>I’ve used only 1 1/2 sick days this year: one for cataract surgery and one half for an appointment. That’s a new record for me. March? No influenza? No sinus infections or even colds or coughs? I used to get almost paranoid about germs. Illness for a classroom teacher can be overwhelming: sub plans, catching up, staying in touch, hoping that all goes well for the substitute.
- I still have my own tissue box – with a Green Bay Packers dispenser.
- No one borrows my pencils and pens. We all have our own.
- We don’t get substitutes, eliminating the need to come in and spread germs while leaving sub plans.
- No one else uses my computer or my phone.
- I have my own phone, too.
- My coworkers and I are meticulous about cleaning the lunch table before and after eating.
- Hydration is easier; there’s a water cooler in our supply closet, and (drum roll) I can use the rest room when I need to without waiting for a recess bell!
- I still take vitamin C and eat oranges with my lunch.
- The box of Airborne in my desk is the kind that gets added to a bottle of water.
And finally, a major reason that teaching virtual school is good for my health:
- I sincerely enjoy my job. I go to school eager to get started every day – even on Mondays.