I felt like everyone around the table had a grasp on the seriousness of the situation.
Only two days ago, we agreed we would stay open as long as we could-as long as there were no cases in our immediate area. That had now changed as a case was confirmed thirty miles away.
The conversation circled multiple times and included important concerns like the constitution test and postponing prom and graduation. No students should have these experiences denied. But then again, this is a global pandemic. There are many experiences people are missing out on right now.
I thought the conversation was winding down when the topic of the room cleaning came up. I finally understood that we were not on the same page.
“Yes, we need to make sure kids get all their stuff out of the lockers and their desks.”
The gasp was not quite audible, but the silence was. It was like sound did not travel at the same speed on my last comment.
Suddenly, everyone was buzzing with questions. It was obvious that no one else had any thought that the next two days might just be the last two days of the school year. And even if we do get to return to school, there is a lot of cleaning that needs to be done without a bunch of stuff to deal with.
Today, we said our good-byes just in case. I am positive that I hope it won’t be the last day but also realistic that it might.
And I am positive all the uncertainty may also be deadly with all the stress it is causing.