Teachers and Students express sadness over not being able to finish the year in person

Chloe Saldanha, Copy Editor

When schools in New York announced that they will remain closed for the rest of the academic year, both students and teachers were disappointed over not being able to finish the year in person.

“I know it will be hard on the students, especially the seniors, but these are unprecedented times we are dealing with. The district and teachers are doing an excellent job adapting and making concessions where necessary. I wish all of the students well,” said Mr. Decker.

Most teachers are upset that they won’t be able to properly send off the seniors, but look forward to hopefully seeing everyone again in the fall.

“I miss my students and my colleagues.  I miss teaching and being in the classroom with my students, but I also do not want people to feel unsafe because that would not be an ideal situation for teaching and learning.  I hope to return to school when there is a plan in place for everyone to be able to safely return,” said Mr. McElroy.

Even with Google Meets, the absence of in-person contact has diminished some of the joy that can go along with teaching. Often, the majority of a class does not show up for their weekly google meets, reminding those present that the class is not really together.

“I know you’ve heard me say ‘I love my job’ but since we left school, not so much,” said Mr. Hatfield. “The vast majority of my kids are polite, friendly and kind.  I really miss the interaction with them and feel deprived that I won’t be able to properly say ‘Goodbye’.”

Closing down schools was a necessary step to limit the spread of COVID-19. Rates of spread and hospitalization have drastically decreased since school was closed March 13, and they continue to decline.

Knowing the closure is necessary does not always help reassure students. The ability to sit in class surrounded by people is an option that is not appreciated until it is gone.

“It’s very unfortunate what this pandemic has caused; I will miss my friends as well as the work environment,” said junior Taha Malik.

Everyone’s sympathy is with the seniors, and they wish them all the best.

“While this is challenging for all students and families, it is particularly difficult for seniors who have worked so hard to get to this important milestone,” said Mr. McElroy. “It is sad that so many rites of passage will not be able to happen in quite the same way that they had in the past.  I am hopeful that we will be able to honor and recognize our students and their accomplishments.”