Saturday, March 6, 2021

One Year Ago – Grumpy Old Teacher

One Year Ago – Grumpy Old Teacher
One Year Ago

One year ago, Grumpy Old Teacher’s (GOT) school district went home for Spring Break. We never returned. Like all other districts, we made a hurried change over a weekend to switch to online learning. Unlike many school districts, GOT’s district opened their campuses in August under the order and threats of Florida’s Governor, Ron DeSantis, who only reluctantly agreed to closure orders when forced by the crisis to do so, and Florida’s Education Commissioner, Richard Corcoran.

It’s been quite a year–the last 12 months. Waves of viral peaks in July, October, and post-Christmas followed by crescendos of deaths. Quarantine-disrupted learning being the fall norm; then having little impact in winter. Florida educators denied vaccination by their governor, who only recently agreed to add them to those eligible for a shot and then only at federally-run vaccination sites.

With retail pharmacies and FEMA deciding to follow federal guidelines, not state orders, teachers of any age may now receive vaccination from them. State-run sites still turn teachers away. Still, hope arises.

GOT took a look back at what he wrote a year ago to trace the journey.

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Open a Window
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