CORAL SPRINGS, FL – As a teacher, I believe everyone wants to be back in school, full-time, and face-to-face.
I can’t be as effective as I always have been if I’m not in my room, forming relationships with my kids and families. That’s how our kids learn best, period!
The problem is how to do this safely.
But with the coronavirus numbers what they are, the Broward County School Board has pretty much decided to start the school year full-time virtually.
So what I’m about to express is not a debate on e-learning vs face-to-face. This is information that many of you may not know.
That is: please don’t withdraw your kids from Broward County Public Schools, with the purposeful intent of missing full-time equivalent (FTE), then putting your child back in later.
I’m not talking about the virtual option through your home school. I’m talking about parents who will be withdrawing their child to do “homeschooling,” or “FLVS,” for example.
By pulling your kids, and purposely removing funding, you are taking jobs away from teachers. Many of the staff, hired after 2011, are on annual contract. So, when the numbers drop, they lose their jobs.
If you are pulling your student out for whatever reason -- frustration, work situation, etc. -- I don’t blame you.
But this issue is not about that.
Just know that your decision needs to be for this entire school year.
For families that take the option to homeschool, at some point, they may want to put your children back, full-time, face-to-face.
But guess what? There may not be space. There may not be as many classrooms available. Yes, Broward Schools have to accept your child, but now the classrooms may be overcrowded.
Also, you may not get to return to your home school when you re-register.
That’s the problem.
No one wins when classes are overcrowded. We may have already lost the teacher(s) positions due to low enrollment.
Making new classes at that point may not be as easy as you think. Those teachers who were cut are (hopefully) going to find other jobs, and may not be available to hire again.
So, again. Before making your final decision to pull your child out of Broward County Public Schools, please make sure it is the one you want for this entire school year.
Kelli F. Yselonia is a Coral Springs parent and teacher who has taught at Park Trails Elementary School in Parkland since 2003.
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