FLHS - Full Day Schedule

FLHS - Full Day Schedule

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Tavorr Vaxman-Magid started this petition to Fair Lawn High School Students + Parents

Recently, a petition has been going around requesting that the Fair Lawn Board of Education extend the Half-Day Virtual Schedule currently in use at Fair Lawn High School. I am creating this petition to petition in favor of returning to the Full Day Virtual Schedule for the period December 7th - January 15th, and also to argue in favor of keeping the full day schedule for any virtual reversions after that date.

Some people argue that the half day schedule is the more effective schedule, because it is physically and mentally taxing on students to sit in front of a computer and do school all day. This is simply not true. Students spend most of their free time on screens anyway, so if they were really worried about the physical and mental strain from being on a screen, it would be most effective for them to reduce the amount of free time spent on screens, rather than the amount of school time. Reducing school time, and retaining the existing half-day schedule, would have detrimental effects on the ability of students to learn, and reduce value of our education.

At the same time, many students do not realize that the continuity of the half-day schedule increases the amount of homework they have. By reducing the length of the school day, students subject themselves to greater homework times, which, according to interviews with other students, is damaging to their mental happiness, as it adds more work to an already high amount of work at home.

At the same time, shorter school days can negatively affect students studying for AP exams. Given that most schools in the United States have full virtual days, it is highly unlikely that CollegeBoard will reduce the amount of content that will be examined during this year's 2021 AP Exams. As a result, students in AP courses at Fair Lawn High School are in danger of not having enough time to study the full amount of content they need in order to be sufficiently prepared for exams. Even when teachers work at their best, 30 minutes a day is not enough time to cover the amount of content needed for AP courses, especially in courses such as BC Calculus and AP Economics, which themselves cover TWO FULL YEARS of content over the course of one year. 

At the end of the day, students are more productive during full school days. The half day schedule lends to laziness and lack of productivity, as students already enter the post-school relaxation feeling by 12:00 pm. The arguments that it is mentally and physically taxing to complete a full day of school is not relevant, as prior to the pandemic, students were able to complete full days of school without issue. While yes, it is absolutely less comfortable to have to work virtually all day, and yes, it is not a perfect situation by any account, there is no better solution than restoring the full day school schedule, unless the high school is willing to return to a full in-person schedule, the most productive type of education, which it is not given the rise in cases both in the county and the state. Ultimately, it is in students' interest to restore the full day virtual schedule, and I kindly ask that any students who share such sentiments sign this petition, to directly oppose the other one requesting the extension of the half-day schedule. This is by no means a perfect situation, but I intend to get my education regardless, and will settle for nothing less than the highest quality schooling that I can achieve.

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