People who are coming back to teach in person keep asking, “But what do we do if a student gets COVID???”
“You do the same as you’ve always done in the past when a student got sick,” I reply. “We’ve always had students who got sick during a semester and couldn’t come to class. There were common colds, the flu, arthritis, and even brain cancer. And we never did anything in particular. If students couldn’t catch up, they withdrew or failed.”
“BUT THIS IS COVID!” they say, making big round eyes at me.
The longer people keep away from normal life, the harder it is to integrate them back. The idea of teaching amongst COVID restrictions becomes daunting. And yes, the restrictions are a stupid, idiotic drag. But after a couple of weeks, everybody forgets about them and just goes on almost as normal.
I know it’s hard to make the jump but you just have to go for it, and then you’ll see that it’s not that big of a deal.