Really, the whole point of this post is to say blogging will be all over the place. Hopefully it’ll only be through December and then I can spend more time here, but who knows?
Back in June, the plan was for us to send our oldest back to the classroom and our youngest would be starting preschool not long after. It was very exciting, especially after being cooped up at home for over a year. I was definitely looking forward to some quiet time at home to give our home a thorough cleaning, get more time blogging and reading, and time working on This Story and Sisters of String and Glass. Our county’s numbers were looking really good and we were down to about 200 new COVID cases a day. I was so optimistic about sending my kids back to school in August.
On June 15th, California essentially decided the pandemic here was over. Of all the stupid ideas we could ever have…
Anyways, that meant no social distancing and no masks for the vaccinated. So, of course, what do people say? Oh, yes, I’m vaccinated. Uh huh, totally!
It should come as absolutely no surprise to anyone that, within a couple of weeks of June 15th, our numbers started going well in the wrong direction. It’s hasn’t gotten better since. We went from the low hundreds back into the thousands and the Delta variant has a very strong foothold here. Oh the joys of that!
I keep an eye on the outbreak list for businesses and schools our county keeps. My husband and I have developed a little joke about one of them. Delta Airlines has an outbreak, so they should definitely vaccinate all employees against the Delta variant. It’s funnier when we talk about it to each other.
So, yeah, we’re not looking anywhere as great as we did a couple of months ago, and even that is pushing it in my mind. Of course I started freaking out the closer to the start of the school year we got.
My kids are both too young to be vaccinated. It makes the decision of whether to send them to school extremely excruciating. We’re fairly sure our oldest would do best in a classroom, so we desperately want to put him back into the classroom. But our distract has decided on no social distancing in the classrooms. It’ll only be in place when the kids are eating lunch. They’ll just be wearing a mask all the time.
I’m sorry, but elementary school students cannot be vaccinated at this time. Literally every student in his school will be unvaccinated. Why on Earth would I send my unvaccinated child to school where he’ll be right next to other students who are not unvaccinated? (Children can still get seriously ill, but, besides that, why would I want my child to get COVID if he didn’t have to?) I mean, if a mask was enough to protect us last year when none of us were vaccinated, why was social distancing in place? I don’t know. It just boggles my mind. I ask my husband sometimes if he, who is vaccinated, would go to work full time at his work place with just a mask and no social distancing and be close to other vaccinated people. Since there are breakthrough infections and there is evidence vaccinated people can spread COVID, he says he wouldn’t do it. So if my vaccinated husband refuses to be not socially distant from his vaccinated co-workers, why would I send my unvaccinated child to be around 20-something other unvaccinated children in one classroom?!
So we’re very thankful our district does have an online option. It’ll be very different from online learning last year and will require much more time, but I feel safer keeping him home until he has every protection we can offer him. Meaning he has to be vaccinated before I’m willing to send him back to the classroom.
Not only that, though, I have to get my daughter’s preschool education going. If I don’t feel safe sending my son (who thinks everything is icky and won’t touch anything) to school, I’m not going to send my daughter who literally touches everything to school.
Online Second Grade and homeschool preschool are in my near future. By near future, I mean this coming Monday. As in just a weekend away. How everything’s going to work out, I have no idea, but I’m determined to make it work, and so it will work out.
It just means I’ll have less access to my computer since my son will be back to using it and less time to do anything. My goal is to keep up with book reviews and my writing, but other kinds of posts will probably be sorely lacking. I also love blog hopping and reading everything everyone has to say, but I anticipate I won’t have as much time to read blogs. I’ll probably try my best to keep up in my email, but definitely won’t have as much time to comment and like. It makes me sad because I’m really missing the community as it is, but I have to put my kids first. While I need this space to keep me sane, I need to focus more on taking care of my babies, keeping them educated and safe. So, if all goes well, next year will be a return to pre-March 2020. I hope.