Quarantine diaries: Teaching, and interacting, through a screen

Christianne Loupelle is a high school science teacher, but she is also immuno-suppressed, so she has to stay indoors. She has found that interacting with colleagues and students online has been a "gift."

A science teacher who must stay indoors says interacting with colleagues and students online has been a 'gift'

Christianne Loupelle, left, teaching during more normal days at Montreal's Trafalgar School for Girls. (Submitted by Christianne Loupelle)

CBC Montreal wants to know how you are living these days. What are you doing differently? Have you learned, realized or observed anything? What do you wish you knew a month ago? Two months ago?

This is Christianne Loupelle's story. She is a teacher at Trafalgar School for Girls, and is also part of the most vulnerable segment of the population.

I am an immuno-suppressed person with very weak lungs, so COVID-19 has meant a great deal of social isolation. I have not been to a store in almost a month, but grocery and prescription deliveries have been a blessing, as have thoughtful friends and neighbours who have offered to help out.

Anything coming into my home is carefully disinfected, and I have a strict hand-washing policy and other procedures that I follow. The isolation has been a hard pill to swallow. In my line of work, I am so used to interacting with so many people every day that this forced separation from others has been a lot tougher than I ever imagined it would be.

Loupelle's home office setup. These days, she is working a few hours a day. (Submitted by Christianne Loupelle)

My school was pretty quick to get classes up and running online, so I teach from 10 a.m. to noon and meet with students for support in the afternoon. Being able to regularly interact with my students and colleagues online has been a real gift this past month, and it's really made this whole ordeal so much more manageable.

-Christianne Loupelle

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