CHS Students React to Online Learning

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Shortly after school ended on Thursday, March 12, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools district announced the suspension of in‐school learning until April 6 as a result of the spread of COVID‐19. Spring break has been moved to March 19 through March 29, and online learning will begin on March 30. 

Principal Beverly Rudolph sent out a schoolwide video outlining how administration envisions this time. However, This is an unprecedented action and many students are wondering what to expect in the coming days and weeks. Omia Haroon, CHS senior, does not foresee a big change.

“I don’t think it will be that much different than when you’re absent because you’re still emailing your teachers, and Google Classroom is still available,” said Haroon.

Many teachers are planning to be available to respond to students during regular school hours. Some even plan to hold office hours in which they will be available during designated times via Google Hangouts. Overall, students like senior Fred Larson and junior Mason Cox seem to have faith in the system. 

“We can assume that our online learning is better than the majority of the country since we have so many resources in this area,” said Larson.

“It’s better than not having anything [because] then our summer is shortened,” said Cox.

Despite this confidence, some students have voiced concerns about staying motivated while at home.

“I think that there are likely a few classes that students will take very seriously when we are online learning and some classes that I think a majority of students will not do much,” said Larson.

Senior Caeden Greene echoed this sentiment.

“I think I’ll be productive for maybe an hour, hour and a half, but after that [I won’t be],” said Greene.

For more information on the spread of the CoronaVirus and to stay updated with the latest developments follow @chsstudentgovt on Instagram and Twitter and check back with the JagWire website regularly.

Lauren is an editor of the JagWire Newspaper. She is a senior and has been on the staff for three years. Lauren plays tennis and has a beagle named Parker. Her favorite snacks are goldfish and rice krispy treats.

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