Bad News Thread

Totally hear you. The teachers at our schools are eager to get kids back in the classroom. We're hybrid now. I don't really know what it's like elsewhere, but our district/admin/teachers/etc would climb mountains to get our kids educated. I think maybe there's a slight disconnect here in what we're debating. I'm not advocating for more power, but rather more money. In the near term this would be focused on making the classrooms safer (PPEs, plexiglass, smaller classrooms, etc), but in the long term it would be great if CA wasn't in the 40s on a per pupil spending ranking. That's pretty embarrassing considering we account for 14% of the GDP and are the 5th largest economic power in the world.
California is also the 13th from the top in overall tax burden. There’s less than a point that separates 5-13. Presumably that means you either think California’s taxes are too low or it’s spending priorities are wrong? (you could I suppose think the federal government should increase the grants to the states but that would still leave California in the 40s)
 
Totally hear you. The teachers at our schools are eager to get kids back in the classroom. We're hybrid now. I don't really know what it's like elsewhere, but our district/admin/teachers/etc would climb mountains to get our kids educated. I think maybe there's a slight disconnect here in what we're debating. I'm not advocating for more power, but rather more money. In the near term this would be focused on making the classrooms safer (PPEs, plexiglass, smaller classrooms, etc), but in the long term it would be great if CA wasn't in the 40s on a per pupil spending ranking. That's pretty embarrassing considering we account for 14% of the GDP and are the 5th largest economic power in the world.
Sounds like your school district is one that wants to work with the community. That is ideal. My point is that adding more money and more people to public education automatically adds more power, especially if they are unionized.

I would definitely support plexiglass, etc. to make the classrooms safer and I also wonder how a state like CA can rank so low in spending/pupil given our wealth and the relatively high tax burden. I suppose if I were a better citizen, I'd do a little research and determine where all the tax money goes.
 

Glitterhater

SILVER ELITE
Norcal here too. We have been at the very least Hybrid since September. I have one in Charter and one in Public, both are on the same schedule.
I actually like the current class sizes much better, (14,) but I know it's not sustainable long term.
 
Becker’s hospital review is keeping track daily of the state vaccination rates. California is currently 48th only in front of Virginia and Alabama and has a backlog of more than 2 million. And it’s not because we are stock piling second doses. My father (an md) has been trying to get an appointment for his second dose and can’t get it. We’ve only used about 40% of shots on hand. West Virginia up top has used more than 70%
 

Glitterhater

SILVER ELITE
Becker’s hospital review is keeping track daily of the state vaccination rates. California is currently 48th only in front of Virginia and Alabama and has a backlog of more than 2 million. And it’s not because we are stock piling second doses. My father (an md) has been trying to get an appointment for his second dose and can’t get it. We’ve only used about 40% of shots on hand. West Virginia up top has used more than 70%
Question- do you know if there is a timeframe between dose 1 and 2 that has to be met? I guess I'm wondering if it's ever "too late" to get dose 2? Because if so, that would be a disaster!
 
Question- do you know if there is a timeframe between dose 1 and 2 that has to be met? I guess I'm wondering if it's ever "too late" to get dose 2? Because if so, that would be a disaster!
they don’t know for sure yet if there’s a max time. It can’t be earlier but they say you can wait some time for the second. It doesn’t have to be exact. However the cdc recommendations say people should not wait more than six weeks after their due date for the second vaccine and my father is concerned that all appointments are currently booked 6 weeks out in vc.
 
they don’t know for sure yet if there’s a max time. It can’t be earlier but they say you can wait some time for the second. It doesn’t have to be exact. However the cdc recommendations say people should not wait more than six weeks after their due date for the second vaccine and my father is concerned that all appointments are currently booked 6 weeks out in vc.
Ps other thing with my dad is he’s a volunteer on roster to help with the vaccinations once they expand to mass vaccination centers. But he can’t do that until 2 weeks after his second shot so that’s once less trained volunteer they have to help out.
 

Glitterhater

SILVER ELITE
Ps other thing with my dad is he’s a volunteer on roster to help with the vaccinations once they expand to mass vaccination centers. But he can’t do that until 2 weeks after his second shot so that’s once less trained volunteer they have to help out.
Man what a shit show! And, scary,
 
Some European countries are conceding cloth masks are not stopping their outbreaks. Bavaria even goes so far as to require N95s in certain cases, citing the new variants (despite Germany's curve being passed peak.


Meanwhile, NYT says remote work and partial locikdowns need to continue until July 2020 at least

 
Meanwhile australia is telling its people vaccinated people can still spread the coronavirus and that they need to observe lockdown rules even if vaccinated (australia has been in various states of lockdown since their second outbreak).

get vaccinated: lockdown
Not vaccinated: lockdown
i Don’t think they have a mandate (pesky emergency use authorizations) so unless you are a senior or essential worker not much incentive to get it done
 
Some European countries are conceding cloth masks are not stopping their outbreaks. Bavaria even goes so far as to require N95s in certain cases, citing the new variants (despite Germany's curve being passed peak.


Meanwhile, NYT says remote work and partial locikdowns need to continue until July 2020 at least

They even have a scenario if they tighten restrictions - I assume because it was so successful in CA. This is all very nice, but based on the past 10 months, I don't see people changing behavior to be more cautious and it will be a struggle to keep the current level of restrictions in many places.

I do worry about Hawaii. They appear to have a low seroprevalence and the vaccine rollout is very slow. As more people become comfortable traveling, they could see a significant spike.
 
Guess they didn't get the memo that opening schools is an example of "white supremacy" and concern about suicide is "white privilege".

 
Teachers, unions and the CTA all should be held accountable for what has been done with holding kids out of school. I have given teachers a pass for a long time but now hold them just as responsible for the disaster THEIR unions and associations have created along with our governor. I will never be able to support another raise or benefits for teachers ever again. During this teachers have taken advantage of the situation. Whether it is working from home, working less hours or poor preparation for online lessons. The teachers have failed along with all the other parts of this corrupt broken education system. They should not get a pass for our kids suffering.
 
Do you like these sources better?


 

Glitterhater

SILVER ELITE
I find the whole N95 issue intriguing- when I went to Kaiser recently for a lab draw, they made me put another mask OVER my N95- as they weren't allowing any vented masks in.
 
Top