Encouragement for Us All
There are still more questions than answers.
Will we be returning to a normal schedule? How will school look in August? How will we keep staff safe?
I get asked something about this nearly every single day. Any idea I hear creates a new set of unintended consequences that have to be addressed. For instance, if you want to run buses on the same routes twice a day to allow for only half the students to be at school, then where do you get drivers for that second run? How much more will it cost to run the buses a second time? What will parents do for their young students who are alone? That’s just one possible set of outcomes.
So how do we manage to wade through all the unknowns?
How do we live in the limbo until we have enough information to answer any of the questions?
Parents are justifiably antsy about what the next year will look like for their students of all ages. Teachers want to know how this will affect their lives. Those of us at the Foundation want to know what we can do to support our district through this transition.
But the reality is right now, we’ve got to swim in limbo. Or really tread water in limbo.
I am an uber planner by nature, but COVID Time does not lend itself to planning. I barely know what I am doing two days from now, let alone in August. So when I get overwhelmed and anxious from the unknown, I try and take some deep breaths and watch something funny on T.V. I try to remind myself what I should be learning during this time ̶ patience, the art of relinquishing control ̶ and finding excitement in the unknown limbo instead of frustration.
Often I have trouble conquering it, but other times these things help.
Is there some way you think the Foundation could be helping us all through this time? What do you think we could do to serve our district’s staff and students better? We are all ready to hear how we can help make this better!
by Jennifer Seal
June 18, 2020