Some events alter life with no way back to normal. The 9-11 attacks precipitated a new normal for airport security. Post Pandemic normal is not yet determined. Our school district historically cracked down on attendance because children and parents flouted rules by skipping school on any pretense, including trips to Disneyland. The form still demands: “Don’t let your child stay home unless they are truly sick, such as fever, vomiting, diarrhea, or a contagious rash.” This instruction has been effectively countermanded by the awareness of how deadly viruses can spread. Observable bodily eruptions are no longer required to be excused. Over the years I have regularly dropped my now Fourth Grade granddaughter Zofia at school. She has always liked school and her teachers but gets anxious at times whether at home or school. She has some good coping mechanisms, including occasionally visiting the school Nurse for comfort. Only once in preschool was I ever called to pick her up. But twice this September the Nurse sent Zofia home for a Covid test. On Tuesday when I arrived she felt fine but was not allowed back in class. As we digested the protocols, Zofia and I both realized that a visit to the Nurse automatically triggers a Covid-19 test because everything is a symptom. A doctor’s note is accepted but her doctor requires a Covid test. The next day, we received a negative result with two hours of school left. We raced there joyously chanting, “Do not talk to Nurse no matter what!” Sad, because pandemic virtual school included daily videos and exercises encouraging students to share how they were feeling. Good news for malingerers: avoiding school should now be as easy as skipping Jury Duty.