Since Monday, March 23, all non-essential businesses in Connecticut have been closed per the orders of Governor Ned Lamont as a part of a new campaign: “Stay Safe, Stay at Home.” This is intended to reduce the overall number of COVID-19 cases and “flatten the curve.” As KO classes have been moved to an online platform and the only reason many have to leave the house is to go to the grocery store, many Wyverns have been able to find alternative ways to keep themselves occupied and happy.
Junior Drini Puka mentioned that social distancing has given him time to focus on personal fitness. “It’s not that entertaining, but it’s really good for distracting myself,” he said, “and it burns time easily.”
For entertainment, Drini started skateboarding, so he often takes a few laps around his neighborhood or to a parking lot, all of which are empty due to business-closures.
Freshman Faith Potter has been going out on a lot of runs, which she hopes will help with the fall sports season. She has also been baking a lot with this extra time, in addition to learning how to skateboard.
Junior Christina Lu has also been using her time to cook and has found that it’s a good way to occupy her time as well.
Senior Ella Schwartz has kept a regular schedule to maintain as much of a feeling of normalcy as possible. “I still wake up at 6:30, but instead of my commute to KO, I exercise before class,” she said. “Also, I work or eat at specific times to stay in a routine.” For entertainment, she has been playing a lot of video games, mainly Minecraft with friends. In addition, she often plays board games with her family.
Many Wyverns have felt that attending online classes feels significantly different than physically going to school. Ella noted that online lessons are going fine for her and keeping a regular schedule helps her separate school time from personal time. This has improved her focus and concentration at home.
Drini said that online classes feel alright, but he thinks that classes are going to start to get behind because of the difference in instructional time and rigor as well as the cap on productivity due to learning online as opposed to in-person.
Faith has said that online classes have been going really well for her, but she misses everyone. “It’s definitely different to not be with the KO community in person,” she said, “but I’m glad to be semi-back together again.” One downside she finds is not being able to see her friends who aren’t in the same classes as her.
Christina has found that online lessons are really hard because she doesn’t get to see her teachers as often, and the environment is not as good for learning. “I tend to feel scattered when I’m at home,” Christina said.
Due to the current pandemic, many activities and gatherings students have been looking forward to have either been postponed or canceled.
Drini and Christina said that they both were very excited for junior prom which, as of publication, has been postponed to June 6. “I also miss just hanging out with friends which never happens anymore,” Drini said.
Faith is really sad to be missing the softball season. She was also looking forward to doing some work outside on Trout Brook during science teacher Tim Allerton’s class, where they would have completed studies as a part of their ecology unit, including testing the water and looking for bacteria. “However, I feel even worse for my juniors who are missing prom and especially for my seniors missing their final year with us,” Faith said. “My heart goes out to them.”
For Ella, the biggest disappointment came when the Rome Model UN trip was canceled. “It was going to be my last Model UN trip at KO, and I’ve always wanted to visit,” she said. “So, in addition to doing something I loved, I was also going to explore a new country.” As Ella is starting college next year, she worries that due to those expenses, she won’t get to visit any exciting places for a while. On top of that, as a senior, she is sad about the possibility that all senior events will be canceled. “I’ve been looking forward to those since freshman year,” she said.
Despite the challenges, as well as the boredom, that have come with social distancing and online learning, the KO community has been keeping a positive attitude, hoping to return to a normal schedule soon.