It was only a matter of time. My boys are in two different middle schools. They do sports, my youngest got a role in the play, they bump elbows with hundreds of other kids in the hallways. Yesterday, at the start of volleyball practice, my oldest texted my wife to come pick him up.
There had been a positive test of a volleyball player. The coach thought maybe the rest of the team might be able to keep practicing and finish out the season on Wednesday, but (haha) not so much. Everyone who was at practice last week is now at home until next week.
My son likes school, but he wasn’t broken hearted to be home for a few days. (Unless it interfered with the start of tennis season.) We were a little unsure if one of us should take off from work to stay home with him, even though he is thirteen and comfortable being home along. We’re also a little unsure if there will be any food left in the house when we get home today. Like I said, he is thirteen.
Last week, my high school had sixteen positive COVID results. I think we’re probably around 1,600-ish in-person students. Yesterday, we were notified of ten more. Our hockey team and wrestling team had their seasons prematurely ended. Who knows what today will bring?
The high school seems to have been hit harder than the lower grades. Is it the sports? Or has the warmer weather led to spring romances (and a subsequent lack of social distancing)?
A student asked if I thought we’d go virtual again after Spring Break. I hadn’t even considered that. The numbers had been trending down for so long. Vaccines were trending up. I was hopeful. I thought maybe we were nearing normalcy. “Not if y’all stay masked up,” I said, smiling behind my mask.
He laughed. “I’m not wearing a mask to the beach.”
Ugh. Why hadn’t I thought of this? Of course folks are going to travel for Spring Break. Some families are even self-quarantining, pulling their kids from school early to make sure they’re not sick for their vacation. What happens when they get sick on vacation and miss even more class?
I try not to dwell on it. Over the summer, we worried about students wearing masks, adjusting to new schedules, following protocols, etc. They’re resilient. They adapt. They roll with the changes. We’ve all gotten better at dealing with change than we ever thought possible.
If we have to roll with another wave (is it the fourth?) during the SAT tests this April, we’ll ride that wave like the expert surfers we’ve become.
It looks like that much anticipated normalcy will have to wait a while longer.