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How has the pandemic impacted your daily life?

May 18, 2020


Jack Shields

Gyms were among the many things forced to close at the outbreak. Those who frequent Lifetime know that this parking lot is normally full at all times of the day.

Mr. John Groess, Math Teacher: “As weird as it is to say, it’s odd being like, ‘Well, I can take a nap in the middle of the day if I want, like it’s not the end of the world.’ And that’s definitely different than what it used to be, so yeah.”

Mr. Zach Zimny, Art Teacher: “It’s different not having a set schedule with time, and there’s not much of a structure. Doing screencasts is much different and I don’t have to do one thing at a specific time.”

Ms. Megan Peterson, Marking and Communications Director: “My husband and I are both working from home. It is strange not being in the school environment on a day to day basis. My work life has changed as crisis communication has become a large part of my job in recent weeks. In addition, we are ramping up all things video and social media in this new environment.”

Ms. Abbi Baker, Science Teacher: “I’m an introvert, so I’m really loving the excuse of not having to go/be anywhere. On one hand, I’m getting a lot more sleep and I’m more relaxed. On the other hand, there’s no end to working as a teacher. Many of us have dreams about teaching and constantly think about work during the school year anyway, but I can’t leave the building and detox. I used to go to coffee shops or libraries to do more work and try to avoid doing work at my house. Now my home is my work area now, and there was a point I wondered when I should just log off and stop answering emails.”

Nicole Strom, Class of 2020: “I can’t work anymore, I can’t see my friends, and it feels so weird to barely leave the house.”

Mallory Mathwig Class of 2023: “I need to talk to my friends more on facetime or over social media because you could lose relationships because we aren’t being forced to see them in the halls every day.”

Dr. Susan Skinner, Senior High Principal: “I spend way more time on video. I think that the changes are simply that you’re not with people. Yet you still maintain the relationships. I’ve always been good with technology, so I don’t have to learn a bunch of new things… But I think the routine of the day, like me just walking around and seeing what’s going on, those things are missing. You have to be more intentional about dropping into classes. You don’t get any of those accidental conversations. I text the other assistant principals… all the time.”

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