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With school starting up again and Covid cases surging, how is your school handling it? Are you starting remote or in-person? Are teachers in your school calling out sick in large numbers? Are you nervous about going back? Do you feel supported? What are your concerns with Covid as you step back into the classroom?

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In person since August. Zero concerns. Sickness is about the same every year. Masks are optional, but almost every student that has been out with Covid this year are the ones that wear masks, at least in my classes. 🤷🏽‍♀️ Every teacher that has been out with Covid has been vaccinated. Not one that I know of that hasn't been vaccinated has had it recently, but when we did, yes me and others, it was like nothing. Barely knew I had it. Yes, I do know people who have been very sick, a couple that have died with major underlying health issues, but almost every year the flu almost kills my dad, Covid almost killed him, and he comes from a country where having a different political opinion gets you killed. He still doesn't stop living life. It is what it is. Not afraid, not worried. Had a coworker almost die from the vaccine.

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One more thing I noticed, the new guy is really smart.

A small district in southeastern WA: In-person since August 2020 with only 2 weeks of remote during that time. Masks are mandated by the state Superintendent. Students constantly have to be reminded to wear them correctly. Staff had mandated to be vaccinated or have a waiver. Currently, only short one staff member and we are having to cover, but that has been our "normal" since returning in 2020. We do have multiple students either positive or in quarantine. I'm not worried about that, I have too much other stuff to worry about taking on teaching HS English for three grade levels (4 classes) along with two of my math classes. I am exhausted, but I am here for the kids. I am supported at my building level, but not at the district office (and we're small, so we are in direct contact with our district staff).

Only one staff short? Wow!!! You have an excellent vaccination rate. Good for you guys!

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I work in Chicago, and a lot of the teachers are agitating for a strike or to start remote. While I share their concerns, I think that's a terrible mistake and a disservice to our students. We have vaccines. We have masks. If you get sick w Covid, by all means, call out sick, but our kids, many of whom come from under-resourced homes, will be most severely hurt by this move. We are in a public service profession and have a duty to educate our kids in school.

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We have been in person since September 2020. Life just returned to normal

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We go back next week. Honestly, I’m not concerned at all. I’ve taken precautions so when I get sick (when, not if) I will most likely get a typical winter illness. I’m ready for schools to go back to taking the “if you’re sick stay home” approach to sickness.

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I am not really concerned about this round of CoVid. We have a few staff members out, not large numbers, due to CoVid. It is time that we start planning to live with CoVid and not live in fear of CoVid.

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Count your blessings

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Going back tomorrow. I am vaccinated + booster. That said, one of my colleague is sick. We will probably have to cover his classes. I don’t mind doing it, because they did it for me when I was sick. What I don’t understand is the reactions afterwards instead of preventing. How many teachers ( and their families) must get sick before things are done to prevent more suffering ( mild or severe). By returning we are going to spread it… and then what? Quarantine after quarantine ? I don’t even know anymore. I am just mentally exhausted.

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Oh cool. I’ll just take your word for it.

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We started back yesterday in person. I'm at a high school. We have 3 custodians when a full staff is 7. They emailed today and stated priorities are garbage cans and high touch areas but my desktops are not getting cleaned. I would say 50% of our students wear masks appropriately despite repeated reminders. We have 29 staff out which is the highest we've ever had. We have 81 students out positive with more in quarantine. Again our highest. Our county positivity is over 20% rolling 7 day. I feel like a sitting duck. I had Covid in Nov after being fully vaccinated. I'm still suffering symptoms. I'm considering using sick days to stay home. I'm preparing a resume. I do NOT feel supported.

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We clean our desks and tables every hour

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Here in Michigan we’re going straight back to in-person. There are already a handful of students out with COVID and there isn’t much change in policy. In terms of support, there’s plenty emotional wise but it means nothing if I have to use all my sick days and personal days to quarantine. We really need unlimited sick days here or else this isn’t going to work. The biggest concern is a growing lack of tests for both concerned students and students who need to “test out” in case they come in contact with someone. Honestly, why we didn’t just go back to remote learning for a month or so is beyond me. What a waste of resources for nothing.

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We probably use the same one because this thing has mutated so fast that vaccine producers can’t keep up. They make a new flu vaccine once a year. We’ve had a few new variants since the COVID vaccines came out. And many people didn’t take those - which helped lead to variants - saying they hadn’t been tested thoroughly enough. Well, the manufacturers are trying to keep up. Pfizer says their anti-omicron version should be ready by March. At which point, the omicron wave will have already passed most of the USA. So…why take the old vaccine? Well…most of those that were going to take it did so quite awhile ago. And many of us are now boosted. Which, scientists tell us, will lessen the effects if we get it. I’d rather go into battle with some armor rather than none.

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We have been in person for the last two years. Last school year was the best year of my career. We have no one in our school that has Covid that I am aware of, other than one teachers husband. I’ve had all 16 kids everyday all year! I’m not scared one bit. We have no mandates at all. No masks (optional), I see a few kids wearing them, but none of mine. I love my school, my co-workers, my kids, my parents, and I’ve never been happier at this school. I guess I’m pretty blessed!

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Very few covid cases in my school also. Mostly students not back from mexico yet like every other year.

In person, my school has been in person since August 2020.

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HST sure is making the rounds with their careless attitude.

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In person and have been this whole time with special needs. No concerns.

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Our district just sent out an email "assuring" us that it is all good for us to return. Yet, they say our county's infection rate is over 10%. They talk about all the steps they have done, but it all amounts to nothing. No social distancing, little mask enforcement. During Lunch, all the students are bunched together maskless. Emails sent DAILY informing us of infections on campus. Do I feel safe? No. Do I feel my best interest is being considered? No. If there is a positive in my class, I am taking off 5 days.

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Time to find a new job. This variant is mild and rarely transmissible through children. Let's get back to work and stop making excuses.

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I’m still in awe at people that act so brave to not be afraid of Covid. Do you say that to the faces of people who have lasting effects from having covid? Or to people that have had family and friends die? I say if you’re not scared good for you. But don’t tell me how I’m allowed to feel about something. You are not special or brave because you just ignore what’s happening around you. No one’s giving you any medals of valor for being callous and hurtful with your flippant attitude.

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Masks do work. Not up for debate. Proven. I don’t like wearing masks either. I guess I am just sick of people ignoring public health officials. This is why America has done so poorly during this pandemic.

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It’s so nice that you still believe in “proof”. I wish I could not be skeptical, but I have no faith left in our government or institutionalized science. I sincerely believe that the scientific method is probably the purest way to learn about the world and explore through experimentation. But it is clear that scientific methodology takes a back seat to political gains, pharmaceutical profits, and the ambition and/or self preservation of the clergy for our new world religion of “scientism”.

Here in Mass we are fully in person however with teachers out sick, bus drivers out sick and other staff out sick… some districts have an auditorium full of kids being monitored by the few healthy teachers while on google classroom is not really “in person”… too many schools where there are not enough teachers to cover all the classes and no subs wanting to come in under these conditions makes one question how much politics plays into the decision…

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A lot of politics glad you asked, and we are sacrificial lambs. We need schools open to jump start the economy.

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People will always get stick. Common cold, flu, mad cow disease, etc. Unfortunately those in ho. Are leading this charge have been using there numbers to scare the general public. They try to use ratios to compare numbersb as similar events. They are using a base number of per 100,000 people. Which if you have a rate of 640 people per 100,000 being sick. . This means that for everyone 100,000 people then .0064 will get sick with covid or .64% of every 100,,000 people will get sick Using a death rate of 800,000 then 800,000:100,000 is means that for every ,100,000 people 8 will die of COVID or for everyone 100,000 people . What question why is there such. Big spread between people getting sick and those that are sick was it COVID that killed them or some other underlying variable.

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You don't teach math, do you?

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Starting in person with the intention to stay in person. No concerns, just use common sense. Staff is ready to go. That is our job, and I feel supported. We are following the mitigation guidelines to the best of our ability. These districts and unions that are striking or refusing to get the kids back are doing a huge disservice to the kids and the families we serve, and the data does not support their fear/narrative led to decisions. The toll that remote and lockdowns has taken on the communities we serve has had a much more negative impact than anything else. There are very large districts in school, and have been, and it has worked just fine. Some pauses and adjustments here and there, but at least they are doing what is best for those they serve.

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Just like we treat the flu. Sick stay home, not sick go to school. Pretty simple. And if it comes from the White House it’s a lie and don’t believe it.

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We postponed the opening by a week, praying virtual is no go, or atleast a/b days. I am worried about covid, but more worried about educating children. Special needs students are so far behind, as are gen. Ed. We need to help these children, God made me an educator and I will do my best no matter the method of educating.

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Better to pause. Some Special Needs students are more at risk if they contract Covid. Omicron variant is widespread but the Delta is still here too.

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Remote learning is outrageous at this point. Why do we keep pretending teachers are in some special position that requires extra support and accommodations? It's time to show some courage, and stop prolonging and augmenting anxiety and fear in children.

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When a third to a half of the students are at home, it seems that the remote learning might be an accommodation for students.

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I teach in SC and we are starting back in-person. Last year we started remote for the first to cut down on the cases but this year we’re starting off full force in-person. A lot of teachers are angry because we feel that if we get sick we won’t get time off to get better. It seems now that they get on is about taking time off, especially if it’s not COVID related (like just regular doctors/dentist appointments, children being sick, etc). We feel that we’ll be virtual by the end of the month because there are so many kids that are out already. But as we say “we know nothing, we just work here”.

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