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Erika Hernandez

Erika Hernandez is a student at John Glenn High School. This is her second year with The Shoemaker Bugle. She is involved in many things like volleyball, band, journalism, and was formerly involved in drama. Whenever she is free, Erika likes to ride her skateboard or bike to any big parks with beautiful views. She also likes to do construction and pyrography as a hobby. One of her favorite news sites is CNN, which she was introduced to during her freshman year of high school.

Different Opinions: Should Trick-or-Treating be Canceled During the Covid Pandemic?

•Why Trick-or-Treating Should Not Be Canceled, By Erika Hernandez 

With this year’s pandemic, many events and holidays have been canceled. But Halloween is right around the corner, and people have mixed feelings. Many people argue that it should be canceled, or at least the trick-or-treating part. Well, I say trick-or-treating should not be canceled. 

If people were to go out and trick-or-treat, everyone will be wearing costumes which may have their own mask. If not, then people should just wear their regular mask, including children, teenagers, and parents.

When it comes to residents, if they want to give out candy they should leave their porch light on. However, those who don’t want to participate should simply just leave it off, just like during any other Halloween. If residents are giving candy out themselves they should also wear a mask. Just because they’re in their own home doesn’t mean they shouldn’t wear a mask when meeting strangers.

Everyone will be walking around neighborhoods like usual, so you wouldn’t really cross paths with other groups. Halloween could still happen as long as we all keep following the rules of just wearing a mask and distancing ourselves from people we don’t know.

•Why Trick Or Treating Should Be Canceled, by Hermaione Sanchez

Halloween is a special time of the year when people of all ages dress up and go house to house asking for candy. By the end of the night, everyone is in a sugar coma and peoples faces are stained from the makeup. But is all that worth risking your health for?

I’m sure by now, the word Coronavirus is nothing new to you. The world-wide-known virus has been affecting our daily lives since March 2020. Since then, masks and social distancing have been required almost everywhere and people have been quarantining to prevent spread and infection. The latest controversy, however, has been whether trick-or-treating should occur or not.

Social distancing involves staying at least 6 feet away from people and trying not to go out unless it is necessary. On the other hand, trick-or-treating requires knocking door-to-door, either with a group or while alone, and making contact with a resident, asking for candy. You can see how dangerous this is during a pandemic because you’re making contact with a person and accepting food from them. Even if it is packaged, touching the same thing as another person, is potentially dangerous. “It should be cancelled cuz Covid will be easier to spread,” says @Triplesixfather (Brayan Gonzalez) on Instagram. Especially for the person giving out candy who would see many people in one night, raising their risk of getting infected.

Someone’s home is their personal, safe space, and knocking on their door asking for candy in the middle of a pandemic is invading that. It is clear by now that this virus should be taken seriously, and we should do our best to stop the spread.  Angel Landeros, a 23 year old son, husband and brother says, “People will risk their life over missing one year of trick-or-treating… yet someone’s grandmother may miss all the years they could have lived if that one person that went trick-or-treating and was infected would have skipped Halloween.” There are many people who are at high risk, those people are parents, siblings, friends, and loved ones. They are at risk of death, and candy shouldn’t be worth that.

Finally, people on Instagram were asked what their thoughts were on trick-or-treating, and here is what they had to say:

“Because you’re going to houses asking for candy, meanwhile you don’t know where the owners have been” 

@babbynisse (Denisse Sanchez), a Senior at John Glenn High

“Best choice would be to stay at home and not have any contact with people we don’t know”

@svmii9 (Samantha De Avila), a student at  John Glenn High

“Trick or treating should be cancelled because we can’t see germs on candy”

@jayme._.ferrer (Jayme Ferrer), a student at Savannah High

“…you can get COVID and you don’t know what the candy can have in it” 

@714.natalie (Natalie), an Anaheim resident

“Trick or treating can cause an increase in COVID cases”

@yo.jarey (Jarey Lopez), a senior at John Glenn High.

Schools reopening in Orange County

By Erika Hernandez

During this pandemic we have all been wondering when we will go back to school, or if we’ll even get the chance to go back. Well, in Orange County, many schools have been reopening but with a system called Hybrid Learning. Hybrid Learning is educational time both in the classroom and online. Typically, the class is broken up into two groups, the first group goes into class in the beginning of the week (Monday and Tuesday) and the second group goes at the end of the week (Thursday and Friday), Wednesday would stay as a rotating block schedule.

I asked an elementary school parent and student their opinions about Hybrid Learning, based on the experience they have gone through so far in Orange County. I asked one parent on how she felt about her child going back to school and she responded, “I feel like the half week in person helps the students a lot because whatever questions they have from previous or current work can be answered by the teacher themselves.” She also added, “ I feel like it’s an ease of mind for me because I don’t have to worry about who is going to take care of my child while I’m at work, but it’s also helpful getting a break knowing that my daughter is learning more and getting help from her teacher.”

I asked the student, who is 9 years old, how she felt about going back to school and she said, “I like the hybrid learning because I get to see my friends and I prefer days in school because I learn more.” 

After asking the parent and student questions it seems like they both enjoy Hybrid learning. At the rate Los Angeles County is going, let’s hope that soon we will be back at school too, even if it’s just two days a week.