The school district has informed us that there are “24 instructional days” left in the academic year. That doesn’t sound like very many! And I guess it really isn’t.
The last day of school is June 2. The first day of next year is currently scheduled for August 19. A will be in 3rd grade; C in 1st. G may move up a room at her Montessori school IF she is potty trained (big IF; she is not all that interested and it is not my style to really push this milestone until close to age 3, which isn’t until December).
I wonder what will happen. I think there is a chance that at that point, community case numbers will be so low (hoping!) that the school will open on time and on a regular schedule. But that does not rule out another move to virtual in the fall if the predicted/possible 2nd peak occurs.
ANYWAY. Guess we will have to . . . plan not to plan! To some extent.
I am also thinking about camp. We received a rather weird-sounding notice from the camp the big kids attended last year stating that camp was ON, but would feature:
-Nightly disinfecting and continual cleaning throughout the day
-More hand sanitizing stations
-Two infirmaries to separate sick and injured children
-Temperatures taken daily of all staff and campers
-All staff wearing masks
-All campers wearing masks upon arrival
-Lunch will be in small groups”
If we did not have another childcare alternative, we would consider it. But Josh felt fairly strongly that under the above conditions, it’s probably better to just skip it. The kids can continue their current activities (outside in the AM followed by some online educational stuff, afternoon video game/screen time) and then we won’t have to worry about infection control issues or whether C is capable of keeping a mask on (unlikely). If possible/safe, we will hire a swim coach to come give Genevieve swim lessons in our pool.
SOOOOO I’m thinking . . . probably no camp this summer. And that’s okay. Our current routines are fine. We will save lots of $$! And maybe it will be a new model for the future in which the kids do camp SOME weeks but not necessarily the whole summer.
OVERNIGHT CAMP TANGENT:
We had not even thought about overnight camp yet, though I know some people send their 7 year olds and Annabel is 8. She has no desire to leave home by herself for any extended period yet and we are more than fine with that. Other than some weeklong stints at cheerleading camp in high school (which was actually a lot of fun) and a summer playing violin at PA’s Governor’s School for the Arts (a free program back then; now sadly defunct), I did not go to overnight camp as a child. Josh did go to a fairly traditional overnight summer camp for 1-2 summers and did not like it. So we are not really “camp people.”
Also, not sending kids to overnight camp = a good way of saving about a jillion dollars. If one of the kids eventually asks to go, we would definitely consider it, especially if it’s some kind of specialty camp that addresses their interests – art, a sport, etc. But not going to push it!
IN OTHER NEWS . . . I’m going to attempt to record some pilots eps of my planner podcast today!! I’m thinking short but sweet – 20 minutes each or so. I will eventually be inviting some guests but the initial series will probably just be me blathering into the mic (kind of the style of Lazy Genius, which is a solo podcast I enjoy). Can’t go much longer than 20 min!
- Planner Perspectives
- (current front-runner that Josh came up with) –> Best Laid Plans
(Opinions or other ideas welcome!)