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October 7, 2020 · OPINION

Middle school student opposes hybrid model

By Arden Erdossy

I am a six-grader at Auburn Middle School. Our schools and other safe activities are hard to navigate right now, and proposed changes to our education plan yet again feel like a chaotic mess. I like how things are going with online schooling right now. I get to see my teachers and friends safely; we are making virtual work.

I don’t want to switch to the hybrid model. People are getting sick from COVID; I really don’t want to see my friends and their families getting sick. I am hoping our schools stay virtual, not only for health and safety but because I don’t think a lot of us can handle another change without a good plan. I don’t want to watch other students in the classroom learning things that aren’t interactive. I’m worried that we virtual students won’t be able to ask questions or even say hello to our friends.

We will be isolated even more than we are now, and I feel like it will be very difficult and depressing. We virtual students don’t want to watch “teacher TV.” It feels like the sole purpose of this change is to limit our learning. I’m afraid I’ll end up learning nothing new after this change. We already missed out on real learning in the spring. I know I’ll miss seeing my friends faces, and I’ve already cried enough about all of the changes. Please, school board, do not make us change one more thing.
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Evil · October 20, 2020 at 9:11 pm
You are absolutely correct that online education does not bring a lot of knowledge, but look at it from the other side. First of all, it is safety. Now the number of cases has increased and it would be better to isolate at the peak of the incidence. While at home, no one will force you to do tasks that you do not like, moreover, I can recommend you a useful service which will help you cope with some written tasks. And the most important thing is that you can read, watch movies or play online games with your friends without restrictions. Look for the positive in everything.
null · October 19, 2020 at 11:59 am
Wait, spelt "too" wrong. Oops.
null · October 19, 2020 at 11:58 am
Oh yeah and uh...

Two the person who said that kids need stability, welcome to the 21'st century. There is no stability.
null · October 19, 2020 at 11:57 am
Jesus, the amount of toxicity against an 11-12 year old in the comments here...

Managing public schools during a pandemic might as well be an impossible task.
Personally, I like the full-virtual schedule we have right now. I don't think I've been in a better average mood during a school year. Mostly because I wake up at 7:45 instead of six. And chatting with friends isn't much of an issue since I usually talked to them online anyway. And I'm a senior with a half schedule.

However I know this doesn't work for everyone.

A lot of my friends have complained that they need that personal motivation in the classroom that online learning just doesn't have. It's also a logistics nightmare if you live in an area where reliable internet service doesn't exist. And as the author wrote, some just aren't used to the lack of physical interaction. Especially elders that don't have the technological dexterity that we do to communicate with friends, and young young schoolchildren who REALLY need the physical interaction and exercise school brings.

The road to recovery is tricky and the FCPS1 school system is really mishandling it. Changing everything up the month before the semester ends is useless at best. So soon before the already existing deadline. I'm not going to pretend I understand the internal politics of the school system but as far as I know, Jeck was pressured to make this decision by the School board. Why?

Because the school board knows that funding will be reduced unless they can re-open. There's also some pressure from parents who just want to use school as an excuse to get them out of the house.

There is no good solution. But the best we have right now is virtual learning with "opt-in" physical learning with limits. Not physical learning with "opt-in" virtual.

Until the pandemic reaches some very VERY low levels or we have a vaccine that can be quickly distributed, we shouldn't open schools for physical learning at all. Schools can be one of the biggest vectors of infection, especially with such a rural area like Faquier that has a large amount of parents believing things like "chinavirus is a HOAX" and think sending their children to a hotbed of infection is a safe idea.

Sure it might not effect the healthy very much, but if you're not tip top shape it will very much hurt. And if you're in the very old ages, a small child, or have an immunodeficiency disorder, you could die.

Arden here may be a sixth grader but even they recognize the dangers of opening back up. They make more sense then half the people you see in the comments section on the entire site.

In other news. VR would be a suitable way to mend the situation if it wasnt so damn expensive.
nonewtaxes · October 11, 2020 at 11:55 pm
Good thing 6 graders dont make the rules. IT'd be ice cream for dinner everyday.

Savefauquiercounty2019 · October 11, 2020 at 6:36 am
Dear Arden, if the school board cared about jump starting students returning to school safely, they'd be checking every individual temperature prior to entering the building. They would have installed sanitizing machines outside of school, throughout the inside of schools and hired 4 times the amount of housekeeping staff and trained them in public safety measures to fight the virus. Every student would have participated in online training to educate you on COVID. No one should ever have to touch a door knob or railing. They are not going to pay to have staff at the front entrances to check your temp or sanitize your hands and safely enter school. Parents are treated horribly by this school board who won't answer questions. Their voices collectively are silenced and threatened. Perhaps it is time for children to group together and demand safety. The school bus drivers need attendants and the buses should be better equipped. The school board members should be fired and every administrator who doesn't support and retain their teachers should resign. You deserve to have managers who can manage. The county teachers need experienced, educated administrators who can go up against these issues.
Jerome Fields · October 9, 2020 at 12:15 pm
Kids need stability. This is sad.
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