"Boo, you can't go in your room at all today. You've got fleas real bad. When I went in there to empty the trash, they was jumping all over my legs."
So, immediate panic and crisis management Ms. G. mode kick in.
Step 1: DEFINITELY DON'T let ANY of the kids know.
Step 2: Beg for permission to at least get my teaching bag and laptop out of my room.
Step 3: Scramble like crazy to find a room to have class in for the day and tell my team members where I'll be so they know where to bring my students/ meet me.
Step 4: Pretend to students we're going on an adventure to the library (which has no board of any sort and some books, but no science materials.)
Step 5: Wing a lesson plan on the spot with no resources. In my case, this was not too bad because my 3 sections of 8th grade were watching part of a video about bridge design anyway (NOVA's Super Bridge-- awesome video!). Luckily, this held their interest for the entire period. So, instead of using my computer and projector, I stole the TV and DVD player from a high school teacher, told them I needed it more and I'd bring them coffee tomorrow, and played it up like a big treat for the kids. They were oblivious.
Step 6: Praise the gods of blogging that I had recently read about the Mega Disasters videos on Amazon available for about 10 bucks and bought them. They'd come in over the weekend and I just happened to throw them into my teaching bag to take to school in case of emergency. Good foresight, eh?
Step 7: Itch like a paranoid freak all day. Obviously, if they were that big of a problem on Monday, they'd been around since the week before.
Step 8: Send up thankful prayers when the bug man came to spray and that by midnight, my room hopefully wouldn't be 1) flea infested and 2) full of toxic fumes.
Step 9: Google flea treatment for homes since I've never ever had to deal with this. Go straight to the store and buy proposed remedies (yes, more than 1! I don't want fleas!!!), then head home to bathe animals and treat house for fleas.
And this is what you get:
|I never knew cats shake. His first bath, but their fur is SO nice and soft and fluffy now.|
|Sad, patchy little girl.|
|big, fat Gareth doesn't look so big.|