Random Thoughts About School Closing

We start next week with extending the school closure in an effort to minimize the spread of the Coronavirus.

My thoughts swirl endlessly about the day to day operations that I will miss regardless if the things make me happy, sad, annoyed, aggravated, etc.

I really donโ€™t like regular breaks during the school calendar such as Christmas and summer because I want to see my peeps! I want to be around kids, my staff, and parents. So, with the unknown floating around out there of when this virus will be contained, and when school can resume its normal, I fret and worry about all things school. Itโ€™s more than teaching and learning…so much more.

Here is a random list, in no order, of what pops in my mind. Some of these are comical, but some are sad. Feel free to add more in comments.

  • No attendance to take therefore no calls from attendance clerk when you forget to post ๐Ÿคฃ
  • No dress codes for teachers. You can wear pjs or leggings any day ๐Ÿคฃ
  • No dress codes for kids!
  • It can be a hat day every day ๐Ÿ˜Š
  • Women donโ€™t need to worry about makeup ๐Ÿคช๐Ÿ’„
  • Saving gas ๐Ÿš—
  • No transportation changes last minute๐Ÿคช
  • No use for substitutes๐Ÿ˜Š
  • No playground accidents
  • No Gaga ball
  • No one asking to push them on the swings ๐Ÿ˜”
  • No classroom management concerns๐Ÿ˜
  • No holding your bladder for hours on end ๐Ÿšฝ
  • You can have an extended breakfast and lunch๐Ÿณ๐Ÿฅž๐Ÿ”
  • No alarms โฐ for class schedule reminders
  • No technology failures ๐Ÿ’ป
  • No Hvac issues to report

No kids

  • No tattling unless itโ€™s you or your own kiddos
  • No paper jams
  • No unscheduled walkthroughs ๐Ÿ˜ณ
  • No bulletin boards to change ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
  • No car duty ๐Ÿš—
  • No bus duty๐ŸšŒ
  • No lunch duty๐Ÿ™…
  • NO DUTY ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ
  • No shoelaces to tie ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ (wet ones are the worst)
  • No jackets to zip ๐Ÿงฅ
  • No pants to button or zip for the littles
  • No smelly lockers from left over food ๐Ÿ‘ƒ๐Ÿป
  • No hugs, high-fives, or fist-bumps ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ–๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป
  • No meet and greet Capturing Kids Hearts
  • No smiling faces to greet
  • No announcements, โ€œMake it a great day or not, the choice is yours!โ€
  • No birthday call outs on the PA๐ŸŽค
  • No treasure chest
  • No turn and talk to your neighbor
  • No recess
  • No PTA meetings
  • No volunteers
  • No trips to the nurse for a lost tooth ๐Ÿฆท
  • No cafeteria lunch lines picking out your food
  • No Good Things or launch with Capturing Kids Heart
  • No classroom helpers
  • No computer ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ป lab
  • No library time ๐Ÿ“š
  • No backpacks sending home student work
  • No water fountain lines
  • No lost and found
  • No fun Fridays
  • No after school enrichment or clubs
  • No tutoring bus

No more kids

  • No reminders to flush and wash your hands
  • No singing in the restroom (yes, kids sing in there!)
  • Reminders to use your manners
  • Use your inside voice
  • Are you being a Buffalo STAR?
  • No stations/centers
  • No buddy walks to the office
  • No parents bringing in birthday cupcakes
  • No parents surprising their kids at lunch
  • No pledges
  • No helping littles use Kleenex for their nose
  • No lunch bunch meetings
  • No restorative circles
  • No glue stuck on desks
  • No bounce out games
  • No pacer races
  • No Every Good Boy Does Fine
  • No cooperative learning
  • No dress up theme days
  • No field trips
  • No Field Day
  • No luncheons for staff

No more kids in the building.

This is going to be difficult, but we will get through this bigger and better in spite of the Coronavirus because that’s what we do! Thrive together.

Just another day with kids dressed as the Lorax…I speak for the kids! I will miss these days.

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