Hello and welcome back to school – sort of.
It seems like the whole world has turned upside down for some of us, while others may be sitting at home wondering what all the fuss is about. I wanted to give students a little information about what’s taking place right now and what to expect for this last quarter of the 2019/2020 school year.
First, I want all of my students to know that you’re all doing amazing jobs and I hope you’re all healthy and doing well with all this mess. I miss being in class with you all very much. I’m looking forward to seeing all of you in person next year, but for the remainder of this year our visits will solely be online.
Next, I understand that many students have difficult circumstances they’re going through because of parents’ work schedules, lack of quiet places to get school work completed, sickness or injuries in the family, and a plethora of other things that make life difficult. Please contact me with a brief description of what’s going on and we can design lessons and tasks for your circumstances. I will work with you to create realistic expectations.
The coronavirus has been around for a while now, but it has different strains that act differently. Covid-19 is one type of coronavirus, and it’s proving to be quite dangerous and harmful. It seems that you may have the virus, but not being showing any signs of it for a couple of weeks. In California, Governor Newsom called for a Shelter in Place early and we’ve been successful so far from keeping hospitals getting flooded with patients. Hospital and medical staff across the country are working very hard to keep us all safe.
This doesn’t mean that California hasn’t been affected, and my heart goes out to all my students. Some students have parents that are in the medical field or one of the many “essential” jobs, and they’re worrying about their parents every day. Some students have already had a family or friend diagnosed with Covid-19 and they’re dealing with those emotional difficulties.
Who knows when this will be over? Hopefully, we’ll be released from Shelter in Place by June, but this quarantine may continue into the summer. Let’s hope for the best but be prepared for the long haul. Give yourself plenty of time to reflect on your own feelings, needs, desires, etc. You are all incredibly bright and brilliant young humans, you have feelings, and this is a traumatic event. Respect yourself, know that it’s OK to be upset or sad or even angry. Take some deep breaths, remember those belly breathe exercises we did to help calm down. We need to allow ourselves a little extra care and attention. Let me know if there’s anything I can do to help.
What to Expect
I’ve sent out a syllabus for Quarter 4 and posted it on Google Classroom. My first concern is for students’ well-being. We’re going to more forward with reading assignments and with some review of grammar and literary devices for ELA, and with creative projects for Film & Multimedia.