Why is it that districts all around us have plans to reopen, while there are no reopening plans in sight for AUSD? I know it’s not because our kids are thriving with the current status quo, which sucks.
After a miserable spring experiencing the joys of distance learning with my five year old, a friend and I began homeschooling our four children together in September. While this has been the right decision my family and I have experienced many moments of joy on this journey, I’m over it. I’m done. I want to be able to drop off my sons at school, wave at the gate and return to my empty car. It’s been almost a year since I last was able to float on the cloud of knowledge that for a few hours a day, someone else is responsible for my children’s education. I deeply miss it.
The pandemic has reminded parents just how valuable teachers are. I’ll admit, I took them for granted. Homeschooling my son has opened my eyes to just how much he learned in those brief six months of kindergarten before the shutdown. My son’s favorite words this past year seem to be, “I already learned that in kindergarten.” Last year I complained about the excessive homework he was given and the heavily academic-centered curriculum he was taught at such a young age. This year, however, I’ve been extremely grateful that my son has already received the equivalent of a first grade education in kindergarten. This has eased the stress of feeling like he will be “behind” if he ever gets to return to a classroom.
I watched in envy as my friends in London sent their kids to school all throughout the fall, as my wealthier friends’ children were able to attend in-person class at their private schools, and as my friend’s with toddlers continued to send their kids to daycare and preschool. Now the envy has turned to rage as I see school districts around me resuming in person learning. What is stopping the Alhambra Unified School District from doing the same?
Today I called up my son’s school district and asked, “Is there a timeline to return to in classroom learning now that LA County has met the state’s threshold for reopening schools?” The Superintendent’s office informed me that the district did not have any plans to reopen until all teachers were vaccinated. Why? “Because we want to be safe.”
Yes, teachers deserve to be safe, but maybe it’s time we start worrying about being sane as well. Every single teacher in South Pasadena hasn’t been vaccinated, but grades K-2nd went back this past Monday! I can’t afford to move to South Pasadena, and I really don’t want to move to the OC. AUSD, could you please make a plan? I’m tired.