I watch my oldest son struggling to learn the platforms for seventh grade online learning through this COVID crisis, and honestly, I’m right there with him. There are teachers trying to get students to sign onto different programs outside of their regular classroom, meaning more passwords and links to remember, for multiple classes and for both of my students.
I was so embarrassed because I was having issues signing into one of the programs for Tyler’s seventh grade science class, and I received an email from his teacher asking about sign-in issues with a different link! I responded immediately saying we were struggling with it, and later realized I had replied to my younger son’s teacher on accident.
I’m still learning all of the new teacher’s names. My oldest had me laughing because he was like, “Mom, I signed into the link you gave me, and there were all these tiny fourth grade faces on the screen. I knew it couldn’t be right so I had to figure out how to get back out of the room.” This was the first time he was happy his school-issued chrome book has a camera that isn’t working. I felt so terrible for putting him in that situation that now I have to double check everything, which makes an already stressful situation completely frazzling.
I reached out and I let Ty’s resource teacher know that he was stressed with getting onto the classes at the assigned times and that because of my work schedule, I wasn’t able to ensure he would be able to watch live. She reassured me that he could access the videos later that day. Apparently, we have until 8am the next day for him to complete assignments or he will be marked absent.
My first thought was that so many children are going to fall behind. I know it isn’t just me out there working a full day and coming home physically and mentally exhausted from being on stage for my clients all day, not to mention that Tyler is on an IEP because he has a hard time with math, and shuts down when it comes to anything he doesn’t understand (which is most new information). It took a team of teachers to get him to do his assignments last year, and now all he has is a couple of conversations with his resource teacher and a mother who isn’t tech savvy.
I don’t have the option of staying home. My salon opened in February and if I’m not working, then it isn’t performing. I have to be there, but I also have to be here for my kids. Anyone that says they intend to send their kids to school gets the side eye and I understand! It’s a pandemic. I’ve come to the conclusion that we are going to try the best we can and that’s enough. There really isn’t a right answer here. Hang in there Moms of the world. If you ask yourself if a certain time is too early to have a glass of wine…cheers. We will get through this.