There was a slight mention of inclement weather as I made the drive home last night, however, my local weather team only recognized that it would be colder than normal tomorrow, and that majority of my surrounding counties schools were open. Fast forward to 0530, I get up and start my routine of getting my children’s lunch and clothes ready for school, like I do every morning.
We leave for the house like we normally at 0655 so that my daughter can participate in band practice before school. My daughter jokingly says, “watch we won’t have school today”, and I respond with, “you wish”; however as I pulled up, we noticed that school traffic wasn’t the same as it usually is each morning. I pulled in anyway, with my middle schooler laughing hysterically saying, ” oh my gosh mom, this is like the Walking Dead or the apocalypse, or something”. I quietly tuned her out as I sometimes do when she gets in her “what if” moments. We pulled up to the door at 0710, and I said, ” what time can students go in”, she says, “now”, I say, “where are the students?”, she says, ” I told you we wasn’t having school ( inserts hysterical hyena non-stop laughing)”.
I pulled over and checked my email, and sure enough the school district left a message stating that school would be out due to inclement weather. I sit there and start laughing out loud with my 11yr old daughter and 8yr old son.. I don’t really get worked up about many things, and it just so happened I was scheduled off today, so we made it a fun-do whatever day….with a little reading and homework thrown in there. I said to my daughter, “are you going to tell your friends?” She said, ” well of course…duh, this is the funniest thing that’s happened to you and me all week”. Now I wouldn’t have told my middle school friends because was teased alot and that teasing usually turned into hurt feelings, however we try to educate our kids just about everyday on expressing your feelings respectfully and to not let people run over you.
Which brings me to topic of my message, which is communication. I jokingly said to my kids, why in the world would they just send an email out and not have any communication on the local news like all schools; including our school each time that schools are closed rather it’s inclement weather or illness.
Let me just say, I’m not techo- illiterate lol……I’ve had a professional role where I had to be connected at all times to my email, however, this is 2019, and I would assume that various forms of communication would be used to alert parents. I thought, what if someone doesn’t have email? Do they rely on the news?, Rely on word of mouth? Do they rely on the school’s website? I’m not really sure, however, this afternoon as I was fixing dinner, I saw our school system roll across the bottom of the screen, and my hysterical middle schooler begins to perform her famous hyena chuckle; along with a dance that I recorded.
In closing, I’m not sure if someone mentioned to the school system any personal thoughts concerning how the information was given to parents, what I know to be true, is the fact it was on the news and it was sent to my email.
How do you communicate? 📝📲☎️ think that we’re communicating to others well, and that the information was received and understood without any issues. The perception of the school employee that sent the email this morning was that all parents check their emails in the morning at 0530, however, that was their truths; not so much of my truths. Communication is everything that we do in all arenas of our life. Babies cry to alert someone of hunger, dogs may bark at the door to alert their owner that they need to go outside, alarms in the hospital will sound off when someone’s oxygen levels drop below a certain percentage.
So my question to you lovely people, would be, how are you communicating, and do you hold yourself accountable in the ways you communicate?
Happy Learning !!!! ⛄️