By GABI ISENBERG – With the unexpected school closure on March 13, 2020 due to COVID-19, many students were scrambling to get materials they might need. It was announced we were going to be doing distance learning, and that left many students wondering….are we coming back?
Most students never thought that they would say the words, ‘I miss school,’ but many have. School is not only a place to learn, but also it’s a place to socialize with friends. With COVID-19 and social distancing, we can’t visit friends or family. This leaves students with a severe case of cabin fever.
“I miss being able to ask a question face to face when you are confused,” said Asher Brode (7).
“I miss seeing my friends and teachers and I miss being able to see people outside my immediate family,” said Connor Rohlf (8).
“I miss newspaper the most. Also, I miss hanging out with friends in lunch,” said Elizabeth Villa (7).
Unfortunately, on April 9, it was announced that we will not be going back to school for the 19-20 school year. A letter from our superintendent, Mr. Vukovich, states:
“On Thursday, April 9, 2020, Governor Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Education ordered all K-12 schools and programs to be closed through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. As a result, the Indiana Area School District will continue to provide instruction through the distance learning platform(s) we have already established.”
Since we will not be going back to school, technology plays a big role in communication. Our learning has become online, as well as our time with friends and family. More than ever, technology plays a vital role in our lives.
Although many students miss school and now know they won’t be going back this school year, there is comfort in knowing we can still communicate and stay healthy. By practicing social distancing, we can help stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep everyone safe.