Written By Kassidy Shaw
On March 13, 2020, Jefferson County Public Schools temporarily closed down to partake in social distancing. This was supposed to stop or at least slow down the spread of COVID-19, which took the whole world by storm in February of this year. Students were expected to return to class after two weeks; Two weeks turned into a month, then 3 months and of course the next school year rolled around. Since the 2020-21 school year has started, it’s been mandatory to join live class meetings as a way to learn from home.
The idea was that you have some time with each teacher, then you complete your assignments and projects in your free time. Sounds like it should be easy, but many students have been having trouble adjusting to the new school set-up. I’ve gotten the opportunity to interview two students with different viewpoints on both types of school. First, I interviewed Halle Unthank who is a freshman at PRP. She has a similar viewpoint to most other students. Jenny Ngyuen is currently a freshman at Atherton Highschool; Jenny’s responses however, are not very common among highschool students.
Q. In what ways have your grades/GPA changed since NTI started?
“They both decreased for me” (HU)
“Yeah decreased” (JN)
Q. How has NTI affected you negatively?
“I feel super stressed and unmotivated.” (HU)
“I feel unmotivated to do any of it” (JN)
Q. Do you think teachers are responding well and assigning proper work and learning materials?
“Some teachers are assigning too much homework and not thinking about students having other classes” (HU)
“They’re assigning too much and giving us too little time to complete it. Some teachers are not considerate at all.” (JN)
Q. In what ways have NTI affected you positively?
“I feel like there’s more time to do work and I don’t have to get up super early. Also it’s easier to cheat” (HU)
“More time to have our own personal schedules.” (JN)
Q. Overall, do you prefer online or in person learning?
“In person, I need social interaction” (HU)
“Online for sure” (JN)
Q. Any predictions on the rest of the 2020-21 school year?
“ I don’t think we will be going back to school” (HU)
“ I agree with Halle” (JN)
Overall, I think online school will take some time to get used to because it seems students are having trouble with being in their room and motivating themselves. I think it has a lot of potential to be easy which is why it is so hard. While some teachers are assigning what seems like a lot of work, some teachers are also so lenient it gets easy to slack off and not complete assignments.