US school principals have proposed that educators allow quarantined children to attend offline classes online via video streaming, but teachers are dead-set against the proposal.
Frank Barbieri, the head of the "school board," has announced that Palm Beach-based leaders of public education institutions will introduce "virtual classes" only for students under official (medical-registered) quarantine. According to the idea, students will attend classes by connecting via Zoom, Google Hangouts, Microsoft Teams, or Skype. Teachers will be required to watch for signs of raised hands on the screen in time to answer students' questions. Today, there's now a ten-day quarantine for those infected with the coronavirus in the US. The transition to a “complete online mode" in American schools is prohibited.
Despite the obvious advantages of the proposed solution, teachers from the Palm Beach School Teachers Association have pointed out that such a teaching method could worsen students' study progress. Teachers are worried about the unauthorized recordings of lessons and the need to create separate assignments for quarantined students. Teachers are also unhappy about the hasty introduction of the new "regime" that they were only warned about a couple of days before the start of preparations for the upcoming school year. The leaders of the "school board" have not yet reconsidered their proposal. According to Frank Barbieri, they plan to successfully conclude negotiations with the Teachers' Association and provide pupils with equal educational opportunities.