I am writing this from my apartment in downtown NYC. My husband has been working from home since Thursday and my kids’ schools are officially closed until at least April 20. By tomorrow, all restaurants, bars, gyms, and movie theaters in the city will be shut down. It feels surreal. I know my family is one of the lucky ones. We are healthy. We are not worried about having a roof over our heads or food to eat or a job with hourly wages that might be lost. We have our own devices, internet access, and each other. My husband and I have told our kids that our job as a family is to simply get out of the way. Let the medical professionals and our government officials do their job. Do our school assignments and our work. Don’t complain. Wash our hands. Be grateful.
Like many of you, I’ve spent a lot of time on social media this weekend. I am beyond amazed by the activity of the education community over the last week. Teachers all over are rolling up their sleeves to shift their entire teaching plans online. From coast to coast, teachers are sharing resources, online tools, and tips for the weeks and months ahead. Our community is stepping up with free resources, support webinars, and of course efforts to fight disinformation around the pandemic.