One middle school in Oregon is addressing the problems faced by students not being able to learn in person by sending everyone home for three weeks of distance learning.
Reynolds Middle School in Fairview, about 14 miles from Portland, says the school needs time to develop “necessary social-emotional supports” and “safety protocols” that will “provide an environment safe schools for all students,” said superintendent Danna Diaz.
“Changes in learning methods and isolation due to COVID-19 closures and quarantines have had a number of adverse effects on the health of our students and staff,” Diaz wrote in a letter. letter to family and staff on Tuesday to justify the abrupt decision, according to Fox News.
“We’ve found that some students are struggling with the socialization skills needed for face-to-face learning, which is causing disruption in school for other students.”
County spokesman Steve Padilla said fight and other behavioral problems are the reason for the pause in face-to-face learning.
“It’s not just fighting,” he said, according to Oregonians. “It’s also disruptive behavior – students are disrupting other students, making it difficult for them to learn.”
Padilla thinks the district’s action is a positive step towards avoiding more incidents.
“We need to solve this problem now,” he said. “It’s urgent.”
Reynolds High School implemented face-to-face learning this fall after a year of distance learning during the COVID pandemic.
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As face-to-face learning resumes the week of December 7, each grade level will have one day in the building before school returns to full normalcy on December 10.
Padilla added that the district is acting quickly because they don’t want to wait for the next incident to happen.
“The safety and security of pupil, family and employees are our highest priority,” Diaz wrote to parents, according to Fox News. “This priority makes even more sense as we continue to navigate the global health crisis requiring distance learning schools in the spring of 2020, then slowly transitioning to face-to-face training and combined distance learning in the spring of 2021, and finally stepping back into full face-to-face learning this fall. “
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“It sucks,” Hines said. “We just had to go back to school and now we have to go right back to go home. They don’t really learn anything because they don’t have enough time to learn anything. “
Magdalena Camarena, another parent, said she didn’t see benefit of school action.
“I think it makes no sense for the school to close because of behavioral issues when the pandemic affected it so much last year,” Camarena said.
“The kids are at a lower level now, and there’s chaos in the district right now.”
Teachers and teachers union have pointed out that they have not coped well.
“It’s serious out there and we need help,” said Reynolds Education Association president Lisa Griffith, who advocates online learning for some students.
“Even our quietest schools are under stress. Teachers across the district are exhausted, demoralized; They are in survival mode. ”
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