Jesuit should continue to provide a virtual learning option for the upcoming school year, as it would allow students who thrive in an online setting to continue learning to their full potentials from the safety of their homes.
According to an article by The Washington Post, remote learning is in high-demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the article, Harvard University’s Education Redesign Lab found that school systems continue to advocate for online learning despite the return to in-person school.
One benefit of online learning is keeping students and teachers safe. If Jesuit were to provide an online learning option for the upcoming school year, students might feel more safe and less worried about the spread of COVID-19.
Students and teachers with underlying health conditions might also feel more comfortable staying at home, since their chances of getting sick are higher. Even those who have been vaccinated can still catch COVID, so providing an online learning option could be beneficial to ensure the safety of many students and teachers.
In addition, some students have found that they thrive in the virtual classroom, despite the fact that they are staring at a screen for several hours a day.
Many students enjoy learning from home compared to in-person, as it eliminates any need to wake up early and spend time and money commuting to school. It also provides a comfortable learning space with access to food and bathrooms, which is especially important for students with underlying health conditions.
Providing students with a virtual learning option for the 2021-2022 school year would help Jesuit students and teachers who are worried about the spread of COVID-19. It could also benefit those who thrive in an online learning environment.