S went into the building for school this morning! I’m excited for her and nervous and the picture of Key or Peele (I can never remember which is which) sweating is exactly how I feel right now. She was super excited. She’s a pretty social kid and has really struggled with doing online learning from home. That plus ADHD had the Hubs and I concerned how much she was actually taking in.
Our county here decided to have a couple options for school during COVID. Option 1 is Virtual School where kids can stay home and take school online for the one or both semesters. That’s what we chose for T. Aside from her Executive Functioning issues, she has done very well. It was also a no brainer for us. Most of the high schools here use block schedules. She has 4 classes a day. She has anxiety around the sound of the school bell and the sound of coughing and 3rd quarter is always hard for her (we’re still in 2nd quarter). So it was an easy choice. The other option is for parents wanting to send their kids to school. The district here decided to do plan A, B and C. A being all kids are back to school (not including the VA kids), C being all kids online. B is what they started 2 weeks ago. 2 weeks ago, they started plan B for grades K-3. Plan B splits each school into 3 cohorts (A, B and C). Cohort A went the first week, then they stayed home for 2 weeks and did online school. Cohort B went in for the 2nd week after having the previous week at home and now have this week off. S was in Cohort C. So the last 2 weeks were considered her weeks off. This is her week in the building. Next week, they will start Plan B in the same style with the 4th and 5th graders BUT all the K-3 graders will be going every week instead of 1 week on and 2 off. Confused?
I really feel for the school districts. There is no easy way and someone will always be dissatisfied. I have friends who are essential workers whose kids have been in these learning pods (YMCA etc) since the beginning of the school year. I’m guessing they’ve been able to make it work. I have prayed, asked others to pray, and at some point, you have to let go and leave it with God. So that’s what I’m doing. It ain’t easy though.