February 16: 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S.
March 7: The first case of COVID-19 in my home state.
March 13: A survey gets sent out about our ability to learn at home, and what kind of technology we have to do that.
March 15: All schools in my state close, suspected to reopen April 6.
March 26: The governor makes the decision that all of the schools in our state will remain closed until the next school year.
In a matter of weeks, everything was ripped away from me, and being a senior in high school, I was one of the ones that got the short end of the stick. This year, I was supposed to attend my first and last prom with my boyfriend, we decided that last year we didn't want to go, as our school dances are always overrated, and we wanted to save money for a better experience this year. That's gone now. This year, I was going to perform in my 13th and final dance recital, performing in 7 numbers, one of them being my senior solo, and the only solo I've ever received. That's all gone now (most likely). This year, I was supposed to walk across the stage in our hockey arena and receive my diploma, confirming that I accomplished what I set out to do when I first got put in school 12 years ago. That too, is gone. I do hold onto hope that they will find a way to have us walk, but the hope for that keeps dwindling and dwindling.
COVID-19 is a serious virus, and all of the closings we are experiencing are essential. The school closings are NOT just a chance for you to party more, they are NOT a chance for you to hang out with all of your friends and be in big groups, and they are NOT a time to be selfish. It's not just yourselves that you're putting at risk by being in large groups, it's others too. Think of your friends, maybe one of them has asthma or a heart condition, or maybe an autoimmune disorder. Think of them. Think of your grandparents, and your friends grandparents. Think of people in your life other than yourself. This pandemic has changed the way we live, and will continue to do that even after it's over. Life as we know it will be different. Do not take this opportunity of remote learning to be selfish and possibly aid in the spread of the virus. Be cautious.
From a heartbroken senior doing her job.
Please be diligent during this time, and do what you can to stop the spread and flatten the curve.