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COVID-AVERSARY The start of the pandemic was about a year ago, so we explored how west essex students and faculty have spent the past year.

THE BEGINNING...

FEBRUARY/MARCH 2020

The Multicultural Club had a luncheon to celebrate different cultures in the West Essex High School library in late February, before the start of quarantine. The library was packed with students not wearing masks and sharing food openly, a once-normal activity that now seems foreign.

Photo courtesy of Alicia Perez

Math teacher Jaclyn Carollo and math teacher Jeanette Mackesy after school on March 12, the last day of normal in person school.

Photo Courtesy of Jeanette Mackesy

When she returned to school to clean out her classroom in June 2020, History teacher Beth Vaknin found her board just the way she had left it after not being in the building for nearly four months due to the pandemic.

Photo coursey of Beth Vaknin

After school on March 12, 2020, the faculty met to discuss the school's plan for closing for that Friday and Monday to give teachers time to prepare for virtual learning. Photo Courtesy of Toni-Anne Cavallo.

BORED IN THE HOUSE...

MARCH - APRIL 2020
Senior Avery Lieberman spent her quarantine playing outside with her next door neighbors, socially distancing with friends and even hosting a fake prom. Photos courtesy of Avery Lieberman

Juniors Isabella DeRose and Emily Proscia used walking as an excuse to leave the house and get some sort of social interaction after months of isolation. Photo courtesy of Isabella DeRose

English teacher Alicia Perez adapted to life at home by turning her kitchen into her classroom to teach her students virtually. Photo courtesy of Alicia Perez

History teacher Caroline Blanchard and math teacher Jeanette Mackesy stayed active and social during quarantine through Zoom workouts. Photo courtesy of Jeanette Mackesy

Art teacher Amanda Procaccino's children mid lockdown.

Photo courtesy of Amanda Procaccino

RETURNING TO SOME SORT OF NORMALCY...

SEPTEMBER TO DECEMBER 2020

English teacher Alicia Perez on her first outing with her family, representing the new normal of wearing masks to each activity.

Photo courtesy of Alicia Perez

Senior Avery Lieberman was able to safely travel to Florida with her family in December 2020 in order to see her grandparents, whom she hasn't seen since the start of the pandemic.

Photo courtesy of Avery Lieberman

A HAPPY ENDING IS IN SIGHT...

MARCH 2021
English teacher Alicia Perez receiving her first COVID vaccination. Photo courtesy of Alicia Perez
Check out more reflections on the 1 year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic by Wire Staff members below...