The Florida Schooling Affiliation held a digital information convention on Friday, March 12, marking the one-year anniversary of the statewide closure of public faculties because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Final 12 months because the virus unfold it was determined, on March 13, that faculties could be closed down. This prompted many lecturers to reimagine what studying regarded like in a single day.
For lecturers like Latonya Starks, an elementary college trainer in Lee County, that meant ensuring her college students nonetheless felt linked throughout a time that made studying tough.
“We don’t need them feeling damaged with regards to schooling as a result of they’re not going to have the ability to study something in the event that they don’t really feel like that a part of them is cared for,” she mentioned.
Starks, who contracted the virus herself, tried to make the perfect of the state of affairs even after faculties opened final fall.
“After we began the college 12 months although simply the concept of constructing this group with my youngsters, and educating them how you can use their masks correctly and how you can clear correctly, I actually and really wished to ensure they understood that they weren’t fearful but additionally understood how you can function on this setting,” Starks mentioned.
Additionally on the decision was Orange County college bus driver Clyde Mitchell — he mentioned that it has been exhausting to maintain college students socially distant and that he continually has to remind them that they must put on their masks.
“We continually have to scrub our bus each time we drop off in school. I sanitize my bus at the very least 4 occasions a day,” he mentioned.
Mitchell mentioned that bus drivers have been offering college students with hand sanitizers and masks if the scholars don’t have their very own.
FEA President Andrew Spar remarked how final 12 months, earlier than the pandemic hit exhausting, Gov. Ron DeSantis declared 2020 the “12 months of the Trainer.”
He additionally introduced that the FEA is launching a brand new advert marketing campaign in hopes that lawmakers will extra strongly assist public faculties, their employees, lecturers and college students this 12 months.
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