Spent most of the summer trying to drag myself out of the anger and sadness of the Spring. I was there. I had/have a good quarter/half semester ready to go and a good routine. I'd gotten my class schedules, including "office hours" for an all digital section for the students whose parents chose that option. Had a few T's to cross and I's to dot, but I was in a far better position than most. Felt like "Mr. Hughes" was back. THEN Today the school board of my district elected to push the beginning of the school year, digital AND physical, after Memorial Day. Reason being; NOW they decided masks are going to be mandatory (after saying they wouldn't be JUST TWO WEEKS AGO) and that means they believe parents are going to want to make switches (some who don't want their kids in school where masks are required so want to go all online, and some who will be ok with their children in a building now that the masks are a thing) so they want 2 more weeks to readjust schedules and have teachers 'get ready' (kinda like I've been saying we should have been doing all summer...). I feared back in the Spring that I was never going to teach another student. Feels like that's happening. Feel like in two weeks, they're going to push it back AGAIN. Why we can't start the year with the all-digital model we've been working on since May? Hell if I know. Then it'll be "well, we'll have to wait until October", then it'll be "Let's see what happens by Thanksgiving break", etc. I feel like before long they're just going to furlough us, since we're not "doing anything on contract". After furlough comes... Honestly, this is the sort of thing that makes me want to give up, wither away, and just...you know.