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How Mountain View and Los Altos schools are approaching reopening

Original post made on Jan 14, 2021

Two distinct approaches to reopening schools are playing out in the Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District and its feeder schools in the Los Altos School District.

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Posted by Jeremy Hoffman
a resident of Rengstorff Park
on Jan 14, 2021 at 5:09 pm

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Here's maybe a crazy solution to the problem of high school students with 7 periods of different cohorts, i.e., the opposite of a "bubble".

What if you formed month-long single-subject pods? Like, these 25 kids are in Mr. Johnson's math classroom all day every day. Then everyone switches subjects next month.

I guess it's probably not worth switching to something so disruptive part way through a school year, especially when you're hoping to get back to normal soon.

Posted by Ron
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jan 15, 2021 at 9:54 am

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Posted by ConsiderReality
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jan 15, 2021 at 10:29 am

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I thought the entire reason we, as a society, were pushing teachers to the front of the line for vaccines was to get them into the classroom.

If the teachers union believes that getting early shots has no impact on getting back to in-person education, then drop the special status and get in the line with the rest of us WFH types. There's no other reason to get a shot early.

Also, "I don't know who convinced parents that their children are not getting educated", Seriously? Do you believe that parents, at home with their kids, aren't seeing what's going on? Is that some kind of idiotic joke?

Posted by Cfrink
a resident of Willowgate
on Jan 15, 2021 at 2:19 pm

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Just cause you get a vaccine doesn’t mean you can’t contract the illness. Just means you are less likely to experience symptoms. You can still spread it to your family. Similarly students can bring it hike to their families. Makes no sense whatsoever to re-open this year. If even one kid dies because of this decision it would be complete BS. No thanks!

Posted by ConsiderReality
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jan 15, 2021 at 2:35 pm

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Currently teachers are ahead of grocery store and other employees. If they aren't going to teach in person, they need to give up their prioritized position, period.

Posted by Mt View Resident
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jan 16, 2021 at 6:45 pm

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Just as a data point, we have two elementary aged kids who have been attending a private school since early September. The school has 16 kids per class, the desks are spaced 6ft apart, the kids where masks all day (including during recess, but take them off at lunch). Classes are held in person 5 days/week. Each class is its own cohort; one class was sent home for ~10 days due to one of the kids testing positive for COVID (likely because their parent is a medical professional). Overall, the school has successfully remained open for in-person school 5 days/week for 4.5 months, with no identified incidents of COVID transmission student-student, student-teacher, or teacher-teacher. Our kids had actually started this school year in distance learning before we moved to the private school. Both of our kids struggled significantly with distance learning; in-person education has been a night and day improvement for both of them.

Posted by AmyGregory
a resident of Castro City
on Feb 1, 2021 at 2:14 am

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All these measures must help to return to the usual lifestyle. Distance learning has pros as well as cons. I like that I have access to different studying materials, and if I need some help, I can follow this Web Link and get it. Recently, I've needed to write a SWOT analysis, and this resource has really helped me. But, the main cons of such a mode of learning is the lack of communication. So, I'd like to return to classes.