Pamela Gossett - My Spring Break
DEAR STUDENTS - POST YOUR ESSAY HERE. WE WILL USE THIS BLOG TO TALK AND COMMUNICATE WITH EACH OTHER. PLEASE KEEP YOUR COMMENTS HOPEFUL AND POSITIVE. IF YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE CORONA VIRUS YOU CAN, BUT IT NEEDS TO BE BASED ON FACTS AND SCIENCE. THIS FORUM IS NOT A PLACE TO SPREAD MISINFORMATION, ONLY A PLACE FOR US TO TALK ABOUT OUR LIVES AND QUARANTINE.
HERE IS MY ESSAY
My spring break was spent almost entirely at home. I have had to quarantine the entire break because I was exposed by coming in contact with someone that had been in direct contact with a coronavirus patient. I did go out for groceries, doctor, and to buy plants at Home Depot to plant in my garden. I made sure to have disinfectant wipes and to keep my distance from others. I also walked and swam daily to get outside and get some sunshine once I was feeling better. I was not tested for coronavirus because I could not get a test even if I wanted one. My symptoms were not too severe, so it could have just been nothing more than the common cold. Without testing though there is no way to know what it was, so I isolated myself from others just in case. Many of my friends were still out partying like it was 1969 (Prince reference :-). I worried about them because I knew how serious this virus was and that they were not taking it seriously at all. I can only hope that they did not contract it during the time they were ignoring the science and the facts. Now that many more people are staying at home, realizing the consequences of their actions, and practicing social distancing, I don't feel quite so alone in my quest :-).
It is my sincerest hope that we all make it to the other side of this well and safe. I have family members that are nurses, EMT, Paramedics, Physician Assistants, and front line health care workers. I worry for their safety and they are worried that they will be overrun at the hospitals soon with critical care coronavirus patients. Their advice to all of us is please stay home, the life you save may be your own or someone that you love. The one thing that you can do that will help more than anything else is to stay at home, practice social/physical distancing, and not spread the coronavirus to others. We have to all so our part.
I spent a good deal of my time trying to come up with ways to create interesting assignments that anyone could do regardless of your computing capabilities. Every assignment will assume that you have nothing more than your cell phone to complete the assignment. You will need to install the phone apps schoology, weebly, Adobe Lightroom Mobile, and Adobe Express to use your cell phone successfully for the projects. If you were able to download Adobe CC to your home computer and it works, than that is great - use it instead. For the rest of you, use your cell phone and its apps to get work done.
I thought of all of my senior students and how they will be missing out on so much. I know this is hard on you especially. I want to encourage you to stay healthy, stay safe, and come back to fight another day. When this is all over I want our school to have belated celebration for graduation at least. Maybe we could hold a graduation ceremony at the gym or football stadium (Manatee High School always does it at the football stadium at their school). Stay strong and hopeful.
Make sure that you practice social/physical distancing for all of your photographic work. Stay local at your home or in your neighborhood, and always keep a 6 foot distance from others. Stay safe and stay well....Ms. Gossett