The kids started virtual school today, and while the daughter had some information to go on, her high school brother had nothing. I waited to see if anything would appear in my inbox, but it was not meant to be. So I called the school this morning.
That's when I discovered that all the relevant information was posted to the school’s Facebook page. Not their website, not emailed to parents, no texts… Facebook. You know, the social network I used the least. I found the post, got Iain into his Google Classroom, but there was nothing there. Called the school again. Found out I needed to download a glorified chat app, which I signed into using text message verification. I poked around and tapped on a random “File” tab at the top of the app, wherein I discovered a file called “file_attachment.jpg.” There was a part of the thumbnail that said “Google Classroom.”
The coordinator shared the Google Classroom codes by taking a picture of the information as it was written on Post-It notes. They posted that photo to the app without tagging it or calling attention to it in any meaningful way.
I found the virtual classroom information in the digital equivalent of “...a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying ‘Beware of the Leopard.’”