On March 13, 2020, Governor Jay Inslee closed all schools in Washington state until April 24.. Since that time, the Governor has decided to close all schools for the year. With all schools closed in Washington, students and teachers have switched to online school for their own safety.
I interviewed a few teachers at Highline to ask what precautions they have been taking to better protect themselves from COVID-19.
Ms. Burge, one of the two Spanish teachers at Highline, said. “I only go out for essentials. I wear a mask when I go out. I do lots of extra hand washing. And I walk my dog everyday which isn’t a precaution but it keeps me sane”.
Ms. Flesher, one of the lit/comp teachers,said, “I've been trying to follow the guidelines from Governor Inslee and other officials as much as possible. These days, I very rarely leave my home. I only leave to go to the grocery store about once every week and a half or to go for a walk around my neighborhood. While practicing social distancing and wearing a mask. When school first let out, I thought it was still okay to go on walks with friends and hang out in the park, but I stopped doing that back in March. Now, the only living creatures I see in person are my husband and my dogs. It's been really helpful to connect with friends and family using Zoom, though. I think it's important to try to stay as connected as possible to the people I love right now, because this is such a weird time. We all need a break to play a game or joke around”.
Interviewing these teachers at Highline is a very new thing to me. Although I couldn’t physically be there to ask my teachers in person it was a nice challenge and change of pace for me to try and get a hold of them. As you can all see, teachers have similar problems in their own homes as well. Whether it be missing their friends, or practicing social distancing. And with that I’d like to say that I hope you are all staying safe and practicing your social distancing. Keep your hand clean and your heads up, we can get through this, Pirates!