I would like to thank David Butler (Don't demonize union for protecting school employees, Feb. 9) for enlightening us on the teachers union and its members. I had no idea (sarcasm) that teachers were the most fragile and vulnerable members of society.

Compared to doctors and health care workers, who have been seeing patients since the summer before vaccines were available, teachers need to be handled with kid gloves. Compared to all other occupations, where their employees have been at work interacting with customers, teachers need to be coddled.

What about the needs of the students who are being played like pawns in this situation? Apparently their needs do not matter. There has to be at least one intelligent union member who can come up with a solution that would allow these precious employees to get back to the classroom and do what they are supposed to do — teach.

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Izzy

Ken, first it would be beneficial if you kept up with local current events prior to writing a letter to the editor. Your letter brought to mind several questions. First, have you watched all of the school-related press conferences given by Governor Hogan?

Second, have you watched or virtually participated in any of the Board of Education Meetings or Superintendent Community Discussions? If you had, you would be well aware that FCPS teachers have been doing their jobs, as defined by FCPS, since March 13th, 2020 - the day schools were closed by the state. A third question that lingers is whether you have kept current with the various viewpoints of the communities we service. Currently about 1/3 of the FCPS student population (1/2 of my school's student population) are choosing to continue virtual instruction. This means that teachers either have had to teach 1-3 groups of students depending on their school's choices. In my school, our Kindergarten teachers are instructing the virtual students, cohort A students, and cohort B students simultaneously. Somehow your comments about being coddled or lacking intelligence do not align with the current reality. A final question that I have is about your knowledge of the decision-making process for returning to face-to-face instruction. Teachers were invited to share their opinions and the three bargaining units worked to make adjustments to our contract, but the final call was and will always be in the hands of the BOE and Superintendent. So Ken....please do your homework next time you choose to voice an opinion about FCPS teachers. We certainly have done ours since March 13th of last year.

Hayduke2

Hey Ken, have you been to the doctor or dentist recently. Are you advocating we treat schools the same way - stay out of the office, call in, wait to be called in one at a time, switch and clean pens/pencils after one use, etc. Do you wonder why visitors are restricted and limited in hospitals? Come on man, get real and quit whining.

shiftless88

Ken; we look forward to seeing you in school to help out. You WILL be doing so, correct?

gary4books

Is it really "now or never?"

I think not. We do have a choice to rush into open schools or waiting for safer conditions. We do have a plan now and I can only say "Good luck with this."

Butt there is no good reason to question our teachers about their courage or dedication. I see this as being more like an extended "snow day." Fix the virus problem and then every thing else can work.

NewMarketParent

@gary4books

Seems like that would be the simple solution. I really hope that hybrid doesn't open the pathway for another spike. We will start to see how well we are managing this in 1-2 weeks.

gary4books

Not a risk I would take.

NewMarketParent

I support the writer of this writer's assertions under the following conditions.

1. Equip schools with the same ventilation systems as hospitals

2. Equip schools with the same PPE as doctors have access to.

3. Provide the same training that medical professionals have had to take.

Or the letter writer could stop writing disingenuous articles for the FNP that are both smarmy and condescending. If you compare apples and lemons, prepare to look foolish.

Francine9

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threecents

I think the CDC has come up with guidelines that make it reasonably safe to open schools in hybrid format.

Dwasserba

Kids are unpredictably grubby. Teaching is all kid-immersion, all the time. I was a kid. I speak from experience.

jth7100

The letter shows one child left behind.

Awteam2021

“There has to be at least one intelligent union member who can come up with a solution that would allow these precious employees to get back to the classroom,”.

Duh 🙄, the teacher’s union and the board of Ed have have come to an agreement. Frederick County Schools will reopen for in-person learning tomorrow.

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