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Intelligogy The Podcast Season 2, Episode 7: Monday Matters Schools as Daycare

Intelligogy The Podcast Season 2, Episode 7: Monday Matters Schools as Daycare


Marlena Gross Taylor shared “5 Truths Revealed by COVID-19 during one of the EDUGladiator chats on Twitter. She explains that she felt that we were not fully addressing some of the hard truths that the global pandemic has revealed. The post resonated with me and I felt strongly that this could be an enlightening series with listeners. To that end, Marlena and I explore one truth each Monday during the Monday Matters series.

Recently, Texas’ governor shared on the news that Texas schools would return to school during the fall as normal – no precautions, masks would not be required, no temperature checks, etc.

Needless to say, hearing this brought a level of anxiety as an educator.  Malena’s 2nd Truth, “Schools Are Considered Daycare by Parents and Community,” is likely at the core of the decision announced by Texas’ governor.

Truth #2 centers around an understanding of the push for the economy to reopen and that comes with schools needing to be open. “It’s putting parents in an uncomfortable predicament,” Marlena shares.

Truth #2 Schools are Considered Daycares
Truth #2 Schools are Considered Daycares

COVID-19 forces us to realize public school is at the very core of how our country operates. The concern comes when there is no vaccine and no drug treatment. Marlena shares with us the importance of having contingency plans and multiple scenarios to prepare to return to school. She challenges schools to consider:

  • Our children who are vulnerable
  • Parents who are uncomfortable
  • The new maximum occupancy for school bus transportation
  • Classroom occupancy limits

As educators, we are thinking through every portion of the school day. How is this going to work? At what cost, at the expense of what risks?

In this conversation, Marlena continues to walk us through public school amid COVID-19. Considerations for blended models, which grade bands can learn virtually from home vs in school?  Which learning platform is the most optimal? What about teachers and students who are at high risk?

To all of these concerns, Marlena advises us to take a deep breath, and to consider developing a task force to navigate options and contingencies. “Take the time to involve them…and come to a few recommendations that incorporate choices of plans that have been researched.”

Howdy, Edufriends! I am a lover of people and relationships. I’ve been teaching for more than 16 years. My happy places have been reading specialist, instructional coach, mentor, and a 3rd grade and Kindergarten teacher. My classroom is a live learning lab hosting student teachers, teachers who want to learn how to have more engagement in their classrooms, and administrators for other schools often pop in. I am most passionate about igniting the spark in adults and helping children believe in themselves. Perhaps oddly interesting, I have a unique love for animals that includes previously having owned a boa constrictor and having shown pure-bred wolves at wolf shows. I should have said unique love for exotic animals!

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