Some parents at the San Diego public school are upset about plans for teachers to provide personal instructions to migrant children while their children continue to plow home through virtual Zoom sessions.
Teachers from the San Diego County Office of Education and other nonprofits began providing educational services to some of the 500 minors who came from Texas and Arizona on weekends on Monday.
The girls, whose ages range from 13 to 17, are being sheltered at the San Diego Convention Center, which has been repurposed as a temporary overflow facility, according to the San Diego Union Tribune
The center is currently home to 350 teenage girls who arrived on a charter flight Saturday from a Border Patrol facility in the town of Donna in southern Texas.
Geo Gillam (left), 8, is working on schoolwork with his mom Edith Carmona at their home in San Diego, California in this March 5 file photo
Some teachers in San Diego plan to volunteer in-person instruction to migrant children from Central America who are temporarily housed at the San Diego Convention Center (see above on Friday)
About 350 migrant girls between the ages of 13 and 17 were flown to San Diego after being temporarily detained in a customs and border protection facility in Donna, Texas. The image above shows migrant children in the facility on March 22
Another 150 girls were scheduled to arrive from Tucson.
By the end of the week, the facility, which is run by the Department of Health and Human Services, is expected to reach full capacity and house approximately 1,450 migrant teenagers.
San Diego teachers will instruct the girls in both English and the arts KPBS-TV
The migrants are expected to remain in the convention center until July, by which time the federal government is expected to have placed them with families while their asylum cases are heard in immigration courts.
“We definitely want to introduce them to the arts, the visual arts and the performing arts,” said Roberto Carrillo, director at the County Office of Education.
‘We give them the opportunity to express themselves through written formats, giving them a basic understanding of the English language.’
According to Carrillo, about 13 teachers from the County Office of Education have volunteered to work with the migrant students.
Many of those who will be housed at the convention center are from the Northern Triangle region of Central America that includes Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
Plans to provide personal instruction to migrant children, evil parents of San Diego schoolchildren who have been forced to stay at home during the COVID-19 pandemic while classes are taught virtually.
“We have 130,000 children who have been banned from classrooms in the San Diego United School District for over a year,” said San Diego County Supervisor Jim Desmond. Fox news
“It’s great that those unaccompanied minors from Central America can learn in person, but I wish every kid in San Diego Country had the same opportunity to teach in person.”
The federal government has been dealing with an influx of migrants who have crossed the border in recent weeks. The image above shows migrant families from Central America wading through shallow waters after being delivered by smugglers on small inflatable rafts in Roma, Texas last Wednesday.
A parent, Emily Diaz, told Fox News, “The system is broken when San Diego teachers teach migrant children in person, but the 100,000 students from tax-paying families in San Diego Unified School District no longer learn at Zoom school.”
‘We agree that every child deserves a personal education, but why are tax-paying students put in last place?
“If this is a humanitarian issue, then who will save San Diego Unified students because our leaders have failed them.”
A spokesman for the San Diego Unified School District told Fox News that teachers were given the opportunity to volunteer to teach the migrant children. It is not known whether the teachers are paid.
A spokesman for the County Office of Education told Fox News, “The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) is running the education program for the unaccompanied migrant children who will be staying at the San Diego Convention Center until July.
“All children in California, regardless of immigration status, have a constitutional right to an education.
“We also have a moral obligation to offer our children a bright future.”
The spokesperson added: “The curriculum will include English language development and social-emotional learning opportunities.
“The educators participating in the program do so voluntarily, and the program follows a COVID-19 screening protocol based on guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”
Earlier this month, the school district and teachers’ union reached an agreement to resume personal instruction from the week of April 12.
Under the terms of the deal, the district offers a hybrid model where families who are uncomfortable sending their children to school can continue with virtual classes.
Those who do want to send their children to school can learn this in class for six hours every day for four days a week, although this depends on how much space is available given the limitations of social distance.
More than 16,000 unaccompanied children have been in custody since Thursday, including about 5,000 in substandard customs and border protection facilities.
U.S. authorities reported encounters with more than 100,000 migrants at the southern border in February, the highest number since a four-month run in 2019.
A migrant boy (center) in Reynosa, Mexico launches a paper airplane while playing with other migrant children in a plaza near the McAllen-Hidalgo International Bridge point of entry in the United States after being caught attempting to enter the U.S. to come and deported
Encounters averaged about 5,000 people a day in March, which would be about 50 percent more than February if those numbers were for the entire month.
Kate Bedingfield, White House communications director, said the wave was cyclical.
‘They are not the result of the policy of one administration or the policy of another administration. They are the result of, for example, weather disasters in the region. They are the result of people fleeing poverty and violence, ‘Bedingfield said.
“So we saw peaks in 2014. We saw them in 2019 when the Trump administration had perhaps the cruellest policy imaginable, separation of families to try to keep people from coming, and they still came.”
The Biden administration continued to emphasize on Sunday’s talk shows that the US-Mexico border “remains closed” and that the majority of adults are being rejected.
But White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the government would not force children to go back on an insidious journey.