COVID Apocalypse in China

Report from the Inside—In China currently, how many people really have COVID? Who the heck knows.Sorry for the lack of stats.But who in the heck knows. What I do know is this… Within the first 10 or so days of the Party dropping its three year old Zero Covid policy here are a few things…

There Are 13 Kids in School Today

13 in our entire middle school of grades 6-7-8. Whiplash! Now that COVID is being allowed to spread freely in China for the first time, the floodgates have opened. Our bubble has burst. An English Department colleague tested positive this morning. The first from our office. Another colleague is out sick today. Don’t know how…

Missing Kid

That’s another thing about the life of a teacher—searching for missing kids in the bathroom. I found R. He says he was not on iPad because it had no power. But with R, it’s hard to know the truth. A sixth grader new to our school. He’s already been suspended for a week from the…

Uncertainties

In the ranks today, we’ve had 15 colleagues forced home into lockdown. 3 alone from our Lower Secondary department. They were all called to leave even though we get COVID tested here at school every single morning , five days a week. Lotus grocery store at the end of the block where colleagues live has…

And then he hugged me

Tuesday, September 13 Tony. Oh, Tony. Smallish boy of sixth grade. Brand new to our school. Very little to no English—yet. On his way out of afternoon homeroom yesterday, he suddenly walked over and gave me a quick half-hug. First and only student to do that this school year. It was incredibly endearing. All my…

Students are Back! First Day in Class Since March 11th

Some witnessings of the day: A sixth grade boy removing ear wax from the ear of a fellow sixth grade boy. A girl brand new to our school offering to give a brand new mask she had to another student—five of whom did not have a mask within an hour of arriving at school. “I…

Chill the **** Out

You know that feeling, the gnawing keeping you up night before a big event—such as students returning to campus for the first time since Friday, March 11th? Chill. Just chill the **** out. What else is there to do? Burn ourselves with stress for what? Life is oh so short. The kids are all probably…

Robots

Robots are cleaning our school hallway

“Just Smile”

Day II: Back in School (teachers and staff only) That’s what Sherry told me. 5 preps. 4 different grades. 2-3 different subjects, depending on how you look at things. Principal acknowledging my new schedule is among top 3-4 most packed/complex. I could cry. I could scream and yell. But Sherry told me to smile. And…

A Lot More to Add, But First This…

19:00/7pm. I have a ton more pics and stories to share. Many are already in FB feed (Kyle Macy Hall, Shanghai). I’ll get more in here in near future… Meanwhile, how’s a man supposed to feel about going into the office tomorrow at 08:00 for the first time in about 5 months? Due to online…

A Year In China, IV

Friends: I apologize for the formatting mess-up in this post. 

Tuesday, 10/08: 71 degrees, cloudy. Great conditions. Air somewhat improved,
 but still 120’s right now. Runable, but hoping for more improvement. Went 
out to run a few, but seems there was an endless recess period today. Kids
 from all grades, all directions, were flying around…

A Year in China, III

9/15: That was eerily rational. Chinese folks, at least 4 at once, stood fast as several of us exited the train at South Shaanxi. Wow. 9/16: Tired but less humidity, breezy, good air. I’m heading to InterSport. 4 classes today but felt like 2. 3 were 80 minute periods. But these sixth graders are great….