Pandemic creates much uncertainty for WCHS students
With so much uncertainty about graduation, prom and class trips because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Woodford County High School senior Ryan Alvey said, “It’s really difficult for us to think about what we’re going to be doing for the next two months.” Plans are already in place for WCHS to have its prom at the Kentucky Castle Saturday, April 18, but that date may need to change depending on the ongoing pandemic and whether Woodford County schools reopen after spring break. “… I haven’t seen anything like this, and I highly doubt any of the rest of our student body has seen something like this before,” said Ryan. He acknowledged that it’s also important for everyone to take necessary precautions (social distancing and hand washing) because of the health risks posed by COVID-19. “So I totally understand a lot of the actions taking place,” said Ryan, “but it’s obviously very difficult” for students. The Woodford County Board of Education voted Monday to cancel all trips for students and teachers through April and planned senior trips will most likely not get rescheduled. Ryan, who serves as the board’s student-representative and played soccer for WCHS in the fall, said other student-athletes may not get to experience their senior seasons because baseball, softball, track and other spring sports are in limbo. “I can’t even imagine what it would be like for me to go through high school all four years and then not get to experience my … senior season,” he said. “… And for some students, this is their last chance to play sports …” Having taken a lot of advanced placement classes during his junior year, Ryan said he understands the importance of being in class because AP classes “are much more difficult subjects and require a lot more interaction with teachers …” He said teachers are working hard to ensure students get the best possible education under the circumstances, “but it’s an unprecedented thing. And I think the most important thing for us now is to just continue doing good work and to not let this situation off-put us … (because) doing the work that we’re assigned is vital to being able to graduate on time, to be able to participate in sports or any other activity because a lot of those are grade-based.” He said a lot will depend on the student body’s willingness “to adapt to the change and roll with the punches.” While students communicate with their classmates using virtual apps and social media, Ryan said there’s also a lot of uncertainty for students planning to take SAT and ACT tests, and for seniors who are concerned about earning enough credit hours to ensure they graduate on time. “And we all want to graduate together,” he added. “It’s hard. And I really don’t know what to expect or what to do.” WCHS students are currently scheduled to graduate on Saturday, May 23, at 9 a.m. at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena.