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MrsSoup

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We had 109 cases reported today. The numbers just keep going up. It's very concerning with school supposed to be starting next week. The DOE is having a public meeting tomorrow at 1 p.m. to discuss delaying the start of school by two weeks which would put the start date as the 17th. That will give time for teachers to be better trained, however it won't be enough to curb the virus. Talking to the teachers today at school, the majority on our team anyway think that school will end up starting virtually for the first quarter at least. We agreed that would be the best thing and then reevaluate. The two weeks could be spent training us on the virtual classroom.

Our Governor put out today that they are reinstating no more than 10 people in a group again and the Mayor wants to try to ban tents at the beach and in beach parks to try to curb gathering. He tried to get it to where you have to wear masks outside no matter what you're doing or where you are, no matter the distance from anyone else, but that got shot down. I think our numbers are going to get much worse before they get better. We may be in for another shutdown here soon.
 

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Our numbers were around 1300 yesterday. We’ve been under a mask mandate state wide instead of county by county since last week I think. They are saying it’s all because of the bars being open. I’m thinking today the gov will be curbing their hours. He’s opening the day cares to full capacity next week.

On a happy note hamburger is on sale this week!! Actually it’s on sale the normal price pre virus. But that’s a start. Wipes are still not available. And toilet paper was very sparse last time I shopped.
 

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Our state had 873 new cases yesterday, but death rates have fallen substantially. That shows that treatments are improving. Our county now has a daily uptick of 4, so we are still in a good place.

My mom had a problem finding paper towels yesterday, but tp was readily available. Wipes are impossible to find in this area.

We are under a mask mandate too. Our governor is also watching for businesses that aren't following guidelines. It is creating a lot of tension in the state.

I shared in the daily thread that my district has sent out a survey giving parents 3 options for the opening of the school year. I think 2 options would have been enough. One is "regular" school, the second is hybrid and the third is virtual. I'm wondering who will be teaching what and how are they going to separate the hybrid kids from the daily kids. No one is talking though.....union and admin are not sharing until after the board meeting on Tuesday.
 

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Lisa- 3 options is weird and I don't understand how they would separate the hybrid from the regular either. Our virtual kids will be using Accellus and then there will be two teachers assigned to monitor and give mini lessons to them. The communication sounds like here except our union and admin end up hearing everything on the news because the DOE and BOE don't share information except with the news and then everyone is blindsided.
 

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Just talked with DS principal this morning and as of the MOMENT about 20 kids in his class opted for in school learning - 8 kids - including ours - opted for virtual for first semester.

BUT both the principal and some other contacts have shared that there was a big meeting last night between school boards and head of health dept - the rumor is that all schools in area are going to be virtual for whole first semester.

Frankly I am really hoping that is the case. If it is DS will be learning virtually from his school's teacher and working/interacting with his classmates - even if it is remote. Otherwise he'll be assigned to some random teacher in the school district and be grouped with random kids in his grade. :(

There is supposed to be an announcement tomorrow so we'll see! I think the concern is that if ONE kid tests positive the whole school has to be shut down.

Haven't been able to find any clorox wipes for weeks :( TP still abundant but I'm going to buy 1 more bulk pack just to be safe. Need to get out to Sam's ASAP.
 

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Things are getting worse here too. The second wave is so much more stubborn than the initial wave.
Victoria a small state the the south of us is being hit very hard.
I am stocking up when I see supplies that I need. TP is ok here and I have enough for a while.
Masks have never been mandatory here but I believe that they will be soon so Mum has made all the family members 3 masks each just so we are ready. They may not be the best masks but they will help.
 

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I'm listening to the DOE board meeting and it's a joke. Only one board member mentioned safety at all, it wasn't even considered in the proposal to move the start date. All the Superintendent of schools keeps referencing is the extra training days for the teachers and is acting like that is the only thing anyone is concerned about. Idiots! The major concern is not the training, which funny enough is going to be mostly about the virtual classroom (hmm, wonder why), but safety for the teachers and the students, especially with the numbers going up. And they are holding this meeting virtually and all our extra training will be done virtually as well. What does that tell you? That it's NOT okay to be in groups!!!!

There were 124 cases reported today, more than yesterday. We have not received any cleaning materials yet for our classroom.
 

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Grim news from here too:
Record high of 37 COVID-19 cases reported today
The Public Health District reported 37 positive COVID-19 test results today, July 30, the highest number of daily cases since the start of the pandemic. The cumulative number of cases for our county is at 618. The highest increase has been in the 20-39 age range with a total of 545 cases, representing 88% of the total number of positive cases reported.​
 

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The BOE passed the delayed start yesterday but tabled the 180 day discussion until the HSTA has time to discuss whether or not they want to give some days back (I think), so basically if they want to give up some already scheduled break days to make up for the 9 days. But it should really be 2 whole days of (not actual) instruction the students would miss, not 9 half days. :rolleyes: There were 9 calendar days but the way that most schools were doing a blended model, they would have only been in school a total of 2 full days since the first two weeks were half days. But I bet they won't take that into consideration, or hopefully the HSTA is smart and will absolutely recognize that and tell them they can have two days back. We'll see.

I'm almost afraid to see what our count will be later today. We have the option to attend the faculty meeting virtually today and hoping that a lot do. I think our team is actually going to the library to attend in person, but i'm not 100% sure.
 

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Our governor just tweeted a statement that he would not be making the decision to close schools or cancel classes. That will be the decision of local school boards. Looks like I will be going to school this year. My district will keep us in school until the cases are deemed out of control. I'm confident in that.
 

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We had a teacher shortage to begin with here on island and now we have an even bigger one, so much so that they are hiring people with no certifications to fill the positions so they can even open classrooms. There are so many teachers that are deciding to retire because of the circumstances right now or teachers that are high risk for whatever reason (health, pregnancy, etc) that are choosing to not return to school this year. I could probably have gotten hired and did my DT as a Teacher of Record somewhere, but not something I was willing to do. However, once i'm done I will see if there is a position within the school that I could be hired in for the rest of the school year.
 

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The casinos where dd & dsil work, owned by the same corporation, paid all employees during the initial shutdown. Since reopening, the # of players is significantly reduced, resulting in fewer days of work and less pay - a huge worry for thousands of employees. Added to that is the daily fear that the casinos will be shut down again, without any warning. The CEO sent out a letter this week saying they will continue paying through October 31. You have to love a man like that, one who values his employees and their families.
 

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We had a teacher shortage to begin with here on island and now we have an even bigger one, so much so that they are hiring people with no certifications to fill the positions so they can even open classrooms. There are so many teachers that are deciding to retire because of the circumstances right now or teachers that are high risk for whatever reason (health, pregnancy, etc) that are choosing to not return to school this year. I could probably have gotten hired and did my DT as a Teacher of Record somewhere, but not something I was willing to do. However, once i'm done I will see if there is a position within the school that I could be hired in for the rest of the school year.
You and your husband should both apply for teacher job after he retires and ask for a better salary than they first offer. Chad teaches in the military and could transfer those skill to something with the schools.
 

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You and your husband should both apply for teacher job after he retires and ask for a better salary than they first offer. Chad teaches in the military and could transfer those skill to something with the schools.
Do they still have the Troops to Teachers program?
 
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Just silly questions. have any of you seen bathroom occupancy limits??? I’m not a public bathroom user so maybe it’s been out there. ( I was desperate today). And has any one heard of a cdc guideline about limiting trash cans? Apparently (what I was told) there can only be one trash can in the bathroom. There can’t be a extra can by the door so you can put your towel in it after you used it to open the door. I’m feeling a little in the dark today I guess. Just wondering.....
 

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Amelia - strange rules. I haven't heard of either of them.
 
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I almost had a “accident “ when I saw the limits. What is proper etiquette? Do you stick your head in the door and ask for a head count? I don’t know what to say or do anymore.
 
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Do they still have the Troops to Teachers program?
They do but you have to meet certain requirements. I had looked it up at some point and I didn't qualify but I don't remember why. I'm not sure DH wants to teach. LOL

Just silly questions. have any of you seen bathroom occupancy limits??? I’m not a public bathroom user so maybe it’s been out there. ( I was desperate today). And has any one heard of a cdc guideline about limiting trash cans? Apparently (what I was told) there can only be one trash can in the bathroom. There can’t be a extra can by the door so you can put your towel in it after you used it to open the door. I’m feeling a little in the dark today I guess. Just wondering.....
I have not see a bathroom occupancy limit but the other part of what you said would explain why Outback had an upside down trash can by the bathroom door the other day when we went for lunch. I was wondering why.

123 cases today here. I made a bar graph on the whiteboard in our classroom that I will keep updated until the students return. We wrote all our names and our guesses of what the count would be. haha We'll keep a tally of who gets the closest everyday too. Just for fun. Gotta do something to lighten things up when it's looking so bleak.
 

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I would imagine that if they wanted to impose bathroom limits, they would block off some of the stalls just as they are doing with the bus seats (every other seat is closed off with caution tape). I'm not sure how you could keep people from lining up in the bathroom, however, waiting for a stall to open up. Haven't seen this here but then again, I don't think I've been in a public bathroom since all this began back in March.
 

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I haven't noticed anything in public bathrooms around here, but now that you say it, there was only one garbage can available at Sam's the other day.

Unfortunately, teacher shortages are a way of life for those in education. That also leads to a sub shortage. Our state takes people with bachelor degrees as subs, too. My student teacher from the last school year was just hired at a Philadelphia charter school. I'm happy for her. I'm anxious to see how many teachers we will be short this year due to the pandemic. I imagine that they may place specialists, who are dual certified, into homeroom classrooms to teach if necessary. I know of 2 pregnant teachers, 2 teachers with newborns and several in the high risk category. Time will tell.