Dear Merrie D Anne, how do I get my parents to let me go back to school?


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Merrie D. Anne is The Meridian Daily advice columnist who addresses issues students may face. This month, she gives advice on how to handle feelings of confusion and stress associated with a busy spring schedule.

Dear Merrie D Anne,

I want to know how I can convince my parents to let me go back to school in-person. I miss my friends and I feel like I don’t learn as well at home. Please help!


Quarantined Teen


Dear Quarantined Teen,

I want to start off by saying that your feelings are valid but also to remember that your parents are only trying to keep you safe. To them, they are doing the right thing.

Ask them to set aside some time to talk to you about something serious. You could bring it up at dinner or in the car. Assure them that you know the severity of coronavirus, and thank them for wanting to keep you safe. Then explain to them the measures the school is taking to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Remind them that you would wear your mask all day.

Explain how you feel to them, how not being able to see anyone has impacted your mental health, and the benefits learning in person would have on your education. Maybe try to compare your high school experience to theirs: hallway chats, football games, lunchtime laughter, group projects, human contact, and study sessions.

Remember to not get an attitude with your parents about this, that seriously decreases your chances of being able to go back to school. If you want treated like an adult, remember to act like one. Stay calm and mature when discussing your possible transition to in-person learning. This is very important to achieving your goal. Let them know you’ve put a lot of thought into this decision and you’re serious about it.

Remember, nothing is wrong with online learning just like nothing is wrong with in-person learning if the right precautions are taken. It’s all about preference. Wear your mask and stay safe!