Back to Half Day Schedule

Back to Half Day Schedule

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Nina Capanear started this petition to Rutherford Superintendent and Board of Education

The students of Rutherford high school would like to address the recent schedule change. Many students are extremely unhappy with the recent schedule change because not only is it affecting their work ethics but also their overall mental health. Because of the pandemic students including myself already feel as though school is extremely unfulfilling and not enjoyable anymore. The half day schedule at least allowed us to spend less time in front of the screen and to spend time with our close friends and family. With the full day schedule we are sitting in front of a screen for around seven hours which is going to lower everyone’s mental health, happiness, and motivation to do work/ be in school. On top of that we have large amount of homework which causes us to be in front of the screen for even more time. “Spending time with friends is often a student’s favorite part of school, and without that sense of belonging, it may be harder for kids to stay focused” (apa.org). Another article talks about how students haven’t been performing as well because of the excessive screen time and less interactive learning. A Brookings Institution report found that students taking online courses "perform substantially worse than students in traditional in-person courses and that experience in these online courses impacts performance in future classes and likelihood of dropping out of college as well" (bypass.theweek.com). As a fully virtual student the affects of online learning are more prevalent and I feel as though the hybrid students are being paid more attention to. Most students are fully virtual because their families are not comfortable with them being in school yet. A lot of students myself included were much happier with the half day schedule especially during these times. 

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