Ranch Reflections are articles written by LRHS students and staff who want to share their experiences, thoughts, and concerns. This is a great opportunity for Mustangs to branch out beyond traditional news stories.  This edition features the experiences of a student overcoming a mild illness in a pandemic environment.

Emma Conerly – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Before COVID-19, being sick often meant days of make-up work and struggling to catch up with classes. However, due to the adjustments our education system has made for COVID-19, that is no longer the case.  

I was sick and missed five days of school, but when I returned I had almost no make-up work.  

In previous years if I had dared to miss five days of school, I would have returned to piles of make-up work waiting for me and the feeling of being behind in all my classes. 

Now though, I can complete and turn in assignments at home just as if I was in the classroom. 

This is not the only difference though, in pre-COVID I would have likely still come to school regardless of if I was sick to not fall behind and not have a lot of make-up work. 

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Our online programs such as Schoology make available weekly schedules, textbooks, class resources, and places to submit assignments.  This year I and other Mustangs don’t have to worry about falling behind when not in school.

For my government, psychology, and math classes, I was able to complete and turn in all my work on time virtually.

This new system relieves the stress of missing grades and makes it easier to relax.

It also prevented me from coming to school with symptoms.  This helps other students and staff stay safe.