Burning questions circulated as students came back last year after a long time in online learning.
By Ella Erez – 7th grade.
Mental health noticeably declined in the wake of students going online at the beginning of the pandemic. It’s documented that students felt more depressed and/or burnt out when they got up every morning to go on their computers for school. Studies showed that feelings of hopelessness increased by 40%. Covid-19 has caused 140,000 children to experience the loss of a loved one.
Students lost the ability to be with their friends and socialize at school as they would have done on a normal school day. A lot of students also touched on the fact that being online made it more difficult for them to concentrate on their work in class.
“I wasn’t able to see my friends for the longest time, and the screen always hurt my eyes,” says Kim Potier, 7A.
Not to mention seniors who graduated high school online amid a global pandemic and turned to college for the first time, all behind a computer.
“We created a workshop for all teachers who were less tech informed, and we had other teachers who were more advanced come and teach them,” Mrs. Harvey said. “That would include a more positive impact of this. This online learning situation really taught people autonomy and taught them how to manage screen time distractions.”
Mrs. Harvey also highlighted on the fact that the LILA students and community were very resilient and patient, no one complained and she praised everyone’s attitude during these times.
Our Lions’ resilience makes LILA proud!