Teachers leave online classes for eerie fire drill at near-empty school

September 27, 2020
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Teachers at a school in Sunset Park, Brooklyn had to leave their classes immediately.

On September 22, faculty members left their remote learning students for a fire drill without the students present, reported Storyful.

Annie Tan, a special education teacher at the school, captured the eerie footage of the empty hallways as employees left the building for the drill.

“I was just about to start a Zoom meeting with my students, and then FIRE DRILL. With staff only in the building! As other colleagues left their kids on Google Meets and Zoom by themselves… When you think things can’t get more absurd,” Tan tweeted alongside the bizarre video.

“One of my colleagues told their students they had to leave the Google Meet because of the fire drill/false alarm … leaving the students hanging, and a student proclaimed, 'I AM THE TEACHER NOW,'" Tan said in a followup tweet.

While online learning has become the “new normal” amid the coronavirus pandemic, some teachers are finding themselves overwhelmed with class sizes sometimes as large as 50-100 students.

Virtual schools have reported an average class size of 44 students to one teacher. Parents, teachers, and caregivers alike have expressed their concern for class sizes so large, making it difficult for any one student to get the extra help they may require.

However, organizers of the classes say that the class sizes work because remote learning allows for each student to work at their own pace. Instruction is typically live, but the time it takes to do the busy work is up to each student.

Some parents, still, are worried that the large class sizes are not allowing for the children to make the connections with their teachers that they would if they were being instructed in person.

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