MARY ANN WOLF: Safety, equity and resources are key to begin N.C. school year right
Monday, July 20, 2020 -- There are three key priorities that must be at the forefront in order to safely begin the 2020-21 school year in North Carolina.Those are: SAFETY of our students, teachers, staff, and families; EQUITY in access to robust, meaningful learning opportunities; RESOURCES & FUNDING to support fall plans.Posted — Updated
As education leaders gather guidance and data to make tangible and very real decisions for students, staff, and families, we again and again see our districts and schools pulling together in an effort to ensure new, safe learning environments for our students.
As families wrestle with their choices, which at this point include a blended learning environment that includes face-to-face and remote learning, or an entirely virtual learning option, many educators are expressing significant concerns about having to return to physical classrooms.
We cannot let unstable or unpredictable budgets get in the way of our educators being able to meet the needs of our students and keep themselves and our students safe in the process. We must consider what it takes to provide effective learning opportunities for students in hybrid or remote learning environments.
Access to high speed internet is now the primary gateway to accessing a sound basic education during this pandemic, and the provision of a sound basic education is our constitutional obligation to every citizen in North Carolina.
It is clear to me that there are three key priorities that must be at the forefront in order to safely begin the 2020-21 school year in North Carolina.
- Safety of our students, teachers, staff, and families;
- Equity in access to robust, meaningful learning opportunities;
- Resources and funding to support fall plans.
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