Thursday, November 19, 2020

Key Issues

Before the school year began, we subs were informed that for our assignments we'd be given "a socially distanced work location on site". Translation: we'd be working out of the teachers' classrooms. 

When I went to check in last week, half the staff was missing from the front office. (Two of the four were gone.) Why? Because their children had been exposed to the virus at their daycare (via the district), so they were isolating. One of them was the person I check in with. 

So, I got to check in with the sub for the sub desk. 

And everything was in disarray because the power had been knocked out (due to high winds). 

The sub for the sub desk went in search of keys for me. Usually when we check in, we get a key to the classroom and a key to the restroom. The adult restrooms remain locked. The students have a tendency to trash theirs. 

For reasons (which I know, but are way too complicated for the length of this post), the "sub keys" are configured so that each classroom key is already attached to a restroom key. However, the sub for the sub desk could only find me a key to the classroom. 

The way the campus is configured, not having a restroom key was going to be a problem for me. But not to worry, she wasn't considering not giving me a restroom key. 

So, I suggested she give me the key to another classroom. It wasn't like another sub would need it, and I was just going to use the restroom key on that chain, anyway.

Solution found, and I was on my way. 

As happens, later that day I needed to use the restroom. So, I pulled out the proper key. Fit it into the lock. But, nothing. 

I double checked the key. It was the right key. I played with things a bit.

Then I realized the problem. The restroom was unlocked. 

I mean, it's not like there are kiddos on campus to mess with the restrooms now.

So, all that, and I didn't need the key at all. Sigh.

(To be fair, the prior day, that restroom had been locked. And all the other staff bathrooms have been consistently locked. So, this was a new development.) 

20 comments:

  1. Good Grief! All you need is a plague of locusts and Frogs raining down and you know you are going biblical.

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    1. I kind of thought we were already to that point ;)

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  2. Sounds like no one knows what's going on. At least you got in to the bathroom.

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  3. Oh of course. Everyone's still used to the old way of doing things. We all forget some stuff isn't necessary anymore.

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    1. Just wait, next time I'm there, it'll be locked. . .

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  5. These are the times that try men's and women's souls. Enough already!

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    1. At least I could use the bathroom. So, that makes this funny.

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  6. I guess you could have used the kiddos bathrooms at a push - I imagine with no students they might actually be clean!!

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  7. Everything is so messed up. What stories teachers will have (I have a cousin who is a 7th grade teacher in NYC, which went totally virtual today) at the end of this? What else could happen this year in education? At least you figured out the bathroom situation before it was too late!

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  8. Not many would realize how subs scramble to meet goals and such, including access to the restroom.

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  9. Wow. Just wow. Glad you got to use the facilities.

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  10. It does seem to be organized pretty well though of course there will be those glitches.

    betty

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  11. It been one interesting ride.
    Stay Safe and Coffee is on

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  12. Things are just upside down now, and I'm affraid it will last a little bit more.

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  13. Hi Liz - the way things inevitably turn out to be at the moment ... take care and at least you're at and in work - have a good weekend - Hilary

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