Day in the life of a quarantined 11 year old


Charlotte Cohn

Principal Lynn Sabia sent an email to Pelham Middle School parents March 14 explaining the parents of a sixth grade student had tested positive for Covid-19. She said that while the child was not symptomatic in school on March 12, the child had since started showing symptoms.

Sabia sent another email March 15 saying that the sixth grader was in one of my classes. My parents contacted the New York State Department of Health to ask what we should do. They advised that I should remain isolated, and they should call my pediatrician. I have to take my temperature two times a day everyday. If I start showing symptoms, we are to alert my pediatrician immediately. I was also told to be kept separate from my family members. With ample time, I plan how to keep myself occupied, and try to remember what day of the week it is.

Facetiming through it all: From top, Samantha Bonnano, Lindsay McCormick and Charlotte Cohn.

Everyday, I Facetime with my friends because we are not allowed to see each other. Luckily, that means I’m allowed to talk to them whenever I want, even if it’s really late at night. We normally just play Roblox with each other or draw. When I’m not talking to them, I’m either watching TV or reading. Also, I like doing crafts like decorating my clothes or drawing pictures. My-six-year old brother likes playing games on Alexa. It has been nice sleeping in every day, even though my dad normally wakes me up by 9 a.m.

I have been spending a lot of time with my family since I have been quarantined. I have to be a bit away from them, and I have an armchair, the Charlotte chair. Playing games on Alexa like Song Quiz or Escape the Room means no one is actually touching. It’s pretty much family game night every night. Also, my mom is making us clean a lot, which isn’t very fun, but our house has never been cleaner.

I’m not excited to do online schooling. Even though I get to stay in my pajamas all day, I want to be able to see my friends. I don’t think online classes will be the same as normal classes. I’m waiting for the day I’m out of quarantine and Covid-19 is gone. Stay safe everyone!