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  1. I am a 68 year old teacher. It is the last quarter of my last full time job with a class ( next year I will run the library but half days). So for the last 3 weeks I have been doing report cards, getting materials to students, and learning how teach remotely. Luckily I teach 3 grade and I only have 14 students. I do get to see two of grandchildren because they go to my school. Every day they come home with me. They have only been exposed to kids at school because my neighborhood and theirs doesn’t have kids their age. My other grandchildren live in other states. I am also making cloth masks for my neighbors. I do the shopping because my husband has health issues. I have been a couponer for 45 years so we always have extra food. We have been ordering some things online. I leave that to my husband. I teach in a Catholic school so we are taking our normal Easter break from April 9th- April 20t.
  2. I am a 68 year old teacher. In the last quarter of my last full time year with a classroom ( 3rd grade), I have to teach remotely. I know some technology but this so different. By the way I have used Mystery Science. It is an excellent program.
  3. Well my last quarter as a fulltime teacher is changing. We have been off for a week and will be off this week. DC closed schools until the end of April so we will probably do the same. I am in Montgomery County Maryland which is right next to DC. So we will go to teaching online. New ways to check on students. Luckily I only have 14 students.
  4. Here is my thoughts about toilet paper,etc. Since schools are closed for at least two weeks, tp,soap, food are things that kids get from school and adults at work. Now people need to have more at home because they will be in their homes. The way things have been changing we could be asked to stay home longer.
  5. The governor of Maryland closed the port of Baltimore and all public schools.
  6. The governor closed the port of Baltimore and he closed all public schools in Maryland so most of the Catholic schools will also follow public schools
  7. Just got our refund from RC for the key. We did not make final payment so just waiting for our deposit of $200 as a next cruise certificate. Amtrak is also refunding our tickets from DC to New Jersey. I will miss not cruising this summer but had to cancel because of health problems. Although people recover Corns virus we don’t know the long term effects. People use to think chicken pox was just a childhood quick illness. But now we have to worry about shingles. Viruses are more difficult to deal with.
  8. I agree with everything that you say. But I have a family that gets everything. Me Whooping cough in the 1960's 6 weeks quarantined in our house. Reaction from flu meds that landed me in the hospital. I am also a teacher. My school closed 2 days in Feb. because so many students had the flu including my two grandchildren. Oldest son and daughter Mastoiditis surgery at age 11 and 6 although I took them to the doctor at every ear infection. Daughter had shingles at the age of 31 on her face going straight to her ear. Her 6 month old son got chicken pox. My son is an OR nurse and his hospital has a case. My husband At his third time getting shingles which were on his face, he got viral encephalitis even though he was taking antivirals. He has a seizure disorder which took 13 years to completely control. He had shingles about 20 times. Then he got prostate cancer. One cruise he had multiple seizures (Todds) that lasted for 4 hours because of the cleaning product they were using. This is why my family is being cautious and we canceled our cruise.
  9. I see your point too. But for the last 15 years my husband has had a seizure disorder from viral encephalitis from shingles. It was not completely controlled except the last couple of years. I don’t want him to go back to having uncontrolled seizures.
  10. I agree with you. We also canceled a trip to see my elderly mother. We were going to bring my two younger grandchildren. We don’t wanted to expose them or my mother.
  11. I live about 2 miles from Rockville, MD where these people lived. I am also a teacher and we have had letters sent to teachers and parents about the possibility of closing schools. About a month ago, my school had to close for two days because so many students had the flu. In my 32 years at the school this is the first time it closed because of illness. I don’t think the media is going overboard. I grew up in the time of polio. In 4th grade, my entire school (500 students) got Whooping Cough. We were quarantined (big red sign on our front door) for 6 weeks in our house. We are so far away from when diseases got everyone sick, that we forget what it was like.
  12. Everyone needs to make there own decision about cruising or not. I am glad RC is giving everyone a chance to make that decision. My husband and I are canceling our cruise at the end of June because if it is weird and medical my husband gets it. He had viral encephalitis from shingles 15 years ago. He has had shingles about 20 times. Ha had prostate cancer 14 years ago. A couple of years ago we went on a cruise where the previous cruise had norivirus. He got sick from the cleaning products RC used. But RC was great and refunded the price of his cruise.
  13. I noticed that several people are retiring. Some people have mentioned what their jobs were and their age at retirement. I am a teacher and have enjoyed teaching but I will be 68 in a few days. I told my principal that I wanted to work but not have to spend my evenings and weekends correcting papers, doing lesson plans and report cards. In the last couple of years we have had many meetings after school. Add in lunch duty and line duty at dismissal. Each teacher has to also keep their room and hallway exciting with student work and other seasonal and subject area information. I like the last part because I like to showcase the students’ work. Next year, 4 hours in the morning seeing 3 or4 classes to check out books and a short library lesson for some classes. Then I get to go home or run errands. I will have to go back to get my grandchildren ( their mother is a teacher in another school) but I will not have all the work to take home or have to come at6:30 am to get school work done. To to the nurses here - my son is an or nurse and his wife works with kids who have cancer. They both have 19 years in. They have a hard time taking more than a few days of vacation at a time. They did cruise with us once on a 7day but it took a lot for them to get the time off.
  14. Since I am a teacher, my last full time day with students is June 12th. Then a few days of cleaning and moving my stuff. August I will go to part time (19 hours) and take care of the library.
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