East Chicago to Virtually Begin the School Year


Health Editor’s Note: The important issue of when or if schools will open for the fall session of the 2020 school year is open for discussion in many states. The school year ended abruptly in the spring of 2020.  Children lost several weeks of educational opportunities.

Plans must be made and of course not at the last minute. Some school systems would have opened by now.  Working parents want to know if they will need to find daycare for children who will not be in the school setting during much of their work day, parents demand to know that their child will be safe, teachers are concerned as to how the physical distancing issue will work in classrooms set up for 30 or more students, if a virtual (online) teaching situation is deemed the safest, how does each student access this online source of education?  Not everyone has a computer or access to WiFi ever if they do have a computer. 

While older age children will find remote access learning to be quite do able, it will be extremely difficult if not impossible for children who are not yet reading or writing to learn these two essential skills that will begin their lives of learning.  We also have special needs children who need extra expertise to enable them to learn and move forward with their lives.

Parents generally do not have the teaching skills, left to the education profession, to help children to learn.  Hopefully parents have jobs they have gone back to and despite their best efforts will not have the time, energy, or know how to teach their young children to read, write, early math skills, and to teach in a way that special needs children will benefit from.  This is not the ‘job’ of the parent and if we separate these children from those who know how to help them to learn, we are doing a great disservice to these children.  We will stunt their educational growth and hold them back from all they can be.  

How do we make sure all the children’s needs are best met?  How do we keep everyone safe?…Carol


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