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Legislators increase pressure to open schools as most stay closed this fall

Original post made on Dec 9, 2020

A group of state Assembly members has co-authored a bill that would require schools to at least partially physically reopen next spring if their county escapes the state's purple tier.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 1:33 PM

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Posted by Resident1
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 9, 2020 at 7:23 pm

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Unfortunate that the requirement is just a plan to go back and even that doesn't go into effect until March. Won't do our families much good.


Posted by The Voice of Palo Alto
a resident of Crescent Park
on Dec 13, 2020 at 1:49 pm

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Only in our country do we have legislators like Phill Ting worried about reopening schools during a raging and accelerating pandemic. The CDC director just announced to expect around 3000 COVID deaths per day in the U.S. every day for the next 60-90 days but Phill Ting thinks it’s time to start moving on reopening.

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This is part of the reason the virus is circulating out of control in the United States. No one can just stop. Germany just announced a lock down including closing schools when they had a day of about 600 deaths and we insist on keeping open and carrying on as if everything is normal when we have 3000 deaths per day along with over 200,000 cases per day nationally? I know Ting is aiming for March, but still, without the vaccine roll out or a national lock down, how would anything really be that different in March? From a historical standpoint, this pandemic will go down as a great American tragedy.

Also, please let me get these made up pandemic rules straight here. It’s not safe for people to meet with their friends, travel, or even celebrate the holidays together with their own families. All major companies and even school boards are only meeting through Zoom. ICUs are currently filling up and California is currently going through regional lockdowns. Also, indoor establishments like bars, gyms, and restaurants must close for any indoor activities, but yet after all this, it is somehow safe for teachers to go in and service say, 25 students for in person instruction, and by extension all of their contacts because of...masks? Sure. This nonsense is all just because of the assumption that “kids don’t get it” or that “kids don’t have as many ill effects as adults do.” No one seems to care about the adults. Teachers are under no obligation to risk their health. They are not medical workers and do not need to appear as “heroes of the pandemic.”

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Posted by Resident1
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 13, 2020 at 7:47 pm

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Please stick to the facts and stop misconstruing the bill's position so as to sow fear and confusion. There is enough of that going around already.

Schools are not being asked to open any earlier than they have been. The bill is simply asking teachers and school districts to make a plan in a timely fashion to go back when it is safe, in a safe manner.

"Under AB10, starting March 1, 2021, schools allowed to open under state and county health orders (those in the Red, Orange, or Yellow tiers) must implement a plan to do so within two weeks, setting a clear threshold for when in-person instruction resumes."


Posted by The Voice of Palo Alto
a resident of Crescent Park
on Dec 13, 2020 at 8:42 pm

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@Resident a portion of my comment was removed(of course) further explaining my position on this.

“Schools are not being asked to open any earlier than they have been. The bill is simply asking teachers and school districts to make a plan in a timely fashion to go back when it is safe, in a safe manner.”

This is true and false and it’s not that simple. It’s true that the proposed Bill AB10 is supposed to make schools implement a plan on how to open when it’s supposedly safe so that they would be prepared to reopen. False to you thinking I’m misconstruing the position of the Bill. If this bill passes it will be a green light for all families that want schools to reopen to start screaming that it’s “suddenly safe” for schools to reopen and will absolutely force school reopening without any so called excuses because the school is in an area in the red tier. How is red tier so much safer than purple tier? It’s probably not. Ironically, it was you that misconstrued the Bill as some innocent legislation that is “just putting a plan in place” without any ulterior motives. “They must implement a plan and open within 2 weeks.” Also, the title of the article is “legislators increase pressure for schools to reopen.” Fortunately, the great teachers union is here to oppose any nonsense that may occur with this Bill.

Finally, what I said about the state of our country regarding Covid was not “fear and confusion.” Those all were the facts. Once again the schools and teachers who are at the bottom of the totem pole are being punished by legislators like Phill Ting because according to him, the numbers were supposedly way down(they weren’t Phill) and for smartly staying closed and erring on the side of caution with remote learning during a historically awful fall and winter. Also, of course, the Bill says nothing about how to actually reopen safely. The legislators can’t quite figure that out, they can only try to force the doors open under the guise that they are “for the children” or “for education.” Everything falls back on the poorly funded schools and eventually on the poor teachers to somehow “make this all work.”


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