The Issue on School

Camryn Watkins, Entertainment Editor

In just two months, it will once again be March, indicating a full year of quarantine. With last year’s school year going virtual starting on March 13th, 2020, it has been a full year of online school, social distancing and not being in the classroom.
“I mean, obviously going back would be nice, but I don’t think we should until we know it is safe,” stated junior Jade Hollman, who loves online school despite the current circumstances.
Online school has proved to be difficult for both students and teachers, from tech issues to simply not showing up. Teachers don’t often get to see or hear their students, assignments are not always turned in on time, and they often do not even get their full class in. Students feel swamped with work and responsibilities, their social and mental health is struggling and find that they just aren’t motivated for class. Both sides are struggling with the school year, and although some people really do love this year, there are many more who just can not do it.
“It would be really nice to be able to go back. I miss my friends, and I hate to say it, but I miss my teachers,” added Miah Wright, junior.
One possible idea for going back is hybrid school. Students and teachers who are comfortable going to physical school would be in person for two days and online for two. This allows those who are high risk, or simply uncomfortable, being in-person to still have their option of staying home, but gives those who want to go a chance. Students who choose to go to a hybrid like school will go in cohorts, meaning a certain amount of kids will go two days, and be online for the next, and vice versa for the other cohorts. Teachers will still be given the opportunity to stay home if they would like, or they will have the choice to go to their classrooms.
“I personally don’t think we should go back. I really like staying home and not getting dressed,” said freshman Gjason White.
Many students and teachers alike do enjoy staying home. Students have either their own spaces to do their work, or they can just stay in their beds all day. Teachers have their own ‘classrooms’ that they have made in their homes, to give an almost class-like feel. Staying online allows kids and teachers alike to stay safe and healthy, despite the difficulties that have occurred.