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Teachers union members to vote on rules for upcoming semester

The school year begins in less than two weeks for the Chico Unified School District, and some teachers say they are not very comfortable with the distance learning gameplan. Action News Now spoke to several teachers and they say it's a mixed bowl of frustration, confusion, and acceptance. But both the district and teachers have one common focus - the students.

Posted: Aug 6, 2020 1:22 AM
Updated: Aug 6, 2020 10:40 AM

CHICO, Calif. - The school year begins in less than two weeks for the Chico Unified School District, and some teachers say they are not very comfortable with the distance learning gameplan.

Teachers that gave their comments below wished to stay anonymous. One teacher is frustrated that the school year is inching closer, and says there is a lack of direction.

"To me, it's just the unknown, we don't know what we're doing in terms of schedule, in terms of administration," said a Chico Unified teacher. "Teachers serve as supervisors? Again you can hear the conflict in my voice because again, I don't know."

It's new proposed rules, like having teachers in their classrooms on campus, to teach their students online,

"We want professional presentations," said Jim Hanlon, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources. "One of the things we were very clear on is, while you're doing the presentation on the lesson, we want a professional environment we want you in the classroom, we want you focusing on your students, not on other things going on in the household."

But the teachers fear it's not the instructors that need the rules.

"Because at the end of the day the biggest difference is when you're a teacher you have control over the environment when you're doing online, you have no control over the environment."

"My biggest worry is about engagement, and I think it's the number one thing to get kids into a subject, you get them excited about and engaged in it."

On Tuesday, the school board and union agreed to bring matters like making it mandatory for teachers to instruct from their classrooms and daycare programs for teachers up for union member vote.

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