Almost Half of Distance Learning Students Returned to Central at Semester

Close to half of the Central students enrolled in the district’s distance learning program returned to in-person classes for the second semester.

By Alison Kirsch and Jailyn Taylor

Approximately 49% of students enrolled in online distance education this past semester have returned to in-person classes. Meanwhile 4% of students initially attending in-person classes have transitioned to the online learning option.

While remote learning is a new option granted during the Covid-19 pandemic, only a small percentage of students decided to participate in comparison to the 1,789 total students attending Central. This past semester 314 students took hold of this opportunity and opted for a remote learning method. The beginning of the new semester welcomes 153 students back from distance learning, meanwhile 61 individuals have moved to remote education.

The way distance learning is taught is a rather simple process. Individuals are directed to sign into a website called Edgenuity, where they are able to then choose their class(es) and start their lesson. The lesson course gives a warm up, instructions with questions to complete, an additional assignment, and finally a quiz. Edgenuity also assigns unit test reviews, the test itself, as well as a cumulative exam (which is the equivalent of in-personal finals). A student’s progress is tracked and a grade is determined through Edgenuity.

However, this new option of learning comes with it’s obstacles.

“I don’t get to see my friends as much as I usually do and it’s more of a challenge to stay focused during the day,” says sophomore Phoebe Kellar, a current distance learning participant. “More of my time is having to be dedicated to school compared to in-person learning.” Phoebe reports the downsides of distance learning as “Less opportunities for socialization, less classes are offered online, I have less focus and motivation to get school work done online, and I don’t have a lot of free time anymore.”

“It was hard to get things done with no one to hold me accountable,” says Charlize Rodriguez, a junior distance learning student. “So I wasn’t able to get anything done, and the work continued to pile up. It was an awful experience. It was hard to learn anything from a screen.” Rodriguez recently switched back to in person learning after the semester change and was glad to be back at school.