Santa Fe district struggles to find volunteer teachers for hybrid learning | Education

Teaching vacancies at Santa Fe Public Schools are in line with previous years, even amid the coronavirus pandemic.

But the district is still struggling to find enough teachers to volunteer to reenter schools under a hybrid learning model it will implement later this month.

The district reported 21 teaching vacancies affecting 11 elementary, community and middle schools, and no principal or assistant principal openings Wednesday. Only one school had more than two openings, with Ortiz Middle School reporting seven as the first quarter of the year comes to a close Friday.

Superintendent Veronica García said the figure is on par with the average number of openings the district has had over the past several years.

“The numbers vary and the reasons vary,” García said. “We’ve worked hard at recruitment and retention, but this seems to have been our range as far as vacancies this year.”

Of the openings, six involved

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Santa Clara University classes resume online, hope for in-person learning as soon as possible

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (KRON) – Classes have resumed at Santa Clara University but it is a very different experience than most students and faculty are used to. 

Most classes are virtual but there is limited access to campus.

Most buildings on campus will remain closed for the time being but any location that does academic research, is used for remote learning, or is set up for in-person classes will be accessible to students, faculty, and staff.

Students living on campus will have access to their dorms, study areas, lawns and common areas.

Students who live off campus will be able to visit common areas and lawns.

Everyone must wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines.

Students KRON4 talked to on Monday said the new set up is not ideal, but they understand.

“I’m not going to say I’m ok with it but at the same time it’s what we need

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Bilingual Education Dominates Discussion During Forum of Santa Barbara School Board Candidates | School Zone

Round 1 goes to awkwardness.

The seven candidates for the Santa Barbara Unified School District Board of Education took part in an unconventional virtual forum Thursday night.

Rather than just the candidates on screen, all 117 guests were visible in the Zoom forum, along with the chat box that was disabled about halfway through because of the vitriol that members of the public were lobbing at the candidates and their supporters.

Some of the questions from the group called Coalition for Neighborhood Schools were also puzzling: “Do you believe that every elementary student should be able to walk to school?” “Is it worth considering another location location for the Santa Barbara School District administrative offices to allow additional elementary facilities in the downtown area?”

Other questions seemed designed to favor the conservative candidate platforms: “What models of language instruction do you favor, particularly considering relative test scores at elementary schools

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