By: Gabriela Munoz
With COVID-19 cases rising after many gathered for the holidays, many students and families question if it’s safe to be on campus. Although John Glenn is taking the safest precautions to keep Norwalk and the community safe, many question if this is still enough to keep the virus from spreading.
For many, the safest choice at the moment is to stay home and move to online education. There has even been a spike in online classes and independent study as parents want the safest option for their children and other household members.
Seeing how intense the spreading of the virus has become, maybe the safest option would be to stay home and do online courses for the remainder of the 2021-2022 school year. This will not only help keep everyone safe and stop the virus from spreading, but students can go back to learning at their own pace with flexible school hours. Online classes have also been said to potentially help students with their mental health as they don’t seem to stress as much about classes or having to attend classes as it is all through a screen. COVID-19 has changed the education system forever, and online school may be even more beneficial for our own well being than in-person classes.
By: April Zavala
Although returning home for a few weeks to let COVID-19 cases settle down ultimately sounds like a good idea, there are some major consequences in doing so. For example, last year’s quarantine proved that doing school from home made students see school as an option which resulted in low assignment turn-in rate and plummeting grades. We need to keep the school open.
It is important that we take everything into consideration. The nation already spent over a year staying at home, in complete isolation from their family and friends, so going home again may affect our student’s mental health. This year, teachers planned out their year without the intention of returning to online school, and doing so may cause teachers to fall behind on lessons.
Another consequence is the student’s limited access to a good WIFI connection. Over the quarantine period, having good connection was an inevitable obstacle that would stand between a student logging onto class on time and getting their assignments turned in on time. Ultimately, I believe that with time, cases will slowly start to plummet, and we should trust that John Glenn students and administration will continue to do an excellent job with staying safe and making sure they stay home if they have any symptoms.