I’ll go back to Wednesday, March 4. I was administering Cambridge exams in the small, beautiful Tuscan medieval towns of Monteriggioni and Colle di Val D’Elsa. Halfway through the first session, the news came through that the Italian government was thinking of closing the schools. We continued with the second session, got back to Florence and went into the office at 5pm. Still no official news. The phones are ringing. Students and staff are asking for information and we wait glued to our screens until it is finally announced at 7pm. The schools are to close with immediate effect. My mind is whirring. Colleagues are asking, “What are we going to do?” I can’t remember what time I got home or how much I slept, but by Thursday 5, I had a plan.