It will interesting to see what Dekalb does when Biden takes office. Thanks for sharing this Stan – have you seen any mention of the self-contained special Ed students? That’s not really realistic for a lot of people who have purchased homes and invested their hard earned money and are close to paying off and like their communities. Also many teachers are far from prepared to return and yet we are only given a week (not enough time ) to go back to school and prepare to receive students. One way to look at this by way of efficiency: more effort overwhelmed by less progress yielding less actual work. ... Cobb County Schools. Conduct Post-planning and Pre-planning Activities for Second Semester (Teacher/Staff Workday), January 15, 2021 I’m not sure why you’d say that except to further this belief that online works. If you love yourself, LEAVE. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/18/opinion/coronavirus-school-closures.html?action=click&algo=bandit-all-surfaces&block=more_in_recirc&fellback=false&imp_id=761885906&impression_id=7e9b0b10-2a81-11eb-8a30-6b63848b37c0&index=2&pgtype=Article®ion=footer&req_id=987148243&surface=more-in-opinion. Run. Posted: Dec 14, 2020 3:30 PM Hasta La Vista CRCT and EOCT But for narcissistic people like you putting everyone else at risk when you don’t have to, good luck. Does that mean staying at home rather than going into the building? The rapid testing data doesn’t seem to be extremely accurate. The DeKalb County School District is conducting a “Fall Reopening Survey for Parents of DeKalb County Students”. – good question. Newly-elected Council members and full election results can be found in the documents below. I’m trying to find out more about the 10% criteria figures the administration is using. Teachers, fearful of a return to the classroom, disagree claiming they are doing more work now than they did when in the schoolhouse. @Alison Mercer- Juniors and Seniors meet individually with their school counselor to review requirements. It never did and it never will. Did you notice Tapestry Public Charter School has a 4 year graduation rate of 86.21 with 50% of its students identified as students with Disabilities? Yet DeKalb chases some unrealistic number. Some schools have been working hard to increase their graduation rates and would appreciate all the community support they can get. Nothing in decades has dominated life in DeKalb County the way the COVID-19 pandemic gripped the community in 2020. Exit the teaching profession. There never has been and it won’t start today. That is scary. I will be in my 37 week on January 4 Have you heard of others not being approved? I have a big concern about having enough substitute teachers to cover when staff members are out. I have been so frustrated with virtual, and because we both work, our DES 4th grader has been in daycare doing virtual. That some have 100% rates tells us that the numbers are being cooked. I know of a colleague that passed of COVID last year and not a word was mentioned. For some reason, it is difficult to get subs to come to the north end of the county maybe because of the distance? and this couldn’t be discussed. DeKalb County Schools transition to remote learning due to high number of absences The district will continue remote learning through Jan. 8. When and how will the decision to transition to 4 days per week be made? I really feel bad for our teachers and students with this latest and last-minute decision. I’m still unclear if Jan. 4th is a teaching day. I applauded Dekalb for taking a stand and not backing down (at least until we hit the peak of the outbreak ). Nor will they put their own families at risk. Even if the students come in our rooms, we have a lot of cleaning and disinfecting to do every day with so much change. Illiteracy in our schools is so chronic and so epidemic that evaluation and reporting has been squelched over the last decade as if even looking would be like a nausea inducing glance at fresh vomit. Superintendent Jason Barnett made the announcement on Facebook Monday afternoon that students and staff will transition to … You know good and well this is a dangerous virus and you are willing to risk all of our lives. Outbreaks – If a school-based staff member or student tests positive for COVID-19, there will be a targeted impact on the school and/or classroom which could include a transition to distance/remote learning and working environments for a period of time. Click the links below to answer the following questions. Those things don’t really matter though, but people have turned this into a political issue, though it isn’t. We can’t punish these kids for not being able to go to school. That’s not representative of the majority of the world. I don’t think DCSD has thought this through enough how classes will be covered. Bye now! This is your wake-up call. Vaccines won’t be enough for you to return like you all used to say. Forward ideally. That staff meeting was misleading. § 20-2-281.1. The timing of this is odd with cases spiking and schools being shut down all over metro Atlanta. What is work? Required fields are marked *. 2) Will teachers be teaching to the class and virtually at the same time? The school system does not treat teachers like humans. The District is engaging in the following to prepare our staff, students, and families for the transition to the next phase: December 15, 2020  2021-2022 Approved Calendar I’m just going to sit back and watch this disaster unfold. We are obviously dealing with narcissists. A huge waste of class time which we should be using for instruction! But to say I’m confident in the County would not be accurate. I don’t understand why teachers should be exempt from paying for daycare just like the rest of us working parents have been doing since March. Is the two days per week transitional only, and if so, how long before they can go four days per week? DeKalb Schools has announced they will begin its re-opening process on a staggered schedule Jan. 4, 2021 with staff returning to school buildings. 01/16/2016 – Redistricting the Cross Keys Cluster So frustrated to hear they are sticking to reduced instruction time. Yassss, she DID catch it from her child. DEKALB 76% THIS IS NOTHING NEW. Thank you for always keeping us up to date with DCSD decisions. Set dates being released here? DeKalb County Schools superintendent Dr. Jason Barnett announced details on Friday regarding the start of the 2020-21 school year. Identified schools have a three-year average College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) score that is in the bottom five percent of the state, excluding non-traditional schools and state special schools. It is also interesting that you would do this just as the CARES Act expires. These kinds of things diminish credibility for the school district. @abcdefg, I am working on just that. A new survey should have been sent out the second the rules changed. ... August 14, 2020 - 5:23 PM . Dr. Campbell who is her coordinator is taking her position in the interim as well. Demographics, you still haven’t clarified your 11/12/8:48 comment about minority systems. Wow. ELL students who come from the Intensive English program count against the school. Will teachers with young school-aged children be required to teach from the classroom for 5 days while the kids only go back 1 day or will there be an option to send the kids 5 days? 1. 2. Who on earth approves the tone death communications coming from the County? Graduation rates for Chamblee and Cross Keys bring our Region 1 rate to fifth of seven, though Dunwoody is the top non charter/magnet school. Justification for taxing those who do not send any children to DeKalb public is a social contract, the notion that ALL of society, even the childless, benefit from an educated community. * Send Stakeholder Notification (Staff, Families, and Community Partners) Atlanta 80.3% I’m not doing the cleaning. In the extreme it is like pushing against a wall–lots of effort and energy but the wall doesn’t budge and no work takes place. This isn’t hard. Guess what, all they hear are *crickets*, We can leave too! Your email address will not be published. If you choose to keep your children home and doing virtual because of the numbers increasing, no one will have a problem with that. Will virtual still be an option for those with an immune system issue? They are not set up for teaching. You WANT everything! By Sara Amis, contributor . Is the proposal to go back to 5 day per week face to face learning? Not related to reopening, but I can no longer comment on the Gold v. DeKalb post: Staff have started receiving the first of five settlement checks for the Gold v. DeKalb lawsuit. Schools have special designations. Please give teachers more time to transition back into the brick and mortar setting. On Dec. 1, which is the most recent date the data is considered accurate for Date of Death, we were at a 7-day average of 17.9 Covid-related deaths per day statewide. Nothing is about the well-being of children or the many people who work in the trenches. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them.” — Frederick Douglass, “Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice. How did a Board meeting from a week ago not even hint at this drastic change? Official DeKalb County Schools | 2019-2020 CALENDAR 1 2 Institute (All Employees 2 2,5-6 Employee Work/PD 4 5 Days 7 Students First Day 11 19 Student Days 18 Student Days You will be fine! Wish me luck these last 2 years in Dekalb Schools, Leave… I have worked over 30 years for DCSD, and have witnessed first hand it’s slow decline. What is the purpose of a rushed vaccine, by the time it is available to everyone the majority of the population will have already had Covid with schools opening up prematurely. Who is going to make sure the students know that the schedule is changing?? It’s crazy to me that so many teachers & school staff are firmly convinced that if they go back in the classroom, they WILL 100% get Covid, and they are also convinced that they will likely be hospitalized and/or die from it. It’s a huge financial hardship for us, too. Have to be there number 1 advocate. But here’s where the rubber meets the road. “Work. Selected grade levels will begin in-person learning on Jan. 19, 2021. ... DeKalb County, GA: Monday, August 17: All virtual: Parents want their kids in school. @High School Teacher: Dude, THEY DON’T CARE ABOUT YOU.  2018-2019 Calendar. Accept that and move on. • Neighboring districts have successfully returned with few incidents. While I’m thrilled DCSD is finally coming around to the importance of in-school learning, I have some questions/comments that nobody has been able to answer: 1. I don’t need poorly written Benchmark Tests to know how my students are doing. Your email address will not be published. Hey Ben, My original understanding of hybrid is that there would be cohorts of students and students would go to school once a week with their cohort if they chose face to face learning. @anonymous-doctors/nurses will have sympathy for teachers because it’s work f2f or be fired for us. Many of the local private schools that have been open are now planning to switch to online learning. If I had known what a shitshow Chamblee HS would be when my child entered Kittredge, I would be in Johns Creek right now. Older, un-canceled reports indicate that 29% of eight graders in the US are functionally illiterate and high school senior reading proficiency in decline with over 25% reading below the “basic” level. I’ve seen pictures of schools in Europe during COVID learning. If you spent half as much time with your own children as you’ve spent on this blog bashing teachers, virtual learning may not be as difficult or miserable for them. This ship is sinking on all sides. 9th at Southwest was a nightmare but great Magnet teachers and Arabia has been great environment for my daughter and administration is really good hated to see Dr. Swanson go before graduation and although we have had some challenges at Arabia too I think that that is going to happen anywhere you go and you have to be an involved parent and hold the teachers and staff accountable and know that going to the district and regional superintendents is always an option and should be exercised for the good of your child. Teachers are not the only ones at risk. DCSD charter schools do not have the authority to implement a less restrictive learning model than the District. Also, has DCSD considered NOT having teachers teach both to the kids in classrooms AND at home simultaneously? ", What hogwash….you're a trip…january 4th we will be at 400 cases per 100,000 in Dekalb and 300,000 cases per day nationally …I'd like you to show up for face to face covid learning….your tiresome tune would change quickly. . 4. Stan what do you think, is 4 days a week (aka no classes on Wednesdays) going to last all school year? I have many friends who teach in other counties. We are positions to fill in a classroom. I’ve also contacted DCSD HR. 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You mean absolutely nothing to parents or administrtation. I’ve contacted the 3rd party vendor (American Legal Claim Services) via the email & phone number listed on the postcard that accompanyied the checks. Either way, what was surveyed with regards to interest is very different from what is being proposed. Both DeKalb and Fulton county schools are expected to start the school year with virtual classes on Monday. They’ll have to do exactly what ever other parent with school aged children is having to do. Are we jumping the gun? Who said that? Schools will organize all classes into two cohorts based on alpha order to adhere to social/physical distancing requirements and safety guidance. Excuses that lockdowns will not be mandated by the person you elected. Achievement Gap compares the lowest 25% of achievers in a school with the state average. Assuming they don’t drop out and would like to graduate, they can stay in high school, get a GED, go to a credit recovery high school, etc … it depends on the student and their circumstance. Since you’re worried about burning “more scarce class time” tell me something. I’m changing my profession. “Welcome to Georgia, home of merely adequate. It’s not just Dekalb, it’s everywhere. In other testing news, MS teachers are now being asked to burn more scarce class time with unnecessary Benchmark Tests. For everyone involved: Parents, Students, Teachers, Administrators, School Staff, Transportation Staff, etc. DeKalb County Schools | 2020-2021 CALENDAR 3-7 Employee Work/PD Days 10-13 Staggered Entry for Students First Day 16 Student Days 5 Employee PD Days AUGUST ‘20 S M T W Th F S Full disclosure: my window doesn’t open, the HVAC at my school breaks down every other day, and you will need to bring your own PPE and sanitizing equipment (my “two month supply” of 2 cans of Clorox wipes will probably have already been used). Which days will staff be required to report in phase 2? Marshall Olson, the current Chair of the Dekalb Schools Board of Education, has also made a statement on what the transition into school year might look like for Dekalb Schools this fall. Everyone I know is miserable and fed up and looking. It usually takes a couple of days to set up a classroom, not 15 minutes! Any response on this yet? Demographics moonlights as a Trump lawyer. • While case numbers are not going down, DCSD leadership along with guidance from our COVID Taskforce, the CDC, and the DeKalb County Board of Health agree, that we must be vigilant and focus on the mitigation strategies to reduce transmission and prepare for re-entry January 2021. That’s exactly the predicament dekalb co put all the parents in the county in. I understand that being the prevailing sentiment early on in the pandemic, but to still feel that way now just boggles my mind. At my daughter’s school, f2f sit on a chromebook all day and learn via Zoom just like the virtual students. 2020-2021 Approved Calendar Outside employees come in all day, everyday, there has been NO adequate levels of protection or plans in place communicated to us on how to handle things. This is a BIG problem for staff and students. Here is the link to the DCSD Town Hall presentation from last night. The governor tested positive using the rapid test, before testing negative later in the day using a more sensitive laboratory-developed test. I know my school is not the only disaster waiting to happen. Some of us will finish out the year, but not sign on for next year. The fact that Braaten is still employed at DeKalb and will be in charge of Chamblee’s charter review says it all. Stay the course now that a vaccine is on the horizon. All politically motivated decisions. Symptoms – If a staff member or student is exhibiting symptoms, the staff member or student will be immediately isolated. Are these dates firm Stan? Is Jones head of HR or interim? We love our daycare, but it’s a far cry from F2F learning. Face to Face fanatics will start clamoring for return to classes after xmas vacation. And would that be effective with phase 1 of this new plan? Hello @Region 1. They know that two forty five minute sessions, four days a week, is falls far short of an “adequate education” as mandated in the State Constitution. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them.” — Frederick Douglass, “Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice. Principals?  2019-2020 Calendar How are we going to get students back on track? This still seems to be the case. DeKalb Schools Superintendent Ramona Tyson will present a re-entry plan for schools to the DeKalb County Board of Education on June 8. Georgia’s high at any point in the pandemic was 74.7 on Aug. 13. I noticed counties like Gwinnett have a much higher percent positivity rate, and they continue to remain in person 5 days a week. 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