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May 20, 2020

Enlarging the gap

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:00 am

Well it’s final, AUSD will end on May 29 instead of June 8 (which was the dumbest date chosen for a last day of school ever since it fell on a Monday).  Between you and me, we were actually going to cut out early any way pre-COVID-19 and fly out on June 5 but those plans have been put on permanent hold until a vaccine is available.  Because, honestly, with the way that the US as a whole has been proceeding with COVID-19, I don’t know if any other countries will be necessarily open to Americans until said vaccine.  But I digress.

Here’s the video with scary Fall projections about cut budgets as well:

I don’t know what is going to happen next fall and it looks like neither does the school district.  My hope is for some sort of staggered schedules if everything is not back to “normal” but I have kids on the older side and therefore don’t have the worries of elementary school parents and finding child care on online schooling days if that is the choice.

Regardless, I think there will be some form of distancing learning next fall and, hopefully, AUSD will work out the kinks between now and then.

Personally, we’re going to try to find additional ways of supplementing the home curriculum anyway.  Given that #1 daughter is entering 9th grade she can technically take some courses at community college.  We’ve found a certificate program which seems doable even with her 9th grade course load.  We’re looking for an online debate camp type thing for #2 son (because he needs someone to argue with and we’d prefer it not be us) but the ones we’ve found are very expensive and the more affordable ones are really bad at communication which is kind of a red flag.  So if you are looking to have really frustrating conversations with an incoming 7th grader who enjoys global politics and economics, send me an email.

The worst part of all this is that I fear that whatever happens it will make the issues that the district has been trying to address through equity simply grow larger as folks like our family are able to supplement the education of our kids while some families don’t even have the means to consistently get online.

3 Comments »

  1. Thankfully the March parcel tax passed, or the budget cuts would be 10MM deeper, from austerity to disaster. Had the vote been just one week later that narrow victory would have been a loss.

    Whew!

    Comment by dave — May 20, 2020 @ 6:42 am

  2. do you have a link for the certificate program? Interested

    Comment by Stan the Man — May 20, 2020 @ 2:34 pm


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