I know I just wrote about my blog schedule and that Monday’s are dedicated to past teachers and the influence they had on me/ still have on me. However, I felt like this subject was important to write about and it has been on my mind for weeks and weeks.
Schools going back in the fall. There are so many politics behind this that I will not get involved in, but I still have been thinking about so many other situations.
I worry about teachers who are putting their health at risk by going back.
I worry about teachers who financially rely on this income to support their families and do not have the flexibility to find a new job, especially in this economy.
I worry about retired teachers and those who have chosen not to go back next year that feel guilty for not being on the front lines as a teacher, but shouldn’t feel this way.
I worry about the students’ health.
I worry about COVID outbreaks in schools.
I worry about the parents’ mental health either with sending kids back to school and the stress that comes with that, or keeping them home and again, the stress that comes with that.
I worry about the students that utilized school as their refuge from undesirable home life and will not have that in their life.
There are worries left and right about going back to school, keeping kids home, and all of the inconsistency this Fall brings for us.
But we do have one certainty we always know to be true- The teachers will show up. They will adapt to online learning, socially distant classrooms, and more. There may be anxiety and stress behind it, but they will show up. It has proven true time and time again, and with my own teacher friends I’ve followed on social media. Most of them have expressed their frustrations and concerns, but at the same time, I see them wearing masks and making their classrooms socially distant. They worry about their students too and how much they will miss if they are learning from home without the proper support.
How is your school going back in the Fall? What are you worried about and what can you look forward to?