Today, Governor Herbert declared that this “soft closure” of schools will continue through the end of the school year. GEA has received messages of dismay and sorrow from many teachers. The idea of not seeing students again before the end of the school year, especially if they are high school seniors, is heartbreaking. Parents are likely pulling their hair out as they continue to support their kids with schooling. There is no doubt that the apple cart has indeed been upended and where things fall is anyone’s guess.
Teachers are wondering “how do I grade students in this confusion” as reports of anywhere from 20-50% of students consistently communicate and keep up with the online work assigned. The other half are likely taking care of siblings, alone in the house during the day, or have little or no access to internet and academic support. GEA has been in continued conversation with Granite District administrators. Direction is forthcoming on student grading processes, including suggestions on how to manage the end or year PBL. Statewide, school districts are issuing similar suggestions as superintendents communicate through their association on what is best for statewide reporting. GEA has also received individual calls and concerns from members which we’ve been able to navigate successfully, so please know we are available to assist in any way we can; email is the best avenue for communication at this time.
If you’ve thought about joining GEA, but have not had the opportunity to do so, now is a perfect time—from April 1 through August, you may join GEA at no cost until September’s first paycheck. As a member, you will receive support from the GEA directors, elected leaders, and legal counsel for any employment related concerns. Did I say this was at no cost to you until September? Essentially, you’ll be able to test-drive your professional association for free until next year. The easiest way to sign up is by contacting the association representative elected by members in your school community. If you are unable to reach this person, or do not know who they are, then click on the link that follows, print, fill out the form, and scan or mail it to the GEA Office.
2020/21 Membership Form (Fillable PDF)
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You are not alone. Many may feel isolated with the social distancing and shelter-in-place recommendations, but please know that if you need to talk with someone, have a special need that requires outside support, you can call or email your GEA AdvoCats and elected leaders and we will assist!