Pandemic Renewed Appreciation For Teachers In The Charleston Area More Than Ever | Low Country Parent
Just Google the phrase “teachers in 2020” and a long list of headlines like “Teacher morale is plummeting”, “Teachers fear COVID”, “Teachers say they want to quit” and “Many students feel less motivated ”.
A year ago, we were at the heart of virtual learning when the country was practically closed. Parents struggled to work from home and help their children with schoolwork. In July 2020, statistics revealed by the South Carolina Department of Education that 16,000 South Carolina students were completely inaccessible during the pandemic shutdown.
This stress has taken its toll on our teachers. Their workload has increased considerably. As essential workers, they were and still are essential to the well-being of our children. Parents desperately need it.
CNBC reported that of the country’s roughly 3.5 million teachers, more than a third, or 38%, said the pandemic had caused them to consider changing careers.
As we move closer to the close of the 2020-2021 school year in June, face another summer, and then reopen in the fall, many teachers are wondering what the 2021 school year will look like. -2022. Will it be closer to “normal”? Only time will tell.
Charleston County School District Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Gerrita Postlewait, said, “Serving children and their families in a normal, non-pandemic year is difficult. The abrupt, arduous and multifaceted staff of the CCSD designed to meet the needs of students during a global pandemic is remarkable! Throughout the school year, leaders, teachers, and support staff invested overtime to revise rosters and schedules, resolve technology issues, and meet student needs that extend far beyond. beyond any “normal” school day or year. “
As we continue to observe Teacher Appreciation Week, it is important to consider the sacrifices teachers have made to be there for our children. This past summer, parents around the world held their breath as they considered sending their children away in person or virtually. Most schools opened only as a virtual model, slowly opening up over the year to allow students to return in person.
Teachers had to adapt to the many students who had fallen behind since the start of the pandemic. Gracefully, they have fostered the education of their students, caught up with them and are now struggling to keep them on track.
Dr Postlewait concluded: “The difficult months of COVID-19 have renewed the appreciation and admiration of parents and the public for teachers. This year in particular, we hope parents and community members will take a moment to thank the educators and others whose tireless efforts have kept school doors open, buses running, sporting events running. courses and a host of other support services in place for Charleston County families. The motto of our district is: “We cannot do all that our families deserve, but they deserve all that we can do”. “