🏠😷🦠 Life As A QuaranTEEN 🦠😷🏠 The UnifiEd Student Voice Team Blog Surrounding COVID-19
As I prepared to attend school in person for my senior year, I knew it’d be anything but ordinary amid the Coronavirus. At the beginning of this semester, one of my teachers predicted that we’d be “in and out of...
school all year” and boy was she spot on. After only five weeks of being in school, two of those were spent in hybrid style learning, two were spent in person, and now my school has been set to be fully online starting September 15 through September 25 due to multiple COVID-19 cases popping up in the school.
My school has had “four cases in the past few weeks.” Last weekend our football team, including coaches and managers, were placed under quarantine because of a positive test from one of the players. This week two cases were linked to each other, with no relation to the football team. The following day students and faculty were all notified that we’d be doing online school for the rest of the week.
I was grateful to have the rest of the week of schooling online because I’d been getting stressed with assignments and work outside of school. Being able to do assignments from the comfort of my room and at my own pace was a small relief for my mental health. The school mentioned in their statement on Facebook that they are “attempting to be as transparent as possible” as they detailed the school updates. I’m grateful for their honesty and their swiftness when addressing these issues.
The school also stated that they would be closed in part for cleaning and sanitizing. I’m not sure how effective cleaning and sanitizing can be when #1 we’ve been doing that in our classrooms every day and cases still popped up, and #2 cleaning and sanitizing doesn’t do any good when new cases are still walking back into the schools, mingling in large groups during class.
Red Bank will be reporting back to school on an “AB” schedule next week starting September 28. With my ACT being moved to October 6, these worries will have to be put on the back burner for now. It’s a sad day in any county when students have to juggle worrying about their safety and education. Still, it seems like that tough decision has had to be made across the country, nearly every day when students are left to decide which learning style they need more. I’m not sure what this school year has in store, but I think it’s safe to say that there are many more surprises in store for us!