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studentquarantineBefore the COVID pandemic, those who had unexcused school absences were branded “truants.” This year school officials found themselves ordering students to stay home. Following regulations from the NYS Department of Health, school administrators had to manage a complex series of quarantines, for hundreds of students, after they were in close proximity to classmates, teachers and school staff who tested positive for the virus.

What was the experience like for Scarsdale High School students who were stuck at home for fourteen days? Here is what we learned from speaking to students who found themselves marooned in their bedrooms.

Some students became reflective, saying that the quarantine caused them to slow down, think and explore new passions. But others found it a challenging test of their own strength. Despite some consistent trends, quarantine has been a unique experience for each resident.

One downside of quarantine is that it is hard to be active. Students who are accustomed to going to gym class, sports practices and navigating long hallways had to work to incorporate exercise into their lives. “My lifestyle includes much less exercise than before. I've had to force myself to walk around or do a home workout, and even then I realize that my fitness level has gone down by a lot,” reflected Lydia Jin ’22. As many do not feel comfortable going to gyms and it’s too cold to exercise outside, they found it tough to stay in shape and had to be creative. “I’ve tried to pick up new hobbies like biking to exercise. Because I have an indoor bike, I can still find exercises to do at home,” commented Ethan Hersh’22.

Kids also had to watch what they ate. “To compensate for less exercise, I've started eating more mindfully so it's somewhat balanced,” added Jin ’22. Others appreciate that quarantine has allowed them time to prepare healthy meals. “I also find myself making way more homemade food instead of going out to eat,” added Madison Lee ’22.

Quarantine prevented students from socializing with friends and extended family. “A pro of quarantine is that I can be with my family more, but I cannot see my grandparents, cousins, and friends as often,” mentioned Hersh ’22. At the same, however, this allowed more time for self-improvement and discovering new passions. “When coronavirus began spreading, I was halfway through my sophomore year, so there was not much going on in school. That meant I could spend more time on hobbies such as creating music. I also tried new things like baking and painting,” reflected Jin ’22.

The most difficult situations arose when a family member had to quarantine from others within the household to avoid exposing them. After a student tested positive for the virus during a PSAT exam, many Scarsdale students had to quarantine away from their families while remaining in the same house. “Since [my quarantine] was in the beginning of the year, I definitely took advantage of the fact that the weather was still nice and I sat outside wearing a mask with my family for meals. We [also] facetimed from separate rooms,” added commented Ava Londa ’22.

Accompanying all the downsides of quarantine, there has been some distinct benefits. For example, quarantine has allowed individuals to reflect on their lives and prioritize their well-being. “Before quarantine, I was putting a lot of pressure on myself. Then once quarantine started, it gave me time to reconsider how I was treating myself and I focused on self-care, exercising daily, eating healthier,” mentioned Latzman ’22. “By utilizing social media and my trusty phone... I have made more solid friendships [as] I only interact with people I actually want to, instead of with people I pass by at school who...I do not necessarily know,” added Jin ’22.

Within the jumble of benefits and drawbacks that quarantine posed, it certainly taught us all several lessons. “What I took away from all this is that you really have to appreciate everything in life. Now I do not think twice about going to school five days a week or walking with friends to the Village after school. Quarantine showed me that I will never again overlook the smaller things that brightened my day,” concluded Latzman ’22.

This article was written by SHS Junior Sydney Piccoli, who was recently named Editor-in-Chief of the SHS Magazine.

SNAP1This letter was written by Sarah Bell, President of the Scarsdale Neighborhood Association Presidents:

Thank you to everyone who volunteered for SNAP for HOPE. The program was an incredible success!

We had over 151 volunteer sign-ups which consisted of over 200 Scarsdale residents. Our volunteers included Edgewood Girl Scout Troop #2688, several families working together, all of the residents of 1 entire Scarsdale street, 2 members of the Scarsdale Board of Education, 3 baking and/or cooking businesses, Operation Bookshelf of the Scarsdale Woman’s Club and several volunteers who baked for multiple consecutive weeks.

Over the past 6 weeks, we delivered the following to HOPE (numbers are close approximations)

-9,765 individually wrapped baked items

-3,570 used books

-Over 200 new toys

The Scarsdale Neighborhood Association Presidents thank each and every volunteer for their hard work and participation in this truly meaningful program and wish everyone a healthy and safe 2021.

Warmly,
Sarah Bell, SNAP President

“You can't go back and change the beginning but you can start where you are and change the ending." -C.S. Lewis

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GlikWith a foot of snow expected in Scarsdale, the Scarsdale School district has declared a snow day for Thursday December 17.... not a remote learning day, but a full closure of school.

Here's the note from the district:

"Given the significant snow storm set to hit the area tonight, the Scarsdale Public Schools will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, December 17, 2020. Due to the magnitude of the storm predicted and the possibility of power outages and widespread closures we will NOT be providing remote instruction tomorrow.

All afternoon programs and activities are cancelled for today, Wednesday, December 16. 2020. At this time, we plan to reopen buildings on Friday, December 18, 2020."

However, due to so many cases at the middle school, the district has announced that it will move to all remote instruction until after the Christmas holiday. Here's the information: "At this time, Scarsdale Middle School is experiencing significant challenges to maintaining in person learning. Based on the combination of students on quarantine, families electing to keep students home, and the difficulty of safely staffing the building for in-person learning, SCARSDALE MIDDLE SCHOOL WILL SHIFT TO ALL REMOTE INSTRUCTION UNTIL THE DECEMBER BREAK. The Middle School will return to the hybrid learning model effective January 4, 2020.

If the snow does come our way, here's something fun to do on Thursday. The Village of Scarsdale has announced a snowman contest with photos of your entries due by Friday December 18. See below for details. And after you're done, also email your snowman photos to scarsdalecomments@gmail.com for publication on Scarsdale10583.com.

Enjoy!

snowman contest

 

snowandersonThe first snowstorm of the winter on Wednesday December 17 inspired creative and innovative Scarsdale families to go outdoors in frigid temperatures to build snowmen and snow sculptures. With schools closed on Thursday, the contest was a great diversion. Sponsored by the Scarsdale Recreation Department the Snowman contest attracted over 60 entries. The top prize went to the Anderson family for the best overall snowman, "Snowfalke the Snowdog" shown at left. Here are their 13 winners – but if you want to add your snowman to the photo gallery, email a photo to scarsdalecomments@gmail.com.   SnowWeinberg Barro Family 3SnowSneider Family1The Sneider Family, Best Traditional SnowmanSnowRieber FamilyThe Rieber Family, Best Animal, "Snow Dragon"SnowSagalowsky Family 2The Sagalowsky Familyl, Most Relevant, "Fauci the Vaccinated Snowman"SnowTse FamilyThe Tse Family, Most AdorableSnowBaer FamilyThe Baer Family, Best Use of PropsSnowBercun FamilyThe Bercun Family, Most Comical, "Ready to Go"SnowLiThe Li Family, Most Creative, "The Brite Snow Yeti"SnowGoyal FamilyThe Goyal Family, Best Character, "Captain America"Snow BergerLaneElla Berger and Parker Lane, Best Recreation Theme, "Tennis Terry"SnowHuangThe Huang Family, Best Attention to Detail

SnowAhmedZane Ahmed, Most Impressive

scouts2Sunday December 6 was a perfect (if a bit nippy) day for launching water bottle rockets. Scout Pack 440’s Wolf Den did not let cold weather deter them from sending their bottle rockets high into the clear autumn sky. All it took was some seven year-old muscle and a lot of water.

(Photo credit Midori Im)

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