Two words.

Just two words that express what many Oklahoma educators are feeling as scientists predict a second and third wave of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

What if?

What if those predictions are on target?

What if life doesn’t return to “normal” by August?

What if the old normal never comes back?

What if there are more quarantines or stay-at-home orders down the road?

What if the 2020-21 school year begins the way the 2019-20 year ended?

Purcell’s new junior high school is ready to open in the fall. But what if it can’t because the coronavirus is still killing thousands of Americans every day?

What if schools get the green light to open, but only if they implement social distancing?

How does social distancing work in a room full of kindergarten students?

Is it feasible to put half of the district’s students on a morning schedule and half on afternoons?

Or could the district drastically cut class sizes, utilizing classroom space in the old junior high and intermediate schools?

Will distance learning and virtual classrooms become the new normal?

Lots of questions. Precious few answers. But you can bet the what if’s are keeping administrators awake at night.

So take some time and ponder all those what if’s. Think outside the box and whatever you come up with, share it with administrators in your district.

The old adage says it takes a village to raise a child. Maybe it also takes a village to educate one.

Be that village.

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