Online school: spotty internet and no bathroom rules

What the author sees before she logs on to school. (Makayla Newbill/YJI)

Roanoke, Virginia, U.S.A. – Many things are different because of covid-19 and one of those is schooling.

Some schools have gone back to classroom learning and some haven’t. Some go half a week, and some have the option whether they want to go back or not.

Where you live and the spikes in the number of cases of the virus usually determines how school is handled.

I’m in eighth grade and go virtually the entire time.

Being at home is like nails on a chalkboard. It’s so aggravating and it’s just not the same as actually going to school in person.

The coronavirus put a lot of stuff on hold for me, but school is one of the biggest.

Some people actually like going to school from home, because they don’t have to get ready and participate in class like they would if they were at school.

But one thing that can be frustrating with online school is the internet. It always seems like there is something wrong with the connection. I’ve had many problems with it kicking me out of class, freezing and not letting me access something.

And don’t even get me started on how tough it is to get all your assignments turned in.

When you have so many classes during the day, it doesn’t help when every single teacher gives you three different assignments and you’re stuck trying to find the time to turn it all in on time.

And hygiene. Many students probably aren’t taking care of their bodies as well as they would if they were going to school.

And last but not least, mental illness and laziness caused by covid-19. Many students in my school are probably getting a little lazier. I found myself not wanting to do some things, so I had to snap back into reality.

On the plus side – yes, there is a plus side – you can use the bathroom whenever you need to. At my school they have some serious bathroom rules – in almost every class, you can only go five times every nine weeks.

There are a lot of good and bad things about doing school from home – mostly bad – but at least you know you’re staying healthy.

Makayla Newbill is a Junior Reporter with Youth Journalism International.

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