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Happy Teacher Appreciation Week From a Grateful Parent

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    Adrian and Lucia Aybar

Written by Adrian and Lucia Aybar, parents of sixth-grade student Adrian and first-grade student Azaleah, from their home in Escondido, CA where they are adjusting to remote learning during the Coronavirus Crisis.

“Teachers have never let their foot off the gas and their job has become even harder due to this crisis.”

Adrian and Lucia Aybar, parents of students at Conway Elementary School

Across the country, educators, families, and students are doing their best to adjust to distance learning. As our school and local communities adjust to this ‘new normal,’ the biggest challenges we’ve faced are access to technology, family engagement, and student participation.

Conway Elementary School, and our entire school district, worked diligently to face these challenges to ensure continuous learning for all students. Teachers and leaders in our community took on the challenging task of reaching all families through phone calls, emails, and applications like Class Dojo. Many parents in our community are serving as essential workers on the frontlines of this pandemic which makes it especially hard for them to now also serve as teachers to their children.  

To support all the families in our community and ensure students continue to learn, our school gave every grade level, including kindergarten, the option to come to the school weekly to pick up workbooks and an iPad with the software required to attend class remotely and complete assignments successfully. On a daily basis, teachers are uploading lessons and assignments through Google Classroom. To stay connected to their students, teachers are also conducting Zoom meetings.

One Friday I had the opportunity to volunteer at the school to pass out iPads, workbooks, and informational pamphlets. For one day, I was able to see some of the work our educators are doing for our students on a daily basis. At the beginning of this crisis, student participation was low. Thanks to all the hard work and outreach by teachers, school staff, and parent volunteers, student participation has grown significantly over the past few weeks and continues to grow on a daily basis.

As a parent of two school-aged children, I’ve seen first hand the time and effort it takes to nurture learning. If there is one thing that I’ve learned during this crisis it’s that teachers are the most patient, understanding, and dedicated people in the world. On a normal day, teachers don’t get the appreciation they deserve. During this crisis teachers and educators everywhere deserve to be honored and appreciated even more. They are there for their students and their families every day, no matter the time of day or day of the week. They have not let their foot off the gas and I am eternally grateful to their work.