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  1. Yeah, this school year is going to be an absolute disaster education-wise. I don't see how it won't be. Expecting a kindergartener to wear a mask for 6 hours is problematic, lunchroom, how do teachers have breaks? So you do a hybrid and rotate kids...where are the ones supposed to go that are not in school? Their parents are working. How will school really get done. 68 percent of our district is free lunch with a heavy Hispanic population where the kids speak English but parents do not. If teachers retire we will have even worse shortage. How do we fill them? I also see kids/teachers getting it and schools being closed for a couple of weeks to clean and allow for spread to die down, then opening then shutting down, then opening. Those districts that say your kid can do it online...exactly how is that working? Live feed from the classroom itself? That would be hard, plus might be privacy isssues. Do you have it done separately? So the teacher has to do it twice? Different teacher? Doing the same curriculum? So what about the asymptomatic kids or low symptom kids that are tested and have to stay home? Is the teacher doing online doing exactly the same as their original teacher? I just see a massive disaster. I don't know that you can prevent it. I think parents just need to be prepared for this year to be a learning of another type.
  2. Yeah, I get that. I guess I'm not talking about my husband or my friends who truly know what they do and don't like. But kids and older people not so much. Like I said, my father in law happily ate all of that stuff even though it had onions on it- sometimes remarking it was the best thing he had ever tasted. I honestly don't think my sister-in-laws did anything wrong. I also do not think my mom did anything wrong by telling me it was potato fish so I would eat fish. But Quill's story about mayonaisse...yeah not acceptable. But many times, kids don't know what they do or don't like and when people get older they can get grumpy and again decide they don't like anything or only a few things and you can get them to eat much much more if you just don't tell them what is in it. When they are in that state they are toddlers to be managed in a way.
  3. Yes, you are probably right, but what about the 1/3 or so of the teachers in the district that are 55 and above, many above 60? THOSE are the ones I'm worried about.
  4. Honestly, if they are anywhere near retirement, I think many will just go ahead and retire. Between the threat of the virus and the technology for some of them, it just won't be worth it. I think they are going to have quite a few vacancies.
  5. So the governor of Texas said today that school will continue as usual in the fall. Masks will not be mandatory and they don't have to be tested either. ( And you wonder why the people at my church will not wear masks) Will be an interesting school year. Really glad we're done.
  6. Yeah, I've told people that the two periods I've hated the most in parenting are the baby years and the early young adult years. Babies, because they can't talk and tell you what is wrong. I'm just not a baby person. The older they get, the better I like them. But early twenties...oh my. A 21yo who ends up in a mental hospital when we thought everything was fine. I "think" he is doing a lot better. But he sure had us fooled. When he called me from there in the middle of class I couldn't believe it. Yeah, we survived. He's 23 now and has a really good job and is doing well. But it is hard not to worry. He is good with money. Middle one is 21 and has no idea what he wants to do with his life. Hard to watch, but I'm okay with it. He is also open to feedback and we our relationship is good right now. But the boy cannot handle money. He says it is rebellion from us being so stingy.. 🙂 I don't know. I think he will be okay. He's smart. He'll have a master's degree in another year. Youngest is 18 and going into musical theater amidst Covid. That said, she talked to me for a long time the other day and I actually think her head is screwed on pretty straight. But she made a HORRIBLE HORRIBLE mistake a couple of years ago. We listened much more than we "laid down the law" and that was very helpful. We talk about it still ( only if she brings it up.). We both agree she needs some counseling and will see if she can find some on campus next year. Once again, she totally blindsided us with the mistake. Other than that one situation, she has been SO SO incredibly responsible. In a way, after that incident, I took my hands totally off the wheel. It seems to have been the right choice. Prayer. Lots of prayer. I also think it depends on the kid. I really was a boring, obey, get a job kind of kid. My mom knew she never had to worry about me. My sister, on the other hand, was a complete wreck. Thankfully, she has finally settled down in her 40's. She and are becoming friends finally.
  7. I guess I don't see anything wrong with it. ( Now food allergies are something different.) My mom got me to eat fish by calling it potato fish because I didn't like it. I didn't tell me kids certain things were in food if they were disguised enough. My father-in-law swore he hated onions yet when his daughters made him stuff with onions he would rave about how wonderful it was. Now if you mentioned it, he would swear he could taste it. But he ate tons of stuff unbeknownst to him that had onions in it.
  8. Oh Slache. I'm so sorry. Praying medication is helpful!
  9. He does start every service the way you suggested with the exception of the moment of silence. Didn't you read that our associate pastor who is in his 70's with 12 or more stints isn't masking. I think a lot of the confusion comes from what the State of Texas says. It says you should only mask if you cannot social distance. If you can social distance, it isn't necessary. And people are social distancing for the most part, people are. A few give each other hugs, but who knows if they are seeing each other outside. But there is social distancing in the service. Many people come in with masks, but then take them off when the service begins and put them back on when it is over. We are following the protocols outlines by the state of Texas: Individuals should, to the extent possible, minimize in-person contact with others not in the individual’s household. Minimizing in-person contact includes maintaining 6 feet separation from individuals. When maintaining 6 feet separation is not feasible, other methods should be utilized to slow the spread of COVID-19, such as wearing a face covering or mask, washing or sanitizing hand frequently, and avoiding sharing utensils or other common objects.  Keep at least two empty seats (or six feet separation) between parties in any row, except as follows: - Two or more members of the same household can sit adjacent to one another, with two seats (or six feet separation) empty on either side. - Two individuals who are not members of the same household but who are attending together can sit adjacent to one another, with two seats (or six feet separation) empty on either side So how is our pastor supposed to say everyone wear a mask when the government says it is ok not to as long as you maintain social distancing?
  10. Yep, that article nailed our area.
  11. I guess I feel like that would that would be letting the best be the enemy of the good. Yes, on Facebook he has explained the reason MULTIPLE times. He has from the pulpit. He has from email. If he cancels service he would be fired. If he is fired or resigned, where is he supposed to work? He is 5-10 years or so from retirement with children in college. This isn't our church this is our state. Our town in is two counties and when one of those counties nearly doubled total numbers yesterday by going up 104 in one day. The governor of the state said don't worry it's only the jail. His parents and his wife's parents are getting frail. They need to be by them. No church in Texas, especially our denomination would have him with that kind of attitude that you want him to take. Nor the state next to us where some of his parents are. We had a horrible 10 years before he came here. Two pastors that only sowed divisiveness. ( One pastor was arrested for prostitution after he left here.) 4 years of interim. ( Not at the same time off and on. This pastor is humble, puts others before himself, has worked since he came here for racial unity having joint services alternating between the African American church and ours. We are working with the poor in Honduras, establishing a separate non-profit. He mobilizes our church to serve the community multiple ways. He is the epitome of the humble servant. So yeah, I want him to stay because if he does what you suggest, our church will be in chaos. Go to another church you say? They will be exactly like mine or worse as far as masks and not nearly as good at serving others. Oh and sshh he isn't for the person holding the rally in a neighboring state while most of our congregation is. So if it is ok for him to have a rally, indoors with no social distancing then why in the heck does our pastor want us to wear masks and do it in church?? (Yes, I know you don't have to tell me. I'm telling you what the congregation would say.) Yet he has continued to advocate for it. Social distancing we are doing in that every other row is roped off.
  12. Ok, I'll give you that. Your previous statement sounded like everyone needed to take their child only to a children's hospital. Yes, urban areas are different. In the city you have a hand surgeon, total joint surgeon, pediatric ortho, etc. Here orthopaedists do it all. Part of the reason we moved here and not to a big city. What you said makes sense in a big city. So yes, it depends.
  13. No, just my observations in my town, my church and the town next door. East Texas if it matters.
  14. Ok, I have no idea where you live. You do not need a children's hospital. The docs here treat children just fine. You don't need to take them 2 1/2 hours to a children's hospital. My husband operated on hundreds of children and they all had excellent results. Unless it is some kind of complicated thing and yes my husband would refer things to the big city if he felt like he couldn't handle it. No one around here or in the bigger cities 30 minutes away and 45 minutes away takes a kid to children's hospital in Dallas unless is something very unusual. For a run of the mill broken bone. Nope.
  15. It cost nearly 1,000 dollars to take someone by ambulance. It cost 50,000 for a helicopter. ( Yeah, we got the bill for the helicopter and just about fell over. Wasn't covered by insurance.)
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