2020 was definitely a year to remember. Covid struck our world unexpectedly and before we knew it everything was closed down. Life as we knew it was changed. Schools were shut down, along with grocery stores, churches, and local businesses. Travel was immediately limited. Even colleges were shut down completely. Zoom meetings and social distancing were new additions to our daily lives. Masks became the new fashion statement of 2020.
Mercy High School also felt the affects of Covid in a variety of ways. We started the new school year in a hybrid model, which was not easy for students or staff. Going to school on Zoom had its own set of challenges for families, students, and teachers. Teachers struggled to accurately communicate with their students. There were also many technological challenges. The learning environment was simply not vibrant. Sitting in front of a screen for eight hours a day did not provide proper socialization for a Mercy student or teacher. Students and staff truly missed their community and their home. This was a whirlwind of emotions.
Covid has separated people of all ages, but has also given them a clearer understanding of what is important. Being stuck in a household with only family members seemed unimaginable to most high school students, but there were many lessons to be learned. Quality time was appreciated, even if it was over FaceTime or Zoom. This provided a new way of connecting with friends and family.
Now, in the spring of 2021, there is hope in the future. Vaccinations are being provided and people are beginning to find comfort in the fact that life will hopefully resume to normal.