Pearland ISD discusses relieving teacher stress at board meeting

Pearland ISD's board of trustees discussed creative ways to make teaching jobs easier in the midst of COVID-19 at its meeting. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Pearland ISD's board of trustees discussed creative ways to make teaching jobs easier in the midst of COVID-19 at its meeting. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Pearland ISD's board of trustees discussed creative ways to make teaching jobs easier in the midst of COVID-19 at its meeting. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Pearland ISD Superintendent John Kelly delivered another update on the start of the school year at the district’s Oct. 13 board meeting. Kelly and the board discussed ways to relieve some teacher stress for the year, although no formal decision was made.

The district offers both remote and in-person learning for the students. As part of this, teachers in the district strive to prepare a lesson daily that accommodates remote and in-person learners, which has caused some stress for some teachers, Kelly said.

“What we are asking of [teachers] is Herculean at best,” trustee Crystal Carbone said.

At the beginning of the school year, teachers had a Friday of asynchronous learning for students, which allowed teachers to plan lessons and touch base with students and parents. Giving teachers a half-day Friday to do that again has been discussed, Kelly said, but it would not be simple to implement. It would require either adding minutes to the school day or adding days to the school year. The district is far from making a decision on changing the calendar and would not make the decision lightly, Kelly said.

Another option would be for the district to lobby the state to allow asynchronous remote learning to count toward the minutes students are required to be in school. This would allow districts to allocate days for asynchronous learning and still get attendance credit.


In the meantime, Kelly has encouraged principals to find what methods of teaching work best for the teachers and students. Schools should feel free to be "creative" with lesson plans, and teachers should not feel held to perfection, he said.

"Look, we're not expecting perfection this year. We are in a very difficult situation and all doing the best we can," Kelly said.

No decision was made on adjusting the schedule for the school year was made at the meeting. However, finding ways to relieve teacher stress will be discussed at future meetings and with individual schools, Kelly said.

“If we don’t have teachers that are less stressed and feeling OK, then no student is going to get a good education,” trustee Rebecca Decker said. “There is not a harder job, in my mind, than what our teachers are doing right now.”
By Haley Morrison
Haley Morrison came to Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after graduating from Baylor University. She was promoted to editor in February 2019. Haley primarily covers city government.


MOST RECENT

Consuelo Mendez Middle School has consistently received poor ratings from the Texas Education Agency. (Community Impact Newspaper)
CI TEXAS ROUNDUP: State could take over AISD school board if poorly-rated campus does not improve; new furniture store to open in McKinney and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas in Texas as of Dec. 3.

Julia De Leon, a Harris County Precinct 3 resident and essential worker, spoke Nov. 30 at commissioners court in favor of establishing the Harris County Essential Workers Board. (Emily Lincke/Community Impact Newspaper)
Harris County creates board for essential workers during ongoing pandemic

Local essential workers will now be given a voice to improve working conditions during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic after the Harris County Essential Workers Board was established during the Harris County Commissioners Court session Nov. 30.

Jaguar of Clear Lake opened in late October at the same location as Land Rover of Clear Lake. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Jaguar of Clear Lake now open along I-45 South

Jaguar of Clear Lake opened in late October at the same location as Land Rover of Clear Lake.

Ms. Norma’s Cafe will open on Dec. 5 at 5517 Broadway St., Ste. E, Pearland. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Ms. Norma’s Cafe to open Dec. 5 in Pearland

Ms. Norma’s Cafe will open Dec. 5 at 5517 Broadway St., Ste. E, Pearland.

The work done by Clear Lake aerospace company Intuitive Machines will be instrumental in cementing Houston's position as "the leader in the space race to the moon and beyond,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said at a groundbreaking event Dec. 2. (Colleen Ferguson/Community Impact Newspaper)
'The leader in the space race': Intuitive Machines breaks ground on new lunar production, operations center

The company will become the first-ever private company to travel to the moon—cementing Houston as a powerful player in the rapidly expanding aerospace industry, according to local elected officials and space industry experts.

The school board will consider whether to call a special election to fill the vacancy or make an appointment. (Zara Flores/Community Impact Newspaper)
CI TEXAS ROUNDUP: Hays CISD to hold special meeting on resignation of board member; Montgomery approves plan for downtown and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas in Texas as of Dec. 2.

Here are five local winter activities worth checking out in the Pearland and Friendswood area. (Courtesy Pexels)
5 winter-themed events happening across the Pearland, Friendswood area

Here are five local winter activities worth checking out in the Pearland and Friendswood area.

Zoo Lights is a light show within the Houston Zoo that happens every year. (Courtesy Houston Zoo Lights)
10 holiday light displays to see in the Greater Houston area

Check out these nine free and ticketed displays to see through December and January in the Houston area.

Brazoria County continues to trend down in average new COVID-19 cases reported throughout November. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
New single-day COVID-19 cases in Brazoria County continue to trend down through end of November, data shows

Brazoria County continues to trend down in average new COVID-19 cases reported throughout November.

Tomball City Council approved a development agreement with Lovett Industrial for 240 acres at Hwy. 249, Rocky Road Nov. 29. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
CI TEXAS ROUNDUP: Tomball City Council approves development of 240 acres at Hwy. 249, Rocky Road; JLB Eatery coming soon to Katy and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas in Texas as of Dec. 1.

Here is the latest data regarding COVID-19 in Galveston County. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Galveston County's weekly positive COVID-19 case count continues decline and other updates

Of the reported COVID-19 tests, 8% have been positive so far the week of Nov. 28; the week prior saw a 5% case positivity rate among reported tests, one of the lowest since June.