As we officially receive the announcement from our governor for the closures of all Louisiana schools for the 2019-2020 school year, my brain is reeling. Where do we go from here? Yes we’ve addressed the social aspects. The missed goodbyes, the cancelled end of year festivities, but what about those children that were already just scraping by academically? The ones who need the instruction of a qualified educator. (God bless ALL teachers!) Not sitting in front of a computer screen. What about students like my daughter?
I’m sure the question on everyone’s minds are how will they determine grade promotion? For that momma with the little one who needs the extra push, it feels like the weight of an elephant. Will they pass? Will they be kept back again? They’re already a year older than everyone in their grade, how will this affect them socially? If they just push all the students forward, will they be ready? Will they have the skills needed to be successful?
So many questions and so little answers right now.
Many parishes have deemed the distance learning material given as optional. As many struggles as my daughter has, I try to maintain the choice of doing the work. I know it sounds absurd. You would think we would be doing the complete opposite. This time is so tumultuous in so many ways that I just can’t fathom arguing with her about doing school work every day. I figure if we are locked down together 24/7, I need to pick my battles. School work is not the battle I want to have. Does it make me feel guilty? Yes. Does it make me feel like a bad mom? Absolutely. Am I doing her a disservice by not continuing the learning? Will we be able to overcome the gaps of information when normalcy is again achieved? Who knows?
Right now, I have more questions than answers. Am I the only mom in quarantine that lacks the patience level to be a home school mom? I hope not. I’m just honestly trying to make sure my little family unit comes out of this as mentally and emotionally unscathed as possible and I take some comfort in knowing I may not be alone. If you feel like I do, reach out, let’s chat. We need to stick together ❤