This has been the single most amazing week of my professional career. I have seen our schools parade through neighborhoods, so they could see the faces of their students. I have seen Morning Meetings on Zoom. I have seen high school science lessons teaching complex concepts. I have seen art lessons on perspective and music lessons on rhythm. I have seen math and reading and writing. I’ve seen history teachers using this as a teachable moment.
Our educators are stepping up in ways no one dreamed possible. So are our parents. To say I am proud of the people in our district, and in districts across the nation and world, would be an understatement. We are stepping up, and we are settling in.
One of the biggest challenges of the last three weeks has been the rate at which things have changed. Consistency is one of the things people need the most in order to feel safe. And we all need to feel safe right now. Just as a leader would set a plan in place, things would change. Just as a parent or a teacher or a counselor would explain things to a nervous child, things would change. Change is hard for most of us under the best of circumstances, and these are anything but the best of circumstances.
We are not done with change. The number of people being impacted is growing- exponentially. But we have settled into a new normal in many ways. We have reconnected to our homes and to the people in them. We have found new ways to “eat out.” We have gotten creative in how we exercise and how we take dance class and how we do school. It is far from perfect. No one expects perfect right now. We are just doing the best we can.
Each family right now is unique. Some have two parents working in a hospital. Some have two parents who have lost their jobs. Some have children in multiple schools or multiple districts. Some are working from home while they are trying to help a first grader with school. Teachers are parenting. Parents are teaching. No one’s situation is ideal right now.
As we settle into this new normal, grace and understanding will continue to be the answer.
Thank you for trying. Thank you for providing some measure of consistency for our students. Thank you for showing the world that together we can do amazing things.