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:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/reopening-schools.html .  

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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dukemunson Oct 12, 2020 08:50 PM
One Day Zoom Boycott of GUSD

Private schools have been open for a month. Montecito schools too. Sb unified opening next month. Everything is open. You want to give up and stay closed forte citing Santa Maria numbers... the thing is you aren’t following science. And my guess is you realize that.. like or President though you can’t admit your wrong. You are pot committed to crazy... science logic (and elementary school kids) be damned!

dukemunson Oct 12, 2020 08:55 PM
One Day Zoom Boycott of GUSD

I get it you drive by yourself with a mask on and are committed to that plan/thinking no matter what the numbers say. Ok great... that’s your thing macpuzl... the thing is though, life goes on. And it’s straight insanity that I can go to a bar, the gym, the golf course, the museum and everything else... but my 8 year old cant do at least 2 days per week at school. That’s avoiding and dismissing logic, science, reason and thought... but hey... if that’s your thing, go with it. Embrace it.

macpuzl Oct 12, 2020 09:01 PM
One Day Zoom Boycott of GUSD

Deflection combined with projection. Are you stomping your feet and turning purple, too? I know somebody who needs to go back to school desperately.

dukemunson Oct 12, 2020 09:11 PM
One Day Zoom Boycott of GUSD

Honestly... Not at all! I have a decent IPA in hand.. life’s pretty good!!! my anger and frustration is more just based around how insanely hypocritical your line of thinking is. You probably view yourself as a science based... Yet you are completely ignore science and logic to fit what I’m guessing is a politics thought. It’s embarrassing. So I’m going to apologize now... because next time I see you driving with your mask on by yourself I’ll almost definitely be shaking my head in a way that you would notice.

dukemunson Oct 12, 2020 09:13 PM
One Day Zoom Boycott of GUSD

(And yes again, I’m on a 3.2” screen... so autocorrect is not my friend and my apologies for the many misspelled words)

Goletares2 Oct 13, 2020 08:39 PM
One Day Zoom Boycott of GUSD

Yes, let’s pretend the teachers and administrators are thinking about the safety of the children and not about themselves as they ALWAYS have. As a parent, I have been completely baffled by the inability of GUSD to realize that they are expect to step up to the plate. GUSD always wants more money with little effort given in return. Many parents have had no choice but to go into work throughout this pandemic AND had to do the teachers job on top of it, so spare me the sob story for the teachers.

SMOKIN JOE Oct 12, 2020 08:27 PM
One Day Zoom Boycott of GUSD

I vote that we keep the schools closed, forever. Except for 4th grade, the mission projects were cool

Lucky 777 Oct 13, 2020 09:23 AM
One Day Zoom Boycott of GUSD

Don't make perfection the enemy of the good. The kids are suffering scholastically and emotionally, and dual-income parents who must sacrifice one bread-winner's career to accomplish home-schooling are hard hit. Vote out any school board incumbents and get the schools open.

Simpleton Oct 13, 2020 09:59 AM
One Day Zoom Boycott of GUSD

Those "rational adults" making decisions at the GUSD won't even confirm that they have staff's PPE ready for the Monday, October 19 onsite return of the special education (SPED) students. There are rumors that they may not have any PPE in stock at all. They are way out of their depth.

bpriest Oct 13, 2020 10:59 PM
One Day Zoom Boycott of GUSD

ANNPS - Let it all out..... You will feel better! I encourage anyone, interested in this op-ed, to read ANNPS impassioned comments in totality and form your own opinion, if you haven't already.

a-1602655288 Oct 13, 2020 11:01 PM
One Day Zoom Boycott of GUSD

You'll find that ANNPS is just about the only one making sense, and arguing from facts, rather than just blathering and switching topics in midstream.

Annps Oct 13, 2020 11:28 PM
One Day Zoom Boycott of GUSD

To all those who think teaching with your lower face covered while all your students have their lower face covered is better than Zoom teaching... think again. Seeing a student's mouth as they are speaking and vice-versa is incredibly important. And what about having teachers constantly having to remind them of the need for social distancing and correct mask wearing? How much learning time will be lost to this? How will children be affected by only seeing masked faces all day?

To all those who think going back two days while students sit around the other three days sitting around at home possibly ignoring the asynchronous work the teacher prepared for them is better... think again. There are going to be a whole lot of students sitting around at home doing nothing all day, and a whole lot of the people here advocating for a 2 on 3 off model will start whining about having their children home for three days straight with absolutely no teacher contact. Let that sink in...

To all those who think these professions are equal in safety to a teacher working with young people who will pull down their masks and sneeze on them for a million reasons... think again.

Teaching in a closed classroom is NOT the same as:
... selling groceries from behind plexiglass in a large, high ceiling grocery store to adults.
... taking orders and delivering food outside, again to mostly adults.
... working at the zoo outside.
... working in a clothing store where most of your clients are adults, and the square feet-to-person ratio is easily 30 times higher than that of a classroom.
... private schools and higher-reserves schools and much smaller classroom space to student ratios.

And to those of you who equated "support staff" with admin., you might want to get a dictionary, or at least have some kind of personal experience with how children are taught.
If you think GUSD has a lot of support staff, you should see private schools! My sis-in-law is a grade-school teacher and she has a full-time teacher aide who does all her filing, a lot of her grading, runs all her school-related errands for her, and all the while the students are mostly taught using worksheet-filled workbooks.
I know a whole heck of a lot of GUSD teachers. Many (a majority) of them continued Zooming throughout the summer with their 2019/2020 students. This was apparently fairly commonplace. The majority of them also started working with their teammates during the summer long before they were contractually obligated to do so. I can easily ask them to make a ballpark guess as to when and how many hours. However, since it was done through phone calls and Zoom, they would have the actual hours.

Oh, by the way, SB Unified is going back in a hybrid model beginning Jan 19th, 2021.
Oh, and by the way, this was in response to the PARENT survey they sent out, not the teachers' requests.

dukemunson Oct 14, 2020 07:01 AM
One Day Zoom Boycott of GUSD

ANNPS - you can try and make a safety argument, I think it falls apart retry quickly when you actually looks at the numbers, but OK... but you absolute can’t argue that zoom school is better than in person (or I guess you can, as you have, but it’s ridiculous). “How will children be affected by only seeing masked faces”... seriously???? Your arguments are ridiculous to the point of parody. You really think the time spent Reminding students to socially distance would take away enough learning time that it would be better to just do it all via zoom? It’s an incredible take that just shows absolutely no understanding or context of the actual world. And what are you talking about in terms of teachers zooming all Summer??? It’s like you are in an alternate reality... the Schools shut early in June and that was it all Summer. Did you anecdotally hear about one teacher who talked to a student again and then projected that over the whole GUSD?

And yes, they are going back because of the parents and kids... which is the way it should be!!!! School is supposed to be about and for the kids!!!

Pre-schools have been open since May,

a-1602684599 Oct 14, 2020 07:09 AM
One Day Zoom Boycott of GUSD

Sweden kept schools open throughout the peak of their cases in spring, no social distancing, no masks, no student deaths and a handful of hospitalizations out of 1.8 million kids. Get our students back in school full time ASAP.

dukemunson Oct 14, 2020 07:14 AM
One Day Zoom Boycott of GUSD

And yes, going back 2 days per week is better than no days. That is obvious. But I honestly do appreciate you arguing such a nonsensical point with such passion, it literally brings a smile to my face and warm memories of debate classes from school 25+ years ago... it was fun to sometimes get the impossible side but try and make it work. On the other hand, in a practical real sense, your basically the Edhat version of the current White House press secretary. A lot of words that Are just completely at odds with logic, reality, common sense and an connection with the real world. And as for safety... we’d be in the orange tier (4 people per 100k) if you take out Santa Maria. There is no logic or reason for school to not be in session right now in SB and Goleta. And ANNPS, your line of thinking has slowed that down, and that truly and definitively to the detriment of our children.

Voice of Reason Oct 14, 2020 07:55 AM
One Day Zoom Boycott of GUSD

Unfortunately the continued school closures and poor reopening option of 2 days per week have nothing to do with the health and well being of our children, the science is clear in that. It's about the politicians and unions now.

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