Due to the coronavirus epidemic and current shelter-in-place order, the Never Never School (of Witchcraft and Wizardry) has closed for the time being to keep its staff and students safe.
We have sent home: the nurse, all the teachers (including Math, Writing, Reading, Science, Spanish, History/Social Studies, Poetry, Art, etc), the cafeteria staff, the librarian, the computer lab teacher, the cleaning staff and the Headmistress.
Students are still responsible for reading, writing about their reading, getting outside for exercise, using quiet voices inside the mansion, getting along with each other, being exceedingly polite to all elders, completing chores, CLEANING UP AFTER THEMSELVES and going to bed on time.
We will be in touch soon via email with an interminable flood of ongoing, exceedingly verbose and simultaneously obtuse communications providing further guidance as to the continuing education of your children during these challenging times.
Why should I follow these strict self-quarantine guidelines?
Here’s the math and science behind the need to start social distancing right away, and why our leaders and law enforcement shouldn’t have to force us to comply. Because it’s okay to be smart.
What about going outside? What about parks? What about SPRING?
Still dithering? I get it. A week ago that was me. Can I take my kids to a park (click to see a report from CNN on this topic)? If we’re at the park, can they go on a play structure? What about the beach? Should I be cleaning every high-touch surface in my house? Every day? Every hour? Is it okay for my 72-year old mother to be going out? Trust me, better minds than ours are thinking about all this. In the age of information, it’s easy to imagine that each one of us has all the answers. But the truth is, we ARE a herd. We each have different roles to play. Our scientists are doing their jobs. Our grocery store clerks are doing their jobs. If we don’t do our jobs and circle up, we will lose those we care about.
What’s the worst that could happen?
Now that the six-county San Francisco Bay Area shelter-in-place order has been extended statewide, I don’t have to make every decision by myself. Rather than making me feel like my freedom is restricted (my freedom IS restricted, by me – I am choosing to comply with these orders), I feel relieved and reassured. Not just because I don’t have to think about every little panic that rolls its way through the internet. But because we are working together. Scientists, lawmakers, administrators, retailers and everyday citizens are all working together to get through this pandemic as safely as we can.
And working together is how humans do things best.