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'It's those whose bodies can't fight for themselves, they're the people we have to protect, old and young'

I'm worried about my future.

I don't mind not having school, don't get me wrong; the problem is that the more school cancellations continue to push back, the more I become worried that it'll continue to be delayed to the point where we have to make up for it in order to graduate.

If closures continue to be extended, I currently see two options the school could take: one, they take our current grades as our final semester grades, which I am not against; or two, they open the school up through June and have to push back graduation.

Another problem the school has to solve is, what will happen for the college dual credit classes that are being taught? For example, I'm taking Writing 121, where we have barely just started on activities for our final piece of writing in our portfolio. That piece of writing must be sent to the college for review and to receive a grade. What's worrisome about this is that we won't finish and won't have the chance to get that college credit.

The last problem the school has to fix is the upcoming play. Scappoose High School Theatre is putting on a production of "Shrek The Musical" that was supposed to be performed Thursday, April 23, through Saturday, April 25, but Gov. Kate Brown has just extended school closure to Tuesday, April 28. The school has to figure out when to set the date of the play, while everyone involved in the play — cast and crew, including me — have to either rehearse on

our own or build props at home.

Besides the fact that I'm happy to have school off in general, the closures are beneficial for the community. I live in a house with my grandparents, parents, cousin, and my brother. If there was a confirmed case that showed up in Scappoose and somehow spread in the school and I brought it home to my grandparents, I'd be wrenched with guilt. Besides them, I'm a part of the susceptible population as well because I have a pre-existing lung condition. That condition has already made my body more susceptible to pneumonia and bronchitis. It's times like these when herd immunity and social distancing become very essential.

No matter how much anyone wants to say that all of these closures and quarantines are just overreactions, there's a point when you have to realize that the majority of the population may not have to worry about it, but it's those whose bodies can't fight for themselves, they're the people we have to protect, old and young. COVID-19 has an incubation period of two weeks and the possibility of showing no symptoms, that's what makes this virus as deadly as it is. This virus is similar to the flu; the problem is that we don't have a vaccine for it and a vaccine could take anywhere from six to twelve months to develop. There's also no cure for these types of viruses as well, that's why everyone's scared. Everyone fears the unknown, and that's what this is — the unknown.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that, yes, it's OK to be worried, but it's not OK to treat this like it's the end of the world, because it's not. I am worried, but I still plan to rehearse for the upcoming play at home, I'm still applying for colleges and scholarships. The world is going to keep spinning after this — it may take a while for society to return to normal, but we'll bounce back.

I have faith in us.

Kaitlin Wood is a senior at

Scappoose High School.


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