Recently, my heart was heavy as I read through all the Facebook messages from teachers and parents digesting and processing FCPS' decision. The thought "we were made for exactly a time like this" came to me while typing something to encourage and love on teachers.
I thought back to all the Growth Mindset lessons I heard in the classrooms over the years while working at a FCPS elementary school. I reflected on the end of my son's 2020 senior year, and how I enjoyed his senior experience solely for the fact that it was his senior experience. It seemed more meaningful, intimate, just about him and his friends rather than the "Pomp and Circumstance." This whole experience will be what you make of it.
Parents, teachers, FCPS administration, please, please remember that you are all in this together. There should be no pointing fingers and essentially yelling from two separate sides of the street. Stand in the street together. This is a great opportunity to be pioneers, trailblazers and adventurers to work together and be the best models of what Growth Mindset looks like in real life for your kids and our community. To these students, this is their life experience. Please don't mourn what would have been, what "I did my __ year that you will not get to do." Make it a unique and amazing year for them (socially distanced and wearing masks, of course) as best as you can. This will be the experience they carry forward, knowing that in difficult times, you can still make the best of things when people work together and encourage one another.
FCPS, please be adaptable and flexible. Does this really have to be like snow days, where if the building is closed, all activities are canceled? Why can't small athletic practices still be held under new procedures? Why can't pods be created so that small groups of students can come together occasionally for specific activities like outdoor meetings for science experiments? Take a look at what is considered high contact, medium contact and low contact and allow the low contact activities to still occur.
Be innovative, be creative because we were made for a time like this, and we can thrive in spite of it. May God's peace and wisdom bless you all as you move forward as pioneers, trailblazers and adventurers.