Parenting win: Stella (bass) and Lucy (drums) are jamming Another One Bites the Dust in basement.

Schools in the Fall

As I was listening to the Daily podcast today, I couldn’t help but think how dangerous the thinking around school opening is…

They lead off the podcast saying stuff like studies say that inside is like 20x more dangerous than outside for contracting coronavirus; that places like restaurants, bars, churches are the most dangerous (places where people congregate for long period of time, talk/sing/laugh/etc); that coronavirus lingers in the air, etc etc. Then they talk about how opening schools will be fine. Even though everything they described fits schools as well?! Crazy.

They do mention studies that seem to suggest young children haven’t been super spreaders, but what about older students and staff? And kids bringing it home to at-risk family members?

The flu ravaged many schools in our area this past school year, so I have no faith in schools coming up with a plan to prevent coronavirus spread. Even more so after reading plans that have been put forth in a few states. Some have no mandatory masks or staff testing and very little guidance in terms of dealing with all of this…

Then there are examples like Israel, which seem to be closest to what I’d expect from most states:

Two weeks after Israel fully reopened schools, a COVID-19 outbreak sweeping through classrooms — including at least 130 cases at a single school — has led officials to close dozens of schools where students and staff were infected. A new policy orders any school where a virus case emerges to close.

The government decision, announced Wednesday evening, comes after more than 200 cases have been confirmed among students and staff at various schools. At least 244 students and school employees have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the Ministry of Education. At least 42 kindergartens and schools have been shuttered indefinitely. More than 6,800 students and teachers are in home quarantine by government order.

Pretending this disease does not affect kids or isn’t dangerous in a school environment is going to get a lot of people hurt.

I understand the want and need to get kids in school, but that doesn’t change the reality of the situation. The quicker we can change the mindset of folks who won’t wear masks and the quicker we can get an actual federal plan and coordinated response to this pandemic, the sooner we will be able to get back to anything close to normal. Four months into the pandemic and that isn’t working out too well.

February Photoblogging Challenge: Day 29

Leap

The Lady Knights took a huge leap forward this season. Heartbreaking first round playoff loss today.

February Photoblogging Challenge: Day 28

Below

From our trip to Mammoth Cave last summer.

February Photoblogging Challenge: Day 27

Together

The kitchen is coming together. Cabinets and island moving into place.

February Photoblogging Challenge: Day 26

Escape

A nice little escape: last summer in Long Beach, NY

February Photoblogging Challenge: Day 25

Hurdle

Another hurdle done: walls painted and flooring in. Cabinets start tomorrow!

February Photoblogging Challenge: Day 24

Double

The twins. Double trouble.

February Photoblogging Challenge: Day 23

Station

One of our favorite family trips: visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios.

February Photoblogging Challenge: Day 22

Spectacle

All three daughters sitting next to each other for a photo!

February Photoblogging Challenge: Day 21

Progress. Dry wall up, paint and flooring purchased.

February Photoblogging Challenge: Day 18

Oppose

February Photoblogging Challenge Day 16: Rest

Can’t believe how fast time passes. Stella five years ago.

February Photoblogging Challenge Day 10

We just booked our summer camping trip in the Adirondacks, so I thought this sign from Old Forge would be appropriate for tonight’s post.

February Photoblogging Challenge: Day 9

There may be a lull in the work this weekend, but we took the opportunity to check our cabinet order and organize the boxes into areas of the new room.

Kitchen remodel day one: dining room before

Kitchen remodel day one: old kitchen, new appliances

Kitchen remodel day one; old kitchen, new appliances

Kitchen remodel day one: old kitchen, new appliances

Kitchen remodel day one: kitchen in the living room and dust wall 😄

Kitchen remodel day one: dining room before

Kitchen remodel day one: dining room before

The sight we’ve been waiting for… kitchen and dining room remodel starts tomorrow! (For February Photoblog Challenge Day 2: Sight)

I really want to particpate in @macgenie’s photoblogging challenge for this month. I am going to have to cheat for Day #1, though – too much running around today! Today’s word: Open

A nice throwback to our visit to OBX, the beaches, and the open ocean.

Hoover Middle School’s production of Alice in Wonderland. Last performance is today at 1pm!