It’s that time of year when things get hard.
Students stop showing up every day.
Parents come to conferences drunk.
Kids are arrested for fighting the principal and the SRO.
Counselors look tired.
Administrators release a giant exhale every time they walk from the hallway into the staff room.
Everyone does a lot of resting their head in their hands.
The Christmas tree lights are up in the main entrance, the spirit days are scheduled, the holiday dinner is planned.
But there’s just the permeating feeling of needing to hold on long enough to get through it all.