.@JohnnyKey_AR: “We need to make it very clear: the plan is to be in school. The plan is not to extend what we did in the last nine weeks and keep that going in the fall.” @howelloman reports.https://t.co/HwU3mzruW9
— Danny Shameer (@dshameer) June 12, 2020
When Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he hoped the state would return to public school classrooms in “the fall” he cautioned it was a work in progress.
Boy howdy. Check two things that flashed across my Twitter screen within minutes this morning.
One was a Democrat-Gazette report on assurances from Education czar Johnny Key yesterday that the plan “is to be in school.”
See this from 40/29 in Northwest Arkansas.
Bentonville Schools releases information on fall reopening https://t.co/rnaDbp7kFf
— 4029news (@4029news) June 12, 2020
Then read the story. “Blended” means some class time, but being prepared to flee to other places if the need arises. I suspect it also means some out-of-class work as a means of spacing out students in classrooms.
“Virtual” means students will learn remotely full time. A student who is put on the virtual track won’t be able to return to in-person learning until the next semester.
Welcome to home-schooling! Mandated for a semester should you choose. You can see why school-choicers are licking their chops at the possibility of using the pandemic to upend the old public school model.
Among the new rules Bentonville has announced:
Face coverings required for students 4th grade and above when physical distancing isn’t possible
Meals will be served in both the cafeteria and classrooms to provide more physical space
Water fountains won’t be available
Staff and visitors will be screened
And what if parents are manly men and womanly women like Trumpers? What if they believe masks are signs of weakness?
School is going to change. Students lost ground from the truncated 19-20 school year. Those most in need lost the most.
We must stop calling it the “fall” school opening. August isn’t fall.