Really random title, I know, but bear with me. We have officially survived our first week of virtual kindergarten at what the school district has dubbed, “Liberty Virtual School.”
Virtual or in-person, that is the question
So like many parents when the pandemic started getting bad over the spring and summer, we stressed out about the upcoming school year. What the hell were we going to do?
Caiden was going to be a kindergartner. Even though he’s our first kid, we knew that was a big milestone kind of year. Would we regret not sending him? Would he struggle making friends? Keeping up in class? Dealing with the difference emotionally? The struggle of the unknown was real.
While we’re not on the patient care side of things, since Ricky and I both work in healthcare we knew that we would try to avoid sending Caiden to school if at all possible. COVID-19 is real and it is scary the long-lasting effects it can have on those who have had it. We both work virtually at the moment, so if necessary we could figure out a way to make it work. It wouldn’t be easy, or ideal, but we could manage … somehow.
Fortunately, we were lucky enough to not have to worry about it. My mom graciously offered to assist. Not just with managing Caiden’s school day, but with watching Beckett as well.
My mom (Saint Lex) is a big reason we have any sanity remaining in this household at the end of weekdays now. Whether she feels like she has any left by time she gets back home is probably an entirely different question. But of course, being the sweetheart that she is, she says that she wouldn’t change a thing about spending all day with our crazy duo.
The morning grind
A typical school morning in the Leesmann house.
6:30 a.m. – Turn off the alarm. Tell Alexa to set a timer for 5 minutes.
6:35 a.m. – Tell Alexa to Stop. Ask her to set a timer for 8 minutes. Wonder why I always choose such a random amount of time.
6:40 a.m. – Get jumped on by Caiden who has invaded our bedroom. Hear Beckett whine on the monitor. No crying yet, so leave him be.
6:43 a.m. – Tell Alexa to Stop. Ask her to play the Harry Potter Quiz. Mentally bitch to myself that we’re playing as part of Ravenclaw instead of Hufflepuff, but it is what it is. Ricky’s house tends to lead the others in this game anyway. Nerds.
6:50 a.m. – Decide we can’t waste any more time laying around. Get out of bed, throw on work clothes a.k.a. athleisure that I now live in and head to Beckett’s room to get him out of the crib.
6:55 a.m. – Appreciate the baby snuggles I get as I take Beckett from the crib to the changing table, knowing what’s yet to come.
6:56 a.m. – Start wrestling with the baby alligator who has suddenly possessed what used to be my baby and has started to death roll and shriek in protest of getting his incredibly wet diaper changed.
7 a.m. – Head downstairs now that everyone is dressed. Stop to turn off all the lights in the rooms upstairs that were mysteriously left on by unknown forces.
7:05 a.m. – Drink first cup of coffee made with Caiden’s help while Ricky makes breakfast (eggs are his specialty) or pulls something out of the pantry for everyone. Make Ricky’s coffee and distribute everyone’s vitamins.
7:30 a.m. – Wonder where the hell the rest of that time went and start straightening up some before Mom arrives.
7:45 a.m. – Tell Caiden for the 5th time that he can’t watch cartoons because it’s a school day as Ricky sets up Caiden’s work area in between running upstairs to check his Teams pings. Let out a small sigh of relief as Mom enters the front door.
7:50 a.m. – Chit chat with mom as I mentally prep myself for the day ahead. Thank my lucky stars yet again that I’m no longer managing social media in addition to the website due to how crazy work has gotten.
8 a.m. – Make sure Mom and Caiden feel set up for success. Kiss the boys goodbye as we head off to our respective work areas, and wish Caiden a good day at school and Mom good luck.
A thought on virtual school so far
It’s not perfect, but it’s not too horrible either.
Maybe it’s because we have 3 adult brains working together to ensure everything is operating as well as it can (with VPN some of the issues are out of our control), but looking at some of the comments on the parent Facebook group, you’d think things were going off the rails every other second.
And maybe it is for older grades, who knows.
I just know that Liberty Public Schools has worked their asses off to make the best of this incredibly weird time. They’re trying their best to suit the needs of those who need to go in-person, creating back up plans for when the in-person kids are forced (let’s be honest, it’s more than likely going to happen) to go virtual and ensuring the virtual kids are still meeting all of their milestones.
That’s a lot to ask of what we already put on public educators.
So from this virtual mom, thank you.
Thank you for putting so much effort into this.
Thank you for being resilient.
Thank you for continuing to love your students, even if class looks a little different this year.
And HUGE thanks to my mom, too. Love you, Momma.