The Impact of COVID-19 on Teens Today
Written By: Gracie Sandidge, Intern, Ten at the Top
My last “normal” day as a high school student was March 13, 2020. My fellow student council members and I were preparing to welcome 800 high school students for the state convention later that day; at 10:00 that morning, the district recommended the state convention be canceled to follow CDC guidelines concerning the quickly growing COVID-19 pandemic. School was canceled for two weeks, which turned into a month, which turned into the rest of the school year. Teachers and students had a massive roadblock: switching to completely online learning with no advance notice.
For the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, most Greenville County School District students began by going to school in person one day a week, and the rest online. I got to witness the complexities of this hybrid schedule from many different perspectives: as a high school senior on the hybrid schedule myself, as a sister of a high school freshman struggling to adjust, and working at a daycare, supervising elementary school students. It was a significant task for students so young to be responsible for logging onto Google Meets on time, completing schoolwork without the assistance of a teacher, and staying on task as they work from home.