Upside Down School and COVID-19

The first thing I want to say is pause. Take a deep, deep breath. You can do this. Whatever ‘this’ ends up looking like. For must of us, upside down schooling will be temporary. Repeat after me: “This too shall pass!”

With the closure of local schools, learning has likely been turned upside down for many of you with school age kids. (And college students, but that’s another topic for later). I taught school and I homeschooled as well, so I do know a bit about this topic. Over the years, I have come to realize the truth of the matter is: Schooling will look different for every single family.

Secondly, don’t try to jump right into a full schedule right away and cross all the t’s and dot all the i’s from the beginning. That mentality leads to stress and conflict. Your kids are processing this alongside you. Their worlds have been turned upside down, too. Take a bit to get your feet under yourself. Don’t forget to breathe!

Your teachers are still your best allies in this. They care about your kids and want them to succeed. Ask questions. Be patient. Join the conversation as they figure out how this can work for you and your family. And your library is here to help! We have great resources and we’re still checking out materials to fill in the gaps between lessons. Just give us a call and we can arrange to get materials into your hands. We also have internet access available 24/7 from the parking lot. Please spread the word.

Stay healthy!

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