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High school senior fears missing milestones as school remains closed for coronavirus

High school senior fears missing milestones as school remains closed for coronavirus
Posted at 8:06 PM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 21:31:06-04

Senior year is often the most memorable for high school students. Taking senior pictures, going to prom, and of course walking across the stage, all part of the experience.

But with schools closed for at least the next month, some students are afraid of what they might miss out on, students in Louisiana are out of school until April 13th, leaving many seniors with unfinished business.

"We're just all worried. You know it's something you always want your whole family there, everyone cheering you on as you walk across the stage, shake hands with your principals..shake hands with your teachers and just be happy", says Colson Fontenot.

Opelousas High School senior, Colson Fontenot has dreamed of graduation day but he never expected to be put in jeopardy.

Although Fontenot is ready to go to college in the fall, he's upset for his peers who may not have the same chance.

Fontenot says, "People may not have the opportunity to get the scores that they want to reach certain requirements for the colleges they wanted to attend".

Many school functions like sporting events and prom have been canceled until further notice.

"It's very said because people had promposals and everything at school and it was a big celebration at school. I was actually going to another prom in Abbeville and that one got cancelled. So it's just many plans that are being shut down," says Fontenot.

Fontenot and other high school seniors could possibly received their doplomas in the mail, he agrees with government officials that this is what's best.

"We have the opportunity to stop this and slow it down as much as possible and really deal with it effectively. I really hope people go out and embrace the social distancing and really think about their actions", says Fontenot.

Governor Edwards is requesting federal approval to extend school closures if necessary, and state officials are working to obtain that approval.