Editorial: We need face-to-face, in-school instruction
We sympathize with District 56 and all school districts. The task before them is great. How do you keep children, teachers and administrators safe, while still providing a quality education?
Can it be done? Yes.
The Chronicle would ask the following:
• Parents need to know your plans, sooner, rather than later. Adjusting schedules is not easy, as in many homes, both mother and father work to make ends meet.
• Schools need to make a commitment to get back to face-to-face learning — there is no substitute. Students need in-class instruction from the district’s highly qualified teachers.
• If instruction has to be online, every child, K-12, needs to be taught by one of our qualified teachers in a digital classroom setting. They should get full course work, not busy work.
• A hybrid system will not work. Packet pickup is a short-term band-aide, not an ongoing solution.
Please move with haste, help parents
A report will be completed by July 20 by a District 56 committee studying the issue of re-opening schools. For some parents, the time between July 20 and August 15 (if that is “opening day”) will not be enough for adequate planning.
A great hardship was placed on families during the first shutdown. Many children are blessed to have two parents, but both work. Others have one parent, which works. Some don’t have siblings to help out. Some don’t have grandparents or friends to help out.
Very few children have a stay-at-home parent or a parent that can work remote.
Younger children need routine, without school, parents are struggling to provide that.
The questionnaire D56 sent to parents came back a resounding — get them back to in person learning. The questionnaires also showed parents don’t won’t children wearing masks.
But we suspect, most parents would take masks, plexiglass, smaller class sizes — whatever it takes to get students back learning in class.
Most parents would hate an A-B schedule (some students one day, other students the next), but again, parents will make concessions, so their children are safe and can get the proper education.
We are not second guessing the decession to close schools in an effort to save lives. We and all parents want our children to be safe and for teachers to be safe.
Still, packets and websites are short-term fixes, not long term solutions for the education our children. They need their teachers to learn.
Anything less, puts the future of our children in jeopardy, as those without a parent to guide them at home fall further behind. In an area of poverty, our wealth is a well-educated and inspired younger generation.
May God guide the District 56 committee, as they strive to make the right decisions for all involved.
We Back the Blue
It’s not an easy time to work in law enforcement.
Our officers put their lives on the line every day. It is a thankless job and not a popular one after recent events.
Our local law enforcement deserve our admiration and thanks. On June 27th, a group did just that, celebrating local law enforcement at the Historic Courthouse on the Square in Laurens.
The Chronicle says, “thank you,” to our local law enforcement for keeping us safe. You really are heroes, standing between the people and anarchy.
Thanks for putting yourself in harms way. Thanks for being ambassadors for our community. Thanks for doing all that for little pay.
We salute you.