Over the weekend I was able to use an antique that many of our youth may be unfamiliar with, a VCR.

It was my grandmother’s, and I used it to watch my six-grade graduation. I can still picture my dad standing there with his large, black camcorder recording the awards day.

It was 2003, and the girls wore all white with their hair all done up for the big day, and many of the guys wore slacks or maybe even a suit.

As I watched my class receive awards for perfect attendance, art and achieving honor roll, it took me back to sixth grade at Wilson Memorial Elementary School.

My teacher was David Graham, who still teaches for the school system and coaches girls basketball, and our principal was Mrs. McAdams.

It was a fitting time to reminisce about those early years of school as families across the county prepared for the first day of virtual school on Tuesday.

Chromebooks were charging, children were getting into bed early for their 6 a.m. wake up call, and they were preparing their first day of school outfit to show off during their first Zoom meeting.

My daughter Lily is only 2, so I don’t have to worry about her schooling yet, but I’m marrying a guy who has two children — a 9 year old and an 8 year old who are in elementary school.

I also have a nephew who’s 12, and this is his first year of middle school.

As I see all these parents and teachers preparing for the school year, I have some of the same questions and fears.

I can understand why the school system would be weary about returning to school — especially now with COVID-19 cases mounting up all over college campuses after they returned in August.

But, I’m just unsure how this is going to work for parents who work a 9 to 5 Monday-Friday job.

Babysitters aren’t going to want to be responsible for Chromebooks, and they may not even have internet. The student may have internet at home, but what about if they don’t have it when they’re not at home during the week?

And, what about the teachers who also have children in school?

I’m just worried.

But, I know everyone is taking this day by day, and like most things, I’m sure it will all work out.

I just hope everyone is able to attain some new knowledge from this school year, and who knows, maybe eventually they’ll get to return to the classroom.

I hope that for those who are able to use their Chromebooks that everything goes smooth, and the same wish goes to those who use packets.

Here’s to a good school year Halifax County Public Schools!

I’m sure each school’s staff is more than willing to work with any parent or student who needs help this school year.

After all, we’re all in this together.

Ashley Hodge is the editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at ahodge@gazettevirginian.com

Ashley Hodge is the editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at ahodge@gazettevirginian.com