Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Hurricane Hermine: No Power, No School

The Teacher's Toolbox

So what happens when your district shuts down for a week in the aftermath of a hurricane? I'm about to find out. We go back to school tomorrow. 

Hurricane Hermine pounded our beautiful city of Tallahassee (Florida) last Thursday night. As a precaution, school was cancelled for Thursday and Friday. Then we had the weekend to recover and Monday was a holiday for Labor Day. But on Sunday, it was clear to the district (and the rest of us) that we would not be ready to come back to school on Tuesday as was originally planned. Many people are still without power, even as I write this on Tuesday night, 5 days after the storm. 
Mrs. Irvin's Toolbox
But school starts back tomorrow, Wednesday. It was announced yesterday. That means it may be hard for parents (and staff) to get their kids ready for school in the dark, and heat, on Wednesday morning. It won't be easy packing lunches when you haven't had refrigeration for a week. Some may not even have clean clothes for the week since they haven't been able to do laundry. For some, though, it may be a blessing to be able to send their kids to an air-conditioned school where they'll see their friends and get back to their regular routine. 

It'll be interesting to see how my students have handled this "unexpected" event and how long it'll take them to get back to the routine that we just learned. (We started school on August 15th.) This is such a hard time for us, but especially hard for families with children with Autism and other special needs. 

For now, I'm counting my blessings. I have my home, a/c, refrigeration, transportation and most of all, my family is safe and sound. A bit of a rough start to the school-year, but a great reminder to appreciate everything and everyone we have.   

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