Did anyone else’s back-to-school plan not include music at all? I’ve been told I’m still supposed to teach music this year, but they haven’t announced any plans for it yet. You’d think the classes that contain the most students per day would be a higher concern 🙃

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We are still waiting. I’m half suspecting that I will be on a cart, so I am the only one going in and out, but who knows...at least I have been on a cart before. 🤨

Update: still don’t know what the schedule will look like, but each class will have 2 specials a day ( art, music, PE, library or computer) and we are going back remote to start. May move to hybrid after 5 weeks, may not.

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