School Reopening

So, it begins. We just returned from walking our 4th grader to school. Like many of you, I have mixed emotions about this. On one hand I feel relieved that my wife and I get a small break from our dual role as parent and teacher. We get a time out from making sure that we have the right Zoom meeting ID numbers, proof reading and navigating through Google Classroom! For that, I am grateful. On the other hand, I am concerned about the transmission of this virus and its potential impact on my daughter, the teachers and the staff at our schools throughout the district.

As I sit here going through my task list for the day, I can rest assured that she’s in good hands. The teachers are prepared and ready for the kids to return. The districts principals and staff have taken the return to campus very seriously. After reading through all of the communications and watching the videos, I am somewhat at ease. The district has taken the steps to make sure that our children are safe and in an environment that is conducive to learning.

However, in the back of my mind, there remains a concern. The question of the reward being greater than the risk remains. There is also the transition. One of the gifts that COVID-19 has given us has been the gift of quality, family time. We’ve greatly appreciated the ability to slow things down and reconnect. I feel a bit empty today. No bickering or asking for snacks at 9:15 in the morning. The house is calm and quiet today.

That being said, I am very optimistic that the reopening will be successful, and a bit of normalcy will return. But to keep the experience positive, we need to think about the community at-large. Talk to your children about the importance of wearing masks and following the districts guidance regarding masks while on campus. And most importantly, if your child isn’t feeling well, please keep them at home.

How are you feeling about the reopening? What are you guys doing while the kids are in school?

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