Homeschool hardship

Remote-learning students start class online, face unique challenges

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Emma Beck

Remote-learning students attend classes synchronously with in-person students. The school district uses Google Meet to teach lessons online.

Going to school in your pajamas, learning algebra in bed, and doing biology on the couch has been a long standing dream for students. Yet, when that dream became a reality, many students found that school from home wasn’t as easy as they hoped. 

As the school year kicked off in school and online, several students found conflict in how they earned their diploma. With remote learning, students had a chance to be surrounded by the comforts of home, even while doing worksheets and tests, and while dozens of students from each grade jumped at the opportunity, they found that remote learning was both underplanned and overwhelming. While the district expected some troubles to arise, a few of the students encountered technical difficulties, trouble getting and turning in assignments, and the loss of focus, even for those who tried to be at the top of their game.

“[My parents and I] didn’t really think it would be as difficult, especially for the first six weeks, to do remote learning. I mean, nobody knows what’s going to happen, so that was like the plan was to do it for the first six weeks, and if stuff was better then, come back to school, but that’s not how it turned out,” junior Nistha Neupane said. “Trying to tackle four AP classes, two dual credit classes, and one honors class was just way too much for me to do through the computer.”

While it was hard for many students to adapt to online, a forced necessity kept them in their homes. As discovered earlier in the pandemic, the virus more seriously impacts those extremely young and old, people with pre-existing conditions, and possibly even someone you know. Because the effects of the virus are so randomized, parents and students found solace in knowing that remote learning was an option. 

No one in my family is high-risk, but I just decided to stay safe,” sophomore Anna Guan said. “I miss being able to talk to my friends as much as I used to. I still go to tennis practice so I can see some of them there, but other friends I’m unable to see in person. I’m still able to talk to them, but just not in the same way.”

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“Trying to tackle four AP classes, two dual credit classes, and one honors class was just way too much for me to do through the computer.””

— Junior Nistha Neupane

While many remote learners return to school for extra circulars such as sports, some felt that there was too large a gap between them and their in-school peers. Aside from the technological and social issues that arose in the first week, many students began to fear for their GPAs, finding remote learning insufficient in all aspects of school. 

“This is the main year colleges look at, so I just couldn’t risk getting a C because that’s where I thought I was headed. It was that hard for me to focus lecture after lecture,” Nistha said. “Junior year is hard enough at school, but I just couldn’t see myself excelling the way I wanted to at home.”