Full-Remote Learning is the Safest and Best Option


Kadence Green, Correspondent

    Back in March of this year when the pandemic first started, schools were shut down immediately; the only difference between now and then is that there are nearly 200 times the number of coronavirus infections now then there were on our first day of remote learning in March. What healthcare professionals are worried about the most is that if too many people contract the virus, there might be too many people infected and not enough professionals or space to take care of them. 

    I think that if we close schools now it will allow us to control the spread of cases in the area, so that when we come back to school students will potentially be able to play winter sports and begin to get back to normal. But that can only happen if we go remote to prevent the spread of the virus. 

    Although in the classroom students desks are 6 feet away and the teachers are making sure that each student keeps their masks on and their distance from each other in the classroom, no one has taken into consideration the hallways. The hallways at Stamford High are jam-packed with students, especially coming out of the lunch room. There is no possible way for the students to separate themselves six feet or more from each other. This is very dangerous, and also increases the number of people who come in contact with each other. 

    Another issue is that now more than ever, teachers are absent because of their own children. This is because many of the other schools around our area have already closed due in precaution to stop the spread of the coronavirus. In the Stamford Public School district, there is at least one teacher out at every single school due to a variety of issues.

This not only cripples the learning for the students, but also presents another problem: there are not enough teachers and substitute teachers to provide for all of these classrooms. If we go all-remote, teachers could teach remotely just as they did back in the spring, which seemed to work out pretty well for many of the students. I also think that going all-remote will enable teachers to be more organized and also be able to teach the students the same things on the same days to end any confusion. 

Going all-online will also give teachers more time to respond to their students and help them out with anything that they may be struggling with. That is one big thing that I think is a problem with the hybrid schedule. Many of the teachers, if you are on your remote day and you email them because you are having trouble, wont respond to your email until much later because they are too busy with their students in class. But if we were all online, there would be no issue preventing teachers from responding to student emails and questions about lessons or assignments. 

Overall I think that our best option, not only for our safely, but also to better educate the students at the high school, is to go all-remote at least until January when winter sports are supposed to start up to give the athletes a chance as well to have their season, just as many of the fall athletes did.  

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