Today has been a wild ride. My district amended their guidelines to 3' "social distancing" (measured nose to nose, so virtually shoulder to shoulder). This allowed us to bring all of the in-person students back 5-days a week in my school, starting today. We're still on a shortened day, with no lunch service.
Well, today was the first day of that. I spent most of the day sorting out new seating charts, getting kids used to new routines and procedures, and generally running around like a chicken with my head cut off. Oh, it's also the last week of the quarter, so three of my classes rotate out at the end of the week.
But that's not all! During my 3rd period I was informed that one of my students had tested positive. This explained why he and several of my other students were out. They're on the volleyball team together. As of this afternoon the student is feeling fine. He emailed me to ask what work he could do while he was home ... something none of his teammates bothered to do.
My principal inquired as to whether or not he was a student that I would have been in close contact with. Thankfully that's a negative. That kid has been doing so well, I don't think I spent 30 seconds near him last time he was in the building.
But wait, there's more! This afternoon the district announced that next month, the school board has decided they're just going to send it. Screw 3', everybody back in the building full time, with lunch service.
This is just stupid. The students have endured so much change. Our schedule has changed every 2-4 weeks this year. We'll be 6 weeks from the end of the school year, when they're going to change it all again. Just ride it out. Let all the kids parents get vaccinated, and go back to life next school year.
I don't have anything nice to say about the school board.