Thank you to Emily Boyas, a fellow educator, small business owner, and autism mom, for sharing her thoughts on the issues surrounding school reopening in Fall 2020. She is a contributor to an occasional series of guest blog posts on the topic – more to come.
Emily Boyas taught middle school English for five years and has spent the past ten years as a high school reading specialist. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband Benny, an army veteran. She has three kids: Madelynn (13), Nathan (8) and Kellan (5). Madelynn has Neurofibromatosis and Kellan has autism. She also has three dogs – Ringo, Starr and Yoda – and in my spare time, she love to read. (Are we shocked by that?!) Connect with Emily by email at email@example.com.
This post is for everyone who thinks we should go back to school in person in the fall of 2020, and it’s long – so please read carefully.
Did you know the ISBE guidelines say six feet “if possible”? So guess what, it’s not possible. Your teacher will likely be in a room with 30 kids and so will your child if we are 100% face-to-face.
Before you say, well everyone else has to work, guess what? It’s apples to oranges! Hospitals are different. Workplaces with adults are different. Not only will we not be socially distancing according to CDC guidelines but kids are gross. They don’t wash their hands after using the bathroom. Masks will be a daily fight with them. They pick their noses. On top of that, the condition of the schools and their cleanliness is an issue for concern. Last year, the bathrooms were appalling because we simply couldn’t find the janitorial staff to clean our schools. A Starbucks cup lay in the stairwell for days before a teacher threw it out. Dust bunnies were everywhere.
I have exercise-induced asthma typically. Last fall and winter I came down with a nasty cold/flu and was sick for four months. My asthma is now not exercise-induced. I am now on a steroid inhaler and have a residual cough. Imagine what Covid would do to me.
For all of you screaming about your freedom and the economy…well what about MY right to life? I was told I do not have a choice about coming back, so I essentially have to choose between putting bread on the table, keeping my insurance, which pays for my son’s 100k/year therapy, and MY LIFE. And no, do not tell me to find a different job. That’s not an option. I can’t replace what I make with a different job.
When you shout about your mask and reopening the economy, and your supposed “constitutional rights”, all I hear is I DON’T CARE ABOUT ANYONE BUT ME!
I’m not scared to die. I know where I’m going, but should I have to choose that? Should my family have to worry about losing a mom/wife?
I told my husband, I guess it’s a good thing I have great life insurance and maybe it’s time to actually get a will, which I should have done a long time ago.
If you think this sounds dramatic, well then sign up to sub. We will have a sub shortage too because our subs are largely retired and older people with health conditions. Put your money where your mouth is and get in the schools. See for yourself.