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Old 05-12-2020, 01:50 PM
 
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Curious what y'all's thoughts are on whether school starts with in-person classes in the fall. Some colleges sound like they envision that occurring closer to or after January, and I'm interested in hearing what other City Datalanders think about how this might play out in Austin.

Our kids were accepted into a new (private) school for the fall, which we were excited about. I sure did not imagine being in a pandemic a month after getting that acceptance, and I am not feeling terribly inclined to start paying tuition in June with this level of uncertainty, as I don't feel like a possible semester+ of distance learning would be very effective for us as new family coming into a small school community. (Their billing goes June--March.)

What's your best guess on school starting?

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Old 05-12-2020, 02:20 PM
 
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yeah this is tough. We have two kids in private and the private has been much better than AISD and RRISD.

However we have a kinder starting in the fall and Im hesitant to pay 17K for online kinder learning. I would rather just homeschool her.

I predict that opening things up now will cause it to spread faster. I personally think that is what we need, but I think people will freak out resulting in another shutdown. In my opinion the death rate is low enough we should open up. But I get why a lot of people disagree.

My wife is high risk, so even if things are open, we might be homeschooling next year.

I read an analysis that suggested that herd immunity is achieved at much less than 50-80% and might actually be at around 17-23% infection. This is based on sweden's numbers.
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Old 05-12-2020, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX via San Antonio, TX
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I'm prepared to split my campus based job 50/50 this next school year. AISD says they're working on a plan, but I think the "plan" is a lot like other "plan" right now and that "plan" is "God, I have no idea but let's hope this thing works out."
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Old 05-12-2020, 03:30 PM
 
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I think public schools will be back because staying online is devastating to the most vulnerable kids and families. It will certainly look different, but I think the schools will do their best to make it happen.

I think most colleges in Texas will also come back as it is a matter of financial survival for many of them.
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Old 05-12-2020, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Avery Ranch, Austin, TX
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And I was about to take the training to become a bus driver in one of the north/north Austin school districts. I'm sure glad I wasn't counting on THAT !
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Old 05-12-2020, 04:45 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Our pediatrician was guessing that if school started this fall, that it would be cancelled by the new year due to Covid/Flu confluence during the winter....
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Old 05-12-2020, 08:06 PM
 
Location: Greater NYC
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Our pediatrician was guessing that if school started this fall, that it would be cancelled by the new year due to Covid/Flu confluence during the winter....
Not the first time I've heard this ^.

I think it's doubtful public schools will open as normal in the fall (late summer for you guys) there or anywhere. Maybe staggered attendance or something similar.

Meanwhile: "The California State University (CSU) system said it plans to cancel all in-person classes for the fall and to continue instruction online, due to the coronavirus pandemic....which will affect all 23 of its universities."

https://abc7.com/csu-fall-classes-ca...erson/6176291/
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Old 05-13-2020, 10:03 AM
 
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I hope we will learn some things from Australia, UK, Denmark, etc. They all seem to be trying variants of re-opening schools. I'm not sure if we have the leadership that can make this work, because otherwise every principal and teacher is left to muddle through on their own.
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Old 05-13-2020, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I'm guessing Austin schools will not reopen in the fall based on Adler's press conferences. He's slow rolling everything.
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Old 05-13-2020, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX via San Antonio, TX
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I hope we will learn some things from Australia, UK, Denmark, etc. They all seem to be trying variants of re-opening schools. I'm not sure if we have the leadership that can make this work, because otherwise every principal and teacher is left to muddle through on their own.
Agree with this. We are a country founded on states rights and many of these countries have little in that realm (that I know of). Each state’s school system us vastly different and how they respond will be very different.
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