It’s May so….

25 May

Since my library job was eliminated 10 years ago, I’ve had to pack up almost every year. There was a year or two when I didn’t have to pack, and one when it was my choice because I had a chance for a better room, but this year, we are all being told to pack.

A new middle school is opening and my school, which is closest and the one to be most impacted. We are set to lose 20 teachers. The upside is that we won’t need the 14 portables we have. The bad news is that our administrators have told us all to pack our personal belongings. We can leave school materials in place.

Sigh.

A few years ago, I was told I was moving on the last day of school, so I am grateful for the early warning. Knowing how stressful that was, I am going into my classroom early – someone else is teaching in there these days to limit cohort interaction – and tackling one box a day. I have also begun sorting and boxing the materials I still have at home and bringing in those boxes.

Right now, my goal is the bookcases. There are a lot. My goal is to box my personal books and leave the school owned books on the shelf. The last time I moved, it took 48 boxes for all of it. I am estimating it will be 24 this time around.

We have no idea when we will know what – and where – we will be teaching next year. We are all hopeful that we will hear before school is out. Last year we didn’t find out until July, but we were right in the thick of the pandemic. Needless to say, morale is low and teachers are exhausted. I keep telling the kids to finish strong. I should take my own advice.

5 Responses to “It’s May so….”

  1. arjeha May 25, 2021 at 7:48 am #

    Sounds like one more headache packed on top of all the others this year has brought. Packing is exhausting, both physically and mentally. Hope you do hear about your next year’s assignment before the end of the school year because not knowing where you will be when the new year begins cuts into summer’s relaxation.

  2. vivian chen May 25, 2021 at 8:55 am #

    Yikes! It’s already stressful enough packing up a room, but to not know where you’re going? That’s next level. All the best to you as you wrap up.

  3. energylibrarina May 25, 2021 at 9:09 am #

    Indeed, we need to tell ourselves to finish strong…
    Thanks, Adrienne. Sorry for your moving madness…
    Cathie

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    Cathie Padgett

  4. Lisa Corbett May 25, 2021 at 3:46 pm #

    You should take your own advice! But that doesn’t make it any easier. I’m not sure why all these decisions are left until so late. The same thing will happen here, though we aren’t moving that many people around. I never know for sure if it will be me though! I would like to do what you are doing – one box at a time. Alas, I will probably end up shoving everything into boxes at the last minute (last time this happened I was at the school until 7 p.m. on the last day!) I help we’ll both know our respective fates sooner rather than later.

  5. Lainie Levin May 25, 2021 at 6:23 pm #

    Ohhhh I FEEL you on this one. It took me 7 years into my teaching before I ever had the same classroom two years in a row. Now, 26 years into teaching, I have had more classrooms to set up than I’ve had years in the profession! Packing is hard. But what’s even harder is the not knowing. Not knowing the “what” or “where” compounds the insecurity and anxiety that’s been building throughout this difficult year. And for that I’m sorry. Fingers crossed that you get resolution soon.

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