So tomorrow is back-to-school. Parte Dos. La segunda parte. Encinitas Unified School District is opening up for the Hybrid Model as of tomorrow, September 21st. I am actually surprised we are able to move forward with it after big gatherings over Labor Day weekend and a few other school districts returning to in-person recently, not to mention the universities and the big Covid outbreak at SDSU. But...here we are! The kids are pretty excited about it, though they will only go Monday & Wednesdays and most of their friends somehow got the Tuesdays/Thursdays time slot. In the end, you can only socialize with your cohort, which is the 12 or so students in your class. You learn with them, eat lunch with only them, have recess with only them, etc. So, while it's more socializing than they get with full distance learning, it is still very limited. Either way, they/we are excited for this next step!
I had to go school supply shopping and the "back-to-school" sections at Target and Dollar Tree were sooo limited, and mostly taken over by Halloween items at this point. So that was interesting. There is no sharing of pencils/markers/glue or anything at all, so each student needs to bring in their own supplies. Also, instead of back-to-school clothes shopping, we did back-to-school mask shopping. The district also send out plenty of videos for the kids to watch on "how to properly wear your mask" and "how to wash your hands", etc. I think we are ready! The one item of "clothing" we did have to purchase was shoes. I realized the kids have either been barefoot or in flip-flops for the past 6 months...and none of their pre-pandemic sneakers fit!