Omicron is surging through CVHS, let us go home!

With the recent surge in Covid-19 cases after the new variant, omicron, made its way to Castro Valley, many students are left wondering what school will look like. 

Continuing to attend in-person classes like we are currently doing puts students and staff at risk. Many feel uncomfortable staying at school because omicron spreads incredibly fast and easily. Additionally, there is no adequate testing available: rapid tests are scarce and appointments at the CFA are difficult to catch. 

However, in-person learning is beneficial because it is easier to focus and learn in a classroom setting. Both students and teachers dread distance learning. Furthermore, distance learning was not easy for students who saw a decline in their mental health or have distractions at home. We don’t miss the lagging wifi and awkward silences on Zoom calls.

On the other hand, with hundreds of absences in the past week, going virtual will help students at home to keep up. It also decreases potential exposure to the virus, which will ultimately decrease cases. Here at The Olympian, we support going online temporarily for about one or two weeks. We believe this is the best approach because those who are already quarantining will not have to miss school and students can feel safer at home while we wait for cases to subside.

6 thoughts on “Omicron is surging through CVHS, let us go home!

  • March 3, 2022 at 6:00 pm

    I am mixed about this. Going to school would mean you are less safe but your grades would not suffer as much cause you’ll probably be paying attention more. However, if you have to stay at home for a few days you’ll miss a lot and it will be hard to catch up. If we switch back to online, people would be more safe, but it’ll be harder to pay attention cause it’ll be harder to see if you are participating or not across a screen vs irl.

  • February 3, 2022 at 8:12 pm

    I think that we should be able to choose whether we go back online for school. Because if some students don’t feel safe, they should have the option to go back online. But those who feel better about staying at school can stay.

  • February 2, 2022 at 5:45 pm

    We shouldn’t go back online, it’s detrimental to students’ grades and wellbeing. My grades and my friend’s grades all took a hit once we first went online.

  • February 2, 2022 at 9:06 am

    I have mixed feelings about going back online. If we go back online, most of the time, half of the students aren’t paying attention but we’ll be more protected from covid. But, if we stay at school, we learn more and get more things done.

  • February 1, 2022 at 10:00 am

    I think we shouldn’t go back to online school now that infection rates are starting to go down.

  • February 1, 2022 at 9:57 am

    I think we should just revert back to online school because of the number of days missed between each student. Missing days turns into playing catch up and it causes lots of confusion and falling behind. I don’t think it’s healthy to keep us in school even though it is the most favorable for our learning.

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