I thought today might be a bit better on the absences. After all, some of our kids are starting to come back and the number of kids listed as absent has been going down.
My homeroom had four out. That wasn't a surprise as two of them had parents who'd called for work as they'd be out until next week.
Third period, which is mostly, but not all, of my homeroom had four out (including one suspended for a girl fight which was quite the talk of the team the other day).
Fourth period - none. Looking good!
Fifth period - three. Not too shabby. It's my largest (and most unruly) class.
And then there was sixth period. The tardy bell rang. I walked in the door from hall duty and stopped. Looked over my shoulder at the hall. Empty. And then I counted.
One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six. Seven. Eight.
Eight kids in the room. Eight.
That. Was. It.
The kids were all looking around, looking at each other, and then looking at me.
"Mrs. B," said Hard-Working Boy, "there's like nobody here."
Man, he wasn't kidding. This is my smallest class, but to have over half of them out? Good gracious. It was downright weird.
Except...it was kind of fun. The kids thought so ("Hey, this is cool!"). And the fact that a few of the characters who were out are the same characters who can't sit down and be quiet, made a huge difference.
The total out for the day? Twenty.
And now Mr. Bluebird has a cold. Great.