Returning To School In A Pandemic


Students at Leesville Road High School need to adapt to yet another school year with masks, as the virus continues to cause many deaths and hardships. Students have many different feelings towards going into a second school year in this pandemic. 

“I enjoy that we’re able to come back to school, but I don’t like that we still have to wear masks even with the vaccine out,” said Leah Zehia, a junior at Leesville Road High School. “It feels like it’s never ending, and I wish it would go back to the way it was.”

Some feel differently towards the mandated mask rule, and it makes them feel safer rather than annoyed. “I would rather do virtual until covid gets better because it’s less of a risk of anyone getting sick and not everyone has the same views on wearing masks and getting vaccinated,” said Macie Mcadoo, a sophomore at Leesville Road. 

She, unlike a lot of students, did not return to school for her second semester of freshman year. “I was virtual last year and even though it was different and hard at times, it was mostly better than in person.”

Is wearing a mask all day in a crowded school worth it to be able to learn in-person and see all your friends? Most students are okay with wearing masks and do not mind, as they find comfort in the feeling of safety provided when everyone must wear masks at all times. 

While most dislike them, they can also agree it is necessary in this ongoing pandemic. 

Then there is the ultimate question we all want to know the answer to. When will we ever go back to normal? Or is this the new normal?


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