KIDS’ KORNER: Living in the COVID-19 world

Editor’s Note: Here’s what some students at Humphreys Middle School have to say about the world we live in. Thanks for sharing, kids!

I suffered through quarantine. At first it is quite fun, but as time goes by, it feels like being caged in a zoo. I felt trapped, just like Rapunzel, and I only did it for 14 days! The only time I got fresh air was for 30 minutes each day. Just like zoo keepers, the doctors there watched me like a hawk. More people go into quarantine each day. Well school is starting, so I guess calling school “jail” is not an option anymore!
Jessica Christian, 7th grade

School during a pandemic is complicated, especially with a move across the ocean. In-person school was anticipated, so online school was a bummer. It takes more time to set up and lacks social interaction. Even though we use Google Meet to have class it can be frustrating to connect. In-person school is enjoyable because you socialize with actual people, do group projects, and get help from fellow classmates. I hope we can transition back to in-person schooling soon.
Maisie Watson, 7th grade

Adjusting to things can be hard, for example, getting ready for a new school year. This is especially true for kids in the military. Every now and then, we have to move to a new place, a new school, and we have to make new friends. It can get pretty tiring, and with the COVID-19 virus, it has been even harder. I had to get used to remote learning, bringing my mask, and social distancing. As a military kid we have to be able to adapt quickly to many things and for this year, that is remote learning.
Tristhan Alaska, 7th Grade

When Coronavirus hit, the world panicked. It wasn’t a small thing, it impacted many people and the economy. Same goes for me and people at our school. Coronavirus impacted me, and my family in all different ways. Which included some family problems, stress and panic. With school, I have had a lot of stress because of how new I was to online learning. It was difficult and hard but we managed to get through last year with a pandemic on the loose. I believe that even with the problems I have faced and the impact of this pandemic, we will still make it safely through this school year.
Cathleen Kelley, 7th grade

Remember when we used to be able to go out into Korea and eat at all different types of restaurants? Well not anymore because of the Coronavirus. I used to go out to eat almost every week, but now all I get is the P.X food court. I’m not complaining, but it does get pretty old eating the same food court food over and over. Restaurants are going out of business because of this Pandemic. Make sure when the Coronavirus ends, you go out for a “victory eat.” I will!
Matthew Stellfox, 6th grade

School during the Coronavirus is “strange” (to put it in one word). Finishing elementary school and going to middle school was a let-down. As a 5th grader last year, I didn’t get to stay in elementary “school” for the whole year and experience being the oldest in the school. This year I had to start fresh, moving to the middle school and being the youngest. On top of that, my family moved to a whole new base with education online again. This doesn’t exactly give me a good feeling about how my year is going to go. I feel like I’ve missed out!
Ellee Yoo, 6th grade

Being a student during Coronavirus is hard. Being a military student during coronavirus is harder. Here in South Korea, our American school on base has to follow Korea’s Coronavirus standards. We must stay in remote learning until we have minimal cases off and on post. I would like to see my friends, but I cannot because school is not in session at the school; and I must be careful when and where I take off my mask. At home I can be safe while doing school (I can also do school in my pajamas). I’d rather be safe than sorry (and super comfy). Be safe.
Julianna Mader, 8th grade

My family and I went to California to visit relatives, because we were moving to Korea. The day we got on the plane we were so excited. Then we had to quarantine, and we were bored out of our minds. When we got to our new house we were excited again. We played outside, and it was awesome! We went school shopping, got new backpacks, new outfits, and all of our school supplies; we were finally going back to school! Then my mom told me we were doing remote school and I wanted to cry…
Jayven Carrion, 6th grade

I was on my way to see my friends on August 15th, nine days before school started. With everything that has been going on I really hoped it would be good to go back to school. Everything was fine until august 20th when my mom got the news that the coronavirus was getting worse in our country so we could not go back to school. I was mad at the news because I did not really like online school. The more I thought about it I did not really mind. Then I remembered that I would not see my friends unless I went outside, but I am too lazy to go outside.
Now it was August 28th two days before my birthday. I was so excited for my birthday because i was turning 13. That is all I was looking forward to but I was still worried about school. It started 4 days ago, and I was already behind on some assignments. I asked my friends if they liked online school and most of them said no. The only people who said yes are the ones that do not like hanging out with people. I missed hanging out with all of my friends, so I went out that weekend.
Liam Fasano, 8th grade

Life during COVID from a kid’s perspective is not something people really talk about normally. It seems that the media is more focused on the cases or what is going on in the states, but never about the lifestyle and how it changes. Yes, we get some insight from an adult’s point of view but not really a kid all too often. From my eyes and in my opinion, this new lifestyle isn’t really new, but it is to the 21st century, because we’ve gone through this in the 20th century with the influenza virus and the Spanish flu before that, along with more. But we persevered and overcame those, and they became a part of our lifestyle with a vaccine and treatments. Now we’re still figuring that part out but we’re getting there, and school wise it was a way to think outside the box and find new ways to do things, like with Google classroom and Google me ets. It has also forced us to think about what is going on in our four walls of our houses and how that affects us. But with everything going on with and switching from Health Protection Levels, it seems that until we find a truly working vaccine or find a way to get all of it under control, this will be our lifestyle.
Cayman Williams, 8th Grade

During Covid-19, I can’t really do much since we are stuck at home. I know that I need to make the best of it. We have to stay inside most of the time, so I would spend time with my family. Our original plans were to go out and see Korea, but because the Coronavirus got worse, we stayed inside. Every weekend now, we watch a movie. I really want to explore Korea. One good thing about this experience, is that it made me a lot closer to my family.
Trinah Samson, 6th Grade

I dislike remote school. It’s very hard and sometimes my screen glitches, so I can’t finish things. The Google Meet classes are difficult because there’s often technology issues. I prefer going to the school building over remote school. I don’t do that well in remote school. I can hear and learn things better in the classroom than I can in a Google Meet. Sometimes my browser doesn’t work well and it takes a while to get onto the websites I need. I wish that we could go to school, so I can see and meet my new teachers and classmates and forget about technology.
Adeliz Walker-Gonzalez, 6th Grade

Since Covid-19 we have been in remote school. There are good and bad things about remote school. One of the good things is that we can stay at home. Staying home is fun because you can take a break whenever you want. I also like that I do not have to wake up early. The downside about remote school is the bad computer connection and looking at the computer screen too much. We also cannot meet new friends or meet with our teachers face to face, which is difficult. I prefer going to school, I hope it opens soon.
Ansley Godfrey, 6th Grade

Chaos- A new virus spreads across the globe like wildfire with no treatment for it.
Obedient- We have to obey the new rules such as wearing a mask, washing your hands daily, and social distancing from other people.
Virus: The virus spreads due to an infected person coughs or sneezes or exhales, spreading the germs onto surfaces.
Illness: Some symptoms are shortness of breath, hacking cough, no taste, and no smell.
Dreadful: Quarantine is when you stay inside your house all day. I don’t like it. It forces us to do online school and prevents us from playing sports.
Deborah Colburn, 6th grade

Covid-19 is really an issue
From masks to sanitizer to a big fat “Achoo”!
We go into quarantine where there’s boredom supreme
Places close down, places like school
And virtual school’s a thing so uncool
I and many others would love to go to real school
People would love to open the pool
Or just go out and see something new
We are all aware that it is out there,
Coronavirus is not backing down,
Not yet, but someday…
Kai Malaga, 7th grade

What people don’t understand is that student voices matter, and we are ready to go back to school. Many students will fall behind in a digital learning environment. Not all students have Internet access, computers or adults that can help with online learning. We are the next generation, a proper education is important for us as future leaders. A healthy and safe learning environment is necessary for students and teachers to return to school. While many of us are excited to go back to school, our leaders have a responsibility to plan and prevent events like Covid-19 in the future.
Nathaniel Bourke, 6th Grade

COVID-19. So many things have not happened that should have happened, because of COVID-19. Like my fifth grade graduation. I was excited about having a locker for the first time, and not having to walk in a straight line. About having my own desk instead of being crunched up at a table with six people! It’s hard learning online, and when you’re a new kid like me, you have to catch up on assignments. It’s really stressful and it was easier in school. I know that many more children like me are having the same problems. Please hear our voices.
Elizabeth Edgerton Diaz, 6th Grade

In light of the troubles, we have today
There’s just a few things I’d like to say
Although the days of this feel long
We hold our ground and we stand strong

Share kindness and your love
No time to be mean and push and shove
hold on to your loved ones and hold them tight
listen to the rules and do what’s right
spend precious times with your family
reading, doing puzzles, playing games, and be silly
watch movies and snuggle up on the sofa

Take time on little things
In light of the troubles, we have today
Eva Degrave, 6th grade

Everything was over, Coronavirus was gone, school was out,
I had a filter, I was confident, had good grades, and I was overall,
happy with my achievements!
I had people I could trust and rely on!
When the Coronavirus ended, a couple months ago,
I did everything I thought I couldn’t do!
That was such a fun summer,
It felt like I’ve been there for years!
Then I awoke,
Oh, it’s just a dream,
I always wonder if I’ll ever be like that though,
Proud of what I do
Nataley Demapan, 6th grade

Going to school in this pandemic is pretty frustrating and hard. However, when you’re at home, school life becomes way easier. Nowadays masks and sanitizers are essentials. A mask is like a piece of clothing that you need to put on, kind of like wearing shoes, when you go out. Learning at school can be fun, but also hard for students. At school, you might have to wear a mask all the time and keep social distance. But if we keep doing that, the virus cannot spread.
Chloe Lee, 6th Grade

The Coronavirus has been going on for a while now. It has kept families from seeing each other and friends from playing with each other, and more. The Coronavirus, known as Covid-19, has been spreading rapidly throughout the world. Sadly, because that’s happening, schools have been getting shut down and we have been having to do online school. Some students have been having a hard time doing their school work online. It’s very stressful and Covid-19 isn’t helping! So I want Covid-19 to be gone, and I want everything to be better in our “home.”
Mateo Pareze McCoy, 6th Grade

Being a kid at a time like this is not fun. When I first got news of Coronavirus, I thought it would be fun to stay home and not get out of my pjs. But that soon became boring. Going on my tablet too, soon became boring, and made me wish we didn’t have online school. I wish I didn’t have to talk to my friends from behind a screen, because it only reminds me of how the pandemic has affected us, and the circumstances we are in. I am eager to get news about going back to school soon!
Joelys Medina , 6th Grade

I was only 11 years old when the world changed. Masks were handed out, and social distancing was introduced. Schools were closed and children were forced to adapt to a whole new learning environment. Along with my peers, I finished fifth grade through the screen of a computer. Despite many restrictions being lifted this summer, I began sixth grade behind my keyboard. Although I wish I could go back to school and see my friends, I think the restrictions we are having at the moment are reasonable, and should remain in place until the threat of the spread is reduced.
Rylee Northam, 6th Grade

The one thing you’ll miss most is your friends. Sometimes it will feel like you will never see them again. Even if you see them for two hours on the computer. It won’t feel like the time when you were next to them for seven hours. Virtual school sometimes might be a good thing, or a bad thing. But it’s really your choice. So whether you’re just beginning, or it’s your last day of school, make the best of it. You never know when a new virus will just POP up out of nowhere and start knocking on your door.
Eres Park, 6th Grade

Covid-19 has changed us, our society, and our lives. In case you need something fun to do, I will list the things I do for fun at home.
•Reading – At home, learning won’t be as efficient as when we actually attend school.
Reading is fun and it will help with your education.
•Writing – Write fun stories on the computer, and improve your skills!
•Craft-making – You can make anything from ants to buildings! If you have some leftover craft supplies, try making something creative!
•Cooking – Try making delicacies that your family will enjoy. Maybe take an order from a family member!
Joann Park, 6th Grade

It feels like a second ago, I was in my classroom, staring at the clock, waiting to hear the bell. I was so excited to leave school! To have my freedom. But the only thing I want to do right now, is go back to school. I miss the old times, when I could travel, and go places with my family, and there weren’t any restrictions. The good thing about all of this, is that I get to spend more time with my family. Living in the time of Coronavirus has taught me to appreciate the small things in life.
Elizabeth Rodriguez, 6th Grade

Life during COVID from a kids perspective isn’t something people really talk about normally. It seems that the media is more focused on the cases or what’s going on in the states, but never about the lifestyle and how it changes. And yes we get some insight from an adult’s point of view but not really a kid all too often. From my eyes and in my opinion, this new lifestyle isn’t really new, but it is to the 21st century, because we’ve gone through this in the 20th century with the InFluenza Virus and the Spanish flu before that, along with more. But we persevered and overcame those, and they became a part of our lifestyle with a vaccine and treatments. Now we’re still figuring that part out but we’re getting there, and school wise it was a way to think outside the box and find new ways to do things. Like with Google Classroom and Google Meets. It has also forced us to think about what’s going on in our four walls of our houses and how that affects us. But with everything going on with and switching from Health Protection Levels, it seems that until we find a truly working vaccine, or find a way to get all of it under control this will be a lifestyle.
A Kid’s Perspective on COVID-19, 8th Grade

It was just a normal day, kids heading to school, parents going to work, and the sun rising in the back. Who would’ve thought that a disaster would strike? Nobody expected it, the virus hit like a wildfire and like that everyone was down in the dumps. People worried about getting infected, schools shutting down, and virtual school sweeping in. As a student and a normal kid, I’ll say it’s been rough. I never know what tomorrow will hold. But I will tell you this I have faith that people around the world will beat this virus.
Ki Ventura, 7th Grade

School is challenging. It can push us to the limit, benefit our lives, but can also fill up our days with learning and studying. It can give us stress, if we have an already busy schedule, but most people were already used to it. Until Covid started. First year, it was chaos. Nothing was organized, and everything was confusing. Nothing was planned out but everyone got through with enough perseverance. Now, although many of us expected it, we are back to remote learning. Luckily, many of the dedicated teachers here planned our next challenging year out and made it easier.
Ellie Ahn, 7th grade

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