A Day in the Life of a St. Paul’s Student in Quarantine

Online school has become common for St. Paul’s students. (Photo Credit: Christian Cowley)

(COVINGTON, La.) — Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March, school has been drastically different.

While St. Paul’s students resumed in-person school on time, many necessary restrictions were put in place. For example, if a student has COVID-19 or is exposed to the virus they have to quarantine for at least 10 days.

I was exposed to the virus in November, and my days in quarantine looked very different than my ordinary school days. Here is what my first day in virtual school looked like.

7:45 a.m. – Wake up (a lot later than usual because I don’t have to drive to school). I throw on gym shorts.

8 a.m. – I sign on to Google Meet for my first period class and wait for the teacher to let me in. I then listen to announcements. While all my classmates are worrying about their masks and temperature bracelets, but I am still in my pajamas.

9:20 a.m. – I leave first class and make breakfast. I actually have time to make a smoothie when I normally just eat a bowl of Frosted Flakes.

9:45 p.m. – I join second class and do whatever I’m asked to do, listening to the teacher and watching my friends laugh at one of his jokes. I use some of the time to catch up on my work for the next class.

11:05 p.m. – I have lunch first period today, alone. I watch some tv while I eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with some Zapps. At this point I’m kind of bored so I watch some First Take on ESPN.

1:15 p.m. – By last period, I’m tired of Google Meet. I don’t think being at home is everything I thought it would be.

2:00 p.m. – I am anxious to get off of the Google Meet. When I do get off, I practice lacrosse or play some basketball, alone.

11:00 p.m. – I go to bed and prepare for the next day of online school.

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