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AngieW in Texas

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  1. I am a public school teacher in Texas, so I am teaching in-person and virtually at the same time. I teach high school in a Title I area, so our in-person rate is relatively low (about 1/3 opted for in-person). I teach one class that is predominantly 12th graders (one class fully virtual, one class with 9 opting for in-person but only 4-5 actually come, and another class with 6 opting for in-person but only 3-4 actually come). I teach another class that is predominantly 9th graders (10-13 opted for in-person in each class, but usually about half are in quarantine at any given time). My football
  2. I am in Texas and my daughter just got home from her shift at HEB. Things were really wild on Saturday and Sunday. She was scheduled for Friday morning, but couldn't make it out of the driveway because of the ice. She said that her store has managed to mostly stock up. They got city water turned on again on Sunday. The freezer section is pretty sparse and the deli and bakery sections are bare. The dairy section has limited stock. Otherwise they are in pretty good shape. They kept meat and eggs in stock all day. They've been bringing in pallets and pallets and pallets of water bottles because s
  3. Tiers vary from state to state. Texas decided not to follow CDC guidelines and took essential workers out of 1b. I was fortunate to still qualify for 1b because of my BMI. Austin Public Health has been working with local school districts to get vaccines for teachers who are 1b and I was able to get my first Moderna shot last week that way.
  4. Please ask them to test for MOG and for AQP4. Both of these can cause NMO. They are considered more rare conditions, but since my 25yo went through this in 2019, I think it is important to check out. It is just a blood test. In my dd's case, the blood test came after the new neurologist (the original one that the ER referred us to was incompetent) ordered an MRI that showed a 7cm lesion on the spinal cord. Now my dd has a great neurologist.
  5. My 25yo has a telehealth appointment with her neurologist next month to discuss which vaccines would be okay to get and which would not. She has a 7 cm lesion on her spinal cord from transverse myelitis when her immune system started attacking her spinal cord last February. She has been fortunate in that she has regained nearly all of the ability that she lost, but we don't know that she would be so lucky next time. There are multiple vaccines out there, so she wants to discuss with the doctor which ones would likely be safe and which ones would not. For instance, live vaccines are genera
  6. I bought a Blue Air 211+ and Winix for my classroom. Combined, they can change out the air in my classroom in 12 minutes. With Covid spreading like wildfire in the schools, I think it's essential to have an air purifier in the room. I also double mask for my bigger classes. The Blue Air 211+ is rated for 560 sq ft. The Winix is at a great price right now at Costco and comes with 2 years worth of filters. It is also very quiet on the two lower levels.
  7. I was a secular hser. I hsed my kids K-12. I am now a high school science teacher. I can completely understand the desire to have a site that is really and truly strictly secular. It can be very hard to find materials that don't blast religion at you all over the place that aren't just standard textbooks. It was a huge pain to always need to work around the weird religious stuff that popped up in the weirdest places for no reason at all.
  8. Our hospitals and all health authorities are begging the governor to shut things down for at least two weeks to help stem the tide or at least give the local governments authority to do it (although most of our state needs it). He refuses. At least he did finally put a mask order in place.
  9. Remember that deaths lag hospitalization by 2-4 weeks. We were seeing deaths going down or staying steady at first. That is no longer the case.
  10. It's pretty bad in my local area. We have refrigerated trucks for the bodies that won't fit in the morgues. We have multiple hospitals that are turning everybody away now because they are full. We will be opening the convention center for overflow soon. These are the conditions you open schools in. What people don't seem to realize is that the schools would not be able to stay open with infection rates this high. With the levels we have in the community right now, we will have multiple students in every school who are positive and it will be transmitted to others. I doubt that we'd be ab
  11. The recipe that I use requires 85% ground turkey. If you have leaner ground turkey, then you would need to add grated butter to make it work. 1 pound 85% ground turkey 1 package fresh chives 1 jalapeno 2 Tbs bread crumbs 1 tsp chili flakes 1/4 tsp salt Remove the insides of the jalapenos and then chop the jalapenos. Chop the chives. Mix all ingredients together and divide into 4 parts. Press into patties using a burger press (love my burger press). Cook in a skillet on medium. This is one of the few things that my 22yo with food allergies and OCD eats.
  12. Do you think states should open back up? Not yet. I would feel better with widespread testing, quarantining those who test positive, and contact tracing abilities in place. Do you think it should be done state by state or all states at the same time? I think states should get together in groups. We obviously aren't going to have a national policy because our federal government is refusing to take part in anything. What do you think should open back up? The first things to open up would be elective surgeries that are elective only in the sense that they are not emergencies. Then any
  13. Re: Attendance policies at schools These are mostly determined by the state. In Texas, makeup hours are required after missing 10% of classes, even with confirmed illness. For instance, one of my students had surgery and a long recovery in the hospital. The state still said that after 10% of classes were missed for that semester, the student had to do makeup hours for the hours that were missed. Re: staggered start times Staggering start times would be a nightmare logistically. You would need twice as many teachers to manage this and schools don't have budget for that or enough
  14. I teach public high school. We are definitely limited in what we can do. We have permission to use zoom with students but with all kinds of threats about losing our license. I'm recording videos of my desktop using screencastomatic and posting that for my students. Once I have had several students with the same question, I post a new video explaining that. I'm available by email and I have a google voice number that parents can call or text me on (provided by the school). We are required to touch base with every family where the student has not turned in an assignment the week before. We don't
  15. I'm in the same boat. I have been at my current district for four years. There are only two teachers who have been there less time than me. I applied in the district where I live because I'm spending $120/month just on tolls to get to the school district where I teach. But I don't want to be the last hired/first fired either. I had no qualms about it before COVID.
  16. Central Texas, HEB at 11am on 4/10 Produce was fully stocked, including cut fruits and bagged salads. The meat department was well-stocked, but the ground turkey was almost entirely 99% lean. One of the meat guys told me that he knew they had 80% or 85% ground turkey somewhere and he found where it was frozen, so that's what I got. Dairy and eggs were fully stocked. Whole wheat hamburger buns have been hard to find, but I was able to get them. The pasta aisle was wiped out. There were some bags of various kinds of rice, but no basmati. I still have 2 pounds, so I'm going to wait
  17. I'm saving money on gas (usually about $40/week between the three of us at home now) and toll costs (usually about $150/month). One of my kids is an essential worker (grocery store) and is working full time, but she doesn't spend much on gas. Her grocery store is giving them an extra $2/hour hazard pay and issued every employee gloves and masks. Aside from that, not really spending less but not spending more either. I only ate out maybe 1-2x/month and then we all got pizza or Donkey Moe's 1x/month before COVID. I'm still ordering out maybe 1x/month to try to help local businesses stay afl
  18. I can't see school happening as normal in the fall. I'm sure some communities will try it and the death toll will be enormous. Remember that the 1918 flu had a massive resurgence when school started up again in the fall. I can see partial schooling happening. By this I mean that elementary schools may start up mostly as normal, but with the requirement to eat in their classroom. I think teachers will travel rather than students for specials. I think middle school and high schools will go to A/B system. Half of the students on campus on M/W and half ot them there on TuTh and none on Frday.
  19. it's available in stores here for the first 2-3 hours they are open. If you wait longer than that, then you won't have any.
  20. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/us/coronavirus-stay-at-home-order.html North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Arkansas
  21. My daughter works at HEB. They have temporarily stopped carrying so many different versions of the same product. If it is normally available in 4 different sizes, now they are carrying just 1 or 2. If they normally carry it in 20 different brands, now they have just 4-5. They have reduced hours to allow for deep cleaning and restocking. Normally the store's shelves don't get stripped bare, but that is happening every day. I know they would really really like for people to stop buying so much water because they are having to dedicate trucks just to water and that isn't helping anythi
  22. I am wearing a fabric mask when I go to the store and I'm limiting that as much as possible. I still need to go 1x/week and sometimes I have to go to two different stores to get what I need. One of my kids is an essential worker. When she gets home, she has to take off and put away her shoes immediately and then set her phone down and wash her hands. While she is taking a shower, I wipe everything down (her car, her phone, and everything she might have touched). After her shower, all of her clothes are wrapped up in the towel she dried off with and dumped into the washing machine.
  23. WHO offered tests back in January and they were turned down. The CDC developed it's own tests from scratch and they didn't work. So then they developed new tests from scratch and those worked, but production has been very slow because some of the materials needed are in short supply. The other issue is the level of PPE needed for healthcare workers doing the testing. We don't have enough PPE. And again supply chains are not helping. We could have ramped up production back in January, but didn't. We could have ramped up production in February, but didn't. We could have ramped up production at t
  24. I had the oil changed in my car a few weeks ago and the mechanic said there was an unholy number of acorns in my engine. I asked him if there was anything I could do to discourage the squirrels from getting in my engine and his only recommendation was to trap them. I never had anything get into my grill, but in the past two years rats have torn off the siding on my chimney twice to get into the attic. It has been at least 5 years since I had a grill.
  25. Absolutely all of this. I am desperate to get out of teaching and into another career field. This is not what I signed up for. If I could actually just teach, I would love to continue to do that. But that isn't what the job is. I got my alternative teacher certification when my youngest started dual credit. I should have done some other type of program for re-entering the workforce. I would love to teach at the community college, but full-time positions rarely open up. Classes at cc don't have the behavior problems that you see in high schools.
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