#COVIDchaos – back to remote learning

Welp. Our hybrid in-person learning lasted nine weeks. When we went back to school after our six month “spring break” (after a three week delay), our area’s COVID positivity rate was around 5%. Now it’s over 20%.

We will be learning remotely until at least Thanksgiving, and then reassess the situation.

Update Nov. 24: At today’s board meeting, it was voted to extend the remote learning to through the December holiday break. They will reassess the situation during their Dec. 14 meeting.

The school is short-staffed. There’s not enough teachers, bus drivers or administrative workers. Everyone is doing the best they can. I can’t imagine the amount of stress our educators are going through right now.

Our school sports and activities can continue, but spectators are not allowed at any sporting events. Our soccer season ended two weeks ago, so we finished that season just in the nick of time.

Our county also passed a new recommendations today including:

  • Bars/restaurants must close at 11 p.m.
  • Restaurants can seat parties of eight or less.
  • Gatherings are capped at 100 people or 50% occupancy rate, whichever is less. Gatherings apply to restaurants, bars/nightclubs and fitness and health centers.
  • Retail stores are required to inform people that masks are required (this one will be interesting to enforce. I’ve seen lots of people on social choosing not to wear masks, even though most stores say they are required.)

Violations could receive a $500 fine.

Our hospitals are full and our rates are higher than the spring, when we were in a shutdown situation.

With the holiday approaching, we’re making the best of the situation.

The boys have been disc golfing at least two to three times a week, and even have entered some local tournaments. At least they found a new hobby that is outside. Here’s the latest picture we took when Lisa was here visiting.

That’s about all we can do right now. The good news is Pfizer announced the possibility of a vaccine could be coming very soon.

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