For some Portland teachers, safety concerns backfire on school excitement

In preparation for the school’s first day on Wednesday, some Portland High School staff were more concerned about admitting Delta students to buildings while driving COVID-19 case numbers.

Many PPS school staff met Sunday, in the gym, and almost again on Tuesday.

Betty Foggleman, a librarian at Roseville High School, attended both meetings. She said there are concerns that safety measures may not be followed. Teachers are worried that they are leading students and families, which makes them feel insecure.

Portland Public Schools welcomes students back to classrooms with signs around the school.

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“Some of these teachers said, ‘How can we tell them, believe us, say we are good, and not believe we are good?

Forty teachers took a photo of a classroom with no windows to show what the classrooms looked like. Fogelman Tighe: Most classrooms do not have windows, or do not have windows to open. The district’s rear school policy does not mention windows, but all classrooms have HEPA filters, and schools have central air filters.

Fogelman said the team wants to postpone the school year after Labor Day to reduce the chances of reducing Oregon COVID-19 cases.

But the delay did not occur, and the school began as scheduled Wednesday.

Travis Fly works with Fogelman Tigre at Roosevelt, where he teaches vocational technical education courses on digital media. Flyley said he was worried, upset and not ready for that first date.

We’ve had a lot of progress and a lot of changes over the last 18 months, and I feel like it’s really my first year.

But he was very happy to see the students again and felt the same way about them.

Fly said, “A lot of kids say, ‘I’m absolutely scared to be here, but I’m here and I want to do this,’ and I’m very sorry.”

“… It is not true when we say that distance education is not enough. So it feels good to come back and regain this place and energy, even though it’s really dangerous and maybe a bad idea. ”

Distractions and fears about distance go beyond the crowded halls of Roosevelt. More than 1,000 parents, students, teachers and other school staff have been referred to the OPC study in terms of “distance” or “distance” about 300 times.

Among those concerns were PPS teachers.

Photo courtesy of September 1, 2021, a crowded hallway at Roseville High School in Portland, Oregon.

Photo courtesy of September 1, 2021, a crowded hallway at Roseville High School in Portland, Oregon.

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And in a brief statement shared with members earlier this week, the Portland Teachers’ Association shared that it had reached a “safety-based agreement” with the district on Tuesday night.

Pat requires “at least three feet per student,” and the district holds “as much as three feet” as possible.

When that was not possible, Pat and PPS agreed on “clear facilitation measures and full transparency for teachers, students and parents in every classroom where it is not possible.”

In a message to the district community, Jonathan García, the district’s chief of staff, said:

From OBB In an interview, Dr. Malaika Little Legacy Health delta Transformers may change the distance needed to curb COVID-19, but most of the information is before the Delta. She says things like amazing lunch or a break may be helpful.

“I think we are concerned about the overcrowding in the classroom and the ability of some age groups to keep that distance,” says Lit. I really don’t care much in class than I do in the social cluster as a whole.

Rosewell’s teacher, Fly, still has questions and concerns about the school year. But he is still visible to his students. He said he spent his first day checking in with his co-workers, being honest with his students, and helping them feel as comfortable as possible in class.

“I’m trying to do the right thing in the wrong situation,” says Fly. “I can’t rewrite the policy, I can’t delay the start of school. I can’t stop school for a while, but I can make my children feel safe, healthy and healthy.

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