This past year has been full of new knowledge and insanity. There have been struggles and there have been achievements. COVID-19 has brought out both the worst and the best in people. And we have all responded to this world in unique and different ways.
Overall, California state leaders have done their best at responding to the trials of the pandemic. Early on they were able to close things down and develop regulations to slow the spread of the virus, which was great. However, Gov. Newsom is still facing opposition and the shut down has not been entirely effective. Hypocrisy (Newsom’s visit to a restaurant in November) has not helped his case or strengthened his support. For their efforts in this trying situation, we argue that state leaders deserve a B.
Health care workers have been given a great deal of responsibility and trust throughout the pandemic. In the beginning when it was full of uncertainties and everyone was fearful, they took on the unknown and were there to help in any way they could. They exposed themselves and put themselves at risk with unimaginable bravery even when supplies were low. We are all thankful for all that they have done and are continuing to do. They receive an A+.
All of CVHS staff have had to deal with these unprecedented times with little instruction. We are appreciative that they were quickly able to adapt and move school to an online format. They have kept open helpful resources for students as well. Teachers have also done well teaching, although some have not been very lenient. We do feel that they could do better to communicate with students. Overall, we feel that the staff deserves a B.
Parents have also had to roll with the punches during this pandemic. They have been there for their kids and have been very willing to help everyone stay safe. Most parents have been supportive and helpful, but that does not mean all parents have been perfect. Some parents have not been as serious or strict about regulations when they could have. All in all, we believe that parents should receive a B.
COVID-19 resulted in mixed responses from students about the regulations enacted. Some kids have been great about finding ways to volunteer and there are many kids working hard to help out their families and stay on top of school work. They are resilient and doing all they can to help. On the other hand, there are students who could be working harder and putting forth more effort in school and in staying safe. Some students are not participating in classes and are ignoring responsibilities too. Because of these various responses, we think students earned a C+.
Everyone has had a variety of responses to the pandemic and no one response has been the same. The important thing is to keep pressing forward and helping in any way possible. COVID-19 has not been easy to deal with, but with time everything will get better.