Three Students Share What It's Like to Learn During a Pandemic

Sachel Harris Communications Manager, TNTP

During a “normal” year, students eat together, play games together, laugh together, cry together, and grow together. But this year, the unprecedented disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic has meant students have fewer opportunities to interact meaningfully and authentically with each other—often having their togetherness reduced to a Zoom room.

It's been hard for kids to feel like they belong to a community of loving and caring people. But in Edgewood ISD, near San Antonio, Texas, high schoolers Jennica Avila, Michael Valdez, and KC Cerda are navigating the pandemic the best way they know how: together. They talked with me about their experiences this school year—online, in-person, and hybrid—and the new opportunities they’ve had to share those experiences with their school and district leaders.

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