Thursday, March 12, 2020

Time to Focus: Teaching Today

The closing of two local schools interrupted students and teachers' focus yesterday as it brought the COVID-19 pandemic into our community in real time. In response to that, we spent time talking about the virus and consulted the facts of the matter. Absences were up too as families choose to keep children home for all kinds of reasons related or not related to COVID-19.

Today, however, despite an expected uptick in absences, I plan to get back to business with the current curriculum including a focus on fraction study and biography read aloud. I'll stay tuned to the news too as many schools in Massachusetts are closing and I think it would be a good idea for the State to close all MA public schools for a week to buy time to assess the situation, obtain test kits, and create new protocols to mitigate this illness in the state. Let's see what happens.