SL 792

This spring has been truly horrible for children with disabilities. The school closures and then the lack of live classroom instruction and therapy has devastated those kids and their families. Back in March, I predicted that school would suck for those kids, but I was thinking about more disabled kids than Ian when I wrote that post. It has sucked for Ian waaayyyy more than I could have anticipated, because his teachers never held live classes. He’s been doing worksheets in his bedroom by himself for three months. I am beyond livid. Now, I am stared at the abyss with no camps or pools or activities for him this summer. I hate everyone.

OK. I’m better. This is a first edition of Native Son in my poor, neglected Etsy shop. I am desperate for more inventory, but estate sales are not considered essential businesses. Why? I don’t know. People are still dying and their relatives have to get rid of their crap. I’m hoping that when things open up, there will be a blizzard of sales and I will be able to buy tons and tons of good stuff.

I’m making pasta with kale as a side dish tonight with some leftover pork chops.

The middle aged women, who get COVID and have a hard time getting back to normal, scare the shit out of me.

From my favorite blind gossip blog: “There appears to be a coordinated effort on multiple fronts from reporters and bloggers to force out of the closet a “public figure” who supports anti LGBT policies. As in, this is happening in the next day or two.”

JK Rowling got cancelled this week.

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    1. For some reason, the books have been selling like hotcakes for the past month. I’ve made enough money with them to seriously consider a career change.

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  1. More in a bit, but NYC DOE Chancellor Richard Carranza (my candidate for the worst person in public education in the US) tweeted the following in response to a protest by NYC special needs moms:

    “So with all the shifting knowledge of how this virus is spreading … we now want to experiment with our most vulnerable students…Hmmm”

    https://mobile.twitter.com/DOEChancellor/status/1270881203940442113

    Now we care about COVID-19 again.

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    1. “now we care about COVID-19 again” isn’t a relevant thing to say unless you have evidence that Carranza has *not* cared about coronavirus in some other circumstance.

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      1. Oh, I see, he was the one who didn’t want to close schools before. I guess, the answer would be that he did not realize the severity of the epidemic at the time. Interesting, though, that his opinion should be entirely different now than then (but, then 30 thousand dead in NY can have an effect on people’s evaluation of the severity).

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  2. The WA state OSPI (Office of Superintendent of Public Education) released a planning guide yesterday: https://www.k12.wa.us/sites/default/files/public/workgroups/Reopening%20Washington%20Schools%202020%20Planning%20Guide.pdf

    The state superintendent is advising that he expects schools to open for face to face instruction.

    The document calls out a message to “prioritize face to face services for students who are most impacted by the loss of in-person services” and lists students with disabilities, homeless students, students in poverty (along with other categories).

    The safety concerns are dystopian for my child: masks, desks six feet apart, all facing in the same direction, no activities that might be high risk — like choir or wrestling, no sports or other activities that involve interacting with other schools. Oddly I just got him a mask that he likes, so there’s that. .

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  3. It’s a logistics nightmare and I glad for everyone that I am not in charge. I am thinking about ways of making the experience work the best for my kiddo, who can be educated without face to face time, if need be.

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  4. I just thought I would add from Canada that opening Quebec schools did result in an outbreak – but not a huge spike. In fact new cases for the country per day have been under 500 each day since Monday, on a downward trend overall, including Quebec. (Montreal schools stayed closed.) So there is hope, and I actually was pretty pessimistic. The schools were not near full, it was optional, but still.

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  5. Listened to The Daily while folding laundry. Today’s episode was an interview with Ronda McIntyre, a 5th grade teacher in Columbus, OH. She spoke of the rapid switch to remote learning, how it didn’t work, and what she tries to do to make it work, and her worries about what social distancing will mean in school, especially if the expectation is that a teacher enforce it.

    Was a worthwhile listen.

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