It was an incredible day, proceeded by an incredible day.
Thursday, we had an “emergency, optional” staff meeting. We were told there would be no more assemblies, no more field trips, no more staff meetings. No more gatherings larger than class size. But there was a buzz in the air. You knew something was up. I was guessing we would be in school for about 2 more weeks.
Than Friday happened. Throughout the day 4th grade teachers kept getting emails and watching Facebook posts. Word spread that other districts were shutting down. Then somehow, word was spread that we should send the Chromebooks home. (Yikes!) The district sent out people to help us cut zip ties on the chargers, and Anne, Ivan, and other school personnel came around to help as well.
Things really were buzzing now. We tried to keep the students out of the loop for now. We decided to tell them we were going to let them try taking them home for the weekend. We thought it would be for a few weeks. After lunch it was a bit crazy. I passed out the Chromebooks and wrote down who had which computers. Then I did a quick lesson so they would know how to email me. But that’s all. Then over the intercom the principal came on to tell the kids they were going to take them home for 3 weeks.
The place went crazy. It was a kid’s dream come true. I made sure they packed them in their backpacks safely, then walked them out. It was nuts. I don’t think anyone was believing what was happening.