Social Distancing Comes to Town

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Photo Courtesy of Jaden Wells.

The National Guard visited Telluride during the first week of social distancing.

Ryder Wells, Staff Writer

TELLURIDE- The world feels completely different because of the Coronavirus pandemic.  People are encouraged to stay inside and places all over are closing including Telluride High School.

Luckily, Telluride kids know how to spend their time.

Koenraad Lichtenbelt, a THS junior, has been very busy. 

“I’m currently spending my quarantine time on call for the county,” Lichtenbelt said. “I’m being prepared to respond to an emergency or other task that requires my skills during the state of emergency.”

Lichtenbelt said he is a FCC element three licensee and holds several other certificates, allowing him to operate, set up communication equipment, help coordinate responses, and generally assist during disasters.

“I use this by being a volunteer for the county’s auxiliary communications team, we get mobilized by county emergency management to respond to disasters and other large incidents,” Lichtenbelt said. “When mobilized or deployed we provide communications and coordination, either from the ground or an EoC (emergency operations center), for other personnel responding.” 

Otherwise, he said he’s trying to stay up on school work and playing games at home.

“The quarantine hasn’t affected me a whole lot. I’m just doing extra things to keep the house clean and practice good hygiene. It’s mostly being on standby for the county that’s affected me,” Lichtenbelt said.

Lichtenbelt reminds his fellow classmates that there is plenty of ways to stay connected including watching movies online with friends or play games with them.

Claire Aguilar, a THS junior, has filled her days with school work.

“AP Biology will be the reason I die,” Aguilar joked, adding that’s she’s not a fan of the quarantine.

“My birthday is [March] 22, and I won’t be able to do anything, so it’s going to be sad. I miss going to my favorite restaurants and skiing,” Aguilar said. “Also I have to do all my school work in my room at my tiny desk so it’s getting harder and harder to separate this work and home thing, it’s like my room isn’t as peaceful and comforting anymore.”

Aguilar recommended other people get creative during these hard times. 

Rowen Warren, also a THS junior, has been staying on task.

“I’ve mostly been at home, catching up on a few things that I haven’t gotten to in a while,” said Warren. “For school, my schedule has been much different than how it used to be. I wake up in the morning and work hard on my assignments for that day. I’ll usually be done by around noon, and after lunch, I have the rest of the day to do whatever I want. I can work on my own schedule and at my own pace, and I really really enjoy that.”

Warren suggested that his peers listen to the county public health notices and self isolate, but don’t stop socializing.

“We have plenty of ways to connect with our friends in a non-physical way,” said Rowen.  “Make sure you stay in touch with them.”

Quarantine is certainly affecting life everywhere but THS students seem to have it figured out.