I received a message last Thursday that my 6th and 8th grader would not be able to go in to school the following day—a student had tested positive for COVID-19 and out of an abundance of caution, the building would not open. Because of a delay in getting buildings open, my middle school boys had… Continue reading My Kids’ Schools Already Closed Due to COVID
There is no easy answer when it comes to what should happen with our schools — on the contrary, it is one of the most complex, multi-layered and now grotesquely politicized crises we have faced in a very long time. Within the educational context, it is likely the greatest challenge in modern times. We have… Continue reading Teacher’s Unions Hold School Districts —and Families—Hostage Over School Reopening
Rhode Islanders just learned last night that there will likely be no announcement of reopening plans for the fall until August 17th. The Governor has said that the first day of school, statewide, will be August 31st. This would mean that parents and families would have 14 days to make arrangements for the fall. If… Continue reading Two Weeks Is Not Enough Time for Parents (or Teachers) to Plan
We’ve been at this Quarantine Life now for more than two weeks and my state of Rhode Island found out today that remote learning will continue statewide through at least the end of April. I appreciate that my governor (Gina Raimondo) is taking it slower than the governors in states like Kansas, Virginia and Vermont… Continue reading My So Called #QuarantineLife (Ch. 4)
Hope everyone who can is staying home. I sure am—we haven’t left our yard for ten days with the exception of a walk with the dogs and that was me getting away from everyone else for a little while. It wasn’t their fault—I was impatient and frustrated. The walk didn’t really work to cure my… Continue reading My So Called #QuarantineLife (Ch. 3)
We are closing in on our first full week of the #quarantinelife and as with most things, there is beauty and frustration to be found. The stolen hugs from my children throughout the day, the comfort wear and a dog to pet or play fetch with any time of day are blessings. And I am… Continue reading My So-Called #QuarantineLife (Ch. 2)
While some governors and district leaders seem ready to wave the white flag of surrender when it comes to student learning during the COVID-19 crisis, others are showing resolve to do the best we can for students and adjust as needed. Gina Raimondo is my governor here in Little Rhody and she refuses to engage… Continue reading Gina Raimondo: “Some Learning Is Better than No Learning.” Amen, Governor.
Humor will be a vital part of the journey through this COVID-19 pandemic. In my case, much of that humor will emanate directly from my new reality being home with husband and three sons for the foreseeable future. I suspect many of you can relate. One of the ways I always tend to keep it… Continue reading My So Called #QuarantineLife (Chapter 1)