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This past Monday teachers returned to work at my small private private school. We start classes this Thursday, 24 August 2020. We’ll be holding classes in-person and on-campus, with a number of new safety and sanitation protocols to attempt to limit the spread of The Virus.
It is in times like these that I’m glad I have been teaching for a decade. My heart goes out to the new and first-year teachers, who are entering the classroom for the first time in highly atypical—indeed, unprecedented—conditions. Building and planning out courses is a heavy enough load for a first-year teacher; doing so while enforcing various mask and social-distancing policies on rowdy youngsters is a Herculean task.
Needless to say, school is going to look a bit different this year. Most of the changes are fairly doable, but it’s going to take consistent enforcement to implement them, and it’s really going to require a culture change at our school. Our formerly informal but professional culture among teachers, administrators, and students is likely to become far more regimented.