Gate City Charter Academy...we need to start virtual! This virus is not a hoax!

Gate City Charter Academy...we need to start virtual! This virus is not a hoax!

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Gate City Charter Academy board members are requiring all teachers/staff to report to their schools August 17th with hybrid  learning, not even the first 6/9 weeks virtual as we are in peak COVID numbers. Cases are steady rising and not declining. We are seeing daily schools with reported cases as they start to open. We know remote learning can happen in the safety of the teachers home where they can care for their children in a safe, comfortable space. This is a blatant slap in the face to all educators/staff and their families. To open doors to ensure parents return to work and put your valued staff on the line is downright disturbing and sickening.

Main points:

1. Teachers and staff are professionals and deserve a CHOICE.  Jeff Hyde thinks the virus is a hoax!

2. This is a blatant lack of respect for teachers as professionals. This sends a message that they doesn’t believe teachers will teach at home or be able to learn protocols in a few days of training if we go back to Plan C. We worked so hard this spring and we know it wasn’t perfect; we deserve a choice and a chance. We are professionals. It is time we are treated as such. 

3. Lack of respect for teachers and staff with young children who may not be comfortable or able to send their child to a child care facility. There is a choice to opt for emergency leave but we will be paid significantly less for the same amount of work. Who is going to bring a newborn or a toddler to a school? Unacceptable.

4.Lack of respect for the safety of their staffs families. Many have immunocompromised family members and no matter “how safe” GCCA board members thinks these school will be, it just takes one person to bring it to a school to infect others. We also know that being with coworkers will promote socialization and distraction no matter what the protocals. It is human nature to be social and to interact. 

5. Teachers and staff with school aged children will have to bring them on site. Putting not only the teacher at risk but also risking their children’s safety. Teachers will have to monitor their children and teach at the same time. They will have to take their children to the bathroom while hoping to not run into other children or staff members. They will also be forced to keep their children confined to a uncomfortable and most likely not well ventilated classroom. Is that an optimal learning experience for the teachers children? Do the teachers children not matter? Why should educators have to sacrifice their children’s educational experience while others will not have to? This will force some teachers to choose to either take leave or quit their profession altogether. Again, this is unacceptable.

This decision was made without any thought, consideration or input from whom is directly involved...teachers and staff. This is not showing that you support your frontline “essential “ workers!  Please sign if you are outraged as much as we are.

https://www.wcnc.com/amp/article/news/health/coronavirus/covid-19-cases-in-kids-are-on-the-rise-in-north-carolina/275-1bc75e2c-b6b4-4471-a7da-a80630e92698

Twitter Account- @JefferyTHyde

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