We have a Disney+ subscription, along with what feels like a million other streaming platforms, and since being quarantined we have watched A LOT of Frozen 2. I mean, I loved the first one, and I love the second one so I’m totally ok with it.
When Frozen came out in 2013, “Let It Go” became the mantra for everyone. It seemed to apply to any situation. Anyway, Elsa’s big song in the second movie is called “Into the Unknown”. She’s about to embark on this big, new journey without any idea of things that may happen….do you see where I’m going with this??
I know that there is absolutely no good solution for the crisis we find ourselves in. There’s always going to be a group of people that one solution won’t work for. It’s impossible to make everyone happy and comfortable when things like childcare, health scares, contamination, and other things are constantly being talked about.
Last Friday, my district released our back to school plans. Honestly, I was really surprised when I read the plan, but I’ve come around and am now actually pretty proud with the solution that was decided. It’s not an easy decision and I respect the impossible place our administrators are in. We’re offering parents the choice of 5 days of in-person or 5 days of remote learning, no hybrid option. So…as nervous as I am about it, I’ll be back in school everyday.
Now….I just found out this morning that our home district will be only strictly remote learning. They will reevaluate each month and gradually move into a hybrid version, but to start my son’s kindergarten journey, we will be remote.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited to get back to work, however that may be. I’m also excited for my son to start kindergarten, but this is completely uncharted territory. In the middle of all the back to school prep I’m working on, I now have to drop everything and put my effort into finding a full time nanny, or someone else, that can be with my son everyday while I’m at work.
I don’t have the answers, but I’m channeling my inner Elsa. In order to get through what’s going to be a tough school year, I’m embracing “the unknown”. I have absolutely no clue how this is going to go, how I’m going to manage all of this, what challenges are going to pop up, but I need to embrace it because it’s happening whether I want it to or not. My kids are taking their cues from me, so I’m smiling while I pick out cute masks for them, laughing while choosing individual name labels for my son’s supplies so other kids don’t use them, and encouraging them when they question things.
Whatever plans your school has chosen, just know how hard it was for them to even create a plan and roll it out knowing they were going to make people unhappy.