Pass all students in Louisiana for the remainder of the 2019/2020 school year
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Hello, this is in regard to COVID-19 commonly known as Coronavirus.
During this unprecedented time in US history, we should be able to focus more on our families and health rather than impending school work. Due to the uncertainty of this situation and the possible, unsafe environments of some students' homes, it is likely that their academic performance will be deeply affected. However, we believe that the next step is to either pass all students by implementing the Double-A Policy, allow class the option for pass/fail or a generous curve. Reasons to adjust are listed below:
- Help reduce the stress that many students are already experiencing from sudden travel, such as the anxiety and distress that students may have felt while trying to purchase plane or train tickets, checking in luggage, the act of packing to go home, etc.. Students who have left Louisiana, but have returned to states with a high number of COVID-19 cases, such as California or New York, are likely still experiencing stress, knowing that their community is at risk.
- Personal difficulties: time zones, internet access and/or connection, possibly unstable homes, having to take care of family members. Unexpected barriers that low-income students may experience at home. These points are expanded below:
1. Time zone difference will affect a student's ability to operate and/or even attend class. Some students had 7 AM classes; if they had to go to the West Coast, that class would now be a 4 AM. For international students, classes could be held in the middle of the night. Inconvenient timing of classes will undoubtedly affect their academic performance.
2. If a family member becomes sick, how will a student focus on their studies? We should be prioritizing the health and status of our community over grades at this moment.
3. With the many businesses closing down (bars and restaurants), student-workers are not making money; what if this was a source of income that they or their family needed desperately?
- For those out-of-state students that have stayed in Louisiana, many are staying because it is too expensive to fly back and/or they are concerned about the health and safety of their family. A lot of these students stuck on campus may also be experiencing loneliness.
- Online instruction is incomparable to the experience and learning that one may have in the class and during in-person lectures; although many students may transition seamlessly to learning online, there will be an indisputable part of our student body that will face difficulties in focusing and/or truly understanding class material.
In general, this pandemic is having an overall negative effect on the esteem and mental health of our student body and staff. Other universities, such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have announced that they would be changing their grading policy to pass/fail as a result of COVID-19 being a significant disruption (outline in Article 2.64 of their rules and regulations manual).
Also, Harvard realized that online school is not adequate schooling and passed their students. If Harvard can do this, we know you can.
Thank you so much for reading and we are counting on you, Governor Edwards!
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