Lansing should give COVID-19 seniors a break

Dealing with education during the pandemic takes a toll on all students, but especially seniors. Lansing schools take into consideration the extreme conditions some are experiencing and waive the last few credits for graduation.

This pandemic has disappointed millions of high school and college seniors around the world. We are living in unprecedented times, our lives are changing by the day. The world is in a state of confusion, protesting, and isolation. There are three major reasons why quarantining makes it difficult for students to focus on school. These reasons include exemplary seniors being punished during the pandemic, personal death causing tremendous stress, and transitioning from public school to homeschooling.

Seniors are at the peak of their undergrad schooling. We are faced with the disappointment of delayed graduation. Many college aspirations have been put on hold in the midst of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We have worked tirelessly to fulfill our dreams and reach our goals. Most seniors are on track with their credits and would have continued to fulfill the graduation requirements if it weren’t for the pandemic. I feel it is unfair for students who have shown effort and diligence, to be under the same obligations as students who have failed to attain class credits due to disobedience, absences, and careless attitudes. We should be rewarded by the school district waiving our final two credits needed to graduate in these uncontrolled circumstances.

Many students are facing the tragedy of losing parents, grandparents, and other loved ones in death. The stress of taking a loved one to the hospital and unable to visit, is more than most people can bear. In addition, a small number of family members are only allowed into the hospital for visitation in their loved ones’ final moments of life. Laws have prevented proper funerals and restrict people gathering together to console one another in times of need. Isolation is an unhealthy and depressing way for people to live, adding death into the picture, makes it nearly impossible to cope. Yet, students are still expected to be attentive, productive, and on track for daily tasks. 

When deciding whether to do public school or homeschool, the choice is different and personal for each student. Some students learn better in an impersonal online setting. Other students succeed with face-to-face instructions from a classroom setting. It could be challenging for students who thrive in school to suddenly be thrown into online learning methods. Subjects that may have been a little difficult, are now outstandingly tough. Parents are not prepared or equipped to assist with the demands of our classes. Also, active and familiar demonstrations from teachers are missing in the online setting. Our way of learning for the past 13 years has dramatically changed in the matter of months; however, the pressure and expectations in our curriculum remain the same.

The unfair expectation of senior students, the emotionally agonizing stress of losing someone in death, and swift change of learning methods, make it extremely hard for students to focus during quarantine. For seniors especially, Lansing schools should take that into consideration when it comes to credits for graduation.


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