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How many Seattle students are doing distance
learning? The school district can’t say

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Posted By: Ron_lfp, 6/4/2020 12:04:43 PM

After two months of state-mandated distance learning due to the coronavirus, and distributing 13,500 laptops to students, Seattle Public Schools cannot say how many of its students are showing up to virtual classes, handing in assignments, doing paper packets, or have even made contact with school staff. (snip) Student participation rates are troubling, Patt said. In one recent week, 40 percent of one class showed up to online meetings. Only one in five students turned in assignments. (snip) Only some school administrators have asked for copies of [participation] data.  Correction *

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The cure is pretty bad. Less than 50% of kids getting any instruction.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Urgent Fury 6/4/2020 12:40:19 PM (No. 432291)
They can't just open schools, because that would prove they never had to be shut down in the first place. Like everything else.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: lakerman1 6/4/2020 12:54:42 PM (No. 432310)
attendance is a big deal for state aid purposes. in Pennsylvania, weighted daily attendance is the basis for state aid. a Kindergarten student counts as 1/2 a student, and a senior counts as 1 1/2 student. i suspect state aid, during the Kung Flu shutdown, is not computed on participation.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: RuckusTom 6/4/2020 1:13:22 PM (No. 432335)
Little Johnny can't wait for mommy and daddy to head out to work with instructions for him to do his school work ... so he can get back to playing video games with his buddies.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: GO3 6/4/2020 1:25:22 PM (No. 432357)
I await a report in a few months, or maybe never, on how many laptops ended up in pawn shops.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: jalo1951 6/4/2020 1:26:17 PM (No. 432358)
Every metropolitan school district serves a lot of impoverished students. Unfortunately a majority of these students are sent to school for two reasons Babysitting and the breakfast/lunch programs. I can only imagine how many of the one to one devices will never be recovered with the loss being the in the hundreds of thousands of dollars range. When the parent(s) sees no advantage to school other than to get the kids out of the house the kids know that. They don't do their work while in school. Why should they do the work when they are not in school? Right, they don't. Our teachers did the best they could under the circumstances presented to them. But all they could do is present the lesson, keep in contact with the students, encourage participation and move on. Every effort was made to contact each family to touch base with them. The students who cared about school with parents who also saw value in school did their best. I fear what the start of school will look like. Having researched the options being presented makes me wonder why the insane are setting the guidelines. Split up the classes to half day sessions (transportation nightmare), 12 - 15 in a room (no school has that kind of space), one way hallways, bathroom monitors, one child to a seat on the school bus with an empty seat between, not possible. Eat in your classroom, every student and staff wear a mask, everyone carry sanitizer supplies. I don't see how anyone can pull this off. We have 1,200 students in our school. The numbers do no work.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: PlayItAgain 6/4/2020 1:28:05 PM (No. 432361)
You people in Seattle need to take a hard look in the mirror. It's ironic, I have a die hard liberal Obama, Hillary loving, Trump hating friend that left the Seattle area years ago because it wasn't family friendly and it didn't have good schools for her youngest son. Leftists need to do some serious soul searching.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: bad-hair 6/4/2020 1:49:30 PM (No. 432390)
But but but … it's all about "the children" and it takes a village to close the schools ooops.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: edgar 6/4/2020 2:04:17 PM (No. 432408)
My wife is h.s. teacher. The students checked out for summer vacation when "distance learning' was enacted. School's been out folks. These students have lost almost a half of school year's worth of learning. Can't wait to see what our blue state governors have in store for the 2020-21 school year. Colleges will have to provide in class instruction in the fall, otherwise students will take a year off and the schools will lose big.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: MickTurn 6/4/2020 3:36:50 PM (No. 432483)
The further the students are from the Marxist 'Perfessors' the better...next step, cleanse their teaching notes and sequester all COMMUNIST Blather!
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