Senior Fun, Online or In the Sun
Last school year, the Class of 2020 lost many of their senior activities when schools closed on Friday, March 13th, but will the Class of 2021 lose all their senior activities?
With cases on the rise and talk about vaccines, “uncertain” is one way to describe how administrators and students feel about senior activities. Even though vaccines are a step in the right direction, things may not return to “normal” until the end of 2021, according to an article written by The Harvard Gazette. Keeping all that in mind, it might be better for all senior activities to be virtual this year. Now let's take a look at what some of our seniors have to say.
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When asked whether senior activities could be in person or should remain online, Senior Class President Samantha Villa said, “Due to COVID-19, as much as I would love to have in person activities, right now I would only feel comfortable having virtual events, but as class president, I will do everything I can to make sure we have memorable activities for the seniors.” Samantha added, “Nonetheless, the senior class cabinet has been working very, very hard to create fun virtual events for the seniors in the near future.” As fun as in-person activities are for seniors, the current situation has placed many restrictions on what can and cannot be done for the safety of everyone. Although there are many restrictions, everyone’s efforts to bring a little joy into this crazy year are much appreciated.
Agreeing with Samantha, senior Hannah Bunleuth said, “I believe that senior activities should take place online until it is completely safe for students to return back to school.” When asked why, Hannah explained, “Although it may not be the same as in-person activities, doing it online would be much safer, especially with the rising COVID cases in California.” Like Hannah, others may agree that, “rather than not having any activities at all, seniors would get a different experience online and still have some fun.” As Hannah said, online activities would be much safer. This is the only 100% effective way to ensure no one becomes infected with Coronavirus.
If there were to be in-person activities that follow safety guidelines, such as wearing masks and social distancing, it is still unsafe because there is no sure way to prevent any event from spreading the virus. Like Hannah and Samantha said, having online activities, such as a movie or game night over Zoom, is the safest and most effective way to assure we do not contribute to the spread.
There is hope that by the end of the school year, there may be a few opportunities to hold activities or ceremonies to celebrate our seniors as graduates, for instance, a drive thru graduation similar to the one held at the end of the 2020 school year. However, the unpredictability with vaccines is reason enough to maintain a virtual setting for all activities, senior events included.