ARVADA, Colorado (CBS4) – With calls for a return to face-to-face learning growing, a Jeffco Public Schools teacher fears the district may make the wrong decision.

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“It will likely get worse when we go through the vacation. And it’s not time for them to come back in, ”said Dale Munholland, a social science teacher at Pomona High School in Arvada.

He responded to a Wednesday night rally by parents demanding that the district allow students to return to the classroom. In a long post on Facebook, Munholland pointed out the numerous challenges associated with distance learning but said it was too early to return.

“I had to let (parents) know that I heard them and understood what they were saying, but the time just wasn’t right,” he said.

The American history teacher takes pride in his interpersonal relationships with students. Something that just can’t be done online. He is also concerned about watered down curricula and students falling behind.

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“When I ask her, ‘Why don’t you hand in your work? ‘Your answer is that they just aren’t motivated. Many of them talk about mental health issues that they are dealing with, ”he said.

With coronavirus cases dropping from record highs, he is concerned about COVID fatigue and news of a vaccine is missing at the moment the spread is still at dangerous levels.

“We’ve had quite a few outbreaks here that went through the football team and spread throughout the school. We had teachers in quarantine and it became problematic just to occupy the school, let alone have children here. “

He also fears that a return to the classroom in early 2021 will lead to another phase of mandatory online learning.

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“They’re here, then they’re out, which is worse for the child’s mental health and academic well-being, which goes up and down,” Munholland said. “I am confident that an end is in sight. I can see the end. We are closer to the end than the beginning.”