Upcoming week: NEWS PREVIEW
Hello Scripps Ranch,
We are in the week of March 29-April 4, 2020. This time in history is strange, challenging and unexpected. Here is a little about the week:
Sunday, March 29 is National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day, National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day and National Vietnam War Veterans Day.
Monday, March 30 is National Take a Walk in the Park Day, National Doctors Day, National I Am in Control Day, National Pencil Day, National Turkey Neck Soup Day and (most appropriately) National Virtual Vacation Day.
Tuesday, March 31 is National Bunsen Burner Day, National Crayon Day and National Tater Day.
Wednesday, April 1 is April Fool’s Day. April 1 is also National 1 Cent Day, National Walking Day and National Sourdough Bread Day.
Thursday, April 2 is National Burrito Day, National Ferret Day and National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day.
Friday, April 3 is National Find a Rainbow Day and World Party Day.
Saturday, April 4 is National Hug a Newsperson Day, National School Librarian Day, National Vitamin C Day, National Walk Around Things Day and National Love Our Children Day.
We made it into the third week of school closures and many of – us maybe most – are working from home. This, of course, causes a unique set of challenges: balancing time with the family while dealing with career responsibilities.
And here’s a shout-out to those of you whose work ended because of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Hang in there. With any luck, checks that are part of the emergency bill passed by Congress will be on the way in about three weeks.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR:
Look for an official announcement regarding the school closure order from the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) – either an extension or permanent closure for this school year. Last week the district stated it will begin a “soft launch” of distance learning for some schools on April 6, and that distance learning would be implemented for all schools by April 27. April 6 was the date schools were to re-open according to SDUSD’s original order. While somewhat vague, last week’s announcement about distance learning made parents speculate that schools would not physically open for the remainder of this school year.
Look for tighter laws regarding citizens moving about in public. You can be sure the federal, state, county and city governments will hold plenty of press conferences to announce COVID-19 numbers, and to explain new policies and laws regarding this crisis – going into effect this week. Last week both the County of San Diego and the City of San Diego held press conferences each day of the work week.
By all indications, based on warnings from public health officials, this will be the week that COVID-19 numbers really spike in the United States. Unfortunately, there might be some very discouraging numbers of new cases and deaths caused by the virus.
Look for more about the daily heroes who continue their duties: first responders, medical professionals, etc. The big story is about the heroes whose jobs would have been considered mundane just a few weeks ago, but are now among the most important and even dangerous jobs – and they continue to show up and perform their work. Here is a big THANK YOU to all the grocery store employees, pharmacy workers, gas station employees, mechanics, plumbers, delivery people, electricians, power plant workers, water plant staff and the employees of the U.S. Postal Service.
Feel free to send in your heroes or any category we might have missed. We will keep adding to the list. Email to email@example.com
Look for several stories about how Scripps Ranch residents are helping one another and simply coping with the crisis on a daily basis.
In addition, Scripps Ranch News is expanding its digital content to include the best features we can get our hands on. Look for wider coverage, unique stories, fun distractions and puzzles.
Keep your eye on ScrippsRanchNews.com every day and look for updates on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts throughout the week. Sign up for our weekly digital news email at scrippsranchnews.com/signup.
SCRIPPS RANCH WEEKEND
Look for another digital update from Scripps Ranch News at the end of the week.