Well, this coronavirus situation is truly shutting everything down. South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster has shut down all public schools in the State for the rest of the month, which means my little private school is transitioning to distance learning today. Students are coming in from 8 AM to noon to pick up whatever they need, and then we’re hitting the ground running with distance/remote learning tomorrow.
So far, everyone’s being surprisingly calm about it. The students are probably anticipating a two-week holiday where they can blow off their work. They’re in for a mildly rude awakening. Part of that collective teenage instinct is probably correct: it’s not going to be nearly as rigorous (or draining) as face-to-face classroom instruction. But it’s not going to be two weeks of goofing off, either.