We're learning really fast that we're not above this virus. I believe that there is something to be learned from everything. Wherever there is bad, there's good too. The good might seem untouchable right now. Somewhere, out there it exists. If anything, maybe we'll have a place where more empathy exists, than it did before. Maybe our economy is oh so low now, but will bust at the seems when this is all said and done.
I learned Thursday, towards the end of the day that we (as teachers) were supposed to offer our students online learning as well as keep our doors open for those that wanted to learn in the classroom. We have less than 50 people, so the bossman decided to stay open.
At the end of the day I found out the students wouldn't be back. The school's decision is purely based on how many people the gov. suggests we can be around. At first it was said 250 people, then it went to 50 people, and now it's 10 people.
If it were my decision, I would have closed the doors right after spring break. Offer classes in an online fashion only. I'd give teachers the training to do so.
I had class, for the first time after spring break was a thing. Only two kids didn't show up. Those two I communicated with via email. I set up three blogs, so I can add text, videos, PDFs and so on, for my students. It's not easy with the instructional videos. I show examples. YouTube would take them down in a heartbeat because of copyright laws. They are too big to keep adding, and sharing with Google Drives. I'm still trying to figure out the kinks in my system. I'd love if my work would go with Google Classroom. As is I don't have the space to upload everything on Google Drive, and keep getting emails from students, with their files.
The boy's school is off "indefinitely". They will reevaluate every two weeks. They get 10 min of homework every day, but it's not graded. Mica's school - they can call to meet up with the principal to check out a laptop if needed. There's no word of that with Isaak's school. Same district, different schools. I think they don't grade the work because there's no guarantee that kids have a laptop, or internet.
"I'll check my email, to see if any teachers gave me anything to do. This is serious stuff. I can't believe it's happening. It seems like pandemics happen in the 20's." He rattled off a bunch of things that have happened through time.
"This is so odd. I just don't even know that much about the Corona Virus. I guess I'll get to stay in my robe for another week." He was upset when he learned that school would be closed possibly for the rest of the year. He's like, "I'll never get to see my friends, or talk to them." We reminded him that he's lucky he has parents that can provide for him.
Are you worried about the lack of numbers, for hospital beds and medical staff?