Today is the day we start extended learning! I set up everything to post at 7 A.M., which is a few hours before I woke up. I emailed my half of the parents, so about 200 people, and posted our website and Schoology announcement. I login to Schoology and see one student has posted a video of them playing something. It makes me happy to see her play and know at least some students are still playing instruments. There is yet another district email, this one remaining positive and again filled with learning resources.
Then there is an email from a classroom teacher that some students can’t open our specials website because of restriction on their iPads. The tech issues are bound to happen. The problem turns out not to be restrictions, but connecting to home WiFi instead of a school server. It doesn’t make sense to me, but as long as it makes sense to the right people it is fine by me.
I have plans we go on a walk with my buddy Scott, but then he calls me and says it is about to rain for the rest of the day. We agree to do our socially distant walk tomorrow.
I take a quick walk alone before the rain comes. I wish I had my handheld recorder to take some field recordings of the world. I love the sound of a razor scooter racing up behind you, the sound of a bird looking for a friend, the sound of my feet snapping a stick in my path…
I stop and take pictures, but I know that it is the sound that I want to remember.
Trump signs an Emergency Relief Bill into law that includes free testing for Covid-19 and paid emergency leave. It’s a step in the right direction, but only that. These are things that we should already have in America. We should not have to have to rush a bill into law in order for someone to not have to financially worry if they want to get tested for a contagious virus. People not being able to afford health care just makes more people sick.