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Schooling In 2020

By Arden Suvalle

Edited by Sarah Nauman

Back in March of 2020, our schools were shut down and we were sent into quarantine. Life began to look much different than what we were used to. Students from all across America did not know if they would be able to return to their schools for the 2019-2020 school year, and eventually the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) decided that it would not be safe to send students back. Now, in August 2020, COVID-19 continues to affect millions, and education looks quite a bit different.

What Will Schooling Look Like?

During the summer, Burbank High School, located in Burbank, California, offered two options for families. These options were: a one-hundred percent distance learning model, which means that students would only have school online from their own home, and a hybrid model, where students would spend half days at the school. Governor Gavin Newsom eventually declared it unsafe to return to in-person schooling, due to the rapid spread of Covid-19. Schools quickly began the adaptation process after Newsom’s announcement. For example, Burbank High School released their “Distance Learning” schedule.

Burbank High School fully intends to have their students learn everything in the curriculum, at home or in person. In the schedule (image shown below), Burbank High has their students attending three Zoom classes per day, and having the teachers remain after the Zooms so that students can ask questions, get any extra help needed or work on their assignments. On Fridays, students at Burbank High won’t need to attend any Zooms but are to work on individual assignments, assigned in Google Classroom.

I interviewed a few students from Burbank High School to ask them their opinions on the school's distance learning model. This is what they had to say:

“Although I’d love to be in a physical setting with my friends for my senior year, I know that learning from home is the safest option for everyone right now,” - Anonymous, Age 17

“I think that the distance learning model is going to work great. We may be at home, but we’re still on a good schedule that should interfere with our education,” - Anonymous, Age 14

“This situation obviously isn’t ideal, but I think what BHS is doing will really keep the school spirit alive. It’s going to be different, but it’s going to be nice to have some familiarity,” - Anonymous, Age 15

Mental Health Outlets

School definitely looks different, but Burbank High School students seem to have a positive outlook. It is important to note that Burbank High School also offers a variety of programs to help their students in both education and mental health. Being stuck at home can have varying effects on different people, causing some to become depressed, so the school is trying their best to help families in different situations.

Burbank High School is just one of several schools making an effort to adjust to COVID-19 circumstances. Overall, 2020 has had a major impact on how education will be given to American students, but has not stopped them from learning. Due to the effort of schools and educators, American students will receive an education, whether it be via Zoom or in person.

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