COVID Changes Affect Life at MCA

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Welcome to the Mount Carmel 2020-2021 school year—COVID edition! As an eighth grader, I don’t have personal experience, but I know that MCA looks a little different this year. Wearing masks and watching our social distancing was an expected change, but what about the differences in schedules, lunches, and bells to dismiss each grade? That’s a lot to process, but we’re surviving!

Now you’re probably wondering, how would I know the difference between this year and the last? I haven’t even been here for four months! Well, I figured if there’s anyone who’d know it’d be the rockin’ seniors! I sat down to talk with senior Jane Newman and senior class president Samantha Carriere about MCA’s COVID changes.

Q: How do you like the three separate lunches?

Jane: I don’t mind the change; I like the longer IS. But I miss my longer lunches, and I’m not a fan of second lunch.

Samantha: I would have to say I have mixed feelings. I like having more time for it because IS is almost a full hour, but I don’t like having such a short lunch. I liked being able to have more time to eat, hang out with my friends, and see other people if I needed to.

Q: Do you like the bells that dismiss the different grades?

Jane: I think I like it better when they announce who’s leaving on the announcements. The bells are kind of confusing.

Samantha: I’m not a fan of the noise of the bells. I don’t really notice that much of a change; it doesn’t feel like it’s that big of a difference time-wise.

Q: Are the “one way” hallways more effective?

Jane: I think they’re definitely less crowded; at first they were confusing, but now I’ve got the hang of it.

Samantha: I would say it makes it more effective in that it’s less congestion in the hallways.

Well, COVID, you’ve certainly made an impact on 2020, but you can’t stop the MCA spirit!