Because my school was bought by Orthodox Jews, we had Monday and Tuesday off for Shavuot, which was just fine with me. It was a strange, short week. I arrived on Wednesday to find a pile of signs we won't be using, the temperature check signs, the social distancing signs, along with the thermometers and the wristbands that show that people have checked in:
It was almost a year ago that we first started doing these things. Honestly, I thought we'd be doing them a bit longer, although for about the last 6 months, it's begun to seem more like pandemic theatre: our students know how to answer the intake questions, and the thermometers have never registered a fever.
It's been strange to be on campus in the mornings and not be taking temperatures of everyone who arrives. I had gotten used to it as a way to greet people. I know that I can still greet them, of course. I also laugh at myself, because I remember a weeping moment in the late summer of 2020 when I said, "I'm just so tired of taking temperatures."
And now, it's strange to retire that equipment.
On Thursday our internet went out, and I called the new IT people who asked me to go to the server room to tell them if I saw any lights blinking that shouldn't be blinking. When I told them that no one on this campus was ever allowed to have the code, I could tell they were just dumbfounded. Within a few hours, the campus had internet restored, and I had the code to the server room (those 2 events are not causally related). I made this Facebook post:"Because we have a new IT director, I have been given the code to the server room, a code which previously, no one but the few IT folks were allowed to have (much to the fire inspector's puzzlement). I have used the code to go into the server room. I expected to find a great treasure. I found old equipment, including an ancient fax machine."