New York City’s new school year started online Wednesday – and some tired parents already give the distance learning system an “F.”
Families have faced a multitude of problems including connection problems, incommunicado teachers and, now, the fear that their children will not even be able to take their classes online in real time.
“I understand it’s the first day, but they seem to have a lot of time to understand,” said a mother from Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn who was unable to connect one of her two elementary school children to her classes Wednesday. in the morning.
The mother, who refused to be identified by name, said she spent more than an hour trying to get in touch with the two teachers. – and by noon he was still unable to solve the problem.
“I hope only for the best” going forward, he said. “It looks like last year will be back.”
“It’s like PTSD.”
The Department of Education first pivoted to distance learning last spring when the coronavirus pandemic struck.
But despite the months to resolve sins – Including the entire summer break – the system has been rough around the edges while the new academic year has begun Wednesday.
A Brooklyn mom tweeted that her young daughter’s online class has been “hijacked” by pirates who flooded the channel with photos of President Trump and hardcore porn, an alleged security breach that the DOE he said they are probing.
At PS 177 in Gravesend, Brooklyn, the WiFi system has been down since before week, forcing school teachers to lead a class from IS 96 in Bensonhurst – in the parking lot, due to social detachment.
The United Federation of Teachers union, which shed light on this situation, also jumped on the bandwagon about the inappropriate conditions awaiting children when a partial reopening of in-person classes begins on Monday.
“The NYE DOE and the City have promised safe and clean schools,” the union said in a video clip they posted showing images of dead rodents and garbage cans. “However, the staff has returned to unhealthy conditions and broken promises.”
Parents currently have the choice of enriching their children in full-time online classes, or choosing a combined calendar which alternates virtual sessions with in-person learning.
Those students enrolled in the hybrid option – about 58 percent – they will have their first in-person classes on Monday.
But, despite a previous promise that these students would have online classes in real time during their distance learning days. – unlike pre-recorded videos in which they can’t interact with their teachers – the DOE announced late Tuesday that they could they no longer make that guarantee.
These issues aside, other parents have expressed satisfaction with the relaunch of online learning, eluding teachers and school administrators for having put together an option to keep their children at home with the ever-raging pandemic.