Education - Re-Opening Schools
What are challenges facing Florida educational system as Florida re-opens?
Remote Learning Which Separate and not equal in the 21st Century
COVID-19 pandemic revealed the weakness within our educational system. Resources and access to the three t’s – “Teachers, Technology, and Textbooks” hindered some of our current generation of school-aged Floridians. In Lake County, during distance learning our students received instructional learning by three methods: 1) Those with access to technology used computers, printers, and the internet; 2) Those without technology used the paper and pencil method; and 3) Those without access to either (i.e., Homeless, English as a Second Language, Students with Disabilities) used the family/community developed instructional methods.
Our campaign supports the recommendation of Florida Education Association for re-opening:
- Each student, who remain at home to have a computer device and one printer per household. My neighbor had to acquire a second computer (due to the one per household rule) for her children who were unable to share due to their learning styles and the same instructional timeline.
- Supplies such as hand sanitizer, masks (PPE), soap, paper towels, etc.;
- Transportation, as more buses or more trips, is needed due to social distancing;
- Staff training on classroom designs, healthy hygiene, and social distancing practices;
- The daily sanitizing of school facilities;
- Infrastructure redesign for ventilation – air conditioning & heating systems and installation of no-touch stations for individuals to wash their hands and face;
- Additional support personnel for the mental and physical health needs of the students and staff along with other social services needs;
- Mobile educational vehicles for use to instruct students with challenges; whose parents have decided for health reasons to educate them at home.
- All digital learning instructional materials and methods to meet the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.
- Cloud storage space for recorded teaching sessions for viewing by students (Primary, Secondary & Higher-Ed) and their parents/guardians.