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  1. My favorite part of that article, besides the sexy pictures, is the implication that Buttigieg could beat Donald Trump due to his new sexy appearance. Is he under the impression that people are going to vote for Trump because he's sexy? I mean, I don't really understand the motivation to vote for Trump, but I'm pretty sure that's not it.
  2. Since my new job will be teaching virtually, usually 1:1 or small groups, I am taking a couple clients this summer to get up to speed. I won't charge them since I don't know what I'm doing. I think one client will be my bright 6 year old niece. Her mother says I can teach her whatever I want. My other client is a young adult with ID, which is perfect because I teach high schoolers with ID, so I need that experience. Anyway, I'm curious to see who else is tutoring, and what platforms and strategies you're using. The school I'll be at uses a google platform, so that's what I'm trying to figure out. Today I used meet with my older client and it went well. I haven't tried with the little one, although we've been doing a virtual circle time on Google Meet that has gone well.
  3. Well usually it would be rude to say this but I hope you are wrong. I mean, you probably aren't, but it would be nice if it worked the way you'd like it to.
  4. So, she'd have to unregister to register with VV? Does VV offer a blended enrollment? So, she could stay registered for that one class? Probably not, or you wouldn't be debating this, I assume.
  5. Could both kids go to the tiny private school? Here you can transfer from private to public. Homeschool to public doesn't work. I'm sorry they're struggling.
  6. If you sign up for Virtual Virginia (I don't live in VA so I don't know) and drop out can you? Our charters here are virtual, but you can leave a charter and walk back into your in bounds public the next day and they have to take you.
  7. My kids are definitely staying home, but they're younger. I can see how a high schooler would be more opinionated. Given that I'll be working full time, I don't think having my kids home is ideal. I think kids should be homeschooled by parents who love teaching, and my DH is not the ideal candidate. But I think a year of imperfect homeschooling beats a dead loved one. I hope you find a plan that you feel comfortable with, and that makes your kid happy, and that everyone stays safe, including your DH.
  8. We are keeping everyone home. My job next year will be teaching online to kids whose stay home due to the virus, and I am so grateful that I won't have to step foot in a school building. I don't think there will be a solution that prevents 100% of transmission in schools, and I think that families who need that level of protection, or families that want it and have other choices, should take the other choices. But I'm also someone who teaches low income kids with low incidence disabilities. My students are not the ideal candidates for online learning. They can't stay home alone, so their parents can't work, they are emergent readers or writers so any independent work is hard, and their parents may not speak English or may not have received a good education so it's hard for them to help. So, I hope that we are able to get to the point that schools reopen in a manner that keeps transmissions low, so that parents can decide what's best for their kids, because in some cases, I do think the risk of staying home is greater than the risk of returning to school. I do think that a high school student who wears a mask takes a bus with 1/3 as many students (because of the alternate day thing, and because people pick other patterns) to school where they're in a classroom with the same 20 kids all day, is significantly safe than a kid who rides a bus that's 3 kids to a seat, and changes classes 7 times. If his mom works in a nursing home, then her patients are made safer too. Are those steps enough to get R0 below 1? I think that probably depends on what else is going on in the community, and whether that mom has good PPE.
  9. Yeah, I don't think we're going to find a perfect solution. I think we'll see more kids getting to school other ways, and I think we'll see kids exposed on the bus. But if the kid exposed on the bus takes it to 1 or 2 classrooms worth of kids, rather than 7, that's still an improvement. We can't expect to wait to be able to stop spread to open schools. We can only expect to bring R0 down below 1 so cased don't lead to spikes. I also think that all school systems need a free robust online option. Our state doesn't have them. I hope that changes before September. My family is choosing to keep kids home due to vulnerable members, but we can afford to homeschool. Low income families should have that choice to. My guess is that a fair number of kids will choose online. Add that to the kids who choose to walk or bike, and parents who choose to drive or to let their kid drive, and we might get from 3 kids to a seat to 2. And they could do assigned seats and ask kids to try and pick a sibling (if there is one) or a friend that they're exposed to elsewhere for the seat partner so there would be less added exposure. Which is something, that added to other strategies might help bring R0 down.
  10. I've read a fair amount that supports the idea that the amount of virus you're exposed to makes a difference even if you contract the virus. For example, if DS gets it, his great grandfather who is almost 90 will get it. After all, he kisses DS on the head, and snuggles really close to hear DS's very soft voice. He knows what he's doing it's his choice to make. But we still have him leave the room when we do things like suction that spray aerosols, and we still have him use a different bathroom. We do the same for my other kids. I make them go up two flights of stairs every time they have to pee! Tonight's nurse was the same nurse and she didn't seem to mind picking yesterday, so we're good. As to the comment about not everyone making noise, I can hear if you run the sink, so you darn well better make some noise! It's not that I think people can hear me pee (although that does make noise), it's just that they know I'm in there. Yes I'm weird. I own it.
  11. If my 12 year old stays on his growth curve, he'll be about 6 feet at 16. If you plan to use it that long, a full might be more comfortable. We are currently sleeping in a room with a twin over twin, and a twin over full. I know my husband prefers the full size bed.
  12. I live in a pretty dense area. In the district where I teach you only get bussing with an IEP. In the public school district my kids attend there are a lot of walkers, and my guess is that if there's covid, there will be more parents driving their kids, letting their kids drive or ride with a neighbor, or making their kids walk. My guess is that my kid will go to our local high school which is about 2.1 miles away. Since 2 + miles qualifies for bus, he could ride, but after covid I'll probably tell him to ride his bike. I realize that rural areas are very different. However, even if you're exposed to 30 kids on the bus, if you cut down the exposure during the day it's something.
  13. I wouldn't put an impulsive three year old in a room with a bunkbed. I'd get a trundle bed, maybe a trundle bed with an upper bunk you can add later, but bunk bed falls are common, and I've see the results of head injury from a similar height. It's not a risk I would take. AAP suggest no one under 6 on the top bunk, and unless you could guarantee he wouldn't climb up there, I wouldn't risk it.
  14. It seems like there could be a halfway solution. I get that there are issues in the food chain, and that if we're trying to keep food on the shelf, substitutions make sense, but I wish there could be something like a sticker that you add on if there's a substitution. It wouldn't even need to say what the substitution was, but then if you do have food allergies you could know to avoid that product, while people without that issue could still buy it. Just a sticker that says "not exactly as described" or something.
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