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San Diego Teachers Reflect On Returning To The Classroom During The Coronavirus
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
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."
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.
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