Not a lot of links this week. Our university official sent out an email telling us not to advertise the whereabouts of people in Afghanistan on social media as that is being used by the Taliban. They’re trying to get alumni out in conjunction with the US military. Here’s a Time article on how to help.
Updates to the covid schooling situation: They are now putting up total number of cases at each school on the school website each day. The first day of school had 2 new cases. The second day of school had 10 new cases.
On the second day of school, the district decided that the elementary school classrooms will alert parents when an elementary school has been exposed (I assume because the first two cases were at elementary schools and they were inundated with phone calls from parents asking if their kid was exposed). DH went to a school board meeting and they stood firm on refusing to do the same at the middle schools or high school because “that would be 7 emails per kid”… which no, you could just send out ONE email every day with which classes were exposed to everybody. In about a week it won’t be possible to figure out which kid is out by class schedule because multiple kids will be out! Or they could just note which classes are still within 10 days of exposure. They have also decided, without reason given, to not mandate masks on busses even though the other town is mandating them because busses are covered under federal, not state, law. They refuse to collect even voluntary information on how many staff/faculty are vaccinated. They do not have a threshhold/cutoff for when the school should be shut down even though they had one last year (and never shut the school down).
On the first day of school, DC1’s principal sent an email talking about how great it was to see all the kids’ shining faces, and DC1 says she isn’t wearing a mask at school. So… that’s the leadership at the high school.
Speaking of leadership, all our work meetings have been hybrid and nobody in person has been masked. Our (maskless) department head went on a thing about how our students are likely to mask because they care about people and one of our adjuncts asked if he should mask when teaching because he hates it and I started shaking and lost my cool. Oh, did I mention our uni President has told all department heads to inform the faculty that the expectation is that we are in our offices from 8-5 M-F? I spent a good portion of Friday working on a job application and the rest hiding in my closet (it’s an anxiety thing—-all these weird coping mechanisms I haven’t used since grad school are resurfacing).
Young fire knight notes that it is easier to save money when you make a lot of money.
A gai shan life contemplates how she should/will stop putting herself down (and why she has done it in the past)