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March 25, 2021

Better than this

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:05 am

Look I’ve heard a lot of things in my time watching public meetings. It really runs the gamut but I was really surprised by one comment during the school board meeting on Tuesday night:

It even had other commenters taking time out of their comment period to essentially say, “dude WTF?” He had a graph print out that he showed to the Zoom audience as well.

But just so you all know before the school district released their data about why elementary school families were not returning to in person instruction, everyone following this debate was confidently told that the reason why was because the schedule was impossible for parents and is there was an extended schedule more people would return. Turns out that gut feeling was probably just indigestion or lactose intolerance because according to the school district survey, it was more complicated than that.

For example 68% of Ruby Bridges families who opted to not return that first time still don’t want to send their kids back. Overall 66% of the folks not opting to return say that it’s because it doesn’t feel safe yet. For Title 1 families that jumps to 68%. Only 21 – 28% (overall – Title 1) said that they weren’t returning because the schedule was insufficient.

The interesting thing is that in light of the district staff pointing out how complex the pieces (aka kids) would need to be shuffled to make extra time work, there are some folks out there who still think they’re being deceived by the district and the solution is simple enough.

The solutions being proposed? Add more kids to classrooms via 3 feet separation rather than 6 feet separation, which, look, I’m fine with. If people want to risk their kids becoming vectors have at it. Maybe they’re all vaccinated so they don’t care. I’m not so I kinda care about my kids not bringing COVID home to me.

Other solutions being proposed? Oh just live stream the classroom to all the kids sitting at home. They don’t need interaction with the teacher or other students anyway.

I’ve also seen people suggest that families who opt to stay at home should be pushed into homeschooling or forced into the remote program.

Then there’s the suggestion that a super sized online classroom can be created for those at home too which would have those kids have to (1) change teachers and (2) be in a GIANTIC classroom with no teacher attention.

The reality is we have eight weeks left of school. That’s it. Eight weeks. We’ve done all this *gestures broadly* for more than a year. Surely we can do this for eight weeks without breaking the backs of our teachers, giving our kids unnecessary stress, and creating animosity island wide.

There’s one comment that I found really great from Tuesday night’s meeting, it was a parent who asked us all to really look on the bright side of all of this to figure out what has gone well in all that has gone poorly so that we can learn from it and rather than get back to normal to instead get back to better.

That’s what Alamedans who ask that we center equity in these discussion are asking. How can we learn from all of this, take out the good (like later start time for teenagers) and get back to something better than what we had which has been failing kids least able to afford it.


  1. You’re right, The District had a long time and lots of stimulus money to plan re-opening, accommodate all the interest groups and transition from online learning, but fumbled the ball in dealing with just a few elementary schools. My question is, why are you surprised?

    51% of American children, including middle and high school students in public schools, as well as private and chartered schools, have been back – many since the Fall of 2020. With that many examples to follow. you would think a model could be found which addressed the concerns of parents like you. Instead they are clearly forcing you to choose to (a)further diminish your child’s education. or (b) go back into the classroom.

    California, because of the influence of the powerful teacher’s unions, is the worst state for school re-openings, and the Newsom administration has also bungled vaccinations. As an example, Texas is now vaccinating anyone 15 and under, there are no masks, and all schools are open.

    In other news, congrats to Rob Bonta, our new AG, billionaire Tom Steyer may run as a democrat against Newsom in the recall election, and don’t forget Biden’s first press conference at noon today.

    Comment by Really — March 25, 2021 @ 8:19 am

    • Are you serious with this shit? “Texas is now vaccinating anyone 15 and under, there are no masks, and all schools are open”

      Quick, tell us which vaccines are approved by the FDA for use in kids under 16.

      Comment by Lauren Do — March 25, 2021 @ 8:30 am

      • Too angry. And you’re the one that calls kids vectors.

        Texas vaccinating 16 and up.

        Comment by Yes really — March 25, 2021 @ 10:26 am

        • So other than 16 instead of 15 and over instead of under, your original post nailed it. Bien fait.

          Comment by Anon — March 25, 2021 @ 10:32 am

        • You also said “now vaccinating” which means at this present time. Your linked to post says it won’t happen until March 29 which, by any stretch of the imagination, is not “now.”

          Anything else you want to materially correct which changes your entire comment?

          Comment by Lauren Do — March 25, 2021 @ 10:36 am

        • “As an example, Texas is now vaccinating anyone 15 and under.”

          “Quick, tell us which vaccines are approved by the FDA for use in kids under 16.”

          “Texas vaccinating 16 and up.”

          Wow you’re quite something. “15 and under” is the same as “under 16,” and your rebuttal is a link that says “16 and up.”

          And yes, kids absolutely are vectors. Not to the extent adults are, but somehow some people interpret this to mean zero.

          Comment by Lol Really? — March 25, 2021 @ 10:38 am

    • It must suck to be dumb and loud. Texas’ death per capita is 165 per 100K. California is doing significantly better at 147, and is actually administering vaccine doses faster than Texas is, despite being a more populous state. Alameda has had just over 100 COVID deaths, how many more would that have been if you were in charge of public safety?

      Comment by Oh Really? — March 25, 2021 @ 9:09 am

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