Dear Seniors in High School

Dear high school senior,

From the bottom of my heart, I am sorry. You’ve worked hard. You’ve checked everything off the list that our state has asked you to do to graduate. And then this- the coronavirus.

It’s ok to grieve. It’s a big sense of loss. You are allowed to be shocked. To be in denial. To be angry. To be depressed and overwhelmed about it.

Some of you have lost field trips and the final season of spring sports. Some of you have lost that last high school musical theatre production, cheer event, or DECA competition. Some of you have lost senior proms and parent teas and award ceremonies and senior assemblies. Some of you planned a summer celebration and that may be cancelled too. This is above and beyond the loss of other students. You will never get to go back to high school again.

Not to mention the unknowns. Graduation. AP exams. College acceptance deadlines.

This is a big deal. So, don’t let anyone tell you to get over it. Like you can just put your grief on pause. We know that there are others suffering more than you. But c’mon that’s not the point. You’re loss is significant too. And I’m telling you- this is tough!

And I am sorry. I am so sorry that this has happened to you. I’m here for you.

Love, Dr. Mitchell

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