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What's your back to school plan?

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What's your back to school plan?

We are having a big debate now at home

If I have more than one kids, I would keep them at home and study online

But I have only one , so to be safe, certainly he should stay at home and study online ( he will be grad 5 in the fall), but I also have concerns about social interactions ability. For young kids, play together and socialize is an important skill.

And deadline to decide is coming

So what's your plan in the fall?
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I feel like there is no right choice.

Gr 8 going to school full time. No bus.

She really wants to go. Local cases are nil and have been for weeks now. It will be much harder for her if schools suddenly have to close again.

The 4 other people in the house have been working outside the house the whole time. I don't think she will be more at risk at school then we are going to work. This was probably the biggest factor in our decision. If we had all been at home for 5 months it would be scary to send a kid out to school.
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I see that you're in Markham. I'm not sure if you're YRDSB or YCDSB and you've likely already seen this but in case you missed it, YRDSB's back to school plan states the following:

"Please note that, in order to maintain safety and appropriate cohorts, children whose families opt for online learning in September may be required to wait for a specific entry point (e.g., end of a reporting period) to return to in-person learning at school. We will also support transitions between face-to-face and online learning when possible as space allows. "

The flexibility, or lack thereof, of moving back and forth might be a significant factor in your decision.

This is also something to consider:

"Specific remote learning classes will be created and taught by teachers available to the system. This means that your child may be taught online by teachers who are not connected to your child’s school."

So he may not necessarily be in the same online cohorts as others from his school (though I'm sure they'll do their best to keep those from the same schools/areas together) and he may be taught by teachers he doesn't know.

I've spoken to two parents who are registering their children for in-class learning because they want to see how things are and they feel that it would be easier to pull them out rather then put them back in if they have concerns.
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Mine are going to Grades 2 and 4 in BC and very keen to return to school. Our school has 20 kids per class but no requirement for masks as per BC guidelines. I'm still going to be sending them with masks. They're each in their "learning group" of 60 (kids & staff) where there's no requirement for 2m separation. Not sure how that's realistic since the specialist teachers (French/PE/Music/etc) teach the entire school so they'll be exposed to everyone in the elementary school of 350 kids. Meanwhile I will also return to work and will be exposed to all 600 people in the secondary school. 120 is the limit for the "learning group" for grades 8-12 but it's just not realistic since I teach multiple grades. So our social bubble goes from 8 to 1000 in a few weeks time. I'm so anxious! Disappointed Face We already told the grandparents that we will have to keep our distance once school begins. So sad!! Crying Face I'll wear a mask at work but I'm worried about how it will muffle my voice, how I'll need to talk louder to compensate, and voice strain. It's going to be a wild experiment this Fall.
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OntEdTchr wrote: I see that you're in Markham. I'm not sure if you're YRDSB or YCDSB and you've likely already seen this but in case you missed it, YRDSB's back to school plan states the following:

"Please note that, in order to maintain safety and appropriate cohorts, children whose families opt for online learning in September may be required to wait for a specific entry point (e.g., end of a reporting period) to return to in-person learning at school. We will also support transitions between face-to-face and online learning when possible as space allows. "

The flexibility, or lack thereof, of moving back and forth might be a significant factor in your decision.

This is also something to consider:

"Specific remote learning classes will be created and taught by teachers available to the system. This means that your child may be taught online by teachers who are not connected to your child’s school."

So he may not necessarily be in the same online cohorts as others from his school (though I'm sure they'll do their best to keep those from the same schools/areas together) and he may be taught by teachers he doesn't know.

I've spoken to two parents who are registering their children for in-class learning because they want to see how things are and they feel that it would be easier to pull them out rather then put them back in if they have concerns.
Thanks

I am in in class first and wait and see boat now

Like who knows, if we have another wave in coming winter, school will be close again

Thanks again
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smartie wrote: Like who knows, if we have another wave in coming winter, school will be close again
Winter? I'm betting we'll see school closures by the end of September, first week of October.
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Mine are going back.

As of right now, Ontario's numbers are looking good. Less than 1000 active cases.

Face masks, lots of hand sanitizer, and strict instructions to wash their hands, don't touch their faces, and no hugging.
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Kiraly wrote: My plan is waiting for the school board and school to tell me what their plan is.
Not sure BC, but in Ontario, our deadline for decision is coming soon
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My daughter would be going into Grade 1. It has been a very difficult decision. I've gone back and forth many times. I finally have decided to keep her home. I am sad that I have to make this decision, but also feel relieved that I've made a decision.

Everything might be just fine and no one she is in contact with will have Covid, but it might not.

You've got about 20 kids in a class, no space for distancing, ventilation not ideal and no mandatory masks for that age group...I can't go out to dinner or to the grocery store in a setting like that so how can it be okay for everyone to spend 5 to 6 hours/day in a classroom like that.

I really feel it's a huge loss as Grade 1 is a big year, but I'm hoping the online learning will have improved and it will be adequate to get by until I feel comfortable returning her to school. Our board has said the first date to switch between online/class would be Nov. 1 (although you may be able to do it at another time, all depending on numbers).
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I will be keeping mine home for now at least for the first term (YRDSB).... We have that option as we are both working from home. My kids are in younger grades if they were in HS or grade 7-8 I might have choose differently.

Will see how the numbers goes after the first batch...plus by end of first term you would hope they have ironed out the process better. Most likely will be in person for term 2.
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FFS, I was tuning into my school board's special online board meeting last night and some anti-masker parent came on and was spreading anti-masker lies (the notorious fake facts about CO2 poisoning & healthy people don't need them) about the mandatory masks for our children, and how they shouldn't be worn, and children who choose not to wear one should not be forced to.

Why don't they just keep their children at home and distance e-learn then? They're in the minority, and we as the majority should not take two steps back because they are conspiracy nuts with tinfoil hats.

Forget the parents who are already concerned about sending their children back to school, but there are also the teachers, support staff, and administration who are also reluctant to return because of COVID.
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chimaican wrote: FFS, I was tuning into my school board's special online board meeting last night and some anti-masker parent came on and was spreading anti-masker lies (the notorious fake facts about CO2 poisoning & healthy people don't need them) about the mandatory masks for our children, and how they shouldn't be worn, and children who choose not to wear one should not be forced to.

Why don't they just keep their children at home and distance e-learn then? They're in the minority, and we as the majority should not take two steps back because they are conspiracy nuts with tinfoil hats.

Forget the parents who are already concerned about sending their children back to school, but there are also the teachers, support staff, and administration who are also reluctant to return because of COVID.
Too bad they didn't disconnect them. Misinformation should not be given a platform. I hope schools aren't going to allow exemptions on that nonsense. The vaccine exemption process is ridiculous (hope masks won't be the same). If you don't want to vaccinate or mask, you should have to home school (except for the small minority of people who have a legitimate medical condition that does not allow them to vaccinate or mask).

As mom to a preemie who could have died had she been exposed to a vaccine preventable condition before she was old enough to be vaccinated, this type of thing outrages me. I have no patience or tolerance at all for it.
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saw_mui wrote: I will be keeping mine home for now at least for the first term (YRDSB).... We have that option as we are both working from home. My kids are in younger grades if they were in HS or grade 7-8 I might have choose differently.

Will see how the numbers goes after the first batch...plus by end of first term you would hope they have ironed out the process better. Most likely will be in person for term 2.
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My wife will be home schooling our younger kids in order to avoid an unplanned disruption to our childrens' education that could be caused by a second shutdown.

We have one in high school but he is mostly online as he is enrolled in an independent learning school so the previous shutdown did not impact him much.
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