BPS teachers, parents criticize in-person learning with COVID trending upward

The mayor delayed the second wave of students returning to in-person learning, but said that high-needs students who returned the week before would continue to come into school buildings.

Speakers and protesters at the rally expressed frustration and surprise that the school district had broken what the union said was an agreement that a positive test rate of 4 percent or above would halt all in-person learning.

Melonie Miller, a fifth-grade teacher at George Conley Elementary School, held a sign during the protest.
Melonie Miller, a fifth-grade teacher at George Conley Elementary School, held a sign during the protest.Erin Clark/Globe Staff

“Four percent is what we agreed upon and that’s what it should be,” said Liv Chaffee, an art teacher who has taught in the BPS system for a dozen years.

She said the district is pressuring teachers by advancing the false narrative that those who choose not to teach in person are abandoning their students. Those teachers would prefer to be in the classroom

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1-month into remote learning, BPS Board discusses personal report card

BPS Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash said Wednesday he’s not convinced shifting to hybrid learning right now is the best thing for the district, parents or students.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Exactly a month since the start of the 2020 school year, the Buffalo Public School Board on Wednesday night reviewed the good and bad about its remote learning plan.

The board members discussed everything from curriculum changes to professional development, as well as how education after the COVID-19 pandemic will change.

For starters, even when kids return to brick and mortar schools, Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash said online learning is likely here to stay.

“The goal was always to get better in the [online] modality,” Dr. Cash said.

The board members said the flexibility that online learning has provided is a benefit to the district. Professional development was also called a success.

Dr. Cash cited improved bonds between teachers and building

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