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Students, parents react to news that school won't be back in session

Patrick Moussignac
Updated: May 01, 2020 08:51 PM
Created: May 01, 2020 08:44 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — When the announcement was made that public schools across the state will remain closed for the remainder of the year students and their parents quickly came to grips with the governor's decision.

Staff members at Webster Thomas High School spent Friday morning filling up several school busses with boxes containing "Class of 2020 Senior Lives Here" lawn signs. 

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Principal Glen Widor told News10NBC, "I think that the community is really craving an opportunity to celebrate this year's seniors. Obviously, with school ending on March 13 we've had, they've had quite a different senior year than generations that proceeded them."

News of schools not reopening weighed heavily on the minds of some students.

Webster Thomas Senior Melanie Boncaro said, "It hasn't fully synced in, but when they officially say all the fun things like Senior Ball will be canceled that's when I think it’s gonna get rough."

Classmate Helena Robinson agrees.

"Not being able to see our classmates again might be really weird and hard to like, just some kids you might not ever see again, and it's weird to think about," Robinson said.

Across the county in Greece, students at Greece Athena High School waited for their lawn sign to arrive at their home.

Senior Class President Megan Plaskocinski says it’s a bit disappointing to see schools close for the rest of the academic year.

"A lot of events that we have are definitely canceled for when we have them scheduled, but at least we can try to like reschedule them for a bit later in the year if we really need to," Plaskocinski said.

Her mother Elizabeth is part of the Senior Bash Committee.

"We're still looking forward to still doing something for them no matter if we have to postpone it, we're still going to do something for the Seniors," she said.

As these students try to make sense of this announcement they still have their college or career plans to think of.


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