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Help Me Teach Your Kids in Person. Don’t Rent a Quarantine-Producing Party Bus.

November 12, 2020

My district just began our second quarter of the 2020-21 school year. For high schools, the first quarter entailed a hybrid schedule whereby approximately half of the student body attended on any given day.

We have almost finished the first week in which all students have returned to campus each day.

The first day, I had no students in quarantine.

The second day, I had one, and the third day, I had another, right at the end of the day.

Then today happened, by the end of which 16 more of my students had been assigned two weeks of quarantine.  During the second class period, the remaining students were abuzz about the situation, and it was then that I heard the first one mention a “party bus.”

From what I have been able to determine, it seems that some adults tried to create a homecoming celebration for students, which apparently included a party bus and an improvised homecoming dance. As one might expect during this pandemic, COVID also attended these festivities, the result being number of students in quarantine.

Okay. The principal argument for our returning to full attendance is that These Kids Need to be in School. As a teacher, I have worked hard to make my classroom space as COVID-deterrent as is possible. I had anticipated that I would confront quarantine issues in the wake of flu and holiday season. However, what I did not anticipate was that I would also be confronting situations in which adults would be creating student celebrations that would in turn sabotage the outcome they appear to want most for their kids: Regular school attendance.

So. If you are an adult who is considering creating a pandemic-defying social opportunity for students in the name of High School Only Happens Once, please know that you may well be kneecapping These Kids Need to be in School.

I wish it were not so. I wish I could will Regular Life back into existence tout de suite, but COVID does not care about my preference.

Foresake the party bus, and help me to be able to teach your kids at school.

Thank you.


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  1. Christine Langhoff permalink

    Oh, Mercedes, I am so sorry for the foolish adults who have done this. Would they wade out into a full force hurricane, too, and drag you along with them? Outrageous.

  2. Reblogged this on David R. Taylor-Thoughts on Education and commented:
    It’s sad when the adults are the problem. It makes our jobs 100 times more difficult.

  3. centerforhoperehab permalink

    This is inconsiderate and negligent to potentially expose students on the premise of a social event. Principals and administration should make decisions based on data, increased risk of exposure, and protecting our teachers and students. We know that students need to be in school, but we also know we have never been here before!!

  4. Ruth Hasseler permalink

    Alas, in the school district I live in, a group of teachers rented a party bus and took a wine-tasting trip to celebrate Halloween. The district went fully remote, starting today.

    • Ellen permalink

      Ruth, my first reaction to this party bus was “unbelievable!”

      But you know what? It’s totally (and sadly) believable. Just like the teachers who wear their masks under their noses and below their chins, yet enforce proper mask wearing among students. Just like the teachers who don’t clean desks between classes like we are supposed to (by my estimate, I’ve cleaned around 130 daily since we went full-time on Monday). Ignorant “educators” are a real thorn in my side, especially when so many of my colleagues are following the rules.

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