Day 90: more online schooling?

The president of the Philippines has announced recently that no face-to-face school until a vaccine is found. This means probably no school for at least one semester. I didn’t give much thought about it as I don’t take him seriously. But then a colleague of mine said she’s planning to go to japan for the time being so her kid can get some real education. I suddenly wonder…. what should I do? what are my options?

Obviously I can’t envision to continue the current state for another 6 months or more. Working load is crazy and homeschooling for two kids is just impossible, and I do worry about educational implication for the kids, not so much academically but more emotionally. They both love social time with their friends and online learning makes it impossible. I try to schedule face play date for them with whoever is available, but it’s just not optimal. The more I think about it, the more I started to worry. I then talked to few more colleagues in my situation and each of them has different family situation and preferences. It’s interesting to learn from others, but I came to realise that this kind of decision is also personal, it reflects our family values and should not be compared to others. At the end, I wrote to management to get some more clarity before I can make a decision. Are we even allowed to work remotely from other countries so our kids can get real education?

One option is send the kids back to China while I stay here. I know this will be hard for me and the girls, so I asked them casually and the answer came clear: they’d rather continue online learning to stay with mommy. Well… one option down, which I’m kind of relief to know. I don’t need to struggle about it.

To be continued.

On a positive note, I had a great run, the weather was soooo cool (25C), I run 1 min/mile faster than usual and didn’t even feel it. We are finally allowed to use the green path again so I loved seeing some red

After my run I took the girls for a walk so they can enjoy some fresh air too.

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We invited over a friend’s kid for pizza. They loved the pizza but I felt that Sofia didn’t like the playdate so much. I can understand but felt sad about it. Sofia craves sooo much friendship and she’s deprived from it.


for the adults I made green beans, radish cake, remained, fungus with our okra and tofu skin.

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I took a nap after lunch, glorious, first time in a while. Then I read some before I head out for an evening walk with a colleague friend. I haven’t seen her since March, although we talk almost daily. It was nice to catch up for real, especially when she’s going through some personal struggles. There’s nothing more comforting than a friendly hug when one’s vulnerable.

On sunday i’ll meet with another colleague friend for morning run. i am also craving human interaction clearly 🙂

Q: How are you keeping in touch with friends during quarantine? 

I find chatting online is okay to know what’s going on with each other’s life but the spontaneity is gone. 

6 thoughts on “Day 90: more online schooling?

  1. Oh my goodness. I read this yesterday and didn’t have time to comment but I had to come back to it. OH MY GOODNESS! That is terrible. I mean, I guess it’s not a huge surprise necessarily, but I know we are all hoping for some in person schooling in the fall. Our district sent an email this past week too that it is “unlikely” that school will resume as “normal, in person instruction 5 days per week” in the fall as well and that people should start planning for childcare now. UGH! I don’t really know what that means though. I have heard rumors that they may try to do some days in school and some days at home, rotating the kids somehow.


  2. The good news, maybe, for my family is that my boys actually go to a private school here in town. So, their school is a little smaller and also has the right to come up with their own plan (they don’t need to follow the public district rules). The principal of their school has said she has a safe plan lined up and is REALLY working to get the kids back IN school by September. Of course, if it is somehow totally outlawed, she may have no choice, but as of now, we will have to wait and see. We don’t have any greater government mandate currently about returning to school, so it’s up to the state/ local authorities at this point.


  3. Good luck with your decisions….It is so disappointing. The kids just really need that school time! I agree that there are so many concerns- bigger, long term outcomes from this for them. 😦 social and academic.

    *I think my comment was too long, so I had to break it up into multiple comments!! 🙂


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