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Response to Heartstrings (Original post)

Tue Jul 7, 2020, 02:10 PM

48. Half the people in my extended family are teachers or have been teachers.

When I was teaching there were times I wished I was wearing a hazmat suit. I can't count the times I was in the direct line of fire of coughs and sneezes. Whenever I wasn't actually sick it seemed I was coming down with something or recovering from something.

I taught children who were supposedly old enough to practice some personal hygiene -- cover your coughs, wash your hands, etc..

Little children will rub snot on everything, including their teachers, in a most endearing way.

I've been barfed on. You expect that as a parent, but not as a science teacher. I don't recall that getting barfed on, or cleaning up barf, was in my contract. But I was expected to suffer it.

My wife's sister is my age and has been teaching since she graduated from college near forty years ago. Her immune system is well practiced. But it doesn't seem fair to throw teachers out of the shelter first just so we can pretend everything is back to "normal."

This virus is not normal.

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