• Chapter II

Pandemic


Things are very tense. There are rumors, speculation, theories, and opinions and CoVid19 is the topic of every discussion. Right now the biggest question on the table is whether or not schools will close, and for how long.

Teachers are thinking about it. Preparing without knowing what they are preparing for, and doing everything they can to keep things as normal as possible for the kids.

My district is lucky. We have been 1:1 with iPads for about 7-8 years now, and all of our students K-12 are used to using their device to access learning apps, including our LMS (Learning Management System) Canvas, so we can slip into a virtual mode with relative ease. Our youngest grades are more reliant on getting directions from their teacher, and a LMS targeted for high school and college kiddos is tough to navigate, so the teachers have a little more to think about.

There are so many questions that come with a closing. What about special education timelines? Will cancelled trips or excursions be able to receive a refund? What about kids who rely mainly on school for meals? Sports? Musicals?

Family: My step-daughter and her fiance have been exposed to the virus in New Jersey. My daughter is living in NYC. I have good friends in Boston. It keeps getting closer to home.

Things that are new today: The NBA and NHL have suspended their seasons. There is a travel from folks coming from most of Europe. Cruise lines are cancelling for the next two months. Most large gatherings have been cancelled everywhere. Almost all universities have shut down. Public schools still have no direction.

Trends: People have been stocking up on things for a few weeks now-mainly non-perishable foods and cleaning supplies. Many stores are reporting shortages of things, but there are no mass lines or runs on retail establishments. Businesses and organizations are sending emails reporting their status, and what they are doing to help people stay well. Education technology companies are hitting schools up to try to push products out (and I'm so glad we aren't in the boat of needing any kind of platform). Mainly everyone is just wondering. We wash our hands like doctors, 10-20 times a day.

I'm much more curious than scared right now. I'm definitely concerned knowing that the mortality rate is so high, and that it hits the elderly population so hard. My parents are 85 and 86 so I need them to be protected. I need my kids and teachers and their families to be protected.

Wonderings: There is a Johns Hopkins site that was being updated every few hours with real-time numbers that hasn't been updated since this morning. Why is that? The reported number of tests out there is startling low. What is that? I wonder when the curve will flatten out and this will start to fade out. I wonder what the financial impact will be, as the stock market has been tanking. What will things look like 3,6,12 months from now?

Until tomorrow I hope you are all well, and that you stay well!

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