We are now into distance learning in full swing. Teachers are still coming in and out of campus and even though we don’t see everyone as it is optional to come in, there is a sense of a common place. Already, our community seems to be thinning. Worryingly, news of the spread in other parts of the world, especially in Europe have begun to break. Our conversations are now focused on the butterfly effect that infections being brought into the country on international flights will have. I did not do so well this week, managing my juggling act- the children are doing their best but we really get down to them getting on with their work once I am home. Their morning meetings, which help the children start their day, has easily become their highlight.
The end of week 6 is a PD Day. We had originally, back when all this first hit, thought we would cancel PD Day and have a regular school day. Little did we know then what we know now. We got together as an ES Leadership team to plan what the faculty will work on together on Friday, March 13. As we planned we thought of an asynchronous option but decided in the end to start with a 60+ person Zoom call. It was good to see people and connect. It is emerging that maintaining connections is at the core of all we are doing. A silver lining is that this is a 4 day week- for teachers, students and parents. We are all grateful for the break.
More turbulence this week, literally and metaphorically. The infection is spreading through out the world, much like a wild fire. We are given the choice to go if we want to but as a family, we decide to stay. The week saw yet another change in our routine as I spend much of the week at home- our family unit juggling multiple Zoom calls and sharing the dining table, working from home while supporting my children is going to take some getting used to. We keep a low profile, don’t go out much and appreciate the walks and bike rides when we can. We ended the week with World Happiness Day and a message of deep gratitude to our amazing community.
I entered the March writing challenge a few weeks into this major disruption to our lives. As I look back, my posts are peppered with slices on resilience and silver linings, self compassion and schooling at home. This is an extraordinary time- I am grateful to have been able to capture some of it.