Too soon.

Our school has decided to open on April 27, which is the date that the Chinese government has given for secondary schools to re-open.

In just over a week, we’re supposed to pretend like this is a done deal. Except…

A handful of us stayed in China. That handful of us are apparently expected to participate in this reopen. The rest of our staff are scattered around the globe, but we are the skeleton crew that will get this thing up and running.

And here are a few of the things that re-opening schools are supposed to implement: everyone wearing masks. Everyone maintaining social distancing. No air conditioning. Social distancing in the hallways, in the lunchroom, in the classrooms. Testing to make sure teaching staff hasn’t been infected. Not the students, but the staff. No clear plan or process.

You can imagine my hesitation.

You might be asking why the school is attempting a re-open. This is what we’re asking. This is what we’re not hearing.

Hell hath no fury like a bunch of teachers scorned.

And we are feeling scorned.

And our school’s leadership is not talking.

And this really sucks.

I asked for a change in routine, but I hoped it would be a bit more orderly than this.

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