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Special education families want their kids in school as soon as possible. The unions don't.

Union president: 'I really hope we put healthy and safety above everything'

Maia McQuarrie works with occupational therapist Minal Shah during the Palo Alto Unified School District Extended School Year program at Greene Middle School on July 9. Photo by Magali Gauthier.

Parents of students with disabilities are approaching the start of a new online school year with deep apprehension, pleading with Palo Alto Unified to find a safe way to offer in-person instruction to their children.

During a virtual school board meeting on Tuesday night, special education parents described the pitfalls of distance learning — students who can't sit in front of a computer unattended for more than 15 minutes, students breaking computer screens and having meltdowns, students not having access the services legally agreed upon in their individualized education plans (IEP) with the district.

"The anxiety of my kid having more regression just sits on my chest until I can't breathe," said Christina Greenberg, the parent of a rising first-grader with autism.

But the unions representing the teachers and staff who would need to return to campus to serve these children lobbied against bringing back special education students in person sooner than other students. They argued the risk of exposure for the coronavirus would be higher in special education classes that require a greater number of adults working closely with students, some of whom need help going to the bathroom or with eating and may not be able to social distance or wear masks.

"Our special education teachers really want to be treated the same as their general education colleagues," said Teri Baldwin, president of the teachers union. "They want their health and safety as well as that of their students to be taken into consideration. (They) don't want to come back earlier than general education teachers."

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Baldwin said that distance learning has worked for some students with moderate to severe disabilities.

"I strongly believe we need to do as much distance learning as possible," echoed Meb Steiner, president of the classified employees union.

Special education staff presented on Tuesday their plan for this school year, which starts remotely on Monday after a spring that nearly everyone acknowledges fell short of what the district's 1,200 students with individualized education plans need. Students will have more virtual one-on-one time with instructional aides and the district will provide the agreed upon allotment of specialized services in students' IEPs, staff said. The district plans to offer virtual field trips and dances to keep students engaged.

"The challenges remain but our ability to serve students at a higher level has definitely improved," said Superintendent Don Austin.

Cindy Loleng-Perez, special education director for the secondary schools, said the district already has a model for safe, face-to-face learning for students with disabilities: this summer's Extended School Year program, which took place in person for two weeks until Gov. Gavin Newsom's announcement about school reopening mandates shut it down. At the program, staff and students were screened daily, classes were limited to eight students and 90% of students kept masks on throughout the day, among other health and safety precautions, Loleng-Perez said.

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Board members expressed support for prioritizing in-person instruction for special education students as soon as permissible. Ken Dauber said a one-size-fits-all approach to reopening won't serve students well, and that he and other board members are "prepared to do whatever it takes in order to support" staff in providing a safe, in-person experience for special education students.

"Probably for the sake of students, we need to bring special education students back into in-person instruction earlier than other students," he said. "I'm confident that with enough professional attention and resources we can make that safe."

Vaibhav Vaish, whose son has special needs, said it's not about the number of minutes of specialized services his child is legally entitled to.

"It's about the learning," he said. "There's a touch of irony for people to say that special education students need more adults and toilet training and two sentences later to claim that can effectively be provided over distance learning. … Please leave no avenue unexplored to return us to some hybrid learning."

Board President Todd Collins, whose son has severe autism, echoed the desperation parents feel when watching their children backslide.

"These are parents who are sitting with their kids, watching their kids month by month actually regress educationally and behaviorally (and) emotionally. They wonder what the future holds. They were already dealt a tough hand. It is such a challenge for them to watch their children sit at home and not be able to make any progress at all and in fact be behind where they were a year ago, not just educationally, but as people," he said. "I hope we can do everything we can — working together with our teachers and our staff — to try to do what we can, especially for the kids who need us the most."

Some special education parents did say they prefer a fully online model and asked the district to consult with parents individually to determine what will work best for their child. Others asked if schools remain closed and they need to seek support outside of Palo Alto Unified, if the district will reimburse them for those services.

The district is continuing to negotiate special education conditions with the teachers union.

Tentative agreements with both unions are set to be ratified soon and brought to the school board for approval at its first regular meeting of the new school year on Aug. 25.

Another support program for students is hanging in the balance until in-person instruction is allowed: PAUSD+, which would serve small groups of students, from simply offering a quiet space to study with consistent internet access to more intensive tutoring and academic help.

Parent Sara Woodham-Johnsson urged the district to, like special education, make this program happen for the students who are most likely to fall behind due to racial and socioeconomic disparities that have been exacerbated by the pandemic.

"This my great despair: When we unravel the carnage that is Covid, we will realize we have lost a particular subset of kids for good. I implore you to prioritize and value the need for educating these students in a way that they can access it and using whatever means necessary to get that done," she said.

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Special education families want their kids in school as soon as possible. The unions don't.

Union president: 'I really hope we put healthy and safety above everything'

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Wed, Aug 12, 2020, 9:30 am

Parents of students with disabilities are approaching the start of a new online school year with deep apprehension, pleading with Palo Alto Unified to find a safe way to offer in-person instruction to their children.

During a virtual school board meeting on Tuesday night, special education parents described the pitfalls of distance learning — students who can't sit in front of a computer unattended for more than 15 minutes, students breaking computer screens and having meltdowns, students not having access the services legally agreed upon in their individualized education plans (IEP) with the district.

"The anxiety of my kid having more regression just sits on my chest until I can't breathe," said Christina Greenberg, the parent of a rising first-grader with autism.

But the unions representing the teachers and staff who would need to return to campus to serve these children lobbied against bringing back special education students in person sooner than other students. They argued the risk of exposure for the coronavirus would be higher in special education classes that require a greater number of adults working closely with students, some of whom need help going to the bathroom or with eating and may not be able to social distance or wear masks.

"Our special education teachers really want to be treated the same as their general education colleagues," said Teri Baldwin, president of the teachers union. "They want their health and safety as well as that of their students to be taken into consideration. (They) don't want to come back earlier than general education teachers."

Baldwin said that distance learning has worked for some students with moderate to severe disabilities.

"I strongly believe we need to do as much distance learning as possible," echoed Meb Steiner, president of the classified employees union.

Special education staff presented on Tuesday their plan for this school year, which starts remotely on Monday after a spring that nearly everyone acknowledges fell short of what the district's 1,200 students with individualized education plans need. Students will have more virtual one-on-one time with instructional aides and the district will provide the agreed upon allotment of specialized services in students' IEPs, staff said. The district plans to offer virtual field trips and dances to keep students engaged.

"The challenges remain but our ability to serve students at a higher level has definitely improved," said Superintendent Don Austin.

Cindy Loleng-Perez, special education director for the secondary schools, said the district already has a model for safe, face-to-face learning for students with disabilities: this summer's Extended School Year program, which took place in person for two weeks until Gov. Gavin Newsom's announcement about school reopening mandates shut it down. At the program, staff and students were screened daily, classes were limited to eight students and 90% of students kept masks on throughout the day, among other health and safety precautions, Loleng-Perez said.

Board members expressed support for prioritizing in-person instruction for special education students as soon as permissible. Ken Dauber said a one-size-fits-all approach to reopening won't serve students well, and that he and other board members are "prepared to do whatever it takes in order to support" staff in providing a safe, in-person experience for special education students.

"Probably for the sake of students, we need to bring special education students back into in-person instruction earlier than other students," he said. "I'm confident that with enough professional attention and resources we can make that safe."

Vaibhav Vaish, whose son has special needs, said it's not about the number of minutes of specialized services his child is legally entitled to.

"It's about the learning," he said. "There's a touch of irony for people to say that special education students need more adults and toilet training and two sentences later to claim that can effectively be provided over distance learning. … Please leave no avenue unexplored to return us to some hybrid learning."

Board President Todd Collins, whose son has severe autism, echoed the desperation parents feel when watching their children backslide.

"These are parents who are sitting with their kids, watching their kids month by month actually regress educationally and behaviorally (and) emotionally. They wonder what the future holds. They were already dealt a tough hand. It is such a challenge for them to watch their children sit at home and not be able to make any progress at all and in fact be behind where they were a year ago, not just educationally, but as people," he said. "I hope we can do everything we can — working together with our teachers and our staff — to try to do what we can, especially for the kids who need us the most."

Some special education parents did say they prefer a fully online model and asked the district to consult with parents individually to determine what will work best for their child. Others asked if schools remain closed and they need to seek support outside of Palo Alto Unified, if the district will reimburse them for those services.

The district is continuing to negotiate special education conditions with the teachers union.

Tentative agreements with both unions are set to be ratified soon and brought to the school board for approval at its first regular meeting of the new school year on Aug. 25.

Another support program for students is hanging in the balance until in-person instruction is allowed: PAUSD+, which would serve small groups of students, from simply offering a quiet space to study with consistent internet access to more intensive tutoring and academic help.

Parent Sara Woodham-Johnsson urged the district to, like special education, make this program happen for the students who are most likely to fall behind due to racial and socioeconomic disparities that have been exacerbated by the pandemic.

"This my great despair: When we unravel the carnage that is Covid, we will realize we have lost a particular subset of kids for good. I implore you to prioritize and value the need for educating these students in a way that they can access it and using whatever means necessary to get that done," she said.

Find comprehensive coverage on the Midpeninsula's response to the new coronavirus by Palo Alto Online, the Mountain View Voice and the Almanac here.

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What Will They Do Next
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Old Palo Alto
on Aug 12, 2020 at 10:57 am
What Will They Do Next, Old Palo Alto
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Kathy
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on Aug 12, 2020 at 11:29 am
Kathy , Greater Miranda
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It would be nice if the teachers' union put the interests of students and their education above the interests of its adult members. But that's not realistic.

Teachers are considered essential workers.


Teachers Union Deserting Special Ed Students
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on Aug 12, 2020 at 11:48 am
Teachers Union Deserting Special Ed Students, Midtown
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@ Union president: 'I really hope we put healthy and safety above everything'

If the Teachers Union President were putting "health and safety above everything", she and her union member teachers would bring the PAUSD Special Ed students back in person to address the health and safety of the special ed students. Not bringing special ed students back in person is a TRAVESTY and CRIMINAL. I do not have a special ed student, but I agree we need to "prioritize and value the need for educating these students in a way that they can access it and using whatever means necessary to get that done". I can't even begin to imagine how crushing this experience is for these families of students with special needs and how desperate they must feel. I'm thoroughly disgusted with our Teachers Unions and any teacher who says the union speaks for them. A sign of a compassionate society is one that takes care of those who need it the most when it counts the most - and that is our special ed students who need in person instruction now more than ever. Thank you Elena for bringing this to light. The PAEA makes me ill.


The Voice of Palo Alto
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on Aug 12, 2020 at 11:51 am
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If it’s not safe for Regular Education teachers to return, then it is not safe for Special Education teachers to return. This has nothing to do with the teachers union “not caring about students.”

[Portion removed.]

Obviously, as the article states, the parents have been dealt a tough hand. The silver lining in this when things do return to normal in person instruction, is that there should be a new found appreciation for the job that regular education and special education teachers do on a daily basis. These parents are somewhat understandably verbalizing their desperation( I have empathy for them) of wanting a return to in person services. Granted, these parents aren’t expected to be special education experts, but by the same token these are their own children and they are dealing with one child. If they are struggling this much at home with their own children, just think of the incredible job these Special Education teachers are doing on a daily basis for about seven hours a day, with about 12 students that have completely diverse special needs if these parents are having a hard time getting their own child to sit in front of a computer unattended for 15 minutes like the article states. Maybe the pandemic will lead to less talk about teacher lay offs and teacher pay cuts in this forum and lead to more teacher appreciation as this unfortunate time has shown how teachers have been taken for granted and possibly underpaid for the services they provide. You often don’t appreciate what you have until it’s gone.


The Voice of Palo Alto
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on Aug 12, 2020 at 12:02 pm
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“Teachers are considered essential workers.”
Please stop posting misinformation.

Teachers are essential. Yet during the novel coronavirus pandemic, they have not been designated as or treated as essential front-line workers in the United States.

Here is the link for who has been deemed an essential worker in California. Teachers are not on this list.

Web Link

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Please list your thoughtful suggestions on how you would keep school safe for children and staff to help everyone out so that Special Education can return to campus for in person instruction as quickly as possible.


Paly Teacher
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on Aug 12, 2020 at 12:05 pm
Paly Teacher, Palo Alto High School
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New Parent
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on Aug 12, 2020 at 12:36 pm
New Parent, Community Center
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What is stopping PAUSD from temporarily hiring instructors to teach special ed kids in learning pods? The county has already said learning pods are legal (or at least that they aren't illegal). Judging by the daily posts I see on Facebook and Nextdoor, other groups are having success staffing their learning pods with young, enthusiastic teachers who are willing to teach in person. Many of the learning pod teachers (while perhaps lacking teaching credentials) are recent college graduates and appear, at least by their resumes, to have fantastic backgrounds.


Teachers Union Deserting Special Ed Students
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on Aug 12, 2020 at 12:57 pm
Teachers Union Deserting Special Ed Students, Midtown
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@ The Voice of Palo Alto
@ Paly Teacher

[Portion removed.] The U.S. Surgeon General stated: "Generally, when fewer than 10% of COVID-19 tests are returning with positive results in a community, it's safe to resume school, said U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams in a July 24 tweet. Others have suggested a lower rate — 5% — is a safer threshold for starting in-school learning."

Palo Alto has LESS than 4% positive results (and was recently at 2% as teachers union was bargaining to stay home claiming it was too dangerous).

Web Link

But the Teachers Unions have undue power and teachers would never come back to work, happily staying home for pay, if they had their way. While in the meantime everyone else is back to work if they are allowed, ironically supporting these very same teachers [portion removed.]


Kathy
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on Aug 12, 2020 at 1:38 pm
Kathy , Greater Miranda
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Thanks for the correction @Voice of Palo Alto.

The teacher's union exists to serve the interests of its (dues paying) members, and to perpetuate itself.

Teachers themselves can be wonderful --- separately.

Students don't pay dues to the teacher's union.


Facts and Figures
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on Aug 12, 2020 at 1:44 pm
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on Aug 12, 2020 at 1:44 pm
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There's some confusion about the law.

No one is asking teachers to come back against State and County recommendations. Rather, we are asking for teachers to come back according to State and County recommendations.

If unions want higher safety standards than the government sets forth, the unions will need forgo the pay and layoff protection provided to their members by SB98.

Although SB98 does not grant furlough protection to teachers who will not work in-person live, furlough protections seem reasonable (job protection, without pay). But full pay does not seem reasonable if the union refuses for teachers to return despite PAUSD and/or SCC meeting the government safety standards.


The Voice of Palo Alto
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on Aug 12, 2020 at 1:51 pm
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“Palo Alto has LESS than 4% positive results (and was recently at 2% as teachers union was bargaining to stay home claiming it was too dangerous)”

Santa Clara County is on the state’s watch list so schools can not reopen. That has nothing to do with union bargaining this was Newsom’s decision. Also, with all of your stats from the surgeon general and positivity rates etc., what is the positivity rate in EPA? You failed to mention it. Finally, the virus seems to be circulating in our county at an increased rate. I added 2781 new cases in Santa Clara County from Aug. 1 through Aug.11(yesterday).

Web Link

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“But the Teachers Unions have undue power and teachers would never come back to work, happily staying home for pay, if they had their way.”

This is just your opinion. Many teachers dearly miss their classrooms and students. This is just an easy way of vilifying the union and teachers. Teachers don’t want to “just stay home,” they just want to be safe at work and the union is working to protect their health and safety of their members which is the union’s job. [Portion removed.]
Please stop advocating for teachers and other staff members to take health risks. Teachers are just people working a job who have their own families and they want to feel safe. [Portion removed.]
Here is a link as to what “could happen“ if schools open too soon regardless of statistics:

Web Link


Teachers Union Deserting Special Ed Students
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on Aug 12, 2020 at 8:40 pm
Teachers Union Deserting Special Ed Students, Midtown
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@ The Voice of Palo Alto "Finally, the virus seems to be circulating in our county at an increased rate."

False! Hospitalizations (the only relevant data) are going down in SCC, along with the rest of the state.

SF Chron 8/12/2020 (Today) "Coronavirus hospitalizations decreasing in all 9 Bay Area counties"
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Cases went up because testing went up from 2,000 tests to 10,000 tests in the past couple months! So of course cases were up. But hospitalizations are DOWN! And on top of it, CA had a data meltdown so all data outside of hospitalizations has been wrong for the past month: "California is showing improvement in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday, citing a significantly lower number of confirmed new cases as the state begins to clear backlogged cases from a data failure." .... "State officials are still working to process the nearly 300,000 coronavirus test results lost because of a data error. "

SFChron 8/12/20 (Today) "Governor: New data show California is 'turning the corner'"
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P.S. I'm not sure why the person reviewing these comments left in The Voice of Palo Alto's subjective statement that schools are "unsafe" to open (a personal opinion) while removing my objective statement that schools are "safe" to open based on metrics and a quote directly from the US. Surgeon General (not my opinion, this is a statement of fact from a top medical professional). Can we please censor equally and fairly? Thank you.


The Voice of Palo Alto
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Crescent Park
on Aug 12, 2020 at 10:44 pm
The Voice of Palo Alto, Crescent Park
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We can endlessly argue. I will be edited. Half of my post to you already was so please don’t cite “fairness.” I get edited constantly and get no special treatment.

Ironically, my so called “subjective opinion” that it is not safe to return was proven with evidence so it wasn’t subjective. You just didn’t accept the evidence I provided. We are on the state’s watch list therefore it is not safe to return. Returning now would go against current health recommendations. So again, It is not safe to return. Your selected irrelevant stats(surgeon general stats) to state your opinion that teachers are letting down society by not risking themselves by providing an unsafe return was the opinion that was actually subjective. (Also, you never did cite the EPA stats like I asked, although again that got edited so maybe you didn’t see it.)

The “we are testing more so we have more cases” is false logic. Testing IDENTIFIES cases it doesn’t CAUSE them.

Web Link

Also:
However, public health specialists have repeatedly said the data does not indicate that increased testing accounts for the recent surge in daily new cases. To dispel claims that testing is to blame for the country's growing outbreak, epidemiologists point to a figure known as the positivity rate, which indicates the percent of tests that come back positive in a given region.

“False! Hospitalizations (the only relevant data) are going down in SCC, along with the rest of the stat.”

You are only deeming “hospitalizations” as the only “relevant data” as your own opinion. Hospitalizations and deaths are lagging indicators behind known cases. A high amount of disease transmission, or cases, in the county is not good for opening classrooms. I wrote earlier, (but it was deleted) that teachers work in an indoor setting so having a high amount of community transmission and cases would be highly dangerous for teachers. Also, although hospitalizations and deaths are obviously sad, reopening schools is based on declining CASES for 14 days straight. So in this debate cases are the most important indicator not hospitalizations.

SF Chron 8/12/2020 (Today) "Coronavirus hospitalizations decreasing in all 9 Bay Area counties/we are turning the corner”

Great news. If cases continuously drop for 14 straight days then it will be safe to return as that is California’s mandate for reopening schools. We will also unfortunately see how many of the 2781 cases I mentioned earlier from Aug. 1-Aug.11 end up hospitalized. Once cases drop, teachers will go into SB98 protocol for return as Facts and Figures posted earlier.

Finally, I completely disagree with you that schools and teachers need to risk their health to prove they are leaders or heroes of a compassionate society. Schools and teachers already provide meals, parenting, counseling etc. to help fix society’s ills. Battling a deadly disease is too much too ask. It’s enough already for teachers. I drew the line.

Where I do agree with you however, is that you and I are having a good debate and discussion in the comments section here without name calling etc. even though we obviously have different opinions and yet we were both heavily edited. Why?


Come on!
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on Aug 13, 2020 at 1:34 pm
Come on!, Menlo Park
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This headline is BIASED!

It should read, “Some Parents of Special Education Students Want In Person Learning Even Though it Will Contribute to the Rapid Spread of COVID-19 And Subsequent Unnecessary Death and Suffering.”

I definitely feel for the parents who spoke up at the board meeting. Truth is, we are in an impossible situation. Teachers across the nation are being savaged and plotted against their community partners with divisive rhetoric. We can’t open schools because we decided that bars are more important. It’s not fair to the students either. People arguing for in person school have no idea what why are talking about, but they give others a false sense of security that will end badly. Trust me, the pro-opening people in these threads won’t be there to comfort you if tragedy strikes.

Surely, we can agree that life loss is worse than learning loss. Surely, we can agree that we don’t want to see students, parents, teachers, etc get sick from COVID-19.

Perhaps my assumptions are incorrect. What I do know is that blaming the “union” is unfair and also inaccurate. People who use anti-union language to disparage teachers should go back to watching Hannity while they froth at the mouth over the shrinking middle class.


VS
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on Aug 13, 2020 at 3:19 pm
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I would like to see PAUSD fulfill its duty to special ed students. I find the comments critical of families to be really sad. Families are all doing are doing the best they can. Yes, they may know their children best, but they also have jobs and other children to tend to. And, yes, I beleive it is a much bigger responsibility on the family than just "another child." Let's have empathy! Yes, it's hard for all parents right now, but it is a little (or a lot) harder for parents with children who have disabilities! My vote is to give them the priority they deserve while doing so safely for kids and teachers! We can do this!


VS
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on Aug 13, 2020 at 3:20 pm
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I would like to see PAUSD fulfill its duty to special ed students. I find the comments critical of families to be really sad. Families are all doing are doing the best they can. Yes, they may know their children best, but they also have jobs and other children to tend to. And, yes, I believe it is a much bigger responsibility on the family than just "another child." Let's have empathy! Yes, it's hard for all parents right now, but it is a little (or a lot) harder for parents with children who have disabilities! My vote is to give them the priority they deserve while doing so safely for kids and teachers! We can do this!


Teachers Union Deserting Special Ed Students
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on Aug 13, 2020 at 3:28 pm
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@ The Voice of Palo Alto "Where I do agree with you however, is that you and I are having a good debate and discussion in the comments section here without name calling etc. even though we obviously have different opinions and yet we were both heavily edited. Why?"

Thanks for pointing this out. I agree completely and was thinking the same thing. Even though we disagree, I appreciate this productive debate as it provides food for thought and keeps everyone honest. For what it's worth, I copy everything I post and what has been previously posted by others, so I have a record of it before it disappears. Hence, even though this PA Online editor mysteriously went to town on our respectful and fact based comments (which has never happened to me before), I was able to reference those comments.

When Newsom's state govt cleans up their absurd data mess (unconscionable in the middle of a pandemic), and hopefully this happens quickly (within days), we'll all get a better handle on the reality of this situation. Only then can we all move past media fear mongering (at the local and state level) and resulting panic by looking at accurate numbers. Unfortunately, on the local level, SCC still refuses to break out hospitalizations from out of county on their Dashboard like San Mateo has been doing months! This difference in county reporting is highly relevant. SCC not breaking out the 'out of county' data is unethical for two reasons. First, it's totally misleading to report cases/hospitalizations that were "imported" from out of county as SCC data. Second, SCC is doing other counties a favor by taking their patients into our empty covid units and until we break out that data SCC is getting penalized for that in our numbers, which affects school closings. That's just wrong.


Laruie
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on Aug 14, 2020 at 11:35 am
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As a mental health professional who works with children with leaning differences, mental health issues and Autism I agree that they will need the IEP services they did not receive starting with the shut down but they can occur on line. I think I find this discussion being very narrow. The CDI, WHO, and our state is saying schools should not open unless they can meet all of the key criteria which Santa Clara does not meet with the rising rate of cases. All of the local private schools and universities has decided to go virtual for that reason. My clients are scared to send their children back to school. Teachers are frightened as well. Many of them are parents, partners, and have older parents. All of my meetings at Stanford are via Zoom, I see all of my clients and run my group programs virtually. Please read about the schools in states where the governor forced them to open. They all closed in the first 2 weeks because of the rapid increase in cases. Our national leaders have provided no national funding for increase in tests and materials needed to make every classroom safe. How many of you are having 20 neighbors or friends in your house for parties? Are going to work for meetings? Most of my clients are only having virtual playdates.


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