The month of September promises change for many as children head back to school, either in-person, virtually, or a combination of both. In this age of COVID-19, parents, caregivers, and teachers alike will be traveling through uncharted territory, and there are sure to be some bumps along the way. In my own profession, returning to normal hours in the office a few months ago meant some change and shoring up the protocols and procedures we developed when we opened almost four years ago. We adjusted. I've witnessed the same happening in so many other businesses and professions. Restaurants offering curbside service and outdoor dining. Banks offering virtual meetings. Gyms moving their workouts outdoors. Hairstylists reducing capacity. The list is endless. Everyone is finding a way, and I have no doubt that teachers and the parents and caregivers who must function as teachers will do the same.
At the beginning of next week, our country will celebrate Labor Day. It is a day meant to recognize the contribution workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of America. I can't help but think this year all workers, in every profession, deserve an emphatic round of applause. 2020 has been replete with challenges for the labor force, yet so many have pushed through, pivoted, and continue to provide services that keep our country moving each day. Thank you to all workers, whatever your job may be. You are all truly essential to America.
See you soon!
Dr. Jose Gil