My son (with the green hair in this picture) is currently in the hospital. He is scheduled to be discharged on Monday evening according to his doctors.
I missed school suddenly on Thursday (1/2 the day) and Friday. I was so grateful for the time to take care of my family. Thursday when everything went down in school, I asked what I should do, they said, "Get your coat and leave." I literally walked back to my classroom, got my things and left. My co-teacher stepped up to wrap up loose ends.
I felt very supported and very much a part of the community. I know I joke a lot about "I'm not from here" a good bit, but last week, I felt I belonged.
Not many school districts can boast that. We left the East Coast to follow work opportunities. We have found so much more.