‘I Was a Little Scared’: Inside America’s Reopening Schools

INDIANAPOLIS — It was the purple Powerade that convinced her.

Kennedy Heim’s first day of high school was last Thursday. By the weekend, her school in central Indiana had already closed its doors, after a staff member tested positive for the coronavirus and other employees were required to quarantine.

Kennedy’s mother got a call from a contact tracer saying her daughter, a 14-year-old freshman, might have been exposed. So on Monday, they went for testing at the National Guard Armory, just down the street from her school. Wednesday morning, they got the results: Kennedy had tested positive.

“I just felt like I had a cold,” she said. But a few hours later, quarantined in her bedroom, with her mother delivering her meals while masked, Kennedy sipped on some grape Powerade and realized she had a classic COVID-19 symptom.

“I was trying to hydrate,” she said, “and I was like, ‘Definitely

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