Coronavirus blog: Graduations and future of education

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Monday, June 15, 2020
Coronavirus blog: Graduations and future of education
ABC7 Meteorologist Sandhya Patel opens up about how her family is getting through the novel coronavirus pandemic.

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- I thought life was already hectic with a full-time career and three kids but I had no idea it was about to get crazier when the novel coronavirus pandemic hit. We are all being impacted by this crisis and I have been hearing from everyone from family to friends to parents of kids that go to the same schools as mine to complete strangers when I have gone out for essential services. I felt a strong urge to start this blog because it has been therapeutic for me to put my feelings on paper. I wanted to give other people the opportunity to do the same in the hopes that it would help them. I would love to hear how you're feeling and coping so please feel free to share.

CORONAVIRUS BLOG: ABC7 Meteorologist Sandhya Patel opens up about navigating life during COVID-19 crisis

Graduation & Promotions

We are so proud of all three of our kids who worked hard to finish up school during this pandemic!

Our oldest daughter graduated from middle school and our twins got promoted from fifth grade.

They worked hard to adjust to virtual learning and made the best of a tough situation.

My husband and I recognized their achievements with a quiet celebration at home.

It was not exactly how we expected to mark the milestones but, we made the best of the situation.

I think the school staff did a wonderful job with the virtual graduation and the promotion car parade and we could not be more appreciative.

If you have kids that took part in virtual ceremonies or drive-by graduations, I know you can relate.

Education in the Fall

Since we're on the subject of school, let me start off by saying that COVID-19 has turned our worlds upside down and has dramatically changed the near future of education!

We know that for everyone's safety.. smaller class sizes, mandatory masks and social distancing are some of the topics being discussed when our kids go back to school in the fall.

It is going to be challenging for everyone from teachers who will have smaller groups of students alternating to kids who may be doing hybrid learning with various possibilities, from some days at school to some days of distant learning and it will be equally tough for parents who will have to juggle job responsibilities and their kids' changing schedules.

I don't think there is any easy way around this crisis.

My feeling is that everyone will have to be flexible from teachers with assignments to students with changing up their ways of learning to employers allowing parents to work from home when necessary.

We know we will face bumps in the road but, we will just have to figure out a way to get through this.

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