School Re-entry in the Time of COVID-19

The emails have diminished in intensity and in number. Some stalwart citizens are sure that we School Board members have put a gag order on the staff and faculty. In addition, there are staff members who are ginning up their social media followers with claims of COVID related problems but not coming to their union, administration, or the board with their complaints.

Perfect is not an option, and each of our alternative plans comes with its own set of serious consequences—financial, emotional, and educational. Trying to weigh one against another is a herculean task beyond the ability of mere mortals. We do the best we can, pray a lot, and try not to take the attacks on our personages personally! Everyone is at the edge of his or her tether, and few find that kindness is at the bottom of their spiritual well … just sludge and meanness.

Aside from those who have politicized the pandemic for their own agenda, I do believe that the majority of folks are genuinely trying to weigh the same few options and their consequences to the children, their families, and the community that the school board is.

Patience is the watchword. Wear your masks, social distance, and be kind.

Published by Carole J. Garrison

I’m a conversationalist, an observer, a passionate participant in life. And now, in my later years, I’m a recorder of the lessons of my life through essays, stories, and novels. I live in the fourth moment of life, just outside the normal distribution of most people and it is from this place that I write.

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