• Alvinya Key

New School Semester: Distance Learning

I spoke about this in another post, and I was for distance learning. I was thinking about the safety of my children and wanted to make sure they were healthy first. At one point, I wasn't sure what school they were going too because Georgia was going to have kids in school on campus. As soon after I wrote my latest post, I received an email from the school stating they were starting the semester online. Well than solved my problem for me, because they were going to be going to school in California until all was clear for them to go back to school. The school had an online orientation two weeks before school started and another one a week before school started. All I can say is WOW to some of the parents. I understand we are all navigating different ways of learning for our children, but as parents, it's our job to raise our kids. Some of the questions and comments parents were making in the meeting was just a little out there. School is a learning institution for our children, not a babysitting place. Some parents wanted their children back in school so that they could have the house to themselves. I get it, believe me, I do, but it's our responsibility to guide our child in the best way possible in the times of today. So, if that means I have to be their teacher for a while, then so be it. I don't want to be their teacher, but I instead do that then have then spread this virus to the whole family because they went to school. We set up the empty room in our house to be the children’s classroom, so they can have peace and quiet while they work. We have to help the teachers out and do our parts for the time being until things get better.

We are in the second week of school, and things better than last week! The school uses Microsoft Teams. The children will have their academic classes on odd days and art classes on even days. Friday is a day to get caught up on work or for children to work on team projects. Everything the child we use for school is in Teams. At first, I was super excited and was happy; the school seemed organized. Then the first day started. All systems weren't' working. My son missed the first day of classes because they were having system issues. The next day the academic classes went a little better, but Friday, the team project folder wasn't working. At first, I was getting annoyed, but then I had to look at another perspective and realize this is all new to everyone. We all are navigating something new, so yeah, there will be bugs to work out and fix. I'm sure by the end of the month things will be all the way together. It just takes patience for all of us to work together for the betterment of our children's education. I have friends who have experienced the same small issues with school starting, but I rather deal with system issues than my children coming home with the virus, like other school districts did when the kids started school. Now those districts are doing distance learning as well.

We all are trying to figure things out in these times. It's time to love more, help more, judge less, and be more grateful for life. I believe this too shall pass and we will be OK. Until Next Time!!

Talk To You Soon!!

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