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Can someone please explain the logic of going to a hybrid learning schedule? I don't understand how reducing the availability students will have with their teacher is going to benefit anyone. Im assuming the curriculum is moving at about 50% and will now reduce to 25% with students receiving half as much time with their educator and more time fending for themselves. This seems like a poor decision just to get students back in class to fill a social void. So their academics will suffer so they can say "hi" in person 50% of the time? So not only will there be a risk for illness...students will fall even more behind.
Can a parent choose to keep their 8th grade student in virtual academy and not put them into in person learning at all when the current school (Glover) in district 81 plans to reopen in March?. Is there an option that a parent can request now to keep their student in virtual academy until the end of the school year? Reason being high risk family members to covid. Is the plan to force families to place kids into in person learning. If so parents should be informed so they can find other online school options ASAP if they do not plan on placing children into in person learning this year. I think many parents have this same question.
Why do teachers send emails out after hours (9pm on Friday night) stating "your" child has the weekend to complete an assignment over the weekend or will get a Zero on Monday. My son responds stating he is unable to open the assignment and asks for help but of course doesn't receive any because it is the weekend. So now he will have Zeros. Seems like these emails should go out during school hours so a student has a chance to respond and get assistance. Regular classes end at 11:50 and students and parents are supposed to have access to teachers later in the afternoon. I am finding this is not always the case. Why wouldn't these types of emails go out during school hours so issues could be followed up on? Also happens with attendance emails. Seems like a big lack of common sense. Don't send out emails if you are not going to available to respond.
There are departments within SPS that rely on solid dates and information on what the plan is moving forward. These details are needed to effectively do their job. February 17th is less than two weeks away and the date is still tentative. When will details be made official and accessible to SPS employees? When they are made official, where will the details be found?
I am really grateful for all that has been done to provide a education to my son thru the pandemic. Thank you SPS staff. My concern is the opposite of what I'm reading and I feel we are sending our children back way to soon. I for sure want him to be in class at the school but this seems unusual to send them back when the risk is yet so high. I am really upset that there wasn't more information on a alternative to in person if parent wasn't comfortable sending their child or in my case I have a compromised immune system. I just missed the boat that were charter schools I could have been looking into now there a waitlist and he returns in a few hours. I pray this isn't pushing something we should of waited to do but at this point there is nothing I can do but send him against my better judgement. If you can give me a better than the school office has please do tell me if there are other options.
Is Ridgeview Elementary running a full schedule for all children right now? If so, when are the children excused from school for the day. I drove by last week at about 2:20 pm, I did see that the flashing crossroad lights were on. What time do you usually turn those on so drivers are aware that Children will be present.
Referring to my last question which was not answered, I will ask again. With the proposed athletic seasons length being about one third of a normal season, what will the coaching stipend be? From your answer it seems as though there has been no discussion with the union since last fall. So are you saying that coaches will be receiving their full stipend even though the season will be drastically shorter ?
Recently at Adams there have been cones and barricades set out where parents cannot park while dropping of or picking up students. How is this allowed? We have very limited parking available on that street, and are now required to keep circling around the block until we find parking. How can one principal make up her regulations and laws for a public road?
why is the district no using the already makeup/weather delays days built into the schedule? I just heard the windstorm make up days are June 21st and June 22nd. This Monday is a makeup/weather delay non school day, why was this day not used for one of the make up days. The other make up day/weather was March 13, why did you not use the 2nd windstorm day for this make up?
My son is a Freshman at Shadle Park High School. Like many kids his age, he has a hard time prioritizing his studies over his hobbies. We've always stressed the importance of showing up, and putting in the effort. Our expectations are not unreasonable.
Per some of his teachers, the school has been “rethinking zeroes”. Our kids are getting 50% credit for a missing assignment. In the back of many kids minds, they are going to weigh the cost of putting in the effort to do the work when they could just as easily coast. They'll instinctively know the effort to get 51% on a math assignment is way more than just not making an effort at all and getting 50% just for “showing up”. This kind of thinking, if it becomes ingrained in habit, is going to have damaging consequences for our young adults as they navigate their adult lives.
If our jobs as educators and parents is to prepare our kids for success in life, please tell me how giving 50% credit for 0% effort is going to do that, and please support this with some data.
I previously sent these questions to Rochelle M before last week's webinar. She didn't reply nor were they answered during Tuesday's session. The answers will assist with my voting decision.
What hours are teachers required to work each day? What are the typical hours?
How may days are they required to work each year?
How many paid holidays do they receive each year?
How many paid "learning improvement" days do they receive each year?
How many sick days are they allowed each year? Are these an up-front load or are they earned throughout the year?
How many paid vacation days are they allowed each year? Are these an up-front load or are they earned throughout the year?
What benefits do they receive? Medical, dental, vision, accidental death, life insurance, 401K, pension, other?
What does a inexperienced teacher earn for their first year salary?
What is the highest paid salary for a tenured teacher?
Do teachers receive stipends? What are these stipends and how much is paid per stipend?
Are there others items, that taxpayers may not be aware of, that would result in additional monies to be paid to teachers?
I look forward to the answers.
Is it a requirement for the teachers to get the COVID-19 vaccine when they become eligible? What happens if they choose to not get the vaccine? If there is not any decisions or information regarding these questions, when will the answer be made available because this decision needs to be made soon?
Roughly 10% of the levy money goes to extra-curricular activities. So about 7 million dollars. Is that money being saved or being used for other needs since last March? As an Activity Coordinator for 35 years in Spokane I am perplexed that all spring activity contracts where paid in full yet the contracts where not fulfilled. I many times had to end payment of signed contracts due to coaches/advisers not being able to meet predetermined requirements. Are High School and Middle School Activity Coordinators this year being paid and are Middle School Coordinators given an additional prep period even though there are no activities and if so what are their new responsibilities?
Has the school district received any federal stimulus money? If we have where is it being used?
I have heard reports in the news that children across the nation are failing more in the online learning environment than they do in-person. Can you provide statistical information comparing academic achievement in fall quarter 2020 vs 2019 for SPS high schools and middle schools, that could either substantiate or disprove these reports?
I read the guidelines SPS published on Wednesday regarding phasing in for all school age kids. I noticed that even though you indicated in prior questions on this website that you would provide direction, the use of the word "TENTATIVE" indicates to me that you really have no intention of getting ALL kids back in school. Moreover, it indicates you have put very little though into getting them back into school in the near future. You are failing our children! Note that I have provided my email address to which you may reply.
I certainly feel that I have not been heard since you have not posted my 2 prior questions, nor my husband's one question.
I understand the frustration of parents (I am one), but I'm also a teacher. I know younger kids have more mild responses to Covid-19 (although there have been deaths), but teachers- especially those at higher risk or have family members who are high risk, will be put in a position that could result in serious illness or death. Is the safety of staff being seriously considered by the board and administration?