MIAMI – As Miami-Dade College Superintendent Jose Dotres prepares for the beginning of a brand new faculty 12 months Wednesday, he worries about buses getting youngsters to highschool, having sufficient lecturers within the school rooms and children getting meal within the morning.
“My day will begin with visiting a cafeteria kitchen the place employees can be getting ready breakfast for the youngsters,” mentioned Dotres, who’s getting ready for his first opening day of college as superintendent of the fourth largest faculty district within the nation.
Dotres plans to go to six colleges on the primary day of courses, beginning at Hialeah Gardens Excessive College and ending his day on the faculty district transportation heart.
“Transportation is what worries me probably the most, due to the unpredictability of visitors,” he mentioned.
The brand new faculty 12 months will mark the primary time hundreds of scholars can be again within the classroom in two years as a result of coronavirus pandemic. The superintendent worries that many college students are nonetheless getting again on observe after disruptions to their schooling.
“Our college district has performed a terrific job of enhancing the academic restoration trajectory of scholars,” he mentioned. “That doesn’t imply there may be not loads of work to do because it pertains to proficiency.”
Dotres mentioned security can be prime of thoughts as the brand new 12 months will get underway, with protocols in place to take care of Covid-19 and Monkeypox. He added that college police carried out 4 lively shooter drills over the summer season and that each faculty within the district may have its personal devoted police officer.
Regardless of a nationwide instructor scarcity, Dotres expects to have sufficient instructors within the classroom and is discovering methods to maintain lecturers within the career though many really feel they’re extra beneath the microscope than ever.
“We’re doing every part we will to advertise, recruit and amplify expertise,” he mentioned. “The 4 most crucial areas are math, science, particular schooling and language arts in center and highschool.”
Requested in regards to the state’s new Parental Rights in Training Regulation, identified by critics because the “Do not Say Homosexual Regulation”, Dotres mentioned Miami-Dade “by no means has and by no means will train intercourse schooling in grade ok via 3.” He added that there can be no modifications to curriculum to adjust to the state’s mandate to not train crucial race idea, since “We by no means taught crucial race idea in our curriculum, it isn’t there so there may be nothing for us to regulate or take away.”
When Dotres was requested if lawmakers in Tallahassee might have spent their time extra productively on the subject of schooling, he mentioned, “Legislators have a look at issues via a number of angles, so I can not communicate for them, all I do know is we’re in keeping with the regulation and we have now not needed to make changes to it.”