From ‘flatten the curve’ to ‘social distance,’ COVID anniversary reminds world of lessons learned

Anniversary of the spring break that never ended is March 13


photo or infographic by Carlie Rutledge

ONE YEAR. The one year anniversary of COVID19 brings tough memories to light.

by Reagan Bond, VOW staff

March 13th. The date may not stick out in everyone’s head, but it was the last day of school before spring break 2020. The anniversary of the world turning upside down. Sadly, Covid is still a thing and will be for a long time. All the world can do is learns the lessons of COVID-19 and hope someday there will be some sort of normal again. 

At the beginning of 2020, the world was what we wish it was today, normal. No masks were required, social distancing was not a thing and COVID-19 did not exist. The world has its last moments of normality during spring break. Towards the end of the week, students and parents were notified that there would be an extension to spring break, and that brought excitement to students. All it would take was a few weeks to flatten the curve of the coronavirus, and the world would be back to normal. No one thought that the world would go under strict quarantine and that in-person school would be canceled for the rest of the semester. At this point, half of the world shut down due to the COVID-19 virus.

Students were forced to participate in online learning during the end of the school year to finish out the semester. In the beginning, it was difficult for some students to learn without hands-on activities, and were finding trouble participating in the online assignments. Some students gave up and never opened their Chromebooks and some were even sent their assignments on paper. During this time teachers and staff were doing everything they could to help students on this difficult journey while battling through their own difficult times. The school district was very helpful and understood that these were hard times and gave students some leisure on their grades and even provided meals to students’ families. When the semester ended, everyone hoped that the next school year would return to normal.

The summer of 2020 made students realize that covid was not a short-term thing. The 2020-2021 school year was affected by COVID-19 and students had the option to either return to in-person school or to continue their learning online. Returning to in-person school required students to wear a mask and to social distance, school was not back to normal and at this point won’t be for a long time. School events still went on but had serious precautions taken to ensure the safety of students and staff. Some exciting news for this school year is that the class of 2021 gets to have a senior prom, but precautions will be taken to ensure safety. As the world tries to get back to normal, the school district is doing its best to keep all students and staff very safe. 

COVID-19 has taken away all hope for some people but the world is adapting to these hard times and making the best out of them. All a person can do is follow the precautions so that one day the world can return back to normal. It has almost been a full year of this global pandemic and everyone wishes it never happened but all they can do is make the best of it.