Had to try hard to stay a happy camper today. I subbed for the 4th grader teacher only to find out she isn't just in quarantine, she actually HAS Covid, and so does her husband, and most of his relatives, and most of her relatives, and my principal knew that last week, and had no intention of telling us. Fine, I get privacy and not wanting to cause a panic and all, but my system is extremely compromised right now with all the surgeries and procedures I've had done. The LEAST they could have done was clean and disinfect the room, which they did not.
She is extremely organized and left me excellent notes, and has all the copies made for the week, and was obviously at school this weekend prepping instead of home where she belonged. I know the room wasn't cleaned because of the obvious stuff all over the surfaces, coffee rings and such. So I started cleaning with the antibacterial wipes on all the places she would use, like her desks and podium, keyboard etc. They all came up filthy. I disinfected everything I touched multiple times throughout the day. Just ticks me off that the room wasn't cleaned and disinfected over the weekend. Our janitor is a sweetheart, and would have done it, had he been told, which he wasn't.
On the upside, with her excellent organization and preparation, my day was a dream. The kiddos are all real sweethearts and we had a great day. They were helpful and honest, and never once said, "That's not how Mrs. R does it.". The time passed quickly and I thoroughly enjoyed their personalities and enthusiasm for everything we worked on. Not one complaint out of them all day, even when we were stuck indoors for recess. It was a nice change of pace for a day.
Tomorrow, I get to sub in the afternoon for the Kindergarten teacher while she takes her son to his 4 month checkup. That will be a whole different animal. They are a wild bunch, but fun and sweet. It is next to impossible to find enough subs these days, so they cancel my classes and use me. Then later they will complain that my kids are not catching up quickly enough, but what else can we do? It's not like we can double up classes and still have any kind of social distancing at all.
Variety is the spice of life. Some spices are more desirable than others though. I should be hot and spicy by the time this week is over.