Trojan News: Coronavirus directly affects education in District 518

Editor’s note: Since this story was written, District 518 has moved to a distance learning model.

WORTHINGTON ― Since COVID-19 first hit, school has undoubtedly changed. Three Worthington High school students were interviewed about what the shift into hybrid learning looked like for them at the start of the school year.

There has been some apprehension about whether or not the new system is really working. Three high school students were interviewed to try and find out how different people are adapting to the current education situation in the midst of COVID-19.

“School is different, having to wear the masks and social distancing was a change, but it’s better than being at home,” said sophomore Connor Henning.

A lot of students at WHS were also able to voice their opinions in a recent survey given by the administration. This survey was based on general questions such as, “How has communication been?”, “What would you change given the opportunity?” and “What has been going well for you this year?”


WHS Principal Josh Noble said, “We received nearly 560 student responses, and approximately 72% ranked their ability to learn and be successful in our distance/hybrid as average or above. This entire thing is such a difficult balance. We are all working harder than ever, and we need to continue to encourage and support each other. Many of our students are recognizing our efforts, and I am encouraged by the percentage of students feeling like they can find a way to learn in this environment.”

It’s definitely a difficult time, but the dedication from staff does seem to be making it better for a lot of students. Logan Immens, a senior and one of the commanders in the marching band, spoke to the lack of motivation that comes from being at home most of the week.

He said, “It’s hard to want to do your stuff when there’s nothing there making you do it. There’s no motivation.”

This seemed to be a common theme between answers. All three students interviewed spoke to the lack of motivation that comes from online school. There’s no one there forcing them to do they’re homework, and when they’re at home, there can be countless distractions, such as a nagging pet or crying sibling.

Some students, however, are all for distance learning.

“I think distance learning is a good option because it’s flexible, and I have the chance to go at my own pace. And I think we could just (continue in) full distance learning with the cases rising in the county,” says Jackie Menjivar, a sophomore.

There are lots of different opinions on the matter of distance learning. With the pandemic still present, staying safe and healthy has been a big priority for District 518, which is evident by the switch to distance learning.

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