When this first began over a month ago, school was canceled until April 24. It was decided kids wouldn’t be graded and they’d only do review work to keep the kids busy during the weeks off (one of those weeks being spring break). Then the stay home order was extended until May 1. And then the governor canceled school for the rest of the term.
With the kids no going back to physical classrooms, the schools have changed directions on learning. They have gone to pass/fail system and have moved into continued learning, starting from where they left off back in March.
The house went from pretty laid back to full-on tension in a matter of the weekend. Now my 17yo and 14yo are constantly fighting because the 14yo has daily Zoom meetings and nowhere to do them since the 17yo won’t let her do them in their room.
There are seven people living in a three-bedroom house. It’s cramped and loud and chaotic everywhere. She can’t really do the meetings downstairs because her brother is on the computer/doing his schoolwork and/or my husband is yelling at his video games or watching TV and my grandson is screeching and banging on things because that’s what babies do. Then the 19yo comes in and starts fighting with someone over something.
Now the 14yo has anxiety through the roof because she can’t do her meetings and is falling behind in her classes. The 17yo isn’t doing any of her schoolwork (she normally does online school so nothing has changed for her except there are more people around during the day to distract her).
The 9yo will do his basic work but zero extra. He’s refusing to do his reading work because that teacher wants him to record himself reading. He hasn’t done any music, art or library stuff. He blows through his English, math and social studies in an hour and wants to watch YouTube or play Minecraft the rest of the day.
I literally don’t have the energy to fight them. Now I’m stressed out and anxious all of the time as well because no one is getting anything done and I can’t really do anything about it, but I’m going to get blamed all the same.
On top of that, I have no idea if my 18yo is doing any of his work. He’s staying with friends and is an adult so I’m not going to nag him. I believe he had passing grades when school closed originally, and they said grades won’t drop any lower than that so he’ll graduate no matter what, but he was missing assignments and could bring his grades up. But I haven’t seen or heard from him in weeks. Of course, I still worry about him, especially when I get emails from his teachers about work not being done.
It’s all too much for me. I can’t wait for the school year to be over.