WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A high school in Washington resumed in-person classes and band rehearsals on Jan. 26, but not without some precautions.
- A now-viral photo showed the band members playing their instruments in their individual bubbles, which made for a surreal scene.
- The school principal said that the students were excited to return to school and see their friends again.
It may still be a long while before students get to experience classes and school activities normally again. Just take a look at this high school’s band members practicing inside their individual bubbles:
Wenatchee High School in Washington resumed in-person classes since Jan. 26, the Wenatchee World reported. Band practice also resumed. But to make sure that particles don’t spread while the students play their instruments, they were individually encased in green tents. This certainly made for a bizarre scene.
Most of the band members had enough space inside their tents, but the tuba player had a hard time squeezing in.
The surreal sight was compared by one Twitter user to a scene in the 1984 mockumentary classic This Is Spinal Tap, in which a band appears onstage in their personal bubbles.
Another commenter was curious as to how the set-up would work for trombone players.
One commenter joked, “Glad they sealed away the band kids for our safety.”
The high school currently offers virtual classes on Monday with a split morning and afternoon schedule from Tuesday to Friday. Despite the risks, the students and staff showed excitement upon returning to school and seeing their friends again.
The school principal, Eric Anderson, told the Wenatchee World, “I think that has been critical, in my mind, because you have now four days a week where they are seeing a teacher and interacting with some friends. Granted they only have five minutes between class periods, so they don’t have a ton of time to chat. Some kids will get here early so they have time to talk to their friends.”
COVID-19 cases and deaths have been decreasing across the U.S. since January, which prompted some states to ease restrictions. A New York Times database reported that there were 70,768 newly reported cases of COVID-19 infections in the country on Wednesday — a 35 percent decrease from the past two weeks. There were 862 new cases in Washington alone.