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As a parent and essential worker, I feel like the ground has fallen out from under me. I have continued to go to work throughout the pandemic and have struggled to find childcare at the same time. My family has taken on additional risk as my children have funneled through a variety of childcare situations with different groups of kids and adults. I see my children falling behind and losing motivation for learning, (despite the herculean efforts of their teachers online) as I watch my debt climb to cover childcare costs. My hope is that schools reopen for in-person learning as soon as possible, that we are back to full-time learning in the fall, and that we can begin to rebuild what has been broken. I am a teacher. I wish the district and school board started right away, around late March 2020, to set the course for reopening strategies. School Is Important But Harness Racing Importanter Shirt, hoodie, tank top Instead, we saw the district and school board launch an exhaustive and sloppily handled school name change campaign, we saw a gay parent volunteer denied membership to a parent volunteer group because the school board felt like his gay identity didn’t meet a particular diversity standard (as a gay teacher I find that deeply offensive, dismissive, and wrong), we saw the district declare that ‘acronyms are a symbol of white supremacy.’ SFUSD should be the gold standard of public education in the nation and I think we can be with the right leadership.
Until then, I fear that our desire to woke signal anti-racist policy measures is largely performative and doesn’t result in actually helping our most marginalized and at-risk students learn. I want our SFUSD students to develop crucial skills. I want them in the classroom. I want to teach them in the classroom. And as long as we are abiding by CDC and SF DPH covid guidelines, I can be in the classroom tomorrow. Let’s make it happen.” This is my 13th year as an SFUSD middle school teacher. I live in a small apartment with a partner who is also working from home. This has been very difficult.
Researching for, planning, and implementing virtual lessons has been the hardest task I’ve ever faced as a teacher. School Is Important But Harness Racing Importanter Shirt, hoodie, tank top On top of that, the hours of grading, communicating with families, meeting with our staff, attending required professional developments, and doing every little thing while tied to a computer have been exhausting and demoralizing. Attempting each day to bring life to the many black screens on Zoom is something I would not wish on my worst enemy. All that said, I am beyond grateful that myself, my students, my colleagues, and my community have been kept safer due to virtual learning. I dearly miss the interactions and relationships that make teaching middle school so worthwhile.
My husband and I have a 7-year-old who attends SFUSD. We both work for local non-profits and are considered low-income for SF. My husband is a music teacher and I am a veterinary nurse and essential worker. For an entire year now, one of us works while the other is home supporting our son’s distance learning. We have no childcare support. We are beyond exhausted from being fully employed workers, parents, educators, playmates, and spouses, with no real break in the juggling madness and no end in sight. Currently, many other states and even counties surrounding San Francisco have gone back or are going back to school. The private school next door to our home has been in-person since the fall. We see many happy kids coming and going to school each day and this is devastating to our son.” *** “I teach in San Jose. Last year I saw my seniors lose the rest of their year, stopped seeing my freshmen grow, and had to finish a yearbook virtually. Remote learning kept everyone safe, even if it wasn’t ideal. School Is Important But Harness Racing Importanter Shirt, hoodie, tank top I’ve spent a ton of time talking to my fellow senior teachers, working on the weekend, making common assessments, and adjusting to a new schedule. But when my board held its meeting, so many parents were so angry at us for “holding up” bringing everyone back. We love our kids. We just wanted to be vaccinated first and make sure that we AND the kids who go back aren’t walking into a death trap. It’s going to be hard to go back to knowing so many of them. Some communities care about and prioritize children as part of a healthy city. Marin County and Palo Alto schools are open. Children are valued and prioritized there. San Francisco’s children are the city’s absolute lowest priority. We have the smallest proportion of children of any major city in the United States, and it shows in our city’s priorities.
— Beutee (@BeuteeS) March 10, 2021