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This seems right on. I’m pretty sure schools were doing a version of this. If this is true, some school was using this to penalize students during such a difficult time.

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No way this is fictional.

My son (in 2nd grade at the time) was always PBC. Present, but crying. He HATED Zoom meetings. They are NOT for everyone. I've cried through a few myself. πŸ˜‚

Happy Thanksgiving, Justin!

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I had to teach some guitar lessons on Zoom during the pandemic. It was awful. The delay made playing together impossible and the sound of guitar through student’s cheap laptop microphones was a swirly, choppy mess. Never again!

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I get the sense that this is not entirely a parody. Tough times to be a teacher.

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Hilarious, and not at all that fictional. I don't know, but maybe I would add two more codes. PTw ( present but spent entire class on twitter) and PA ( present but asleep) . Happy Holiday to you, Justin, and to all those who love you!

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Nov 20, 2023Liked by Justin Deming

Given what my friends who have kids were telling me, this story doesn't seem all that outrageous.

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Happy Thanksgiving, Justin! I missed Fifties, but caught it yesterday and wow did you have an amazing turnout. I must have been UAM: Unexcused Absent Minded. I'm so glad school is back to in person and that my kids enjoy it. They were more ready to go back than anyone.

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I think this email probably encapsulates a lot of the absurd uncertain of that time. My favorite is DCR.

The upcoming novel I'm releasing on Substack in hopefully January of 2024 is about high school teachers in Upstate New York pre-pandemic; you may relate!

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