Sarasota student adjusts to learning from a distance

Amber Baylis
Amber Baylis


Editor’s note: This is part of a limited series with teachers and students describing how they are adapting to the new school year’s pandemic-altered environment.

Meet Amber Baylis, 17, the student board member of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County.

Amber started her senior year at Riverview High School with a 5.1 weighted GPA.

Q . How does the reality of this school year differ from how you envisioned your senior year?

A. This definitely is not how I thought my senior year would go. I never expected to be attending classes through Zoom while my peers are sitting in classrooms. But my father is immunocompromised due to cancer, and I can’t risk being around a lot of people every day and taking something home that will endanger his health. He’s a single parent, so he’s all my 14-year-old sister and I have.

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