We were notified yesterday that mandatory masking is going to end at our school on Oct. 18, putting us in line with other British schools, which haven't been masking at all this autumn. Obviously I have mixed feelings about this, but the good news is that many of our eligible students (7th grade and above) have been vaccinated. Hopefully that will help keep things under control.
Masks will still be optional, so I could wear one if I wanted to. I think I probably will when when I'm around large numbers of kids (like in the lunchroom) or helping a class, but if it's just me at my desk I'll probably take it off. Not to sound whiny, because masks are a relatively small bother, but I am desperate to get that thing off my face for at least part of my workday.
Dave and I have been dithering about what to do over Christmas. We considered going back to Florida, but Covid numbers have been so high there recently and neither of us really wants to get on an airplane. We both feel like we just saw our families, having gone for long visits in the summer, and we don't want to have to board Olga or put her in a kennel. So I think we're going to stay put in London, or at least England. Maybe we'll travel domestically and take the dog with us.
I might then go back to Florida for February break. It's easier when we travel one at a time because of the dog. She rules our lives!
Found on my walk home yesterday -- perhaps my first truly autumnal leaf of the season!
(Top photo: St. John's Wood, yesterday morning.)