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Two high school students endure a year of lockdown, virtual school due to COVID-19

A little more than a year ago, the world seemed to stop. Businesses were forced to close their doors. Large gatherings were restricted. Schools shuttered and transferred all instruction online. Sports seasons were abruptly halted. Proms were canceled. Graduations were pushed back and modified.

Then the world seemed to move again. Schools reopened after much deliberation from a committee the Campbell County School District formed to consider that very question. Students returned to school with new COVID-19 protocols like social distancing, face masks and plastic dividers.

Virtual learning

Thunder Basin High School student Isabella Carroll, right, spends some socially distanced time with boyfriend Jacob Kalisch at Cam-plex Park on Wednesday afternoon. Carroll’s family opted to continue her education virtually to keep her brother, who has a health condition, safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Virtual learning

Thunder Basin High School student Isabella Carroll chats with boyfriend Jacob Kalisch in a socially distanced manner at Cam-plex Park Wednesday afternoon from a safe distance. Carroll is one student who opted to continue her education virtually in order to keep her brother, who has a health condition, safe during the pandemic.

Virtual learning

Thunder Basin High School student Isabella Carroll, right, walks at Cam-plex park with boyfriend Jacob Kalisch. After rebelling at first to attending classes online from home, she now says she understands why her family chose to remain isolated for the past year during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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co2helpu

Thank you for sharing your story. I hope it helps others understand what they are experiencing as well. If the ED system is to create the humans we want for a better world, it should always be valued as how those humans are doing. You want to help students, a generation, a society; measure values, happiness, and knowledge. Scanning bubbles to validate just ain't going to do it anymore, and its evidence is showing.

We want intelligence, but that is only knowing about things. What we need is knowledge and that is how to use what you know.

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