life comes to a screeching halt…

and just like that….Friday the 13th (March)… school and all of our activities are postponed.

Postponed? …how does that work? When will we begin to do things again? When will school start again (very important question when the oldest child at home is a high school Senior)? When will track season begin? (both girls at home are Varsity athletes and really looking forward to Track)

We woke up this morning to the news that our governor is closing all large events and all K-12 schools.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-5 to cancel all events over 250 people and all assemblages in shared spaces over 250 people beginning on Friday, March 13 at 5:00pm and ending on Sunday, April 5 at 5:00pm. The governor’s executive order also closes all K-12 school buildings to students from Monday, March 16 until Sunday, April 5.

What?? Today is the last day of school for three weeks?? What about the boys district final basketball game??

Headed to school knowing today was our last day for three weeks. Talking to children in the lobby before school where many were trying to figure out if this is good and fun to be gone from school or what is really going to happen? Some hadn’t heard anything and wondered if it were true? Some children asked me if I would be sure to change lunch tables when they come back and even told me what tables they wanted to sit at. I told them they would have to remind me when we returned.

Teachers constantly busy throughout the day between teaching classes, discussing current situation with students, and preparing all the materials to send home with students to be sure to cover two weeks of study at home. Thank goodness one week that we will miss was already our planned spring break.

The end of the school day seemed a bit sad as we said goodbye to students and told them we’d see them in three weeks.

My daughters were sad as they attended a track team meeting after school and were told they could not practice as a team until further notice. However, their coach gave them workouts to do on their own or if a few of them wanted to get together and do things that would be great.

How disappointed my girls were when they came home. No track until who knows when. But, they both still had attitudes of we have to keep working for when track does start.

The worldwide pandemic of the Covid-19 virus is definitely changing our world.

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