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Local high school students adjust to new routine amid COVID-19 pandemic

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(WVVA) - Many high school seniors in the Two Virginias were just weeks away from things like prom and graduation. But now, thanks to COVID-19, they're not even coming into school.

"We just woke up one day and they told us we weren't going back," recalled PikeView senior Brittan Justice.

"I don't get to see my friends -- and we might not have graduation or prom and all those other things," she continued. "It's really hard to think about."

Things are similar across the border in Virginia.

"I do miss the social interaction with my teachers and friends -- especially seeing people at lunchtime," admitted Graham junior Darrah Young. "It's so lonely [at home]."

Both of their academic schedules have changed as well. For Young, the workload is about the same, but it's been squished into a smaller window.

"Most of my classes I'm still doing work for," she said. "But, I put in about two hours instead of seven."

At PikeView, Justice says varying levels of internet access for students have caused additional problems.

"They're still giving us work, just to better ourselves and make us more prepared for the following years, but they're not going to be able to grade it," she said.

Justice is in her final semester has a high school student. She plans to attend Emory & Henry College in just a few months time. But now, she's worried this time away from a normal academic routine could negatively impact her experience.

"I feel like we'll be less prepared now, even though we don't have very much left of school," she admitted. "It's still going to be jumping into something totally new."

She shared that conversations with her admissions counselor have helped put her mind at ease.

However, the looming uncertainty has students feeling some type of way.

"I have never before said I want to go back to school, but I definitely miss it," Young laughed.

Nick Dugan

Sports Director

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