School staff across the Valley exhaled a collective sigh of relief last Wednesday, as the 2020-2021 school year finally came to an end. I imagine it will take some time for the weight of this past year to be lifted from the shoulders of all those who worked in our schools. After all, they have been carrying a lot, from ever-changing public health guidelines, constant sanitizing, concerns for their own health and that of their families as well as those of their students, and being expected to teach a regular curriculum on top of it all.
Here’s hoping our teachers, school staff and all those who work in the schools can put this year aside and catch their breath this summer. I imagine many are already thinking ahead to next September and dreading the many ways in which the aftermath of the pandemic may play out in classrooms. But for now, having come through this year in one piece must feel like a win. It must feel the same for graduates of all levels, who can now relax and enjoy the summer with relaxed health measures and the first hints of a return to normalcy.
This year’s graduates should be praised for their flexibility, their ability to adapt, and for overcoming so many challenges above and beyond those being taught in the classroom. Congrats to the Class of 2021!