Emails were flying this week. As I am sure every school district is doing right now, we are engaged in the challenge of figuring out how we provide an education to our wonderful students from remote locations.
Our plan began with a Zoom meeting amongst the department leadership and administration, according to the email from my principal. As I read this email Wednesday, I thought about the other emails she had sent, telling all of us on the staff how she misses us. How she is here for us. Is there anything she can do. In her correspondence, I sense her support, her desire to maintain some human connection with the staff. And it helps. I appreciate her so much for these efforts. For in our work, it is connection with each other – kids, teachers, principals, paraeducators, all of us – that matters. That makes a difference. How will we create those connections remotely? I suppose that remains to be seen. But I feel quite fortunate to be part of a group of people who are dedicated to kids, who truly want the best for them, and who I know will go to great lengths to make sure what we create will be the best it can be.
Here’s to this new journey. Deep breath. Here we go. As my union president colleague entitled her email recently, “It’s Game Time.”