These Alabama districts looked for ways to rethink educators’ workloads

Teachers are exhausted.

Last summer, Alabama schools were asked to provide in-person and remote options for learning, effectively doubling the responsibilities for many teachers.

But at least two Alabama school districts gave educators the option to either teach remote students or in-person students. Not both.

A year later, the districts, Baldwin and Talladega counties, say the decision to segment teachers was the right one. Teachers might well still be worn out from the stress and demands of the coronavirus pandemic – but officials hope they won’t be stretched to the breaking point in the same way educational staff across the country are reporting.

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