On March 20, 2020, Governor J.B. Pritzker issued the first stay at home order which declared that all schools in Illinois close their doors and commence online learning. Since nothing is open and I have nowhere to go, I thought I’d take this opportunity to journal about my experiences during this social quarantine from April 1 to April 30.
John F. Kennedy once said, “when written in Chinese, the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters - one represents danger, and the other represents opportunity.” It has long since been debated whether or not this claim by President Kennedy is true. I personally couldn't care less. The metaphor stands.
During mid-March, the outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus) evolved into a pandemic affecting families all across the world. This has left people having to adapt to working from home and students shifting to an online learning program. This outbreak has also left stores low on supplies such as food, toilet paper, and other appliances that people need to stay healthy while following government instituted quarantine.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, schools across the nation have turned to remote virtual learning as they practice social distancing and self-quarantining. This may look different for everyone, as both teachers and students have to adapt to this new form of education. SD308 itself has to adjust to this system of distance learning that may likely last until the end of the year based on orders given by Illinois Governor JB Pritzker.
Due to all of these various health problems involving my lungs and my body’s non-existent ability to fight infection, the “self-isolating” that everyone has talked and joked about is something that’s very real for me.