School’s out – now what?

Remote learning to continue through the end of the school year

To quote Alice Cooper: “School’s out.”

To quote me: “AAAHHH!”

To no one’s surprise around our house, the Governor announced that remote learning will continue and schools will remain closed through the end of the school year.

I’ve said this previously – our family has it easy, for the most part. Our kid is 17, she feeds herself, takes care of remote learning on her own and entertains herself when necessary. And most importantly, we’re all healthy right now.

But we do have one issue we’re not sure how to deal with: she’s a senior in high school. Now what? As the Governor said, graduation is going to look very different than it did for her friends.

We’ve managed to avoid getting down about all of this. Her mantra is, “There’s nothing I can do about it, so we might as well make the best of it.”

Making the best of it, at this point, means staying optimistic, positive and flexible. We’ll watch for communications from her school about what graduation might look like and when it might be. We’re not sure if she’ll be working over the summer, so for now we’ll just keep our eye on September, when she’ll be (hopefully) heading off to college.

Right now she’s watching “Community” on Netflix. I’ll tell her to stop, come in here, and I’ll type in exactly what she says.

What do you think of the news?

“I’m not surprised, I was expecting it so I don’t have any particular reaction. It’s disappointing that the end of my high school career is so unexpected and underwhelming, but also it’s interesting that my senior year is a different senior year than any other that’s happened recently.”

Now what?

“I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing and hope for the best.”

What would that look like?

“Eventually being able to leave the house and see my friends. Graduation – I think they’ll do something, I just don’t know what or when.”

The news is very new and we’re all still interpreting what it’s going to mean for our kid’s immediate future. Other than getting back to “Community,” that is.

How are you and your high school senior dealing with the news?

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