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When Fairfax Schools Reopen, More Than 2,000 Teachers Will Still Teach From Home

The school district is hiring classroom assistants to watch the kids as they learn from their laptops.

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Fairfax County, Virginia, plans to partly reopen schools later this month, but some students will discover that they still have to receive lessons over their laptops.

That's because 2,300 teachers have opted to continue teaching from home. To cover their absences, the district is hiring hundreds of classroom monitors: employees who will supervise students at their desks while they receive instruction from remote teachers.

"Classroom monitors are necessary to cover in-person classrooms for instructors who are teaching from home," said the district in a statement.

Students will only be in school for two days each week, according to the district's plan. Moreover, they won't necessarily know whether their teacher intends to show up in person until they arrive at school, FOX 5 reported.

Teachers who plan to remain at home received authorization to do so under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) back in the fall, before the vaccines were available. Vaccination of teachers began in January, and at present, 90 percent of Fairfax teachers have either received the first shot or made appointments to do so. It's not clear whether the same is true of the classroom monitors, who are not technically teachers but rather new employees.

Obviously, it would be absurd to vaccinate teachers but let them teach from home while unvaccinated assistants take their places in the classroom. A spokesperson for the district did not immediately respond to a request for comment about whether the monitors have received priority vaccination.

In any case, kids need to go back to school for more than two days a week, and can safely do so, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Their teachers should join them—especially if they have already been vaccinated.

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  1. This has gotten beyond insane.

      1. I really don’t understand the zeal for work-from-home, at least not on a societal level. Some people really enjoy it, and good for them, but why do they stump for others to move that direction, too? Maybe it’s like cross-fit-veganism or something.

        1. Work from home, like water, will undoubtedly seek it’s own natural level.

          I just find the schizophrenia on this subject from reason to be amusing.

          At one point, they’re all “ra ra ra! work from home 4 evahhh!” and then complaining bitterly because the teachers refuse to return to work and prefer to work from home.

          My general distrust of universal work-from-home is that, aside from the people who CAN’T work from home, I think that most employers will find a certain… atrophy beginning to show up on the productivity front, even with their better employees.

          And there have already been multiple articles throwing cold water on the exuberance, detailing how cracks are beginning to in corporate America– even with those jobs that can theoretically be done entirely remotely.

          1. Yeah, the duplicitous stance is amusing. Though, in Robby’s defense, I don’t recall him cheerleading work-from-home before this.

            1. My post wasn’t about Robby, it was more about the general editorial Trend.

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  2. That’s because 2,300 teachers have opted to continue teaching from home. To cover their absences, the district is hiring hundreds of classroom monitors: employees who will supervise students at their desks while they receive instruction from remote teachers.

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  4. The socialists are trying to impair the next generation (educationally, emotionally, physically) to make it more dependent on them for remedial services. It’s a ploy for profit and control.

    I blame the seniors. Because they said, “Gimme my social security and medicare and y’all can go f- yourselves.” Without these programs they would have more skin in the game and would demand that kids go back to school and that we open businesses.

    Of course, a few seniors spoke out – but only in private. Or they petulantly refused to wear a mask at the super market – but that didn’t help the kids. Trump was the only senior who publicly insisted, “The country wasn’t meant to stay closed.”

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  5. That’s because 2,300 teachers have opted to continue teaching from home. To cover their absences, the district is hiring hundreds of classroom monitors: employees who will supervise students at their desks while they receive instruction from remote teachers.

    That’s 100s of “classroom monitors”, also known as “newly hired union members”.

    The local teacher’s union has to be laughing their asses off over this.

    1. Exactly. When dealing with the Teacher’s Unions, even when you think you’ve won, you’ve lost.

    2. Nah, they will use them, abuse them, and never provide benefits. They are peasants, not “highly trained and valuable” teachers. Like a King’s food taster. Hyuk, hyuk.

  6. Yeah this has gotten really stupid. I get that there is a lot of anxiety about this disease, it is NOT just a “bad flu”, but it is possible to take very reasonable precautions against this disease, and at some point, they just have to do their fucking jobs.

  7. The value of public schools is not in the curriculum and the lectures. It’s (very frankly) childcare and the benefit of in-person education in a group setting. With zero education background/training, I’ve been able to cobble together a homeschool curriculum that is clearly superior to what my kids had in public school. What teachers offer in remote learning is pretty much worthless, especially for younger kids.

  8. Philly teachers are still resisting going back. At some point, the school board should just tell parents that their kids learned nothing for 12 months and will have to repeat a year. Maybe that would fire up parents to march on union hq and do some mostly peaceful protesting.

  9. If Covid does go away, the next step for these “educators” will be to claim that climate change is keeping them from re-entering the classrooms.

  10. “Teachers who plan to remain at home received authorization to do so under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) back in the fall, before the vaccines were available.”

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