Cooper to Educators: “Good luck!”

Governor choose plan B for all

I should have seen this coming. Really, I should have. Especially back on July 1 when the decision was made to postpone setting out what districts should do to start off the school year.

The decision has been made and Plan B is how we will enter into the school year. My confidence in the Governor has absolutely cratered.

Here’s some of my initial reactions and questions from the Governor’s press conference.

  1. The plan mentions making sure that there is a place to isolate kids who present with symptoms. Does this mean we are already admitting that students will take dayquil in the morning and then be sent to school?
  2. We are being told to limit the sharing of classroom materials. Where is that money going to come from? Educators already spend hundreds of dollars on supplies.
  3. What happens when a student refuses to wear a mask because their parent is an anti-mask person?
  4. What happens when a student loses their mask halfway through the day?
  5. Will I be getting paid more for all these extra jobs I’m going to be expected to do? (We know the answer to this one)
  6. Why were we forced to watch a PR ad for the AAP missive that was roundly criticized by educators?
  7. Do we really think kids are going to learn good social skills while being yelled at to wear their mask and stay 6 feet apart by terrified teachers?
  8. Will I lose my job after 10 days knowing that the NCGA will not be addressing funding from the ADM?
  9. How dare you make us go to school after someone tests positive?

I’m sure that there are more questions, but that’s all I can think about now while my blood boils. I was floored. Absolutely floored. That we received all of these platitudes from the Governor of how amazing we are and how we will make this work. Oh? Really? How? Because as it seems right now, my students and I are about to be used as lab rats for the government.

But don’t worry, local districts and businesses can provide more PPE.

Before the NC GOP thinks that they’re off the hook here. There’s criticism for them too. They have tried to place us all back into school for the first 5 days. Every. single. person. They have refused to put a NURSE in the building every day. They have also contributed to this dangerous mess we find ourselves in.

To top all of this off – 20% of all cases in Wake County where I live and teach are for people ages 10-24 as of 7/14. Kids can be in high school until the are 21 years old.

I’m scared. I’m wondering – do I need to have a will drawn up? How do I do that?

The union for educators in North Carolina, NCAE, has called on all educators to sign the following petition. I encourage you all to do that. I also encourage you all to fight like hell for our safety.

Welcome to the Danger Zone

NCGA Edition

THEY’REEEE BACKKKKKK.

Pro-Trump, Anti-Science. No, I’m not talking about the ReOpenNC protesters who were in Raleigh again this morning, but the Republican led North Carolina General Assembly gaveled into session today to address the beginning of North Carolina’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Before we go any further, I am going to do something I might regret later. I want to give kudos to House Republicans who when formulating their proposals seemed to sincerely incorporate input from House Democrats, appointing Democrats as co-chairs, and at one point even allowing a Democrat, Rep Ashton Clemmons, to lead one of the sessions.

Now, enter the Senate and Phil Berger. What a story of two different chambers.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit North Carolina, we have not heard much of anything from Senator Berger. While, the House was having transparent, live-streamed, committee meetings… the Senate was doing… well, no one really knows what the Senate was doing but, today they did release their proposed bill. And phew, is it a doozy.

To start off, both Stu Egan over at Caffeinate Rage and Justin Parmenter over at Notes From the Chalkboard have discussed the obscene suggestion that growth will be equal in this remote learning setting as it would if we were having in-person classes.

Now, I’m not going to recycle their words, but I highly recommend you click on the two links above to read what Stu and Justin said. It’s unreasonable for the Senate to suggest this.

I wish that was all, but there’s more garbage in the Senate proposal.

There’s also this piece,

Within the first two weeks of returning to in-person instruction from the traumatic experience that has been COVID-19, the NCGA wants our elementary school students to go through high-stakes testing. It is important to note that this specific piece is in the House bill as well.

After at least 5 months without in-person instruction, the NCGA wants our elementary school students to have to take tests.

Are any of us truly surprised?