It’s been a tough year, particularly for teachers and students. And now there’s a new wrinkle that’s got to be addressed.
Teachers have to teach “simultaneously” now in many schools, which means they’re addressing their students in class and also addressing the classroom. That can be a big challenge.
In Pinellas County, students and teachers are feeling stressed and frustrated. Parents don’t like to see their children missing out by not getting a proper education.
ABC Action News spoke with Marie Hamm, a Pinellas County teacher. She explained, “The first week of school, I actually had three breakdowns, and I’m not normally like that.” She says it is tough trying to educate kids online and face-to-face at the same time. “When people feel like they can’t meet the needs of their students, it makes it really hard to go through the day.”
She and hundreds of other teachers are requesting the school district end simultaneous teaching.
Amanda Loeffler, a parent of three Pinellas County students, started a petition to end simultaneous teaching, now garnering over 2,100 signatures. She said, “They’re [teachers] now expected to be two teachers, probably the aid, and then the janitor, and then the health department, you know, telling people ‘you need to keep your mask on,’”
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