March 13, 2020 was the last day that Immaculate Conception School was in full operation for the 2019-2020 school year. We did not know when we dismissed our students that Friday we would not see them again until Fall. How could we have known?
Sunday, March 15th at 10:00pm a phone call was launched that set the wheels of a state-wide pause in motion. We went to bed wondering how to move forward, distribute academic support materials, sanitize our building, and above all else, stay safe. To be fair, I attended a Principal’s Meeting where Dr. LaFever made it known that a shutdown would most likely be implemented. I was able to prepare the faculty that they needed to select effective digital platforms to use to support virtual learning for students. The initial projection of two weeks gave way to the reality of twelve weeks. Twelve Full Weeks!
The entire school community rallied. Teachers reviewed the end of the year curriculum and prepared learning activities to support home learning centers created in each home. Parents were asked to assume the role as Parent-Teacher-Employee and, in my opinion, Super Hero! When two weeks became twelve, panic set in. I had several requests for the substitute teacher number, and I even received a letter of resignation from a parent. If there has been one positive about the home learning process, it is a renewed appreciation for teachers and the school learning center!
I am amazed at the human spirit. When life gives you COVID-19 make masks and carry on!
Until we can see your whole faces again, stay well and remember, God will not give you more than you can handle.