WATCH LIVE: MDUSD Board Meeting – Discuss & Vote On Return To In-Person Instruction

October 26, 2020 17:59 pm · 14 comments

Sam October 26, 2020 at 6:27 PM

What’s with all these doctors? these people think they are way to special.

Eric October 27, 2020 at 12:14 AM

You can’t you call yourself doctor. They have doctorate degrees.

Fed Up October 27, 2020 at 8:47 PM

Lol, @eric. That genuinely made me laugh. As if these people are just calling themselves Doctor for fun. I’m betting if Sam has a PhD, he’d be Dr. Sam on these comments.

SB October 26, 2020 at 8:06 PM

I believe that the case has been made to stop sending money to this Redwood City-based charter organization, and keep the money local to pay for better education in our actual public schools.

Parent October 27, 2020 at 7:18 AM

As a parent I want my kids to go back to school. Our kids want to go back to school and we cannot keep the distance learning going or inevitably they will fall behind. I see the superintendent has a plan and the board approved it. I wish it was sooner than January but it’s a start. I really hope the teachers union do not let our kids down and go back to work. Their list of demands are ridiculous. Let our kids go to school!

Look at it October 27, 2020 at 7:25 AM

What’s to “discuss” – just open our schools already and stop playing games!

Mama bear October 27, 2020 at 7:48 AM

The vote happened very late last night. 5-0 that limited hybrid learning would likely phase in starting Jan. 11. Limited- they showed a likely schedule for Middle school and high school and would be 8 hours a week- 2 days consecutively going, and 3 days at home- independent work only. No zooms for the independent work.
It’s better than nothing but after 10 weeks of my kids struggling and full time working parents, we decided private is our best option. We are finding many families choosing the same path and the district will see next year just how many have given up hope with a poorly ran district and poor leadership. These problems started well before covid 19 and I’m afraid they will continue and get worse after it’s over.

parent October 27, 2020 at 10:32 AM

I could not watch the discussion last night, but they are going hybrid …

So we go from what was 30 hours in a classroom a week, 5 days times ~6 hours a day. With distance joke, we are supposed to have roughly 2 hours a day with the high school student times 4 (cause wed is free day) = 8 hours but with middle school it is less than that. And this new hybrid is only going to give our students 8 hours a week and three days off a week.

What a joke.

We are looking at private, charter, homeschool and other options cause MDUSD does not care about educating the next generation. We moved here because they were a good district … but it has continued to be a failure, and COVID and these social movements have continued to demonstrate how corrupt this district is. Such a shame for those few administrators and teachers that actually care about our children, cause they are now thrown into the negative MDUSD bucket … much like our good cops are thrown out with the relatively few bad cops.

S October 27, 2020 at 12:35 PM

Was the charter school renewed?

K October 27, 2020 at 12:56 PM

Yes. 3-2 vote

Truth October 27, 2020 at 2:10 PM

I’m unclear why they can’t actually provide 4 days of instruction, 2 in class and 2 online like the private schools in the area? Why are public school kids only getting two days in person and no online instruction? It’s time to give people vouchers and allow school choice.

Hey you October 27, 2020 at 4:12 PM

So three days with no online engagement…a few hours in person twice a week???? This is awful. SMH

S October 27, 2020 at 6:21 PM

Just had dinner with one of my flies on the wall. They told me the teacher’s union sent them all an email this afternoon. I hate long posts, but thought this was worth a cut&paste to share for your consideration.

Dear Members,

Last night, the School Board set a targeted date of January 11th to begin a limited, phased-in approach to reopening to some on-campus instruction. The Superintendent acknowledged that actual implementation will depend on the completion of negotiations and the status of community health metrics.

OurMDEA Bargaining Team is committing an incredible number of hours to this work. They have reviewed the survey results, read emails sent in by members and developed lists of questions. They are continuing to formulate proposals and are meeting frequently as a team and well as with the district’s bargaining team on the scheduled dates.

The district’s phased-in approach includes the following five steps:

Begin in-person testing for Special Education and ELD

Begin “Learning Support Hubs” for students in need

Begin Hybrid for grades TK, K, 1, 6, and 9 on Jan. 11

Begin Hybrid for grade 2, 3, 7, and 10 on Jan. 19

Begin Hybrid for the rest of the grades on Jan. 25

Just to reiterate, all of the details of all of these steps still need to be negotiated and implementation is contingent on the status of community health metrics.

The Superintendent’s intention is to implement the first two steps as soon as negotiations are complete.

The Superintendent also stated several general principles:
All certificated staff will be offered the option of remaining in distance learning if they prefer.
Parents will be offered the option of having their students convert to hybrid learning or staying in distance learning for the remainder of the school year.
There are still many open issues regarding how student assignments and schedules will be impacted.
Students will be completely independent for three days each week – there will be no planned daily live interactions, although there may be virtual office hours.
There will be no expectation that teachers attempt to engage students on Zoom and in the room at the same time.
There are many more questions to be answered and much still needs to be negotiated. We will continue to ask for your input and to keep everyone informed as we get more information.

Take care and stay safe,
MDEA Leadership team

safari October 28, 2020 at 9:11 AM

They may also have to change teachers mid year as well. At least with distance learning they are meeting with a live teacher 5 days per week. SMH

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