Teachers juggle online and in-person students

Teachers have been figuring out how to balance in-person and online students at the same time due to COVID-19.



Computer teacher Ron Schnell talks with an online student while the rest of his cybersecurity class works in early November. “This year, like most, my classes are set up to be ‘online’ so students can move at their own pace. However, the (digital information technology) class is very challenging when I’m doing directed instruction. For this class, I would prefer it to be all online or all faceto-face. I can’t imagine what teachers who don’t have a full computer lab are doing,” he said.


Learning this year at Lakewood High School is very different on both sides of the screen. Students in classrooms interact with their teachers and peers, laughing and talking, while online students at home sit in a room – some even in their beds – for hours staring at a computer.

Teachers and students are having mixed feelings when it comes to simultaneously learning.

“I think in-school is okay. I get more one on one time with my teachers,” freshman Demtryus Luther said.

“Sometimes its 50/50… at times I wish to be at school where I can ask for help and get it easier, but I know it’s safer at home where you’re not surrounded by many different people throughout the day,” senior Xiomaura Richardson said.

Some teachers are becoming frustrated with the ongoing technology problems, including the internet disconnecting at home and school. They complain about having to work twice as hard, planning two different lessons and dealing with missing work.

“I understand why students are staying home, but in some of my classes, it is hard to gauge if they are actually learning or just joining the meeting and then tuning out the lesson,” English 3 teacher Elizabeth Halstead said.

Junior Layla Frazier said learning from home has been difficult for her.

“I hate it with a burning passion. I’m not learning. (The teachers) talk in and out of the screen, and the expect us to do work with nothing to interact with. It’s toxic,” Frazier said.

Parents of online students also worry about their kids.

“The parents are frustrated because their children are not getting everything they should, and they are also helping those at home with the technological glitches that always arise,” teacher union President Nancy Velardi said. CHECK THIS QUOTE… IT SEEMS OFF

Some students and teachers feel as if school was rushed and that students shouldn’t be in school right now. Some believe that the county doesn’t care about lives being lost and that it’s a big health concern for schools to be open

“To be honest, I don’t think there is any way that they should have made high school students come back to school right now. We have the technology to do the online learning. I think that this country is showing us how they can care less if people die,” digital design teacher Anthony Snead said.

Some students and teachers are adjusting well and making progress by learning the systems better.

“I think the best way to keep online students engaged is to create activities that require active participation; it should be as active as being in class with back and forth from the teacher and other students,” assistant principal Joseph Serra said.