I'm a middle school teacher with two sons. Neither of them are doing any schoolwork. This isn't a time for schoolwork, in my opinion. This is history in the making, and things they would be learning now will just be learned next fall.
ANY type of online teaching is EXTREMELY inequitable at this point. My district has thankfully realize this and it not allowing it. They've provided a list of resources for families that want to work on it, but no teachers can teach, give assignments or take grades.
That is how it should be.
Our most vulnerable students are the ones that are suffering the most. NONE of my 23 students have computers and/or internet access. NONE of them can do online or virtual learning. Students with IEPs, ILPs, or 504s can NOT be accomodated for, so they're the ones left to suffer on their own.
The inequity is MASSIVE for these students; our ELs, our below-grade level students, our exceptional ed students.
Not even beginning to mention the kids who don't have food, who have multiple siblings to care of, who has no adult present most of the time. The very kids that depend on the educational system the most are the ones that suffer the most extremes when that system is not in place.
I'd encourage ALL teachers to push back as hard as they can about any type of virtual or online learning that excludes even a single student, because it all does, unfortunately. Provide resources, provide encouragement, provide interaction, provide hope. Don't push stressed-out kids and parents to try to work on useless, unauthentic work that doesn't matter in the least. Like I said, this is history happening now. Encourage kids to engage with that in some sort of positive manner.