Buckle Up! — Army of Angels: Part 2

After a much needed week long break from work and school, we are buckling up for the next covid wave! I shared some concerns with my teacher council representative, after unknowingly walking into a school that had almost an entire grade level out, along with all front office staff! The updates that our county said […]

Buckle Up! — Army of Angels: Part 2

We Lost Someone — Army of Angels: Part 2

It happened…..we lost a public school employee to Covid-19. He went home one day with Covid-19, and passed away soon after. Schools have been in session for about seven weeks. We currently have 41 adults out with Covid-19, and 32 students. Many more are quarantined as “close contacts”. Our employee worked at two of the […]

We Lost Someone — Army of Angels: Part 2

Pandemic Anxiety and the birthday cake — Army of Angels: Part 2

One of our main high schools had to close for a 14 day quarantine. Each day, our county updates on which schools have had to send students home to quarantine. No one seems to connect the fact that if students were exposed here, there is a good chance that siblings at other schools are at […]

Pandemic Anxiety and the birthday cake — Army of Angels: Part 2

Mass Confusion and Frequent Pivoting — Army of Angels: Part 2

Here in my county in Tennessee, we have just completed two weeks of school with kids in person. Our state seems to be in complete denial that the pandemic is serious. Our state sat at 17th most cases in the country not so long ago. The cases have not been decreasing here, and we have […]

Mass Confusion and Frequent Pivoting — Army of Angels: Part 2

Mask Up And Go In! — Army of Angels: Part 2

Today was our first day of school with kids. It went very smoothly at my school, mostly because our administrators are logistics superstars! Classes on my side of the building, with 5th and 6th grade, were at a little less than half capacity. The kids were mostly not wearing masks in the classroom, and neither […]

Mask Up And Go In! — Army of Angels: Part 2

Ready to Go! — Army of Angels: Part 2

Teachers have been preparing their rooms and lessons to be ready to receive students! As the time draws near, my teacher friends with compromised health conditions grow more nervous. One of my friends is “getting her affairs in order”. My own parents are scared that I will unknowingly bring this virus home. All while one […]

Ready to Go! — Army of Angels: Part 2

The Vote Against Masks — Army of Angels: Part 2

Everyone needs to wash their hands, because our school board voted tonight, not to require students or teachers to wear masks at school! Correct me if I’m wrong- I am not a doctor… but I thought we knew our special virus was airborne. Three school board members, the school attorney, and superintendent (he is BRAND […]

The Vote Against Masks — Army of Angels: Part 2

Pivot! — Army of Angels: Part 2

Today was the third day of professional development for teachers, pandemic style. Everyone has to have their temperature taken at the front door, and log their answers to the Covid-19 questions on a google form. Then it is each teacher to his or her classroom to log on to distanced training. I never realized how […]

Pivot! — Army of Angels: Part 2

“Good Luck Ya’ll” — Army of Angels: Part 2

Teachers in my state waited anxiously for our governor to address the state today about the opening of schools. Yesterday, Dr. Birx visited our state because our transmission rate is so high, and many of our citizens either don’t understand, or disagree with Covid-19 being real and in need of mitigation. She urged so many […]

“Good Luck Ya’ll” — Army of Angels: Part 2

Lift Off- First Day — Army of Angels: Part 2

Today was the first day back to work for teachers in my county. We all went to our rooms, and met remotely as a faculty. Three of my peers were remote from home, in quarantine due to having been exposed, or waiting for test results. Another school had an administrator test positive, and much of […]

Lift Off- First Day — Army of Angels: Part 2

7 Hours to Re-Entry — Army of Angels: Part 2

I am as ready as I can be for the re-entry into the schools tomorrow morning. We have two weeks to work on professional development to learn some new skills and prepare for the combination of in person and remote learning. Everyone will do an on site temperature check and COVID-19 checklist upon entry to […]

7 Hours to Re-Entry — Army of Angels: Part 2

1 Day- Countdown to Re-entry — Army of Angels: Part 2

Teachers return to schools in one day! The students will return two weeks later. The school system is providing teachers with two weeks worth of training on distance learning. It is important to mention how it will be done. Teachers will report to their schools, do the COVID-19 check in with temperature check, and then […]

1 Day- Countdown to Re-entry — Army of Angels: Part 2

9 Days- Countdown to Re-Entry — Army of Angels: Part 2

It is time to begin the countdown to return to our public schools for the professional development activities that occur the week before students return to school! In reality, we won’t even know what this might look like for another three days, when our school board meets to decide. The main things that we know […]

9 Days- Countdown to Re-Entry — Army of Angels: Part 2

Processing New Mandates — Army of Angels: Part 2

Last week, our governor decided that local county mayors could mandate mask wearing in public if they thought that was best for their counties. Guess whose county DID NOT get a mask mandate? Mine…..Our county mayor decided that individual freedom was more important than wearing masks and saving lives for a short time during a […]

Processing New Mandates — Army of Angels: Part 2

The Plan is to Pivot? — Army of Angels: Part 2

I can’t believe we are three weeks from teachers’ return to the public schools! The schools are starting to put out their plans for returning. Each school has its own plan. Masks? Wear them if you want to….. To say the least, I am already concerned. I go to seven different schools each week. I […]

The Plan is to Pivot? — Army of Angels: Part 2

Independence Day Pandemic — Army of Angels: Part 2

Pandemic holidays are really something. I usually love seeing the fireworks, and shooting some off at home. This year, we all decided to just watch the celebrations on the television, while listening to all the neighbors shoot off fireworks in their yards. We had some nice steaks and salad for supper, and a cherry pie- […]

Independence Day Pandemic — Army of Angels: Part 2

Quarantine Day 46 — Army of Angels: Part 2

Day 46 is in the books. Our county opened gyms today, retail two days ago, and dining in restaurants 5 days ago. Less than half the people are taking precautions of wearing masks and social distancing. My school system has called teachers in to work for one week, even though the guidelines still call for […]

Quarantine Day 46 — Army of Angels: Part 2

Quarantine Day 38 — Army of Angels: Part 2

38 days…..this has become my new normal. I actually did real “work from home” activities today. It really felt like work. If this is continuing, I need to set up my “work area” so that it is more functional. I was originally set up to work in our living room. That had its challenges. Anytime […]

Quarantine Day 38 — Army of Angels: Part 2

Quarantine Day 35 — Army of Angels: Part 2

Day 35 was a little more interesting than most. My school had our first zoom faculty meeting, which was interesting. One feature that makes these meeting more productive, is the mute feature. Side conversations do not interrupt the main speaker. Our administrator had sent out a group document earlier, for any questions we had. Before […]

Quarantine Day 35 — Army of Angels: Part 2