All MCPS schools will be online for the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year. As a result, B-CC students will miss classic high school traditions, such as the homecoming dance, fall and winter sports games, pep rallies, and spirit days. Are these rites of passage just cheesy rituals or will the absence of them this fall and winter have a long-term effect on students that will stay with them in the future long after they leave B-CC?

To some students these events are seen as some of the most fun and interesting and some would even say the best parts of high school, landmarks of your four years, and provide a break from the stress of academics and college applications. However, these traditions don’t necessarily have to be what defines a student’s time during school. The traditions are fun but they are not long-lasting, most only last one day. However, not being able to participate in the entire school experience will have more of a long-lasting effect on students, rather than missing dances, pep rallies, and other short-lived events. 

Even though students may be thinking about the upcoming fall events that they are going to miss, the real loss for B-CC students will be going to school in person every day: learning in a classroom, having lunch with your friends, and other mundane things like riding the bus or walking the halls between classes. You don’t realize what you like the most in school until you can’t go anymore. Whether you enjoyed your time at B-CC or not, the ability to make memories, good or bad, in the traditional setting has been taken away. High school is composed of some of the most important formative years in a person’s life, and with part of the typical experience taken away, it is unknown how much of an impact that will have on today’s teens in the future. 

One thing we do know for our future at school, is that it will be anything but ordinary. We do not know when we are going to be allowed in the building or what it will look like when we resume in-person classes. Right now it looks like there is no end in sight for the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S. and with the unprecedented times we live in now, it can be hard sometimes to be hopeful for our future at B-CC.