Pros and Cons of Shelter at Home

Kayla Davito, Reporter

COVID-19 has affected nearly everyone around the world, including the town of Wentzville . From recreational places in surrounding counties closing to jobs being lost, social distancing can be taking a toll on everyone.

Shelter at home has many pros and cons, which THS students weighed in on through online interviews and surveys.

“[A positive thing about sheltering at home] includes having more control over my schedule and doing my classes in an order that works for me. [To stay busy], I would say do something you love that you rarely get the time to do, or something you’ve been wanting to do. Now is the time for all of the unfinished or not yet started projects,” freshman Alexis Morgan said. 

Not everyone has the motivation to start new projects, however. ‘This is a pandemic, not a productivity contest” one post read.

On the other hand, some THS students agree with Morgan and are using quarantine and making the most of it. In a survey sent out last week, 44.7% of students and staff said that quarantine has made them more productive.

School is being continued, except now it is online. This can pose difficulties to those without access to wifi, or who need more understanding with concepts. For some students, like freshman Mitchell Bennett, school is still a definite con when it comes to shelter at home.

“The amount of work I am receiving every day is insane. I work twice as much as I did when school was in session. I take about nine hours a day [to complete it],” Bennett said.

Students are not the only ones affected by the state’s decision. Teachers have had to adapt to an entirely new way of doing their job, on top of also missing faces they saw on a day-to-day basis. 

“One negative thing about sheltering at home is the lack of personal interactions with others. Initially, I thought we’d be going back to school, but when I heard of the rest of the year was being called off, I felt genuinely sad. At this point, I realized how much I miss the students and staff, their faces, our interactions and the connection of being able to see and communicate with others in person,” art teacher Greg Holland said.

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