Part of me wishes I had written this blog post a week ago, after Governor Whitmer’s announcement that school would not resume for the 2019-2020 school year.
Truth be told, I was hoping/waiting to hear from Admin/Superintendent Maleyko/Michigan Department of Education about what the next steps were for remote learning… but alas, we are still waiting to hear.
There are nine weeks remaining in the school year. We have already gone through three weeks of remote learning. Mathematically speaking, that’s a quarter of the way through our state-mandated school-time together.
I have not changed my mind about whether or not the work should count. My official statement is as follows: I encourage each student who is able (emotionally, mentally, physically, technologically, etc.) to do so, to complete the enrichment exercises.
And I hold that position, while at the same time, strongly agreeing with the sentiments expressed in this post:
As I shared with a parent last week, I am aware that many students are unable to complete the enrichment activities for a variety of reasons – and I am compassionate and understanding of that.
I don’t know about you, but I have really been struggling these past four weeks. R.O. Kwan’s New York Timesop-ed entitled “Trouble Focusing? Not Sleeping? You May Be Grieving” helps explain why. The whole opinion piece is full of insight into exactly what many of us are going through.
So – in no particular order – here is an (incomplete) list of school-related things I am grieving:
With all that being said, time keeps moving forward. As sad as I am about grieving the things we will all miss due to this pandemic, there are just two things which truly matter
who you are as a person
how you engage the world
My advice for all of us going through this pandemic is to view life through the lens of what truly matters. If you are proud of your comportment in both those areas, then, despite everything, you are on the right track.
April 6th through April 10th is spring break for the Dearborn Public Schools. During this week students will not need to complete any on-line assignments and teachers will not be available. Students and teachers are on break starting Monday April 6th and continuing through Friday April 10.
This is only for the week of April 6th through the 10th. Students will continue their distance learning on Monday, April 13, and teachers will once again be available to deliver on-line and distance learning. Once again, all on-line and distance learning will resume on April 13 and continue until the end of the school year. Please remember that we must all do our part to stop the spread of the COVID 19 virus. Please stay home, stay safe.