A roundup of our members’ efforts to conquer COVID-related challenges facing students and communities across the state
Check out how Charter Oaks Educators is assisting hospitals and first responders with food and snacks during the COVID-19 crisis. It’s an inspiring example of the power of loving “kind”ness … and a MUST-see video!
The Times Tribune’s John Cole illustrated the digital divide and homework gap on April 28, 2020. His cartoon captured how school districts and teachers are scrambling to offer online lessons to students during the COVID-19-related lockdown. A major obstacle to these efforts is the digital divide that separates families who have full access to the internet and devices such as laptop computers, and those less well-off who don’t. It’s another long-running socioeconomic problem that’s been brought into high relief by the pandemic.
Members pitch in to produce PPE
Our members have looked for opportunities to serve their communities, even making personal protective equipment (PPE) for hospitals and first responders. Manteca Educators Association member Scott Myers is one of them. He uses school equipment and donated materials to produce face shields.
Using a laser cutter, “I’m able to make two (shields) at a time, about every two minutes,” he said. He and his group just received 4,000 square feet of PETG plastic from the Coca-Cola Company and 5,000 face shield frames from Maker Nexus. Read the full story here.
Overwhelming parental approval of educators
According to a just-released NEA survey, a whopping 88 percent of parents approve of educators’ efforts during the pandemic. You should be proud – and rightfully so.
Students, educators, there for each other: