‘I love you all. Class dismissed.”
The final words of beloved teacher Mr. Feeny on the final episode of the classic television show “Boy Meets World” have been echoing in my mind the last few days as I’ve watched a school year unlike any other come to an end.
The end of school this year has snuck up on me, as I’m sure it has for many of us. As the parent of two middle schoolers, I’ve become accustomed to the rituals of the final days the semester. There are field trips and field days, awards programs and final exams and eventually the final morning drop off and the final pickup at the end of that last day.
The yearly events are a turning point in our daily routines and mark a clear dividing line closing out one grade and pointing forward toward the next. We’ve missed out on it all this year and it’s been an odd feeling for me and for my children.
None of us could have imagined when our children left school that Friday before the start of spring break it would be their final day on campus for the semester. If we had known, I’m sure there would have been some better goodbyes.
Both of my boys have talked about how odd it all feels to them. They haven’t had the chance to say goodbye to friends and favorite teachers and those teachers haven’t been able to give final hugs and words of encouragement.
It’s a lack of closure that, like so many things in our lives these days, leaves me with a vague feeling of uncertainty and discomfort. Other than their morning schoolwork online, there’s very little difference between these first days out of school and the days they were “attending” class.
My heart goes out to all the students and all the teachers making their way through these weird and uncertain times. It’s unclear right now exactly what form school will take this fall. I know all of our educational leaders in all three of our local leaders are working extremely hard to figure that out and plan for the possibilities. We’re blessed with leadership in all our districts who truly care for our students and whose concern goes beyond only academic success to a true love for the students entrusted to their care and a desire to see them succeed in life and as human beings.
These are weird and different days and this transition from school to summer is another moment we’ll remember as unusual and strange. It’s hard on everyone and I pray we’ll all find our peace and our students and teachers will be prepared this fall to face the difficult challenges that still lie ahead.
In the words of Mr. Feeny, “I love you all. Class dismissed.”