Skip to main content

ALERT: KPBS Radio is undergoing scheduled upgrade work which may result in temporary signal outages.

LATEST UPDATES: Tracking COVID-19 | Vaccines | Racial Justice

San Diego Teachers Reflect On Returning To The Classroom During The Coronavirus

The San Diego Unified School District headquarters is shown on March 19, 2020.

Photo by Zoë Meyers / inewsource

Above: The San Diego Unified School District headquarters is shown on March 19, 2020.

KPBS Midday Edition Segments podcast branding

Dave Erving, who teaches ceramics at Hoover High School, said he wants district leaders to know that for its reopening plan to help keep him and his students safe it ... Read more →

Aired: June 23, 2020 | Transcript

The coronavirus pandemic has posed enormous new challenges for teachers and their students. Now the San Diego Unified School District has announced it will start the new school year by giving parents the choice: send their child back to school, keep them at home to continue distance learning or a hybrid of the two.

Kisha Borden is president of the San Diego Education Association. She also taught at Zamorano Elementary school for over 20 years. When imagining what teaching in person this fall could be like, she thought back to her fifth-grade classroom where there were up to 35 students.

"If all students are there, there has to be some way to split the class. Because there's no way you can have 30, 35 kids in a classroom and implement social distancing," Borden said. "There's a lot to consider if we're going to come back to school."

RELATED: San Diego Unified Has Plan For Reopening Schools, But Needs More Funding

Dave Erving, who teaches ceramics at Hoover High School in City Heights, said he wants district leaders to know that their reopening plan to help keep him and his students safe should be clear, well understood and guided by science.

"Going with everything that has been consistently stated since February, and that is social distancing and mask-wearing and avoiding large groups, which is going to be next to impossible in schools," Erving said.

Borden and Erving joined Midday Edition Tuesday to talk about teaching during COVID-19.

  • Need help keeping up with the news that matters most? Get the day's top news — ranging from local to international — straight to your inbox each weekday morning.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Midday Edition banner

KPBS Midday Edition is a daily radio news magazine keeping San Diego in the know on everything from politics to the arts.

Want more KPBS news?
Find us on Twitter and Facebook, or sign up for our newsletters.

To view PDF documents, Download Acrobat Reader.