Rapid City teacher discusses impact of COVID-19 in schools | Education

She still felt pressure in her chest and pain in her back; however, she attributed it to anxiety.

“I was so overwhelmed at school; going to the doctor would take time. It was hard to miss school, so I put off going to the doctor about it, ”said Susan.

Her doctor told her she was showing symptoms of “long COVID”, but it wasn’t until she got tested and saw a pulmonologist after graduating from the school year in May that she was diagnosed with post-COVID syndrome.

“We don’t know if it will go away, but we can treat the symptoms and try,” her doctor told her.

Susan says his condition has improved, but he’s moving slowly. His health has not been restored to its pre-COVID state.

“Day to day, I don’t notice it, but when I think about it, I feel better than a few months ago. It’s a slow process, ”she said.

“We act as if nothing has happened”

This year is a little easier than the last, said Susan. She is now familiar with the learning management system and classroom pandemic management has, in some ways, become more manageable the more she uses it.

But in other ways, Susan said it just got harder.

The RCAS school board has removed some of the COVID-19 mitigation measures implemented during the 2020-21 school year. Face mask protocols have changed, physical barriers have been removed from school buildings, social distancing guidelines have been changed, and the board has ceased internal contact tracing.

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