As part of our nation opens up we are still on stay-at-home directive in California.  I was required to have emergency eye surgery yesterday so I experienced our local hospital during this crisis.  I am now confined to a face-down position for a week so I like to say I am in “accelerated quarantine’.        This time has given me ample opportunity to reflect on education and what it’s going to look like for our students next year.  Educators all over our nation are meeting and planning around this issue and there are a multitude of perspectives and decisions to consider, among them:

  • What will social distancing look like?
  • Will students wear masks?
  • Will there be physical education?
  • Will there be sports?
  • Will students receive part of their education in class with a teacher and part on line facilitated by a teacher?
  • How will facilities be sanitized on a regular basis?
  • Will there be child care programs on site?
  • Where will students eat lunch?
  • How will students socialize with one another?
  • What will mental health services look like?
  • How will students with Individualized Education Plans be supported?
  • Will the teacher’s day be extended and if so what will compensation look like?
  • Will we have to hire more teachers?
    Etc, etc…..
I have encountered many obstacles during my career in education but this is the biggest challenge I have observed.  On a positive note the situation can provide an opportunity to rethink those areas that perhaps are not working as desired and formulate new and more effective methods.   My heart goes out to all educators as they grapple with this monumental task.
If you have any thoughts to share I would love to hear them.
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