”In Person” Learning Is Going To Look A Lot Like “Distance Learning” According To Boca Raton Area Teachers.
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — The Palm Beach County School District’s first day of “in person” learning starts Monday but just hours before school buses are supposed to roll, teachers are still telling BocaNewsNow.com that they believe most parents have no idea what they’re sending their kids into.
“They don’t get it,” said a middle school teacher from a Boca Raton-area school. “This is not school as usual. Kids are still going to be taking part in distance learning, even if they’re sitting in the class room. Everything, and I mean everything, will be happening on a screen.”
An elementary school teacher, also in the greater Boca Raton area, sent a similar message.
“There’s no chalk board. There’s no handing out worksheets. There’s no picking up a book in the reading corner and sitting criss-cross-apple-sauce with your friends. Every single thing that happens is going to happen online. It is no different than distance learning, only kids will be doing it from their socially distanced desk at school while wearing a mask instead of having the freedom of mobility at home.”
Palm Beach County School District officials have done little to suggest that in-person learning will be different from what these teachers are writing. In fact, principals and school board members have spent considerable time discussing “over flow” rooms — rooms like auditoriums, cafeterias, and even media centers where children will be socially distanced en masse when their classrooms have too many kids. It reaffirms the messaging: in-person learning is going to look a lot like “distance” learning.
Parents responding to BocaNewsNow.com’s ongoing request for insight into whether you’re sending your child or not — and why — continue to lean heavily on the “not sending” side — almost 70 to 30 percent. Whether that number becomes reality won’t be clear for several days, but the Palm Beach County School District believes that at most half of the district’s 180,000 students will return Monday.
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