COVID-19 Outbreak is Reminding Everyone How Valuable Schools & Teachers Really Are


The COVID-19 Outbreak Showcases Just How Valuable Schools Really Are

“Where will kids eat?” “Who will provide childcare?” “How will my kids socialize?” “How will we maintain a routine?”

These are just a few of many questions that arose during the school closings due to the coronavirus outbreak. 

Schools provide so much more than education.

When we typically think of schools, we think of education—however, as a teacher, I can tell you that education is not the main component of the public school system. Schools provide so much more than education. Education is simply a small part of what schools accomplish in our community.

Yes, we spend a great deal of time making sure our kids learn their math and reading skills. Yes, we teach them writing and science. Yes, they learn fractions and compound sentences and reading comprehension—

But they are given so much more at school; things most people never realize until time of desperation hits. Schools are a second home for many students. They are often the source of many basic needs for students. They are truly a place of safety for so many, daily.

“How will we make sure every child has food?”

The unfortunate reality is that many kids look forward to home-cooked meals at school that they may not receive at home. As a teacher, I already worry about my students’ well-being over the weekends and evenings. 

The amazing news is that many schools will continue to be an outreach for students during this time as they set up lunch programs. Even during this trying time, many kids will be fed due to schools offering free lunches!

“Who will provide childcare?”

As schools are closing, many parents who remain working are left wondering who will watch their babies. The school remains a trustworthy source of childcare when many parents would not have childcare without it—or forced to pay for it. At the most basic level, schools provide a safe and free environment for kids to grow and learn.

“How will my kids socialize?”

One major part of school is building relationships with other students and learning how to have healthy relationships with authoritative figures such as teachers, principals, etc. Socializing is one of the most underrated perks of school, as our kids learn how to face adversity and be a good friend, among many other needed life skills.

“How will we maintain a routine?”

Routine can help kids keep a sense of normalcy. Schools maintain routine each day for so many, it can be difficult to simulate a similar routine for families outside of the classroom. It’s possible—however, it’s likely that many have underestimated the extent to which kids have become accustomed to a routine and much they thrive in it.

As a teacher, I’m asking you to please remember after all this blows over, how much we were needed during this time. Schools have never been more appreciated for their daily efforts than right now, and I hope we hold on to this appreciation long after we achieve a semblance of normalcy. 

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COVID-19 Outbreak is Reminding Everyone How Valuable Schools & Teachers Really Are

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WhitneyBallard

Whitney Ballard is a writer and teacher from small town Alabama. She owns the Trains and Tantrums blog, https://trainsandtantrums.blog/. Whitney went from becoming a mom at sixteen to holding a Master’s degree in Education; she writes about her journey, along with daily life, through a Christian lens on her blog. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her in the backyard with her husband, two boys, and two dogs.

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