The email came on Friday afternoon. Beginning Monday, May 24th, students would not have to wear a mask while outside at recess or PE. But masks still must be warn AT ALL TIMES in the building.
Then more emails arrived… “Anyone have any ideas of how kids can keep their mask clean while traveling back and forth from recess?” “My own kids school gives each kid a clothespin and they pin it to a tree nearby.” “We can make it a project and make lanyards.” “Fanny packs are coming back in style.” The whole school email went on but even more texts among grade level teams continued long into the weekend.
By Monday morning not much had been resolved. Which idea was best? Each teacher picked a strategy that would work for them (at least for a Monday), crossed their fingers and gave it a try.
And it was worth it. Seeing the kids smiles (some toothless) as they ran down the hill to start recess with their friends… PRICELESS.