Hi! School has been very busy and these past two weeks in particular have been very hectic. From the start we have had kids in person and over Zoom and that has continued. I only have middle school this year and they are in cohorts (one group together all day) and for the last two weeks we had one group at home in quarantine, any many other kids and staff were out as well. We even broke some of those cohorts in half and had kids doing distance learning in our gyms. Our middle/high school building was down to 1 janitor so the rest of us were left to do cleaning duties and the kitchen staff was down too so many teachers and other staff (and even the husband of one of our administrators) had to step in there too. A school board member even came in as a substitute teacher. Our school board has voted to go totally virtually for pre-school through grade 12 until Christmas break and will assess and maybe continue until mid-January. So there is a bit of a pivot there for us and planning lessons. Luckily the students already had this week off and teacher had inservice which will now be planning time. Uff da! It's been a little crazy, I'm just so tired at the end of the day and haven't posted here much as I don't want to be on the computer as much anymore by the time the day is done.
I think virtual will go okay, the kids all have practice using Zoom and Google Classroom it will be a matter of them showing up! If students don't have internet access they can still come to school and work in our gyms and cafeteria. My concern is still about my Spanish speaking student, I finally have a plan for him (which I have developed basically on my own) now he is going to lumped into the Zooms for all his classes. I did talk to our guidance counselor and I think there might be a plan for bringing him into school maybe with the Special Ed kids that are coming in. But we'll see, 2020 is a go with the flow type of year. We can't even have a staff Christmas party this year, so I am arranging a staff White Elephant alcohol exchange for staff for fun this year instead, I think we all need a little holiday beer, oops I mean cheer!
As for hubs and church, all activities are shut down. There are still services most are online or parking lot (over a radio transmitter). The church does have one in-person service on Sunday and he scheduled it at 8am when he knew he wouldn't get many people. There have only been 2 of those and the first week there were a total of 15 people and last week 3 people for that in person service. For Christmas he is planning 5 services on Christmas Eve and one Christmas Day service and it is reservation only. There is an online reservation site he is using and people can call if they don't do internet stuff. Usually there are only 2 services on Christmas Eve and only on Christmas Day if it is on a Sunday. It will be a different Christmas Eve for sure, I have a reservation for one of the in person Eve services and I'm torn about it. I can't imagine not going to church on Christmas Eve, it is actually my favorite part of Christmas but I'm a little nervous even though I'm in the thick of all these people at school.
Probably more info than you asked for but thanks for asking.
Good lord . . . you and hubby are spread very thin with so much work to do. I'm thinking that maybe the Zoom schooling might be o.k. through the end of the year, considering how disruptive the holiday season is, to begin with. Maybe with teachers and kids at home learning, it may actually be less stressful all around. I am amazed at how resilient you are with all these changes going on. You deserve a lot of credit, not to even mention the program you've created for your Spanish-speaking pupil as well.
As for the church services, that must also be difficult for your hubs. I'm sure his congregation must still need to connect with him, and many probably miss the in-person services. I'm not surprised that the attendance went way down, as I mentioned, it's the same in my area as well. At least he can do online and sometimes an outdoor service. What intrigues me is how well the Christmas services will go, with some strict guidelines.
Perhaps we all just have to look at all this as something temporary (even though it's been a long time); and eventually at some point next year, I think we'll start to see some normal gatherings again. Hang in there.