For English Language Learners, Lost Time From Covid Absences Becomes A Unique Challenge for Students

Yahelyn De Leon Tahual, Reporter

Like other schools, LHS was recently struck with a wave of Covid infections that began in November. Multiple students were out of school until the quarantine and illness passed.  The students then had to fend off a virus and return to school with a pile of work missing.  The enforced 5 day quarantine added a unique problem for students whose first language is not English.

While students are out, teachers will uploaded their work for them on google classroom. While some students were too sick to complete it while out, others didn’t understand the new material they were missing and because of the language barrier. Just understanding the directions was an additional hurdle for the students to clear.

“ My family got Covid around November,” said LHS Freshman Navshariel Moltavo,  “So I had to stay at home with them. I was the last who got Covid in my family.  I didn’t get a lot of symptoms, but the bad thing was when I came back to school. I remember I had a lot of homework missing. Some (teachers tried to) help me and others just told me to try finish everything I missed during that week I was out,” she said.

Yansell Rodriguez, another freshmen who was victim of this virus said, “I got Covid in November. I didn’t get really sick, but I felt my body tired and my throat hurt.  When I came back I had a lot of missing work and some classes were talking about new subjects that I missed because I was out.”  He added “ It was hard for me to catch up because I had a lot of missing things and also because I had to relearn new subjects. ” 

LHS Sophomore Caleb Jimenez Hernandez had Covid a week before midterms. “ It didn’t affect me (as much)  because it was the midterm week, but I had less time to prepare myself for it,” he said. “It was stressful for me because in all my classes I had missing work and just to look at the piles of work I had, it was hard for me to do all of them and more because some work was about a subject I didn’t understand” he said .

The teachers do send work online and home  for students who are out to complete while they can’t be in school. But that  has its own problems. 

“Getting Covid was kind of hard and more because it was before the week of midterms. I missed a subject in math that I had to relearn by myself and a part of that is I was doing everything online from home, which was similar to how it was when Covid hit the school (and we were in lockdown),” said Gustavo Alves.

He added that he wasn’t afraid to come back to school, but that being sick for a whole week affected his grades even though he was trying to finish everything online

LHS Junior Luke Harper added “I had Covid a week before midterms, and I think my grades didn’t change because I didn’t have too much work to do. Something that was annoying was that I missed some stuff for midterms exams, but some of my teachers helped me with the things that I missed.”

Sometimes just getting over Covid itself made it hard for the students once they returned. 

LHS Junior William Noguera  got Covid during December, however he said that he stayed one more week out of school because he didn’t feel well enough to come back. Covid hit him really hard and he wasn’t able to move from his bed. “ I got really sick during vacation, I wasn’t able to move or go to my job,” he added. “ When I came back, I didn’t feel ready to start again because I had a lot of missing work and my grades were affected too much. The worst thing was that in the majority of classes were talking about new subjects. Some of my teachers just gave a whole package of missing work and some of them helped me,” he added

LHS Senior Mildred Soto said, ”I got Covid a week before midterms. It was really hard for me because I got sick and I couldn’t prepare myself for midterms exams. The week I came back I wasn’t even able to focus on my midterms because I had too much missing work in different classes and different stuff that the rest of my classes got to prepare themselves for  (the) midterms.”  She added “Covid didn’t affect me too much. What affected me was missing school.”