No Schedule Change

No Schedule Change

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      With COVID-19 as one of our greatest challenges in history came last-minute decisions being made to combat this virus and to try to get back to a normal routine schedule as much as possible. Being out of school ever since March was unprecedented and was a challenge for everyone but was something we eventually had to adapt to. Even though remote learning from March through May was difficult and things were changing so quickly, the changes that the OLCHS faculty and staff made from May through August for the remote learning program were truly unmatched. I constantly praised OLCHS for adopting a system for their students to be able to have three 75-minute classes a day to not only alleviate the stress and strain from having to sit in front of a computer all day, but to also devote that time to other hardships these students face every day. 

      Many students have jobs to support their families. As a result of COVID-19, the countless lay-offs and pay-cuts and financial uncertainty that COVID-19 leaves these students and their families stressed and concerned. Many students also try their best to maintain a routine schedule. The new proposed schedule for the classes to be extended to 90 minutes and for the school day to end at 1:50 PM as opposed to 12:28 PM is a major change no one is looking forward to. The change for classes to be 75 minutes instead of the previous 55 minutes was already a huge change existing students had to adjust to but now it is only a burden. Many students are now feeling uncertain about what is to come with this virus and the last thing that we need is more stress about school and how to adapt to this new schedule when many students already made the adjustments and finally found a routine they were comfortable with from August-December. Learning from home is a learning curve for everyone as a senior student states, “The proposed new schedule, despite its good intentions, would only further divide students and teachers, ultimately leading to a higher amount of incomplete assignments and lower morale amongst students”. Students are already feeling unmotivated to stay in school so why is adding more time to classes going to combat that? The students who need further assistance should take advantage of the Spartan Plus time given at the end of every day. It should be mandated for students who are failing to attend these meetings and parents should be notified if their student isn’t taking the initiative to tackle learning this year. There are many resources available like tutoring from NHS members and tutoring from Student Helpers members in addition to Spartan Plus. 

       The new proposed cameras-on policy is “An invasion of our privacy, and an added stress onto many students with different living situations. Having our cameras on would merely be for the benefit of the teacher and not us” as stated by a senior student. Many students don’t want their home life to be broadcasted for everyone in their class to see. For many, school is an escape from home and reality and for everyone to see someone’s living situation if they're uncomfortable with it is an invasion of privacy and is unfair for not only the students but their families as well if they’re truly struggling. Another student states that “This is already a difficult year, adding the pressure on students to keep cameras on without knowing anyone’s living situation is rather unfair. It’s unfair to ask students to stay in online classes longer than regular school classes would be”. The old policy of cameras being optional allowed for students to have a choice in a time where a choice isn’t an option anymore. It is reasonable, however, to ask for cameras on during assessments to combat cheating but there is no need for cameras to be on when a lot of the assignments given during remote-learning are mostly independent work and the responsibility of the student to get done. Regardless if a student’s camera is on or not, they will still make the choice on whether or not to complete their work even under supervision. Another student responds to this by stating that, “It’s very hard to be motivated while sitting down and staring at screens all day, so how will added time keep students intrigued? We have lives outside of the classroom and I’m not comfortable showcasing that to all of my classmates”. This has been a very unprecedented time but we hope that hearing the point of view of the students attending OLCHS will change your perspective on how these changes will hinder the learning experience many students loved in the past.

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