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waltworks

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Re: Return to School: Online or In Person?
« Reply #150 on: October 22, 2020, 01:26:45 PM »
Our schools (after quite a scare involving the HS volleyball team... not sure why we're doing sports at all this fall) are still doing really well.

Our county, likewise, is doing fine.

Unfortunately our larger state (UT) is in terrible shape. Sooner or later I have to assume case numbers will rise (especially as ski season starts) here as well as people come here from outside to ski/shop/party/etc.

But every day of functioning in person school is a gift, so I'll take whatever we get.

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Re: Return to School: Online or In Person?
« Reply #151 on: October 22, 2020, 02:37:17 PM »
We got January as a possible return date, on the condition that our county keeps a low infection rate. I feel calmer and happier just knowing there IS a date in mind. This is a long dark tunnel, but having a light at the end, even if that light is 3 months away, makes all the difference.

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Re: Return to School: Online or In Person?
« Reply #152 on: October 22, 2020, 05:08:15 PM »
We got January as a possible return date, on the condition that our county keeps a low infection rate. I feel calmer and happier just knowing there IS a date in mind. This is a long dark tunnel, but having a light at the end, even if that light is 3 months away, makes all the difference.

Oh for sure.

I wish our county had given us any hope; still crickets. My guess is not until Sept 2021 :(

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Re: Return to School: Online or In Person?
« Reply #153 on: October 31, 2020, 08:40:15 AM »
Gov Newsom the latest of the wealthy to send his kid back to school while most of his state is closed down, hello Achievement Gap :/

https://www.politico.com/states/california/story/2020/10/30/newsom-sends-his-children-back-to-school-classrooms-in-california-1332811

We live in a great public school district where the teachers are well paid and respected, even the wealthy use the public schools, etc. but that relationship is deteriorating by the minute. Most everyone I know is looking into private schools for the Spring semester. Where does that leave teachers when they don't have enough students; or people start voting with their wallets and their feet?

If you don't need the fancy public school district move across the county line and save a couple hundred K on housing cost and property taxes.


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Re: Return to School: Online or In Person?
« Reply #154 on: November 02, 2020, 05:47:02 PM »
Gov Newsom the latest of the wealthy to send his kid back to school while most of his state is closed down, hello Achievement Gap :/

https://www.politico.com/states/california/story/2020/10/30/newsom-sends-his-children-back-to-school-classrooms-in-california-1332811

We live in a great public school district where the teachers are well paid and respected, even the wealthy use the public schools, etc. but that relationship is deteriorating by the minute. Most everyone I know is looking into private schools for the Spring semester. Where does that leave teachers when they don't have enough students; or people start voting with their wallets and their feet?

If you don't need the fancy public school district move across the county line and save a couple hundred K on housing cost and property taxes.
First, California has 58 counties.  In all but 9 of them, schools are allowed to open.  Public schools are allowed to open in Sacramento county - they are in the red tier.  (Elementary schools in the purple tier - those 9 counties - can open with a waiver).

"Newsom pointed to $5.3 billion in state and federal funding for schools to respond to Covid-19 and two months worth of PPE given to districts by the state.

He reiterated his belief that schools need to open as soon as possible, citing academic and social-emotional concerns, but emphasized that the decisions remain up to local districts. "


If parents vote with their feet - it depends.  Our district has lost a number of students to home schooling or private schools in the last 6 months (140 students out of 14,000).

Our district, for the first time in years, is a "basic aid" district instead of an LCFF district.  That means the amount of money that goes to the school district for education exceeds the "floor" set by the state of California for the given enrollment.

In prior years, loss of enrollment = loss of $.  This year, loss of enrollment = the same amount of money, fewer students.  There's a reason why the two one-school districts in the really wealthy area are doing awesomely well, even if most of the wealthy send their kids to private school - the school still gets their property tax $.  (Their funding is 3x what ours is, per student.)