All Maryland public schools will be closed from Monday March 16th until March 27th because of the coronavirus.
As of this moment, we will not have to teach for those two weeks. However they mentioned that we will have to use our spring break time to make it up.
This is the first time something like this has happened to me, as I am sure its a first for many. We are history in the making.
So to keep track of my experience with this virus, I thought I would write about it.
Students are aware of a lot of information about the virus. They have researched, watched and listened to information about it. A lot of students mention to me that they didn’t understand the hysteria around it. While there were a few who voiced their anxiety about it. Most students were excited by the idea of getting out of school, and being apart of something so… historical. They even shared information that in every decade in the 20th year, there was some type of pandemic! The black plague, spanish flu, and now the coronavirus.
Most of my friends online have expressed concern for the elderly and the sick, however they also do not understand the hype. Why are people purchasing all of the toilet paper? We went to the grocery store and the toilet paper was all gone, as were all of the cleaning supplies! Those were the only two things missing on the shelves.
I also want to mention that the stock market is crashing, and people are promoting using digital platforms to help eliminate spread of the virus. There could be a correlation between the idea of money spreading the virus and the use of digital platforms as a financial solution. Though cryptocurrency is also tanking… at this moment, it is down to $5k.
So as I prepare for my last day of school tomorrow before our 2 week closure, I want to remind you, change is inevitable… so just breathe.