model is chosen, teachers need far more than 1 day, and also need more training.
Lee Gong
01:51:14
Is it a violation of privacy rights to tell parents whether a teacher is vaccinated? Sorry if this was addressed, but the chat really flies.
M J
01:51:21
Yeah I'm really worried about the cleaning. The bathrooms were always nasty. I know they wont take time to clean thoroughly
Takesha Polk
01:51:32
what does the middle school 6th period model look like
Ruby Smart
01:51:32
Will the $2.9 M be used to hire more custodians who will need to clean all these classrooms?
Michelle Mayfield
01:51:50
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JUJfQhYERfwE5Zs-ABvC2FHMJEHuyfOF/view
Louise Shaw
01:52:08
It says we need access.
Sonya Castillo
01:52:10
We don’t have access to the file
Tess
01:53:56
Can you give us access?
The Rogers Family
01:54:16
There is still no access to the file.
Michelle Mayfield
01:55:16
I will make it public
Loren Farrar
01:55:43
As a parent who indicated interest in sending my children to hybrid in-person, I feel so guilty to learn that teachers are expected to do concurrent learning. I understand the need to have numbers to conduct modeling, but with absolutely zero information about what that means I could never have imagined this would be asked of our teachers, especially K-3. I truly hope that the district enters the bargaining table tomorrow with an open mind regarding alternative models that will find acceptable solution that is not at the cost of teachers' wellbeing.
Jackie Perl, Oakland Thrives (she/her)
01:56:20
It’s sounding like teachers are being given very little opportunity to prepare for this transition, and this experience entirely; can you speak to the supports and prep time that teachers will receive to teach in this new and challenging way?
Keziah Moss, SLUSD
01:56:58
Comment access is now public: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JUJfQhYERfwE5Zs-ABvC2FHMJEHuyfOF/view?usp=sharing
Danielle and Cari
01:57:00
@ Loren. Yes, I agree.
Gene Romano McKinley 4th Grade
01:57:16
Seems like 2 weeks for training and one day for setting up is not enough time to do this. Then we have Spring Break, and then State Mandated testing…we are already in training for a new Science curriculum and rolling that out, we have been told we have to do at least one PBL Project with our kids, and we still need training on how to issue our testing this year. I know my classroom is nowhere near ready for this. I hear you say the money is not the issue, then what is the rush? If we are going to do this, then let’s please do it right and not rushed. Thank you.
Kerry Fiero
01:57:17
Completely agree with Loren Farrar. This chat has really illustrated how hard it will be for our teachers to do a hybrid lesson.
Phil Smothermon Jr.
01:57:19
This will officially be our Third Start-up of the year. Awesome.
Sophia Siebert
01:57:21
@Loren - YES - my thoughts exactly. Sad to hear that teachers were not involved in developing this proposal. And only one elementary teacher is at the bargaining table to negotiate this and the working conditions it will create.
Jessie Dorin
01:58:44
My email was not in favor of reopening as it is now. That was a misinterpretation of my email.
T Dalke -
01:59:15
Thank you Loren Farrar
Sophia Siebert
01:59:19
The fact that the district didn't have a plan in place that teachers had some buy in and agreement to until now is not OK. This could have all been negotiated months ago so that we would be ready to put a plan in place for 4/1 that had already been ironed out.
Lauren Fierro
02:00:51
Completely agree, Gene! The district has not prepared teachers on these models at all. Instead, we the district has placed a new science curriculum on us and PBL requirements. If money is not the main driving force, why don’t we postpone until after Spring Break or later when we give teachers time to prepare and train to do this effectively.
Cristen Miller
02:00:58
As a teacher, I am very concerned about the concurrent teaching model. I am not sure how I would manage students in person and at home on zoom. Teaching students in the classroom new protocols for in class learning while trying to keep students at home engaged is just one of many, many challenged of teaching students concurrently.
Katy Felsinger
02:01:12
As a transitional kindergarten teacher for some of our youngest learners, I am deeply troubled by the concurrent hybrid model. I feel that teaching students in person and at the same time will greatly reduce the quality of teaching and learning. The benefits of having students in-person is the hands-on learning experiences, play, and outdoor time that can occur. If we are trying to teach students on zoom at the same time, it will negate the benefits of in person instruction. It will not be fair to either group of students.
Mrs. J.
02:01:16
As a K teacher, I want more than anything to be in the classroom with my kiddos. It is where they belong and I know they will thrive. The concurrent model scares me, especially for TK/K where it is very hands on and active even in a socially distanced classroom! Are other models being considered and what sort of equipment will be supplied to ease this transition?
Andrew Fisher
02:01:27
Caroline - as a teacher I agree with you. This will be hard.
Ms. Parra (she/her)
02:01:57
As a teacher at the middle school level, students are already struggling with their current class schedule (6 classes!). Why would we upend the progress many students have made during Distance Learning? There is just one quarter left in school. Wouldn’t this be the time to truly hone in on Distance Learning and utilize Small Group Support as needed. Offer after school in person support for those that want it. District has claimed that sites are ready, however not all sites have even been approved to reopen for Small Cohorts. Teachers in the hybrid model proposed will have to manage 3 cohorts. We would be expected to have just one day of preparation. We were given only 3 days of training at the beginning of the school year, and even that training was limited. Is this additional funding more important than making sure our teachers are properly trained? I feel as if parents were not provided with nearly enough information to make a decision that would truly work best for their family.
Mia Ousley
02:02:37
As a parent, I also have concerns about sending kids back to school — hybrid model or not — with just a few weeks left. I would much prefer we just wait until the beginning of the 2021/22 school year.
Amy Haghighi
02:02:58
*Hugs* to you Patty!
Mia Ousley
02:03:41
I also don’t feel like it is safe for teachers to go back to school now.
Sonya Castillo
02:03:55
Thank you Patty! I agree you and feel your sentiments!
Tynisia
02:04:54
Yes I agree with her
faith Fowler
02:05:00
Thank you Patty, well said. I share all you concerns.
Ms. Lamm (she - her)
02:05:01
PREACH PATTY!
Ms. Grant
02:05:10
Agreed Patty!
Diane Dove
02:05:14
Ditto, everything patty is saying!
Ms. Fortier (she, her)
02:05:18
THANK YOU PATTY!
Lisa McNally
02:05:21
Thank you Mia, I agree with you.
Phil Smothermon Jr.
02:05:22
Nice.
Tess
02:05:24
Yes! Thank you Patty.
Olivia Emerson
02:05:27
**round of applause**
Melissa
02:05:46
I stand with Patty! Well said.
The Rogers Family
02:05:57
Thank you so much, Patty! I completely agree.
Mia Ousley
02:05:58
I fully support Patty’s thoughts.
Kate K.
02:06:07
well said
Lee Gong
02:06:10
It’s not worth endangering the mental and physical health of my child’s teachers to push this reopening so quickly, when more time to prepare (like over summer) could give them a better sense of comfort and safety.
ateichman
02:06:25
How do I unmute???
Louise Shaw
02:06:25
Thank you, Lee. I agree.
The Rogers Family
02:06:50
I realized my previous post was only seen by panels so I will copy and paste here: Parent to one district transferred student at a neighboring district and spouse to a teacher at another district: No solid plans just yet at Fremont Unified and Hayward Unified. Hayward gave updates yesterday and repeated over and over that the $8M is not a factor for opening. It’s the comfortability of school staff and families. Also, Castro Valley, Alameda, and Berkeley numbers should not be used to compare to opening right now. SLUSD plans should align with plans of similar communities. We should take their plans into consideration now for when we, San Leandro, reach similar numbers.
Louise Shaw
02:06:52
Amy, you can’t until it’s your turn, I think.
Mrs. J.
02:07:10
Ann is CV using the concurrent model?
MJacob
02:07:49
Castro Valley is not using the concurrent model
Cristen Miller
02:08:00
Thank you Katy. I completely agree. It feels like the kind of activities that we could do with students in person would be quite different that those that we would need to do if we also had students on zoom.
Mrs. J.
02:08:05
Thank you
Emmons Family
02:08:21
@Mrs. J, secondary schools are doing concurrent or called simulsync… elementary is not
Peter Hargreaves (he,him,his)
02:08:35
I’m a band teacher at Bancroft and wondering if students will be allowed to play their instruments? There are masks made with a slit in them for wind instrument. If students cannot play indoors can they play outdoors on the field? Thank you. -Peter Hargreaves phargreaves@slusd.us
ST
02:08:41
As a parent, I feel that the concurrent model is too risky for both teachers and students. Teachers will get burnout trying to keep both groups students focused. Students will get distracted and won’t benefit from much improved learning.
Diane Dove
02:08:45
Safety first! This is a money grab. I don’t feel safe.
Keziah Moss, SLUSD
02:08:58
This meeting is being recorded and will be posted on our website
Kellie Morris
02:09:06
Yes Peter Hargreaves I’ve been wondering that as a parent.
MJacob
02:09:20
@emmons - sorry, right. Elementary is not in CV
chuckstolarek
02:09:22
Yeah Ann!!! Well said!!
Julie
02:09:31
Everyone around the world has been continuing to send children to school. Nobody is requiring parents who want to keep their children at home to return to school. I wonder why those parents are asking parents who feel it is safe to start again to keep their kids at home? It's not going to be perfect but I don't think school at home is perfect now.
Olivia Emerson
02:09:33
Great question. I’m not sure how I will teach my students in person while dealing with tech issues.
Wati
02:09:39
Of course it is!
Louise Shaw
02:10:10
Thank you, Ann.
Sean Dang
02:10:55
i agreed with you
Wati
02:10:57
Thank you Mrs. Contreras
Lisa McNally
02:11:18
Thank you Mrs. Contreras, yes you are correct, and you DON’T KNOW until you’ve done it for yourself!
Jeffrey Ramirez
02:11:27
I apologize I didn’t realize my comment went to just the panelists. But, how are we applying a RACIALLY JUST LENS to the survey, reopening, and/or allocation of funds? I know there was a number of discussions at the beginning of the year where we were seemingly centering many of our discussions around the racial inequities within our District. How will we ensure that this conversation is centered and that we are not just returning to a new normal where such priorities are sidelined?
Ms. Lamm (she - her)
02:12:06
^ Great Point Jeff!
Teryn Kravitz Kesweder
02:12:10
@Jeffrey Ramirez Thank you and yes!
Emily Hodges
02:12:33
Thank you Jeffrey!
Angela Hoang
02:12:43
Our teachers and students deserve more. I am a parent against the concurrent teaching model. Our teachers are already overworked and underappreciated. Our students have been missing out on a quality education for most of this school year. I was in favor of hybrid learning but not if it's at the expense of our teachers workload and mental wellbeing. Also, not if it's going to improve the quality of learning my children are currently receiving with distance learning.
Cesar Garcia
02:12:47
Thanks Jeff!
James Zahradka
02:12:50
Shout-out to Coach D!
Fona Ou
02:12:54
Great point Jeffrey !
Sarah Cruz
02:13:00
Sorry if this was already shared and I missed it - if about half of our families wanted to stay with distance learning and about half of our teachers wanted to, why is that not being honored?
Tabitha and Heidi
02:13:11
For his well-being, my child needs to go back to school. He needs it and I know it in my soul. His teacher is fantastic, and doing a great job. He is struggling tremendously and learning to dislike school as a kindergartener when he loved it in TK. I like the recommendation of learning from other school districts that have already started a hybrid model. Ask them to provide presentations now, now just on 3/31 and 4/01. It will help ease fears, and help people feel more prepared. @Ann yes!!!
Eva Caraher
02:13:12
Yes! to @Jeff Ramirez
Ms. Grant
02:13:30
Good point Sarah
Louise Shaw
02:13:32
I am doing my job, just at home.
Kim Stanley
02:13:38
Will there be separate summaries made available for the 3 levels: elementary, middle school, high school as the return format seems to be quite different.
Gene Romano McKinley 4th Grade
02:14:34
Thanks Louise Shaw, took the words right out of my mouth.
Nancy Boissevain
02:15:17
Yes, Dave
Emily Hodges
02:15:23
Yes! Thank you David!
Danielle and Cari
02:15:27
Yes, Dave!
Melanie
02:15:30
As a parent, I do not see the need to rush. A better plan might be finish the school year to reduce the chaos. In addition, you may want to start a week early to work on the logistics.In regards to the safety inside the classroom. Will all students and teachers will be required to wear masks?Will the playgrounds and restrooms be sanitized on every break?
Monique Berlanga (Farris)
02:15:34
Thank you, Mr. D for lifting up our most vulnerable students.
Tabitha and Heidi
02:15:41
@David, thank you.
Jennifer Fischer
02:16:00
Thank you David
Mark Klinedinst
02:16:09
Thanks Dave! I hear you!
Jasmine
02:16:15
Thanks Mr D.
The Rogers Family
02:16:35
What plans are in place for students with health conditions? What of the staff that assist them? What of the other students that David had mentioned (all other students with IEPs)?
steven knopp
02:16:35
Thank you Mr. D
Tiffani Lorenz
02:17:21
What are we going to do to get all of our students caught up? I know this discuss is about schools reopening for this school year; however, even if the students don't return this school year, I feel as though they are going to be so far behind, they will not be able to get caught up, let alone back to grade level.
Jackie Perl, Oakland Thrives (she/her)
02:17:24
David - so agree about the need to give folks choice to do this work in person, and that we continue to make progress under improved circumstances - and that the model seems incredibly challenging
Peg Fischer
02:17:48
Please rethink your model. I expected more. You do not involve your teachers, again. Why?I also encourage you to have a discussion with other districts, that already opened. Your model is not pro teacher nor pro students. I agree with a lot of other teachers and parents speaking up here. I want my kid back but this is the wrong way.
Eva Caraher
02:17:52
All great points, Louise!
Peg Fischer
02:18:37
Thanks, Louise!
Lee Gong
02:18:44
Thanks Louise!
Ms. Parra (she/her)
02:18:45
Thank you Louise Shaw! The money is not worth it!
Mrs.Hwang-Mendez (she/her)
02:18:47
Thank you, Louise!
Jennifer Fischer
02:18:47
Thank you Louise
Sonya Castillo
02:18:48
Thank you Louise!
Kellie Morris
02:19:06
Yes, Louis!
faith Fowler
02:19:09
Thank you Louise. I agree, it seems like money has been prioritized when safety should be the primary concern.
Deborah Harris
02:19:22
Thank You Louis!
James Riddle
02:19:37
Thank you Gavi and J Ramirez
Sarah Cruz
02:20:20
For those of you concerned about grades and falling behind, this is an excellent letter from a superintendent in NY:https://www.google.com/amp/s/dianeravitch.net/2020/12/12/teresa-thayer-snyder-what-shall-we-do-about-the-children-after-the-pandemic/amp/
Debbie Dodd
02:21:10
Please consider the different needs between elementary students and upper grade students. Also, please consider that our communities of Color don’t always speak with the loudest voices.
Danielle and Cari
02:21:13
We are in support of in-person learning for those that are ready to come back. We are not in support of the concurrent model of teaching/learning. This creates a situation where no one is receiving what they need, and the cost is significant to the students, and most especially to the teachers. We would like to see an AM in person cohort and a PM distance learning cohort. when children are not with their cohort, they would be doing asynchronous learning.
Kellie Morris
02:21:40
Good point Debbie Dodd!
Jennifer Jones
02:21:43
Yes Rochelle. Thank you.
Kim Stanley
02:21:44
I have read that you should wait two weeks after Vaccination #2 to be “fully vaccinated”.
Lauren Fierro
02:22:04
85% of teachers have started the vaccine process but not all teachers will be FULLY vaccinated by April 1.
Sophia Siebert
02:22:06
At this point, if we don't have a plan for the spring that teachers and the district can agree to and that parents feel good about, perhaps we should forget about it and start figuring out the fall. Parents need information about what next year will look like so that we can make informed decisions. We've been asked to fill out intent to return forms but what are we returning to? How will you do better to develop a plan for 2021-22 in a timely manner that works?
Ms. Parra (she/her)
02:22:32
85% of STAFF have started the vaccine process. That number does not specify if it is teachers only.
Damon Gary
02:22:42
Yes Rochelle!
Laura Van Slyke
02:22:58
^^^ x 2 Debbie Dodd
Cesar Garcia
02:23:03
Thank you Rochelle!
Mrs. J.
02:23:25
Good point D. Dodd. Different models work for different grade levels.
Kerry Fiero
02:23:55
@kim - true...you are not fullly vaccinated until 2 weeks after 2nd dose.
The Rogers Family
02:24:01
Has there been a survey given out to ask our students?
Sean Dang
02:24:14
that is a good question Rachel!
Loren Farrar
02:24:35
Agree @ D. Dodd and @Danielle and Cari
Mark Klinedinst
02:24:36
Great questions Rachel.
Jennifer Jones
02:24:44
Our students were not asked. My students want their voices heard.
Ms. Lamm (she - her)
02:24:50
Blown away Rachel, all great points!
Eva Caraher
02:24:55
Yes Rachel - good questions about health care and risks for students
Tabitha and Heidi
02:25:02
I support in person learning. I support the AM cohort and PM cohort if that works better for teachers.
Jennifer Fischer
02:25:03
Thank you Rachel for speaking tonight
Kate K.
02:25:03
well said, young lady
James Riddle
02:25:07
Thanks Rochelle. April 12 is a much more reasonable re-opening date for secondary schools
Katy Felsinger
02:25:16
Such great questions, Rachel.
Ms. Parra (she/her)
02:25:25
Excellent questions Rachel Arcadio! Our students will go back to a hybrid model that will be high stakes and stressful. Amazing!
faith Fowler
02:25:38
important points, Rachel. Thank you for speaking.
Ms. Wood
02:25:45
What would concurrent teaching look like in a Physical Education class if I am teaching outside and not sitting in front of a computer? Will students be able to use locker rooms for changing clothes or will they be required to wear workout clothes/tennis shoes to school?
Cristen Miller
02:26:07
Thank you Rachel. This is another example of how the needs of students learning in person may be different that students at home.
The Rogers Family
02:26:19
Rachel, amazing questions. Raise our student voices! If we are planning everything with out students in mind, we need to gather their input.
The Rogers Family
02:26:24
*our
Jeffrey Ramirez
02:26:33
Thank you Rachel A for centering the wellness of students in this discussion!
Amy Haghighi
02:26:52
Thank you Rachel! So good to hear your perspective. You and Mackenzie are bringing much needed student voice!
Melanie
02:27:44
Great points Rachel. Very similar concerns from our kid.
Ms. Fortier (she, her)
02:28:04
Beautiful job Rachel!
Rhonda Spencer
02:28:41
Thank you, Mr. Zahradka.
Lauren Fierro
02:28:44
Thank you for speaking Rachel! I appreciate your voice and perspective!
Katie Burdett
02:30:21
Do parents understand that as of right now, 3rd-12th graders are still expected to participate in SBAC testing this spring?
Melissa
02:31:16
I am concerned for the safety of my grandson who is in a mod/severe class. He is not capable of social distance. I'm sure he is not the only one. How will you keep him and his teachers safe?
Eva Caraher
02:31:50
Yes Melissa, thank you
Ms. Lamm (she - her)
02:31:51
Speak your truth Jaz! You are supported, thank you!
Kyle Neptune-Salisbury
02:31:54
Agree with Mrs. J, D.Dodd, and Laura Van Slyke (wonderful teachers in all settings)- our young students have different needs and their K-2 TEACHERS NEED TO BE HEARD especially. Younger kids don't have as many ways to make sense of this situation.
Fona Ou
02:32:24
yes jazzlyn, I think all of these issues need to be addressed
Kate K.
02:32:30
Great questions!
Sarah Cruz
02:32:32
PREACH
Ashton Vera Perez
02:32:32
Yes jazzmen
Katy Felsinger
02:32:38
Thank you, Jaz! SLHS students are brilliant.
Ashton Vera Perez
02:32:38
Period.
Mia Ousley
02:32:42
Great thoughts, Jasmine. I greatly admire your strength and courage in standing up for yourself and expressing your opinions. I heartily agree.
Tabitha and Heidi
02:32:55
yes Jaz. Thank for speaking up.
Lauren Fierro
02:32:55
THANK YOU Jaz!!!!
Teryn Kravitz Kesweder
02:32:57
Thank, you Jaz!
Jennifer Jones
02:33:07
School Board! Please look at the camera as you would if you were in person. She is addressing you.
Ms. Lamm (she - her)
02:33:08
All student speakers are bringing tears to my eyes, so amazed and excited for the future YOU will bring.
Gavi Gelbart (He/Him)
02:33:10
Really well said, all great questions
Ms. Parra (she/her)
02:33:11
Jaz, YES! Incredibly powerful speaker! Important questions not just for this school year, but for future school years!
Stephanie Diehl she/her
02:33:12
I didn’t catch this students name but my God I love them. Joya you have rockstar students.
Ms. Meersman
02:33:13
YES!
Veronica Flores
02:33:15
Love to you Jazlyn!!!!
M J
02:33:37
Great job Jaz!!!!
Kerry Fiero
02:33:45
Jazlyn- keep using your voice! It is powerful!
T Dalke -
02:33:59
We are saying that students need interaction with peers and are isolated with distance learning. How are they going to interact and play (lower grades) in hybrid classrooms? I’m just not sure how socially distanced students will get real social emotional benefit by being in the classroom under these conditions.
Kate K.
02:34:05
Student's mental and emotional well-being should be a high importance but it has never been, even pre-covid
Rochelle Lokting
02:34:09
Thank you for your questions, comments, and energy, Jazlyn.
Ms. Fortier (she, her)
02:34:25
Jazlyn, never apologize for being yourself! Keep that energy!
Sonja Ebel
02:35:05
Yes Amy!
Amy Haghighi
02:35:14
Amy T!
Mia Ousley
02:35:40
And they can’t interact with each other as much as they have been at home — my teen-ager is in contact with her friends throughout the school day because technology allows for multiple communications going on.
Kate K.
02:35:46
Jazlyn, never apologize for speaking up. You have a voice and you are using it. I am in awe! I've been working with my kiddo on self-advocacy for the last 2 years since his major meltdown in school.
Lee Gong
02:36:08
Amy makes the point exactly: by the time students and teacher figure out the new concurrent model, how much of the school year will be left?
Sonja Ebel
02:36:19
This is what the Oakland plan will look like. Yes. They can come in the PM with a stipend.
Sean Dang
02:36:56
yes yes yes.
Melissa
02:38:17
Yes. I agree with Tynisia. This is true
Olivia Emerson
02:38:20
Exactly!!!
Kellie Morris
02:38:32
Thank you Tynisia.
Lauren Fierro
02:38:43
Thank you Tynisia!
Katy Felsinger
02:38:45
Thank you Tynisia.
Jennifer Jones
02:38:50
Thank you Tynisia.
Damon Gary
02:38:55
Thank you Tynisia!
faith Fowler
02:38:56
Thank you Tynisia!
Sarah Cruz
02:38:57
THANK YOU
Ms. Lamm (she - her)
02:38:57
Thank you for speaking up Tynisia! Agreed!
Jennifer Fischer
02:39:07
Thank you Tynisia!
Linda Shenon
02:39:15
Thank you, Tynisia!
Jaz
02:39:16
Putting money over the students is CAPITALISM
Ms. Sonnier
02:39:19
Thank you for speaking Tynisha!
Debbie Dodd
02:39:22
Your voice is very appreciated, Tunisia.
Mari Ullrich
02:39:23
Tynisia, we salute YOU!!
Dora Nwoba
02:39:29
thank you Tynisia. I agree with you totally
Mia Ousley
02:39:32
Thank you - yes, life is waaaaaay more important.
Lisa McNally
02:39:36
Yes to Amy and Lee, I mentioned that in a comment above. It took me at least 6 weeks to learn distance learning, and will take at least that amount of time to learn that goofy online/in person nonsense teaching the district presented. They like to make things look all shiny but they aren’t in the trenches doing it.
Amy Haghighi
02:39:57
Thank you Tynisia for your testimony. Wow, you’re an amazing person! Best wishes to your child recovering!
The Rogers Family
02:40:42
You mentioned one of my fears. A family sending a sick student to school that said they were okay to go. February 2020, I had a student extremely sick sent to school. We sent them to the office during 1st period. No nurse on campus that day. They finally went home at the end of the day. This was not a one time instance.
Melanie
02:40:45
Tynisia,You were awesome. No need to rush it. Safety 1st. Money second.Hope your kid recovers soon.
Teryn Kravitz Kesweder
02:41:00
Thank you, Tynisia.
Ms. Lamm (she - her)
02:41:15
Katy, you’re the best! Thank you!
Sonja Ebel
02:41:18
Thank you Katie!
Amy Haghighi
02:41:27
Thanks Katy!
Damon Gary
02:41:40
Thank you Katy!
Gene Romano McKinley 4th Grade
02:41:59
I agree Katy, thank you so much.
Kellie Morris
02:42:06
Katy I agree with you and my kids are in high school. I am very anxious that they will lose their amazing teachers who they have grown accustomed to this year, and have to basically start over.
Kim Stanley
02:42:23
A recently retired last year teacher now sub in Marin county said they voted yesterday to return to school FULL TIME, NO MORE ZOOM, 3 week course rotations until the end of the year, to get everyone back. Wow.
Louise Shaw
02:42:38
Please do not make a decision tonight. Ruminate on what was said and listen to the people who have boots on the ground. Although this plan is though out, consider which decade the SL District Admin last taught in. : )
Lisa McNally
02:42:47
Tynisia, I agree - life first, money second, I hope you’re child is doing well.
Louise Shaw
02:43:07
So sorry Sergio.
Damon Gary
02:43:30
I’m sorry for your loss, Sergio
Kim Stanley
02:43:34
To add to the Marin county decision, they are doing am/pm cohorts
Katy Felsinger
02:43:37
I’m so sorry for your loss, Sergio.
Rochelle Lokting
02:43:39
That sounds unbelievably difficult, Sergio. Thank you for sharing.
Mark Klinedinst
02:43:41
Sorry for your loss Sergio.
Mia Ousley
02:43:44
My deepest sympathies, Sergio. You are correct; it’s not worth it to rush into something that has already shown us how dangerous it is.
Kate K.
02:43:46
so sorry for yoru loss, sergio
Ms. Lamm (she - her)
02:43:49
Sending you love Sergio.
Teryn Kravitz Kesweder
02:43:50
I’m so sorry for your loss, Sergio.
Amy Haghighi
02:43:52
Sorry to hear about your loss Sergio. Sending care to you!
faith Fowler
02:43:54
I'm so sorry for you loss, Sergio.
Wati
02:44:02
So sorry for your family's loss Sergio
Ms. Parra (she/her)
02:44:18
Sergio, I lost my own mother to COVID. So sorry for your loss. I would never want anyone to feel the pain of this kind of loss. Reopening can wait.
Lauren Fierro
02:44:19
I am so sorry for your loss Sergio. Thank you so much for sharing your story.
Louise Shaw
02:44:25
@Tynisia. So glad your son is on the mend and glad you’re able to keep him home for Distance Learning.
Mari Ullrich
02:44:35
I’m so very sorry, Sergio.
Louise Shaw
02:45:17
Great, Renee!
Laura Van Slyke
02:45:18
YES RENEE. Our students are achieving! Thank you, SLUSD.
Debbie Dodd
02:45:25
This is true in my class, too!
Wati
02:46:06
Yes, Ms. Purdy is awesome!!! She and other Roosevelt teachers have been wonderful!
Mari Ullrich
02:46:18
Mine, too!! Amazing and resilient students and families.
Ms. Parra (she/her)
02:46:25
Incredibly true Renee! Connections are still happening, academics are still happening!
Ms. Lamm (she - her)
02:46:44
More than one day, please.
Sarah Cruz
02:46:59
So sorry for your loss too, Ms. Parra.
Kerry Fiero
02:47:00
Can we get a school nurse and school counselor for EVERY SLUSD school with the $2M?
Ms. Lamm (she - her)
02:47:20
Thank you Renee!
Kenny Moy
02:47:24
Well said, Renee!
Melissa
02:47:52
Yes. I see our students actually doing better on line than in person. We even do individual time with students, which we are unable to do in person.
Laura Van Slyke
02:48:06
Thank you, RP! YES. Thank you to SLUSD for the distance learning service you’ve provided. AND teachers need time to prepare to welcome students back into the classropm. Wise ask that’s on ALL of our minds!
Amy Haghighi
02:48:29
Thank you for all you do board and admin! As a teacher and parent of students in another district, I am so curious how hybrid learning would work. We just got an MOU saying we can bring our children to the classroom, but this will end with hybrid learning if it happens. How would the district offer support to teachers in this situation or with students too young for school and unable to secure childcare?
Melanie
02:48:33
Sergio, terrible sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing your story. Hopefully the panel will understand that folks will pay the ultimate sacrifice if this is not rolled out correctly. Plan it right.
Amy Haghighi
02:49:21
Thanks Renee!
T Dalke -
02:49:49
My classroom is packed with tables, desks, bookcases, etc. I have so much because I had a flexible seating model. Where is some of my furniture going to go? Will I get to make the decisions about what goes? When will this happen if I have only one day to prepare?
ST
02:50:04
Agreed. Too disruptive for our students at this time. Allow our teachers to stay distance teaching and students to stay distance learning.
Louise Shaw
02:50:40
And how are we supposed to figure everything out in 11 days while teaching at the same time.
Jennifer Fischer
02:50:45
Thank you Erin!
Jaz
02:50:54
So embarrassing!
Lauren Fierro
02:50:59
Thank you Erin!! This is exactly how I feel!
Jennifer Fischer
02:51:09
I feel the same way Erin
Gene Romano McKinley 4th Grade
02:51:17
Thank you Erin…
Lauren Fierro
02:51:33
This is our reality!!
Mrs. Kubicki
02:51:50
Thank you, Erin. Ditto at my site as well, also on the leadership team.
Andres Garcia
02:51:54
My sentiments exactly Erin and Louise about only 11 days. How will that work?
Alisa Finch
02:52:02
While I want my children to return to school and I believe it can be done safely, this plan is rushed and the district has failed to answer so many of the questions our community has about reopening. It is clear based on the teacher input this evening, that we have NOT adequately involved/prepared our teachers for this model.
Mr. Fino
02:52:10
There are no win-win hybrid models right now. The concurrent model will essentially be a watered down version of distance learning. Teachers’ energy will be split between those students in person and those students online. Any of the other hybrid options will likely require us to completely shift students’ schedules and change their teachers. This is clearly driven by the government funding. Had the district put together a reasonable plan months ago, we might be having a different conversation right now. But there’s no real plan, and we’re acting like elementary, middle, and high school are all the same thing. They’re not. Our focus needs to be the Fall—the way the virus is trending, that looks like a very realistic goal. We should look at this as an opportunity to retool how we approach education in creative and innovative ways. And the TEACHERS need to be involved in this process.
Sonya Castillo
02:52:11
Say it Erin! 11 days!
T Dalke -
02:52:13
Yes!!!! Small groups for differentiated reading and math instruction!!
Ms. Lamm (she - her)
02:52:13
Preach Ms. Grant!
Mari Ullrich
02:52:27
You’ve nailed it, Erin!
Louise Shaw
02:52:27
So true!
Alisa Finch
02:52:34
Questions that have not been answered include: https://docs.google.com/document/d/11dKwRFx2JCNWvIzFyAPaKw271_twzgG9jpeuI6MRom4/edit?usp=sharing
Katy Felsinger
02:52:36
Absolutely, Erin.
Louise Shaw
02:52:39
More than 50% for upper grades who have 32 kids.
Dora Nwoba
02:52:47
true