One Day Zoom Boycott of GUSD

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By Brandon Priest

Hello to the 70 - 80% of Goleta Union School District (GUSD) families that want in-person classes to open.

GUSD continues to fail our children both educationally and socially.  They have continued to ignore the CDC's recommendation to open schools. I encourage you to PLEASE read: .  

GUSD didn’t even bother to apply for a waiver while 30 other schools in our district jumped on the chance. Why not at least try? This signifies pure negligence from our administrators. 

GUSD’s “robust” distant learning program is abysmal at best. Less than 2 hours of instructions by a teacher and the rest of the day is scheduled for “independent studies”.  Good luck getting our younger children to work independently.

My child's teacher told her entire Zoom class that "GUSD has no intentions of opening until January at the earliest."  Regardless of what the CDC recommends or what science is telling us?  We just moved into the RED Tier which allows schools to open in 14 days under some modified conditions.  Our administrators said they have been working on in-person modifications since March.  Are they going to open Oct 13th?  According to one teacher, NO WAY.

My child is a good student, above average on every assessment test since kindergarten, actively participates in class, received achievement awards every year and never missed a day of school or been late.  Now, according to her schools "assessment data", under their "ROBUST" online teaching program she has fallen below the 28th percentile in math and 16th percentile for reading.  I will gladly take some responsibility for this drop as I try to work full time from home and teach during "independent work" time.  But, as I'm not a teacher and I am working, I can only do so much of THEIR job.  

In the meantime, they rearranged her daily schedule (ZOOM class time), without any notice and without consulting me first, to accommodate their time slotted groupings for underachieving students. smh!  Just because I work remotely doesn't mean I can change my schedule on the drop of a dime. 

GUSD refuses to listen to their student families so our voices need to be louder. Make a difference and be collectively heard by boycotting Zoom for one day on Monday 10/5. Spend the day with your kids teaching or doing fun activities or going outside getting some fresh air and exercise. 

Thank you for your time.

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bpriest Sep 30, 2020 07:01 PM
One Day Zoom Boycott of GUSD

SBLIFE - I respect your opinion but "leveraging you kid's education"? 1 hour and 30 minutes of ZOOM classes total per day doesn't really qualify as education. Some education, yes. Adequate, no. Protesting one day? I think my child can get through it.
let me give you an example; yesterday afternoon Zoom class consisted of a "student teacher" surveying students on what their "favorite songs" and "favorite moivies" are. 20 minutes of a 30 min class.. Education value?
Agreed on calling school board and representatives. Trust me, I'm emailing everyone.
No one else cares? ok. I hope you are wrong.

sacjon Sep 30, 2020 11:32 AM
One Day Zoom Boycott of GUSD

Brandon - I'm with you in the frustration, believe me! But, the decision to not apply for waivers was more from a logistical and financial position, given the testing requirements and costs. So, for the waivers, I'm OK with them not having applied. HOWEVER, if the State's extremely rigorous evaluation process has allowed us to re-open schools and GUSD refuses to even consider implementing the hybrid model they boasted about all summer, then I have a problem with that. My kid is still excelling during this remote learning, but it's not enough. I worry about other kids who do not have the same support at home or who have attention problems and are unable to benefit from the 2+ hours of direct learning on zoom. This is not sustainable and, if the State is allowing us, we need to go back to school next month.

Question though - what assessments have your done at your school? My son is in 5th Grade and we've done no assessments at all yet. I'd be interested to know what else we're missing out on!

bpriest Sep 30, 2020 06:43 PM
One Day Zoom Boycott of GUSD

SACJON - Thank you for your continued feedback on this subject. good question. 2nd grader so maybe there are some differences but my child had a online 15-20 minute star 360 assessment and a 5 minute, read two paragraphs to the teacher, assessment. "xtra-math" daily assessments for half of the school year but it was changed to freckle...(?)

CoastWatch Sep 30, 2020 11:27 AM
One Day Zoom Boycott of GUSD

The GUSD Admin does not represent the teachers that work for them- The teacher's at large, that I happen to know, WANT THE KIDS BACK IN THE CLASSROOM!
The County and State are the dictators of what is going to occur. The kids have been paying the price since March and the Administrator's have forgotten about what teaching is about- THE KIDS and more about covering their @ss and the bottomline.

Basicinfo805 Oct 12, 2020 09:48 PM
One Day Zoom Boycott of GUSD

SUN - congrats you've just won the award for the dumbest comment we've ever seen on Edhat, and that's saying something. As a physician who trained at Cottage I can tell you that you're way off base. Your doom and gloom outlook is ridiculous.

bosco Oct 02, 2020 11:04 AM
One Day Zoom Boycott of GUSD

My wife works in the Hospital with and around COVID patients. I am fully aware of the risks of COVID. There have been many times during this pandemic that the hospital has been extremely nervous about a surge. So far it has not materialized. There have been some resource issues and Nurses and Doctors working very hard through this. However, our healthcare system has managed even through the peak in July. Healthcare workers will tell us all to be smart, wear masks and socially distance. But they will also say we can manage small outbreaks and minimal community spread (it's their job). They understand the reality is it's not going away. Schools are only a sliver of community risk and if done properly (like they've planned) can be controlled. Regarding the healthcare community, speak with a pediatrician about the damage currently being caused by no school. That is a self inflicted health crisis created by the school district.

dukemunson Oct 01, 2020 04:27 PM
One Day Zoom Boycott of GUSD

Sun - I never said I understand everything about this disease...I obviously don't, no one does. Dr. Fauci has recommended kids get back to school, as have health experts around the world when the situation is safe to do so. We are at a point (and really at a point when you remove Santa Maria) to safely do so. Do you leave your house? If so, have you not noticed all the people that are out and about? Everything is open. Realize that the GUSD said they can open. It's not a financial issue. They have the money, resources and ability. They have confirmed this. They have flat out said it would be disruptive to the teachers and administrators. This isn't a health issue at this point...the health officials are saying we can open!! Every day the case load goes down in Santa Barbara fact way down. The community is everything else is. That's the crazy thing! Unless you think everything should immedietely close and we go full China on our lockdown and people aren't allowed to leave their houses, how can you justify everything being open, including over 30 schools in SB...just not the public ones. Taking it a step you realize that THE TEACHERS KIDS ARE IN SCHOOL RIGHT NOW! This isn't a health's really not. Unless we decide to close everything, what is the possible rationale to let everything open except schools? Please Sun, follow the science, I think it will lead you the opposite direction.

Sun Oct 01, 2020 03:50 PM
One Day Zoom Boycott of GUSD

Unfortunately, you lose all credibility ...You need to understand that the virus does not discriminate. Young, healthy people die as well, elder are more susceptible but they are finding the young are becoming as well. Each day cases increase and Science learns more about the virus. Science does not fully understand the virus. Do you know who is asymptomatic or a super spreader?
You lose credibility as you do not understand, finance and health. If a school does not have the resources to provide every child PPE and Testing, how do you propose to protect human health? Must a Teacher die because enough testing and PPE is not available. This has already happened, and continues to happen!!!
You loose all credibility, because you claim to fully understand this VIrus but you don't!
You insist public schools open, even if they don't have the money to protect people, the community and the medical community...this is irresponsible. It's not you who will
comfort the dead, it is not you who will comfort a child when they accidently spread it to the family, it's the community who will suffer.
So don't pretend to know how this Virus and how it works because you don't!!! And yes, Containment prevents spread! And Yes, the current president has done a horrible job
with this virus, he holds the worst Death rate record of the entire Globe with 20% of the worlds death from covid-19 If teachers feel they do not have enought PPE and Testing to open the schools, it's not up to you to tell them otherwise. You are not a member of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, you are no Dr. Fauci, you are a frustrated parent who wants their child in school no matter what the cost or harm it does. Pandemics are Not Fair, so you should
not expect life as it was, you Need to be "patient" and follow the Science. And right now,
Science demonstrates going to school is not in the best interest as it is mainly spread in doors where school is held.!!! Good luck,!

dukemunson Oct 01, 2020 03:01 PM
One Day Zoom Boycott of GUSD

Grrrr iPhone - isolated (not desolated)... probably should proper spell check when calling out logical fallacies :)

dukemunson Oct 01, 2020 02:57 PM
One Day Zoom Boycott of GUSD

Sun -

You lose all credibility when you say "This was all preventable if the virus had been contained". Look around SUN...other than a few quite desolated spots, Covid is everywhere. Trump has made a myriad of mistakes, and deserves condemnation, but this sickness was coming no matter who was in charge. We can chastise Trump, Newsome, Murillo and every politician in between...but it was still coming. This was not preventable. Look at Europe right now, flare ups will continue everywhere...for quite some time...this thing isn't going away. That's the frustration with the close school crowd. Everything is open because life goes on. Why are we drawing a line in the sand with public schools. And to nitpick your post further (though again I think you completely lost all objectivity and capacity for abstract thought by blaming a singular politician for a pandemic) your first statement is wrong. The virus does discriminates horribly and insidiously. It goes after our old and weak. And we must do a better job of protecting them. We must continue with masks and hand washing. We must stay vigilant and smart. But we cant give up on life till a miracle vaccine arrives...that day may not come for quite some time...if ever. And life does go on...

Sun Oct 01, 2020 02:23 PM
One Day Zoom Boycott of GUSD

A) The virus does not discriminate between public and private schools so they can get sick
B) Students number in Private school is much smaller where public has larger class numbers
C) School population in private is smaller as compared to public
D) Just because private is open it doesn't mean all kids are going back to school
E) MONEY- private schools have more money to spend for PPE and safety on less people
where has Public school do not have the fund to provide PPE and testing for all kids
G) MONEY, private school parents pay anywhere from 35,000 ( per child) and up for their children to attend school
H)Private school get private funding as well as Government Funding
If you want to complain, talk to the President of the USA or you can vote in a new President who will not create Chaos every day...Remember this isn't the last pendemic
This was all preventable if the virus had been contained.
Jared Kushner Reportedly Convinced Trump in March That Coronavirus Testing Was a Bad Idea...
A Kennedy who worked on Jared Kushner's COVID-19 task force said he was asked to distort a coronavirus prediction to make the outbreak seem less bad
Don't take it out on the teachers, take it out the current President, he caused this chaos.

dukemunson Oct 01, 2020 01:09 PM
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* TYPO (easy to make mistakes on this stupid 3" phone screen that I stare at too often of late because of insane GUSD school board actions are sending me to EDHAT constantly)! It should obviously say

"but not public schools"

dukemunson Oct 01, 2020 12:44 PM
One Day Zoom Boycott of GUSD

So, as a reasonable person you are OK with all private schools being open, Montecito schools being open, teachers kids schools being open (to go along with EVERY OTHER THING IN SANTA BARBARA)...but not private schools? How is that in any capacity reasonable? Kids are all out doing sports, camps and school (well school if you are rich, live in Montecito or have a parent that's one of the 300 school administrators). The zoo is open. Museums are opening. Movie theaters are opening. Churches are opening. EVERYTHING IS OPEN/OPENING...except public schools. The online school is a joke that long term unhealthy for the kids (parking 7 year olds in front of computer screens all day...perfect!). Give me a reasonable answer...please. Unless you are in favor of closing everything completely, it's wildy hypocritical.

Sun Oct 01, 2020 12:11 PM
One Day Zoom Boycott of GUSD

Dukemunson, you are wrong... I do not work for the GSDA and you are wrong about the pendemic and safety. I am just a reasonable person. School is indoor with poor ventilation for long periods of time, exposing children, teachers and then people and the community to the virus. Instead, maybe go out side and spend some quality time with your children during this difficult time for everyone. Children have the option of online education. Pendemics are not fair, to ANYONE that is why we have to do everything to contain the virus, only then can we get back to school and a normal life.

dukemunson Oct 01, 2020 11:27 AM
One Day Zoom Boycott of GUSD

Sun -

You do realize everything else is open, right? Why have you, along with a few other posters of whom I'm now convinced are Goleta School District Administrators who just dropped their kids off at school, have drawn a line in the sane with public schools. Everything is open! Most people are out and about. Kids are all out and about (except of course the thousands in school in SB right now!). Sports are has, is and continuing to go on. If we take out Santa Maria we drop down another tier. But you want to keep everything open, except schools. It's insane! To be honest I'm in for a much longer boycott...why not a week? In fact, I'd say getting our kids off the computer for a week would probably be the best thing we could do for them right now... it'snot healthy to sit at a computer at 7 years old (or really any age) for this many hours. I do it because, well bills, but a boycott and log off for a day or week would actually be healthy for the kids.

Sun Oct 01, 2020 11:13 AM
One Day Zoom Boycott of GUSD

Excellent and well said, if the safety is not in place then covid19 will increase. It is selfish to force schools to open when it is not safe to do so.
It is also not fair on the medical community Who have to expose themselves to this deadly virus. Maybe if you were a ER or a iCU worker you would have a better appreciation for how serious the pandemic is. You are comparing grades to life and death, seriously, how selfish online boycotter. Go work in the hospital and see the death, maybe than you will understand.

mcinsb Sep 30, 2020 10:23 PM
One Day Zoom Boycott of GUSD

I know many teachers too, and have listened to many public comments at board meetings, and yes, they all want to be back in class with their kids, but none want to return until it is safe to do so. And we aren't there quite yet.


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