Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Gramma Camp Week 21

Our grandies have done virtual school since September. They've been in school a week this year. In the beginning (September), one girl would use my laptop, the other, their family laptop. They tried using iPads, but it just didn't cut it. The screen is so small. Fortunately, they bought new computers for the girls. You need the equipment, you need space to work, you need bandwidth. School cases of COVID–19 are up something like 110%.

They were back at it Jan. 4th, after a good two-week holiday! They alternated between our house and theirs all year. It's made a difference as both parents are working on computers from home. We upgraded our Internet, adding a higher tower, and unlimited service. Their school board, OCDSB, made all of their students do virtual learning from Jan. 4 to 11. Suddenly, Friday, that was extended for two more weeks, but rumours are they'll be out until February. Nearby Quebec has put in a curfew. 

We found out other families are doing the grandparent bubble, as well. We learned to use computers prior to retirement, we can adapt to this new technology! One family we know of moved from Toronto to the grandparents' town to seek help with child care. Another family will be taking in gr. 2 and 4 grandkids who have been going to daycare, but the caregiver cannot provide school support while virtual learning. 

I noticed this schedule (below) on Twitter. A family of five, with both parents being teachers. They don't even have lunch at the same time. 


Ontario Declares an Emergency

The girls were to be here this week. We found that caring for them has been wonderful. Kids are so joyful.


Our cases per 100,000 have been terrible. 

The schools in the Golden Horseshoe are closed until February. Ottawa is another hotspot (the big cities are hotspots), and schools there will be closed until the end of January. Kids are getting it, and they blame Christmas and New Year's parties. The increased positivity rates are reflected in the spike in youngsters.

This was the Christmas fallout...

Yes, we have vaccines, but is this large country, it's going to take time. The cities are prioritized, then healthcare workers, including long-term care and senior congregant settings. The ICUs in the big cities are getting full. They are sending people from Toronto to Barrie or Kingston.
Dr. Kwan provides excellent data

They are still clarifying the 'rules.'
It is ridiculous that people can still go to cottages...



8 comments:

Tom said...

...this pandemic has become a family affair.

Christine said...

Good update Jann! The girls are lucky to have you and of course their parents. Others are not so fortunate to have upgraded computers and internet.

Nancy J said...

When this is over, and that may well be a very long time, you will look back on it as one of the most rewarding times of your lives. I would be interested in a survey to see how many grandparents are doing the same as you. My friend has daughters and grandchildren in the UK, and last year one girl had only a few weeks at real school attendance, and the virtual classes are not as structured as here in NZ or where your classes are online. Well done to you and all others who have rallied in HUGE ways to help their families. I read of one blog friend, husband had his laptop on the kitchen table, one end, one son the other, other child used a desk, another my friends sewing desk, and she used the ironing board!!!! Tough times mean innovative solutions. JB, I hope you bus driver stays well as he drives around your inside roads!!!!

William Kendall said...

It is a headache.

RedPat said...

It is scary times for us all. My Dad got his 2nd shot yesterday so that is a big relief for me. Now I just have to find out when the rest of us get a shot.
Your Grandkids are good kids.

Anvilcloud said...

I was thinking of going about to take pics today, but it was so uninspiring out there that I didn't. I guess, I will be able to take my camera to the park as part of my allowed exercise for the rest of the month, but that's about it if I understand correctly.

Red said...

It's good that the alternate arrangement of grandparents and parents work so well. these kids are doing well. I do have concerns about the kids with limited supervision and equipment.

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

Looks like your virtual schooling is going well. Our grandkids are coping well too. Our families are lucky having parents who work from home for support