The growing pandemic has forced schools to close across the country, forcing them to switch to online or distance learning. CVHS has quickly transitioned to both online and distance learning, using sites including Google Classroom, Turnitin.com, and the video chat site Zoom to communicate with students. Many students have quickly adapted to the change and have explored the new way of learning.
The majority of school work has been assigned online with more flexible due dates that students can submit when they find convenient. Some teachers offer live video chats but they are optional if the student prefers not to participate.
“I like that you can choose when to do your own work on your own time,” said sophomore Amanda Wong.
Other students think otherwise and don’t prefer online learning.
“It’s really difficult learning online and during my own time because I have lost a lot of motivation to do my work. It makes me realize how much I take school for granted,” said senior Anmol Gill
For many, having the freedom to do their school work in their free time has only increased procrastination. Being stuck at home, there is still a lot to do other than school work which all consist of sitting on a desk with a laptop.
Several parents and students complained that teachers were assigning too much work during the first week of virtual learning. Principal Blaine Torpey responded by having teachers take a break from assigning work until Tuesday of the second week.
Students also have to adapt to social distancing, only leaving the house when necessary such as to buy groceries or order take out. Many miss seeing their friends in school every day but have found several ways to still communicate with them.
“I facetime my friends so I don’t feel isolated and trapped at home,” says junior Mica Arre.
Houseparty, Google Hangout and Group FaceTime are among the several apps students use to video chat and communicate with one another.
CVHS Leadership has also encouraged students to participate in a virtual spirit week, when students can post on social media what they’re up to at home such as their favorite show to binge watch and their weirdest shelter in place meal.
“As Leadership it’s our job to bring the school together, even though we aren’t physically together at times. We wanted to make light of this situation we were thrown into,” says ASB Vice President Darsh Grewal.
In the meantime, students are realizing the importance of this pandemic in our lives and history in the world. It is everyone’s job to adapt during instances like these and stay home to not harm others.