Saturday, July 11, 2020

ScrapHappy Saturday Feeling Blue

No sewing for me this week!  I was in school working on the curriculum for homeroom and got caught up in all of the school reopening drama.  I know that all the moms and dads out there are going through some serious soul searching right now.  Figuring out what is safe and what is best for our kids right now is HARD.  As a teacher, it is even more difficult. I'm fortunate to be younger than some and in good physical shape.  Even if I do get sick, I have pretty good odds of surviving.  So many of our teachers are not young or have serious medical concerns.  They are in a much rougher spot. 
The administrative staff was briefed on the plan on Tuesday and Wednesday.  They weren't allowed to tell us yet what it was, but they were all looking shell shocked.  Then Thursday there was a board workshop where the plan was presented to the board. I love the elementary school plan!  Parents can choose 100% virtual of course, or 100% in person, but they can also choose any blend of the two.  They can send their kids in for language arts and then bring them home to do online math in the afternoon.  Apparently that choice has always existed, but we just haven't advertised it.  The big change though is that parents can choose "virtual at school from home".  They are in a class with a regular teacher and follow through their entire day and normal schedule with the teacher online.  Then, whenever things get better, or if it isn't working well, they can choose to transition back to the classroom. 
Then for the secondary, they would like to switch all schools to a block schedule.  Again, I love the idea!  Half as many students every day, half as much risk, half as much to make work when we all shut down and end up at home anyway.  I now understand why the principal and assistant principal were looking so green around the gills.  This is a nightmare for them.   They have to completely rebuild the master schedule, have students choose extra courses, re-shift staffing.  It is simply too much to get done in a month.  The school board will vote on Tuesday, so there isn't much to be done yet.  I'm not good at waiting though.  Maybe I can use some of this nervous energy to get some serious sewing done this week. 
I hope your blue is going well.  I am grateful to have another chance to try to get the blue bin under control.  Why is it always the one bursting at the seams and ready to explode?


LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

I don't envy you having to figure out how to reopen your school safely! No matter what you and your colleagues decide, someone will be upset with you. Take care of yourself, and all of your Scrappy Saturday friends will be out here rooting for you!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

yes take care - personally even though I have no children in school I would be very hesitant to send a child to school in the states that have a lot of cases right now and I would be hesitant if I was a teacher to be in the schools! We have quite a few teachers in the family and I worry for them and my daughter who has been working all year and is the children's librarian at the county library.

The Joyful Quilter said...

It definitely NOT a good time to be a teacher!!! Hang in there, Angela. Here's hoping you can find (at least) a few minutes to sew over the weekend!

Deb A said...

It is a very stressful time right now. It sounds like your county has a few more options than our's does. We opted for at home virtual following the bell rather than in school following the bell. They didn't mention anything about more block days with ours... but I know the principal of the kids middle school has decided on his campus a mask or shield is required. I really worry about the teachers and support staff at the schools. They are the ones at risk. Not to mentions... this is supposed to be the lul in sickness at the height of summer! Sigh, praying we all come out of this safely.

Mari said...

I hope it works out! At least there is a plan. Less crowding sounds good. I know you have to redo everything now, but I hope you get a small break at least!

Linda Jordan said...

I'm an elementary school teacher, and this week has been hard! I won't know what our plan is till next month (we start after Labor Day). My daughters had a block schedule when they were in high school and they loved it! Take care of yourself.

Quilter Kathy said...

It's so complicated, with so many decisions and so much risk!

Angie said...

Good luck and fingers crossed that things work out well. I know this is an incredibly stressful time for the schools - my sister is an admin for Orange County and has been working on re-opening plans for weeks.

JanineMarie said...

My heart goes out to you with all that’s ahead for schools and learning. So complicated to plan for safety and flexibility with a moving, morphing problem. I have just one word for educators: Saints! I do hope you have the resources and support necessary to do whatever you need to. And that you can get a few minutes of quilting time in for your sanity. Stay safe!

Andee Neff said...

Glad we moved and I will not be in the classroom this year. I will miss it, but the stress of what the plan is would be making me nuts!

Kate said...

Deciding how to get the kiddos back into school is going to be difficult all around. I don't envy the teachers or the parents. Hopefully with the right mix of options and safety measures, it won't end up being a nightmare. The SIT's college is planning on opening campus for the fall. The SIT thinks that may last a month before cases get so bad they have to close campus again.

Julie in GA said...

Good luck with the return to school (if it happens.) It's a huge mess either way, whether you're trying to make the schools safe for everyone or dealing with at-home learning. My SIL is a teacher and is struggling with the same problems as you are.

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