School’s Out. For Summer.

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Today school was officially declared online for the remainder of the year, and the governor asked us all to wear masks out and about. A lot of changes today to our daily life.

Yesterday, we got the calls about what online learning looks like. They talked us through their plan. I’m thinking of the last time we were there, at school. I don’t even remember the details. It was a Thursday. The day before, we had swim lessons and afterwards the Rec Center closed. We were out to dinner, and as we were walking in, we got the text.

I don’t remember anything special about those last days of school. On Monday, we had conferences and went to the book fair. But if I would have known they’d been the last of the year, there’s a list of things I’d done differently.

I am thankful for so much, for the teachers we have this year. The conferences we squeezed in right before it all changed. I’m thankful for the Valentine parties the month before, and the friend photos I snapped for the kids.

And in the midst of all of this, I’m thankful for the slow pace we can tackle the remainder of the school year with. I’m thankful for the gentle guidance and the cheering on of our community.

We’ve got this. We can do this. We knew this was coming, and it’s okay to not be totally ready and still be surprised and feeling unsure. But we can do this.

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