Grading responses to COVID-19

This past year has been full of new knowledge and insanity. There have been struggles and there have been achievements. COVID-19 has brought out both the worst and the best in people. And we have all responded to this world in unique and different ways.

Overall, California state leaders have done their best at responding to the trials of the pandemic. Early on they were able to close things down and develop regulations to slow the spread of the virus, which was great. However, Gov. Newsom is still facing opposition and the shut down has not been entirely effective. Hypocrisy (Newsom’s visit to a restaurant in November) has not helped his case or strengthened his support. For their efforts in this trying situation, we argue that state leaders deserve a B.

Health care workers have been given a great deal of responsibility and trust throughout the pandemic. In the beginning when it was full of uncertainties and everyone was fearful, they took on the unknown and were there to help in any way they could. They exposed themselves and put themselves at risk with unimaginable bravery even when supplies were low. We are all thankful for all that they have done and are continuing to do. They receive an A+.

All of CVHS staff have had to deal with these unprecedented times with little instruction. We are appreciative that they were quickly able to adapt and move school to an online format. They have kept open helpful resources for students as well. Teachers have also done well teaching, although some have not been very lenient. We do feel that they could do better to communicate with students. Overall, we feel that the staff deserves a B.

Parents have also had to roll with the punches during this pandemic. They have been there for their kids and have been very willing to help everyone stay safe. Most parents have been supportive and helpful, but that does not mean all parents have been perfect. Some parents have not been as serious or strict about regulations when they could have. All in all, we believe that parents should receive a B.

COVID-19 resulted in mixed responses from students about the regulations enacted. Some kids have been great about finding ways to volunteer and there are many kids working hard to help out their families and stay on top of school work. They are resilient and doing all they can to help. On the other hand, there are students who could be working harder and putting forth more effort in school and in staying safe. Some students are not participating in classes and are ignoring responsibilities too. Because of these various responses, we think students earned a C+.

Everyone has had a variety of responses to the pandemic and no one response has been the same. The important thing is to keep pressing forward and helping in any way possible. COVID-19 has not been easy to deal with, but with time everything will get better.

9 thoughts on “Grading responses to COVID-19

  • March 18, 2021 at 12:42 am

    I believe that students deserve at least a B+ grade because of all that we have had to deal with this year. Our lives just like others were completely changed. This has been a crazy year of transition for all of us, yes some of us are staying safer than other but that doesnt change the fact that most of us have been staying safe, wearing masks, and staying on top of school the best we can. Everyones circumstances are different, we cant judge them based off of our lives. It can be hard to be on a screen for school you start to lack motivation and start to feel like it doesnt matter anymore. Most kids are trying to keep afloat and for this reason we deserve at least a B+.

  • March 17, 2021 at 8:47 pm

    I don’t really understand the grading scale. There’s also far more people that can and should be graded on their response. There are several missed opportunities for humor in this article that would have served to benefit the flow and overall entertainment factor. I give this article a C+ for it’s response to the response of various groups to COVID-19.

  • March 17, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    I think these gradings are fair. This was a new experience for everyone and nobody’s perfect, but the healthcare workers have been doing a great job.

  • March 17, 2021 at 11:05 am

    I get the sentiment that led to these gradings, but I also think that these ratings are a big generalization. First of all, while some parents are too lenient on COVID, some are too paranoid, and this absolutism might make some people want to follow health restrictions less. In a word, both leniency and absolutism are bad. Also, officials, health care workers, parents, teachers, and students all have different struggles so we cannot generalize that, say, students are performing worse than teachers. I would give students an A- based on the limited amount I have seen of other students. And that’s just an average; some students have accomplished immeasurable amounts in the last year. Thanks for the thoughtful article although I don’t fully agree with it.

  • March 16, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    Generalizations like this do not make sense. Let’s accept that not every student, parent, teacher, ect. is in the same situation as we may have experienced ourselves, so we can’t give them a grade. Let’s embrace the good sides of things, which will probably motivate more good in the world if anything.

  • March 16, 2021 at 3:52 pm

    I think students should get a better grade. While some are definetely slacking off more than during a normal school year, others are barely able to keep up with work and family. However, most push past this while having to develop their own time managment skills. I think the effort required for the amount of students being where they are now deserves better than a C.

  • March 16, 2021 at 10:38 am

    Honestly, as stated in previously posted comments, I don’t agree with the students deserving a C. The reason why I disagree with this is because there are so many students that are struggling due to the change in learning environments and the large restrictions that are placed on them. There are always students who strive in different learning environments. Meaning there are going to be students who need to be in a more social place to have the drive to participate and learn. These times have been tough for everyone, especially students, so I believe they deserve a better grade.

  • March 15, 2021 at 11:16 pm

    i think students deserve at least an A grade. it is hard adjusting to online school and having the motivation to get all of their work done, it is not as easy as it may seem

  • March 15, 2021 at 8:05 pm

    Personally, I believe students deserve an A, it is remarkable that some students have been able to help their families out as well as working and volunteering. Even though other students haven’t been able to do the same or keep up with their grades it is important to recognize that everyone has different circumstances that prevent them from achieving the same things as others. Everyone deserves an A for being able to make it through a year of being at home and not seeing loved ones as often as they would like.

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