Class of COVID-19 explores the challenges facing educators, students, and families during the coronavirus pandemic in the United States. Issues such as the inequities of school resources, student activism during the pandemic, and struggles with mental health come to light.
This film introduces us to Nicole, a teacher battling severe health challenges who continued to teach from her hospital bed, and Stephen, a high school history teacher helping students navigate the complex issues of racial and social justice.
The film also follows three Black, female-identifying high school students who take on leadership roles in the Black Lives Matter movement. Clarke, a high school junior, began kneeling at her volleyball games, facing punishment from her school’s administration. Aggie shares her determination to fight for social justice, even during a health crisis. The film then shows Kolbi’s journey from high school senior to community activist and the difficulties of organizing during a pandemic.
Class of COVID-19 also includes the voices of university students, policymakers, school nurses, and historians. All share their personal stories, challenges, and triumphs.
Ultimately, this is a hopeful film, filled with examples of empathy, humanity, and courage.