Migrant Kids Come First when it comes to San Diego Public School Teacher Priorities
Written by Peter Boykin on April 3, 2021
Migrant Kids Come First when it comes to
San Diego Public School Teacher Priorities
San Diego public school teachers to give migrant kids in-person instruction before their own students, mainly due to the higher covid rates of migrant children.
Teachers from San Diego Unified School District are teaching migrant children in-person before their own students get to experience in-person learning.
Unaccompanied child migrants housed at the San Diego Convention Center have an alarmingly high COVID-19 infections rate – but local teachers will be providing them in-person instruction before their own students.
SDUSD students are currently learning in an online-only format and are expected to move into a hybrid model on April 12, where they will be learning in a combination of in-person and online formats, according to the school district’s website.
According to San Diego County Supervisor Jim Desmond:
“We have 130,000 kids who haven’t been allowed in a classroom for over a year in the San Diego United School District. It’s great that there’s in-person learning for those unaccompanied minors from Central America, but I wish every child in San Diego Country was allowed the same opportunity for in-person teaching,”
Emily Diaz, an SDUSD parent said
“The system is broken when San Diego teachers are teaching migrant children in person, but the 100k students of taxpaying families at San Diego Unified School District are stuck learning in Zoom school. We agree that every child deserves an in-person education, but why are taxpaying students put last? If this is a humanitarian issue then who is rescuing San Diego Unified students because our leaders have failed them,”
Hundreds of migrant girls have been housed at the facility as the Biden administration is trying to figure out how to handle a crisis of unaccompanied children flocking to the southern border.
Of more than 700 unaccompanied girls transferred to the center, at least 82 tested positive for the virus as of, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
All of the girls had been tested before being transported to the temporary facility, with 59 testings positive for coronavirus. They were being housed separately and anyone injured or ill was being treated on-site by staff from Rady’s Children’s Hospital, although children with serious illnesses are not taken to the facility, to begin with and go right to a hospital.
Another 23 girls tested positive at the facility, and they were moved to a different floor from the negative-testing population. Anyone exposed but who has not tested positive was also quarantined in another area. Children who had not tested positive would continue to be tested every three days, according to HHS.
In other developments:
– San Diego school teachers offered ‘white privilege training’ where participants commit to being ‘antiracist’
– Fourteen hundred migrant children to be housed at San Diego Convention Center, officials say
– Biden HHS to turn San Diego Convention Center into a migrant shelter
– Psaki: Border influx ‘not a crisis,’ but a ‘circumstance’
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