Students, Teachers Deal With Effects of Virus

Danny Jones administrators put in place new rules and procedures for the school year due to COVID-19.

Teachers have to space desks and minimize contact with people as much as possible in order to limit the spread of the virus.  

Seventh-grade ELA teacher Courtney Brunicardi said she has to be way more observant and careful with her daily classes.

“I have to space out desks and be more careful of what the students are doing in order to keep in-person classes intact,” she said.

Being back at school during COVID-19 has caused a lot of changes. 

Eighth-grader Peyton Hawkins said that her expectations for the school were not what she expected when she pictured school during COVID-19.

“I thought there would be fewer students and lunch is extremely boring,” Hawkins said.

Some teachers and students have been in isolation for months in order to stop the spread of the virus.

Seventh-grade ELA teacher Patrick Smith said that he became more of an antisocial person during the quarantine.

“I became more of a hermit during quarantine than I ever have in my life,” he said.

Students have to wear masks indoors at all times.

Seventh-grader Chance Collins said he can’t breathe as well as he does without a mask.

“COVID-19 impacted me by having to wear a mask and it’s not comfortable,” he said.

Assistant principal LaDonna Orr said that the pandemic changed her life in more ways than one.

“Corona has changed our lives drastically this school year, however, I know we will get through this together,” she said.