If our school district reopens for in-person learning, do I send my child?
Do the benefits outweigh the risks?
Or do I choose to continue distance learning or homeschooling in the name of health and safety, but deny my child of the important social and face-to-face aspects of school?
This is not an easy decision, but it is one that I will get to make for my child.
And as I sit and agonize over what is right for us, I can’t help but think about the teachers and other educators, and my heart breaks for them.
Educators won’t have a choice if their district chooses to open for in-person education. They will have to go.
Maybe in masks.
Maybe in face shields.
Maybe in other protective gear, but they will go because they are the teachers, and that’s what they do.
THEY SHOW UP FOR OUR KIDS.
If in-person schooling is an option this fall, it will be because our educators are risking THEIR health and safety for their students to have that option. I have many educators in my life whom I love dearly, and it hurts me to think about them being in this position.
So, as you sit frustrated and struggle to decide what is best for your child(ren) come the 2020-21 school year, please remember the educators, too, and the difficult position they are in now and will continue to be in when school starts.
Think about the hard work they are doing in planning and prepping, and the sacrifices they will be making for your child no matter what the school year looks like.
Please don’t forget about our educators.
We couldn’t do any of this without them.