Sep 17, 2020
First day of school in NYC plagued by technical difficulties, hackers
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“I understand that it’s the first day but it seems like they had a lot of time to figure this out,” said one Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn mom who was unable to connect either of her two elementary-school children to their classes Wednesday morning.
The mom, who declined to be identified by name, said that she spent over an hour just trying to get in touch with the two teachers — and by the afternoon was still unable to resolve the issue.
“I’m going to just hope for the best” going forward, she said. “It seems like last year all over again.
“It’s like PTSD.”
But despite months to work out the kinks — including the entirety of the summer break — the system remained rough around the edges as the new academic year kicked off Wednesday.
One Brooklyn mom tweeted that her young daughter’s online class was “hijacked” by hackers who flooded the channel with photos of President Trump and hardcore porn, an alleged security breach the DOE said they are probing.
At PS 177 in Gravesend, Brooklyn, the WiFi system has been down since earlier this week, forcing the school’s teachers to conduct class from Bensonhurst’s IS 96 — in the parking lot, for the sake of social-distancing.see also
The United Federation of Teachers union, which shed light on that situation, also blew the whistle on the unseemly conditions awaiting kids when a partial reopening of in-person classes begins on Monday.
“The NYC DOE and City Hall promised safe and clean schools,” the union said in a video clip they released showing images of dead rodents and overflowing trash cans. “However, staff have returned to unsanitary conditions and broken promises.”
Parents currently have a choice of enrolling their kids in online classes full-time, or opting for a blended schedule that alternates virtual sessions with in-person learning.
Those students signed up for the hybrid option — about 58 percent — will have their first in-person classes on Monday.
But, despite a previous promise that those students would have real-time online classes during their remote-learning days — as opposed to pre-recorded videos in which they can’t interact with their teachers — the DOE announced late Tuesday that they could no longer make that guarantee.
Those issues aside, other parents voiced satisfaction with the re-launch of online learning, lauding teachers and school administrators for pulling together an option to keep their kids home with the pandemic still raging.Filed under Coronavirus in NY , department of education , education , public schools , remote learning , schools , 9/16/20
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Broward County School Board Members Decided On Classroom Reopening Dates
FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – After an 11-hour meeting, Broward County School Board members have decided on dates to reopen their schools for in-person learning.
Oct. 13 will be a full day for teachers to plan.
On Oct. 14, early learners will be allowed to start their in-person learning.
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Earlier Tuesday morning, Broward County Public Schools Administrators said they were ready to open schools for person learning originally for Oct. 5 for K-8 and on Oct. 12 for high school students.
But after hearing the concerns of many at their first in person meeting in months, the board decided to change their start date.
“When people die, be ready for the consequences,” said Broward Teachers Union President Anna Fusco.
Hundreds of Broward teachers who were surveyed said they don’t feel safe returning to the classroom.
Elementary school teacher Julia Williams is one of those apprehensive to return.
“The current plan has too many gaps. We are not ready. We have to get this right. There are no do-overs,” she said.
Many in the meeting feared for students with underlying health conditions.
And it’s not just teachers who are concerned. Some school bus drivers have wondered what this return to school will mean.
“This is a plague and I’m a COVID survivor,” said Linda Lewis.
Lewis called for mandatory COVID testing for drivers and enough protective equipment.
“How are you going to protect children and drivers?” she asked.
The school board will continue to work on implanting a health and sanitation protocol – from transportation to food service.
The school board will be meeting the first week of October where they will vote on an official plan.
Superintendent Robert Runcie said they do expect to move forward with these dates.