Teachers Are Working Harder Than Ever During the Pandemic

The extent of teachers’ hard work is being shrouded by social distancing. But make no mistake: our educators are devoting more man hours than ever before to keep their students on track.

The Los Angeles Times has a sobering report on the “crisis shifts” being worked by teachers like Hudnall Elementary School's Aba Ngissah.

Ngissah starts her day in the school cafeteria where meals are prepared for low-income families. Then she goes to hand out laptops. Five hours later, she begins her official work as a teacher—a job she now does entirely online. Countless hours before and after are spent trying to track down students who never logged into their online classes.

“You just keep going all day and all night,” Ngissah told the Times.

Teacher Appreciation Week is just one week away but, already, parents across the country are voicing a new level of respect for our educators. It’s important for us to remember that this is an especially difficult time for them. The classroom was hard enough without a global pandemic.



Tuesday, April 6, 2021 - 06:59

The school advocacy group, Great Public Schools Now, released a report last week detailing the pandemic’s impact on students in the state’s largest school district, LA Unified.