It is the question that’s been on my mind as summer quickly skates by, are these kids going back to school in August? Yes or No?
It’s much easier to manage life when we know exactly what we’re dealing with, and, as parents, we want answers. If our children are going to be at home, schooling remotely, we have to rearrange our own work schedules or find someone reliable who can care for them. It’s frustrating to not have answers, and we want to know so we can come to terms with it and P L A N!
Keep in mind that as overwhelming as it may seem for our little families, of three or five or even seven people, imagine the logistics involved in planning for an entire school district of thousands of children, families, staff members, teachers and unions. All with different needs, health backgrounds, belief systems and political affiliations. With all the moving parts and an endless barrage of opinions being thrust about on social media, the long-awaited guidance from the Ohio Department of Education, the Ohio Department of Health and even the American Academy of Pediatrics has been reduced to writing. It still leaves a lot of leeway for each district to make its own decisions based on their own circumstances and our school administrators have a tough job ahead of them for sure!
We can share our opinions with the decision-makers, but the bottom line is that we don’t have control over what this upcoming school year is going to look like. (We never really did, if you think about it.) The best we can do, for the sake of our children, is to accept the decisions that are made and make it work, even if we don’t like it. That’s “adulting” at its finest, right? Our kids will follow our cues, so let’s send them off to school with a positive attitude for the new school year, however it may look.