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DUSD shifts start of school year to full-time remote learning

Original post made on Jul 17, 2020

The DUSD Board of Trustees voted to start the school year with full distance learning for at least six weeks in a 5-0 decision at Thursday’s special meeting.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, July 17, 2020, 1:49 PM


Posted by Paulie
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 17, 2020 at 6:05 pm

The right call.

Posted by Peter
a resident of Del Prado
on Jul 17, 2020 at 6:08 pm

According to this article, the schools must shut back down if more than 5% of the student population tests positive for COVID-19. It means that a school with 2000 students and staff members won't shut back down unless 100 of them tested positive. I would freak out and yank my kid out of school if one case was first reported and then five cases the next day. Who in their right mind would wait until there are 100? I hope that the schools would focus all their resources and preparation on online learning, the only realistic scenario until a vaccine is available to everyone in school.

Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 17, 2020 at 6:13 pm

100 is the limit to stop operating as a school, it doesn’t mean they don’t isolate and prevent the spread.

Come on people

Posted by No more learning
a resident of Las Positas
on Jul 20, 2020 at 9:48 am

I would have liked the hybrid model where the students have classroom time couple days a week. Why not try this method first and shift to 100% online IF cases rise? Those that are against sending their kids to school can keep them at home to learn online. Unfortunately, they (those that are against hybrid) are so vocal and aggressive they bombarded social media and force others to follow what they want.

I say try out school with some classroom time and evaluate/adjust as needed. We won't know until we try.

Posted by Wombat
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 20, 2020 at 10:03 am

To panic, or not to panic. That is the question......

“Nordic study suggests open schools did not measurably affect spread of virus” -SF Gate, 7/20/20

“Scientists in a Nordic study have found that keeping primary schools open during the coronavirus pandemic may not have had much bearing on contagion rates. There was no measurable difference in the number of coronavirus cases among children in Sweden, where schools were left open, compared with neighboring Finland, where schools were shut, according to the findings.“

“Indicative data show there is no difference in the overall incidence of the laboratory-confirmed covid-19 cases in children aged 1 to 19 years in the two countries; contact tracings in primary schools in Finland found hardly any evidence of children infecting others, according to the working paper by the Public Health Agency of Sweden and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare. What's more, there's no increased risk for teachers, according to a Swedish comparison of cases among day care and primary school staff, compared with risk levels in other professions.”

SF Gate: Web Link
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