Planning is good. So is the proper collection of data. Yeah yeah blah blah. But I also just want to get answers. Spent 2 1/2 hours on Zoom in the middle of the day, first for a central admin announcement and then a school-based union meeting. I guess we're not doing a 100% full return of students and staff, but I'd figured that out already. The only things I learned today:
- The Massachusetts city where I work has only 13 reported COVID cases this month. Yay! However, it's also true that students have not been in school in that time. Also many families travel during summer, so who knows what they're coming back with? Or if they got infected elsewhere, and haven't yet reported to the city health department??
- The district is funding 1:1 devices for all students -- finally!! That will actually be a permanent staple of their educational experience, and may impact my flipped practices going forward. If students have a device every day in every class...? Oooooooohhh, that will help a lot!!
- Schoology is now the required LMS for all middle & high school classes, which is fine by me.
- We're not going to have pass/fail grading, as was prescribed for the last few weeks of last year. That alone was probably a major reason why many parents & kids believe that remote learning "did not work". Maybe standards-based grading though? PLEEEASE???