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Pressure grows for Pleasanton Unified to reopen schools

Original post made on Feb 11, 2021

A group of health workers with children enrolled in Pleasanton Unified School District urged the Board of Trustees on Monday to reopen local schools as soon as possible, ahead of the trustees' Thursday night meeting.

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Posted by [email protected]
a resident of Birdland
on Feb 11, 2021 at 2:45 pm

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Vaccinate teachers and their families living in their household before forcing them back to classrooms. Some teachers and some of their family members have pre-existing conditions that they have been avoiding social and employment activities in order to protect themselves, their families and their students. It makes no sense to have complied with shelter in place orders for a year in order to avoid contracting and spreading the virus only to open the schools now for expediency purposes. In the face of evidence that when cities and counties open up, the contraction and hospitalization rates go up. In the past 10 years Pleasanton has not shown support for teachers or education by rejecting bond or tax measures placed on the ballot. Now, all of a sudden, individuals in Pleasanton want to put lives and health of others at risk (including long term effects caused by exposure). Wait and vaccinate.


Posted by paine
a resident of Del Prado
on Feb 11, 2021 at 3:11 pm

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Oh rett, where to begin with your comments....
First, not all teachers will take the vaccines. And to add their families?? The other "Essential" workers haven't been allowed that privilege, heck they even went to work without such protections. (and you know kids don't get vaccines right?) It makes sense to open the schools not out of expediency, but out of necessity. Our kids are suffering in numerous ways, and if you read the data, not the data put out months ago, but the current guidelines, none of it supports your claims to increased infection rates. It's science, remember? In-person schooling is either safe, or it's not, there's no in between. And thousands of schools are open, just not here in some select counties unless you submitted your application in time, in which it is then ok to be open, like the private schools have been. If this argument seems dumb, it's because it is, just like the reasoning kids can't play organized sports. And to say residents haven't supported teachers is just plain incorrect. But my future voting status will certainly be paying close attention to how this school year plays out.


Posted by HS
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 11, 2021 at 6:06 pm

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Rett, I agree with you. Going to the classroom for back-to-school night it's really unclear to me how the schools can set up a model where the kids all return to school full-time with the ability to socially distance to a reasonable extent. I would note that other essential businesses such as grocery stores and restaurants have worked hard to limit the number of customers in a store at one time and keep customers separated. Looking at the current CDC guidelines at Web Link, and recognizing that Alameda County is still in the purple tier, continuing online school seems quite reasonable from a risk perspective.

A paper by CDC scientists also stated that they recommend that if schools re-open with primarily in-person instruction they should have improved ventilation, "de-densification" of classrooms and common areas, hybrid models when necessary, and improved COVID-19 screening measures. They also stated that contact sports increase risk and that a community re-opening schools should commit to implementing other policies in the community that reduce the risk of transmission when COVID-19 incidence is high. I think it would be valuable for our community to discuss how we move forward with some of these recommendations, which are costly, take time and resources, and may require other sacrifices in other sectors.


Posted by [email protected]
a resident of Birdland
on Feb 12, 2021 at 12:41 pm

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Oh Paine: you are full of speculation and bs. Name any teacher that has indicated that he or she is unwilling to take a vaccine in order to return to school. Your ridiculous presumption is idiotic at best and not relevant to the conversation. There is no need for every teacher to be vaccinated, only the ones who want to return to the classrooms safely. You have not identified the other "essential workers" to whom you are referring by trade. If you are speaking of grocery store clerks, delivery persons, government employees, then you are not following the expert opinions regarding safe accommodations. Unlike delivery personnel and grocery clerks, the rooms teachers perform their work in are small, confined spaces with upwards of 20-24 other humans occupying that small area. Requisite distancing measures of 6 feet are not viable (please return back to 3rd grade to learn how to calculate area). Further, there is not proper ventilation (windows painted shut or sealed shut) and the occupants of the room remain in the same confined space for as much as an hour to two hours at a time. Also, given that the weather is still cold and windy, leaving doors open is not a recommended option. I know its not your life or your family's life at stake and you can be as obtuse and cavalier as you wish, but if teachers become ill (or their families to whom they spread the virus become ill) then you will not have teachers teaching at all. Instead you will have substitutes that are not typically prepared to take on a full curriculum for a classroom for an entire half a year. You really aren't as clever and smart as you think you are and you need to be a little more thoughtful next time you are putting other people's health on the line when it is not necessarily your own. You strike me as exactly the selfish type who doesnt vote for taxes to improve schools anyway. Actually read the scientific literature for once and turn off your Fox News.


Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 12, 2021 at 2:27 pm

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Just fire them all. Faster to start over. Ridiculous.

Not willing to work with the community within all expert and cdc guidelines. Fine.. goodbye


Posted by paine
a resident of Del Prado
on Feb 12, 2021 at 4:15 pm

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well, from the board meeting last night, there's 46 teachers that don't want to come back and almost every other profession, even healthcare, has people that don't get the shot even when offered. There are too many other essential services to list if you needed more concrete examples, all working in various conditions without the accomodations the teachers have been provided for safety measures. No, the windows aren't sealed shut or painted shut...the classrooms have been undergoing many safety renovations per the safe schools guidelines. And if the surveys are correct, roughly half the 20-24 kids would be in class, so your area calculations are flawed. Speculation and BS are rooted in the facts, CDC guidelines and safety measures I have heard from the school board meetings. Nothing cavalier, I believe in taking precautions, masks, etc. But I also see mental health problems were on the rise prior to the pandemic, and are even worse now. How many more anecdotal stories about children suffering do you need to hear? The only people advocating to delay the return to school last night were our very own PUSD teachers (2-3 of them, and I didn't buy their argument either). And I haven't put anyone's health on the line, sorry I hurt your feelings. Show me that scientific literature you are talking about that contradicts what the CDC issued regarding opening schools TODAY.


Posted by Jake Waters
a resident of Birdland
on Feb 13, 2021 at 9:14 am

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OMG, one of the commenters is channeling Gavin Newsom- and we know how that worked out. Let’s apply the same ‘thoughtful’ and ‘following the science’ (whoever that is) and let the cops stay and home, because they have close contact all day long, many times in closed small areas without ventilation. Let’s not look at the Republican states that have opened the classrooms, but then this is a ‘smart’ virus and it knows it’s boundaries.

Do the schools close when there is a bad flu going around? No, and we have had enough of those to reflect on. Put three masks on everybody, I guess as flip flop Fauci demands, and add a skull cap with horns for extra protection. At this point I would suggest parents to home school, join a private school, band together with reasonable like minded parents and hire teachers for pod instruction. Education is changing before our eyes as to the way it will be delivered. Heck, instead of screaming ‘defund the police,’ how about defunding education. There’s a start.

Remember, the Teachers Unions are in control now, and you didn’t vote for them.


Posted by James Michael
a resident of Val Vista
on Feb 13, 2021 at 10:17 am

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As I said on another story/thread...Catholic schools are open and private schools are open (Newsom's kids). If union teachers are the problem, then eliminate the union teachers. If these private schools have no problems then what is wrong with the public schools. I grew up during the polio pandemic that attacked young kids and they NEVER CLOSED THE SCHOOLS.


Posted by DKHSK
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Feb 13, 2021 at 1:55 pm

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First the "science said "Masks aren't necessary for anyone but frontline healthcare workers".

Then the science said that "everyone needs to wear masks".

Now the science says "everyone might need to wear TWO masks".

Don't you get the feeling that the so-called "expert scientists" really don't know what the hell they are talking about?

Anyone want to explain Florida?

Sincerely.

Dan


Posted by Jake Waters
a resident of Birdland
on Feb 13, 2021 at 2:03 pm

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@DKHSK

I’ll take that question Dan for a million dollars: Republican Governor Ron DeSantis. Common sense, bright, fearless, and a great leader. Do we have anybody in California that is of his caliber?


Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Feb 14, 2021 at 10:01 am

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Dan, this is a NEW virus, and it is mutating. Science can tell us what they know WHEN they know. So they say two masks. I am likely to wear two when I shop, but otherwise, I use one (outdoor dining) or none (outside walking our dog).


Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 14, 2021 at 10:20 am

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So science says, wear two masks, you’ll wear two masks. Science says, open schools......well hold on a min....

Do you see the problem?


Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Feb 14, 2021 at 1:31 pm

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I think schools should be open, PP. I also believe they should be open to all who are willing to send their kids to school. The staff is letting the school board down. I already said I have grandchildren who have been in school since January 3.


Posted by DKHSK
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Feb 17, 2021 at 7:44 am

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Kathleen,

"this is a NEW virus, and it is mutating."

My question SPECIFICALLY was, "explain Florida".

And its a "manufactured" virus from China. This is unquestionably true.

My over-arching point is there is no science that is solid. The infectious rate is very low at .025%!

They (the "experts" and politicians) don't know and now its turned political and will stay that way to keep people scared. That a significant part of the population is complying is the scariest part of this whole mess.

So no thanks.


Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 17, 2021 at 8:42 am

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@PP,

100% agree. We should be following the science and opening schools.


Posted by John
a resident of Birdland
on Feb 17, 2021 at 9:20 am

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wear a mask wash your hands socially distance


Posted by John
a resident of Birdland
on Feb 17, 2021 at 9:24 am

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If you want to wear a mask, wear one. If you do not want to wear a mask then do not. Just remember, it is like no shoes, no shirt, no service. If you do not wear a mask you are not allowed in places that require one. If you see someone without a mask just avoid them Life is full of choices. Make your choice and live with the consequences.


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