So what are my school levy taxes going for?

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#1 So what are my school levy taxes going for?

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The public school system of Durham, North Carolina is shutting down the the half dozen schools there due to the Kung Fu Flu. The students will do "online learning". But wait all you single parents with no place to send your children, they have opened six "learning centers" where your child can go with their laptops and use the wifi to complete their assignments. The learning centers are, of course, at six schools.

But wait! there's more. There is a $35 registration fee and a $140 per week fee to use the "learning centers". :?

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#2 Re: So what are my school levy taxes going for?

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Yep nuts ain't it??

Betty just went back to school today. Evidently the administration felt the need for everyone to come back to the building to do their ONLINE classes. No students arrive on-campus til Oct 3rd... although they are starting with the elementary grades very soon, then a "phase in" of the older kids by grade culminating with the highschoolers on October 3rd. This DESPITE the district doing a "poll" of all the students and parents in the district, and only about 28% of the high schoolers and their parents elected for them to return. They've been VERY hazy about what school was actually going to look like, since *basically* they had NO REAL IDEA how to do it, doing BOTH online learning and in-school classes at the same time. I was like "well, if they're having 25% of the kids returning, tell 25% of the teachers in each department to pick the 25% that are coming back to teach "in school" and the rest continue doing their online classes as they have been. But no, the idea was (for awhile) doing the ONLINE classes at the SAME TIME they were doing the in-person classes, which would never work. Unlike last spring, when all the classes were basically online "zoom" meetings or posted vids the kids could watch "whenever", (Keira ended up not doing most of her work until the last week before it was all due, and knocked it all out in just a few days... and they didn't advertise it, but basically it was a 'participation grade'... if you did ANYTHING, you passed). Well, of course this year they figured out that they actually needed REQUIREMENTS and STANDARDS for the kids to have to meet, and so they set up these "virtual classrooms" (the name escapes me at the moment-- basically online meetings) where the kids have their cameras on their phones or laptops or tablets ON so they remain visible to the teacher at all times, but are MUTED until they hit "unmute" to talk... Betty has on her screen, basically a huge "Brady Bunch" type screen with all the kids appearing on it... that way you KNOW the kids are actually there and paying attention and participating, not just "turning on the page" and then going off to play video games or whatever... ANYWAY, it's working good, BUT she has to 1) admit students into the virtual meeting "classroom", 2) work on making sure everyone "has access" to the parts of the coursework or test work they have to do, and fixing any problems they have accessing it or doing it, 3) actually teach the course material, answer questions, do head counts, be available for questions and answers, tutorials, etc. Now there is NO WAY that you can do ALL THAT *AND* handle a classroom with kids in it at the same time... Either the kids in the class get neglected, OR the kids online get neglected-- it's simply TOO MUCH to handle at the same time when each one demands 100% of your attention.

SO today they finally get a REAL LOOK at how at least their campus plans to do it... block schedule, A and B days, with the kids having half their schedule on A day and the second half on B days, so basically 1.5 hour classes, but half the classes on A day and the other half on B day. I didn't ask but I guess they'll be doing the computer stuff concurrently, not sure. Anyway, that's how it's shelling out around here.

Keira was SO DESPONDENT about the fact that basically that Travis (where Betty teaches English 2 and some other stuff, and Keira was going to be a sophomore) that whole area of Fort Bend County was SO overrun with covid that basically their entire year was looking to be "online"... NO marching band, NO sports, NO JRTOC drill competitions... Since mom died back in May we'd been coming to Shiner nearly every weekend anyway doing stuff around the house and farm preparing for the estate stuff and we were attending church in a small congregation in Gonzales 20 miles NW of here since our church we attended back in Rosenberg had been basically "online only" until a month or two ago, and even then it's only half attending "in person" all masked up and sitting in every other pew and all that, and the rest "online"... But going to a church in a county with very few cases versus one with THOUSANDS of cases is a lot different (and less risky) so we went in person. A nice HS girl there told Keira "you should transfer up here! We're gonna have a "normal year" so long as there's no big outbreaks or something!" and Keira, who had always shot that idea down, was like "well, I COULD". SO Keira is now a Shiner Comanche now... going from a 5A school to a 2A is a bit different, but people are 'so much nicer" here (small town) and she's playing trombone and marching and playing volleyball (which she didn't get to do at Travis- they make it IMPOSSIBLE to do more than "one thing" at school pretty much-- they want you to "live eat and breathe" the one thing). She's even excited about softball again... She's happy again!

speaking of which I gotta go get her from the school-- her volleyball bus should be back soon... OL J R :)
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