Sunday, March 22, 2020

#globalpandemic can't keep my #orchids from blooming! . . . #pnw #bellevuewa #slowknitter

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Living at the #epicenter of #COVID-19 Made a squash risotto for dinner. Had to use acorn instead of butternut because the #hoarders took all the butternut squash last week. . . . #pnw #bellevuewa #socialdistancing #stayhome #instantpot #slowknitter

Life at the epicenter after week 1

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Living at the epicenter of COVID-19

Forgot to post yesterday. I had 37% of my students out. Some who were home sick with regular colds returned. A few new students were missing.

I have one algebra student who has been struggling all year who is staying home. I am posting our daily work in our OneNote Class Notebooks so students can keep up. We has an email exchange last night about how lost he is. He has the work, but without teaching, doesn't know how to do it. I gave him some links to khan academy,  but I need a better way to work with these struggling students.

Our district is having meetings at every school today to put plans in place for what to do if we do have to close. We are a one to one school (all students have laptops). We will continue to do the best we can to meet our students' needs.

Still 0 cases in the district. 

Monday, March 9, 2020

Living at the epicenter of COVID-19

Why haven't the Seattle and Bellevue school districts shut down or gone to remote learning?

These answers posted to the r/seattle sub on reddit sum it up pretty nicely:

Unless Governor Inslee releases the districts from their obligations to provide equitable education for all students, we can't go to online or distance learning. So many families depend on the schools. What will happen if we close? It would have to be a true emergency.  As of today, Bellevue schools have 0 cases. I know we are worried. But we need to be there for our students and their families.

My classes are getting very small, though. And wow, it's a joy to teach such small classes. I pay for it each evening though when I have to answer 40 emails from students and parents.