Remove/Change Friday Zooms From GHS Curriculum

Remove/Change Friday Zooms From GHS Curriculum

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Molly Gregorio started this petition to SAU19 Staff and

Over the past few months at GHS, we have grown accustomed to our hybrid schedule. However, many GHS students are finding our Friday Zooms to be detrimental to our education and mental health. Nobody should have to dread going to class, yet this is what it brings for us students. As a small community, we have listed our reasons for why we find these zooms to be more harm than good.

  1. They are not beneficial. Many zooms are not a continuation of what is being taught in class, and therefore do not expand our curriculum.
  2. They are inconsiderate to people who don’t have an easy way/environment to zoom in. “Accommodations” cannot fix everything.
  3. They remove valuable time that could be used to complete the remote assignments that have been piling up for many. (This would also give teachers much more time to plan and grade!)
  4. They put teachers in an uncomfortable place in making up assignments to kill time.
  5. They put teachers/students in an uncomfortable place with lack of response/communication in zoom.
  6. They cause anxiety and distress in many students.

At the end of the day, these 30 minute zooms are not beneficial. This time could be so much more valuable elsewhere, and us students would not mind doing daily attendance in google forms like we did at the end of last year. We have spoken to our teachers, peers and community, very few are in favor of these zooms. Our fellow students and our teachers are struggling, whether that’s with making assignments/grading them, or completing them altogether. We understand there is only so much we can do in this pandemic, but we can find better options. Schools such as Bedford and Merrimack experimented with their extra day (our fridays) as a day for those who need the reinforcement and extra help. If not, students would treat it as another remote day and take attendance via their online education system. Zooms stayed in place for their Special Education Systems and remained an open option for other students. Whilst speaking to students from these schools, they both expressed their concern for our dynamic and expressed their own appreciation for the extra day to do school. Trial and error is all that works right now, we know. We see how hard our GHS staff is working and we students do appreciate it. Yet, it is only fair to find a common ground between us all, talk to THE STUDENTS. Listen to what we say, and how our teachers feel. The liaison through parents does not work for everyone. As a student body, we are open for this trial and error idea with other options. We ask that you at least listen. Thank you 

-Molly Gregorio on behalf of the GHS student body

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