Do you know what is happening in your state's education department yet? This news broke here in Connecticut yesterday. the guidelines are not quite as draconian as I had worried. Students can return for a full day, five day week. What a relief to working parents (and parents who value the remainder of their sanity.) No temperature checks, as far as I could see. Masks - yes?? I don’t think that will last long. And many parents are already saying “no” bringing them several steps closer to the medical freedom fold. Staff and students will be required to wear masks except those with... insert irony emoji here - A MEDICAL EXEMPTION! No mention of how one obtains the exemption. One young Mom wrote on Facebook, “time to get an anxiety diagnosis like everyone else.” Parents are joining the medical freedom fold in droves with zero mention of the V word.
Also, copious hand washing, students to remain in cohort groups, and social distancing. No measure of plastic dividers, etc.
I was greatly disappointed that there was ZERO mention of special education in the press conference. My daughter's small (40 students) 28 year old school for students with autism and other diagnoses with communication disorders has said they will be closed for good on June 30 because of COVID requirements. I am hoping that perhaps they might backtrack and re-open in September since the days would not be divided into groups with cleaning in between, etc. It's a pipe dream.
Two of my three tolerate a mask fairly well. Cetainly NOT for a full school day. That's going to be a stumbling block for our community for many reasons. But we were able to walk into a group even with masks on for a brief period. Imagine US fitting in with everyone else? I even found a silver lining to the mask. One of my daughters has an issue with spitting. We've been struggling to find out why she seems compelled at times to play baby camel. It has been a major barrier to going out, even before COVID. When she wore her mask for the first time and spit into it, she startled herself. YEE-uck! I'm hoping that by wearing the mask daily for a while, even at home, (we don't really go many places) she'll feel the wet discomfort that a toddler feels when toilet training - and stop the spitting on her own terms, in her own way. I'd like that very much for her.
Let us know what you'd like to see in the Fall and what your state is announcing.