Across Clear Creek ISD on Monday, students, parents and caregivers struggled with the first day of virtual learning. The ItsLearning and Single Sign On portals reportedly both crashed, leaving students locked out of their classes. Students and parents complained on social media about difficulty logging in to Microsoft Teams meetings, malfunctioning students’ devices, and with the schedule.
But ensconced inside CCISD’s school buildings, the children of teachers and staff would tell a different story. Pictures posted on elementary schools’ Twitter feeds proved that campuses that were formally closed to students were not actually closed to all students.
Administrators weren’t shy about flaunting the different set of rules for well-connected children, who were receiving, in some cases, one-on-one instruction while the district’s other 42,000 children struggled to connect for synchronous and asynchronous learning.
Click through that first slideshow to see pictures posted by one elementary school’s Twitter account. You’ll notice that not only are the children being comfortably supervised, with devices, but some of them also aren’t even wearing masks. Yet when the rest of the plebian children return, they will be forced to wear masks – even the littlest ones.
To be sure, this was not an isolated case. Let’s have a look-see at these pictures posted by another CCISD elementary school’s Twitter account. Not only are these children at school and supervised, but in the first photo, you’ll see the children getting individualized attention to do their lessons.
CCISD loves its caste systems. Whether it’s rich wealthy kids being favored over poor kids, or Special Education students being forgotten about altogether, CCISD isn’t being CCISD if it isn’t allowing certain groups of students to receive more — or less — than they deserve. On a day when learning was chaotic and sporadic at best for many children across the district, CCISD was turning the other way as a select group of kids ignored safety guidelines and received the brick-and-mortar learning experience most kids and families longed for.
Seeing this begs the question, if the buildings are safe enough for the children of CCISD employees, and it’s safe for the employees’ children to be around one another and paraprofessionals, why is it not safe for the rest of CCISD’s students? Go ahead, Dr. Smith. We’ll wait.