Anna is home this weekend sleeping in my sewing room, so I'll enjoy a bit of handwork on the balcony in between rain from Fred. Please stay safe! Sewing is the perfect socially distanced thing to do when outside is scary.
Saturday, August 14, 2021
We have just finished the first week of school. In case you haven't seen the news lately, things are not going well in Florida. I'll start with my own tiny corner of the universe. At my school, we had 12 teachers out on Friday for COVID. 8 have already tested positive and the other 4 are still waiting for official results. They had to send in staff from the district office to act as substitute teachers because we don't have enough. Our first student came to school positive which has lead to a round of student quarantines. I bought at home antigen test kits because the wait for a testing appointment is currently 3 days without a doctors order. Nobody has died yet in our county, so that is better than others who are near. We have over a thousand students quarantined district wide and have identified 700 positive case this month. Those numbers don't include Friday when things really started to get messy. My friend texted from her school where they had 132 kids out on quarantine and decided to have a pep rally. I'm still standing though. I'm starting to adjust to the absolute horror of standing in a room full of unmasked children during a global pandemic as if it was a normal thing. The school board meeting on Tuesday ended in the wee hours of the morning with a vote against mandating masks. It is ironic to add that one of the school board members voting against masks wasn't physically at the meeting because he had COVID.