Of late, almost everyone in the world has in some way been affected by the pandemic, although it might be in different ways. Some might have been impacted by having to cancel a vacation, and others with business decline. Like many, I have experienced a huge change in how school has been as a student. The beginning of the pandemic was recorded to have started in late 2019 to early 2020. During this time, I was a freshman at a school in Elk Grove, California. It wasn’t until March 13th, 2020 that students, including me, were told in a newsletter we wouldn’t be returning to school. Except at the time the email was sent out, the severity of covid-19 wasn’t that high. Many students expected to be returning to school after spring break ended but with cases rising, that extended until school was supposed to be over anyways. Let’s just say, I wasn’t the only one who was surprised.
Distance learning was definitely a shift and a new experience for all of us. Many students in other districts had online classes where they would have online meetings with their teachers daily. But my district’s approach was less dependent on teachers themselves and students were expected to be more independent when it came to learning subjects. Although I had a test here and there for classes like honors biology and world geography, teachers thankfully didn’t overwhelm us with the concern of finals.