It's August. School starts for my kids just after Labor Day. So, we have about a month left. Last we heard from OLG is that they plan to be in school IN PERSON. I love this idea! And, I am terrified of this idea!
The whole open schools or not arguement...this is the bloody Kobayashi Maru. It's freakin' Sophie's Choice. It's Trump vs Clinton.
In other words...it's a no-win situation.
Kim and I are pretty realistic about this whole Covid thing. We follow the rules. When we were told to stay home, we stayed home. When we were told we could go out but we should wear masks, we listened...we went out and we wore masks. We're in a place where we like that things are opening up, but we really wish people would stop being stupid and selfish. So much of this can be controlled if people would think less about themselves and start considering those around them. Why do we feel this way? Because the doctors and scientists have told us to and I accept that they are much smarter than me.
Back to schools.
When they first started saying they would open the schools, it looked like things were improving. But, then summer hit. And people went to the beach or to rallys or protests or parties. IE: people were dumb. And, Covid went back up. So, schools are now talking about sticking to virual learning.
Virtual Learning is absolutely NOT as good for most kids as in person learning. Certainly not for my kid. It's hard to keep him on task, he tends to distract me from the work I need to do, and I am a horrible teacher as I don't know how to do this stupid hippie math they teach, now. I absulutely do NOT want to do what we did the last trimester of last year.
So, send them to school, right??? Right????
Well, no...not necessarily.
Because we are still in a pandemic.
The average age of a teacher in the US is 42. The median is 41. This means that 50% of teachers are over 40. Many are teaching in to their 60s. And...kids are germ factories. These little bastards are carrying every germ known to man and many that aren't. They don't show symptoms like adults. That doesn't mean they don't wipe their boogers on their hand and then wipe that hand on something that someone else will touch. That doesn't mean they won't cough and send their spit flying 100 feet towards the teachers desk.
I feel pretty confident that, at some point, I am going to catch Covid-19 (actually...want to know a secret? I actually think I already had it. In the very early days. But, it was before we knew it was a thing in the US, so we weren't testing). It's out. It's coming. But, I am being pretty safe and taking precautions to ensure I don't pass it on. I am a loyal mask wearer. I wash my hands. I don't shake hands or hug (This is actually great for me because I don't like touching people). But...if Desmond gets it and is sitting at school with 25 classmates talking about Fortnite and forgetting to distance...what if one of them catches it and takes it home to their family? What if one of his friends gives it to Grandpa? What if one of the teachers gets infected? That would be absolutely tragic.
Desmond is a smart kid...I think he can handle the mask and the social distancing. But, he's also going into 6th grade. How the heck do you get a Kindergarter to wear a mask all day???? Don't worry, I will answer that for you. YOU DON'T! Masks will be slingshots, projectiles, napkins. They'll be everything but a protective shield to keep germs from spreading.
What's the solution? I have know f**king clue. I'm a recruiter. I hire software engineers. This is why I look to the professionals and I choose to trust. I trust the doctors and scientists to tell us what they know and offer suggestions. And, I trust my kids' principals and teachers to have the best interests of the kids and staff at heart. If that means we have to go all virtual, then (MOTHER EFFING SON OF A BERCHING ASS BUTT STUPID FACE) we will do all virtual. If it means all in person, great...we will be ready with masks and sanitiser and anything needed to keep people as safe as possible. If it's a hybrid, ok...we'll figure that out too. None of this is normal. All of this is new. And, we're all in in together.
2020 sucks balls. Sign me up for that vaccine trial!
Maybe if we all have Principals like Dr. Lee here, we'll be good to go!