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What are the pros to this situation?

May 18, 2020

Dr. Susan Skinner, Senior High Principal: “I think the pros are that we are challenged to really think about what matters. We have to give up restaurants, we have to give up being together in school. I think about family, and I think about relationships and how you maintain them. And I also think that it has helped us develop some resiliency. It’s hard, but you know, life is hard. I think it has made people more spiritual. I was seeing that people have googled ‘prayer’ more often after the pandemic hit. You become more reflective about God and spiritual things.”

Mallory Mathwig, Class of 2023: “I have started to appreciate and be more grateful for the little things that I took for granted before.”

Ms. Anne Dougherty, Engineering Teacher: “It’s helped us think about what we really value, about how and what we teach. We’ve learned some new techniques and tools that we will continue to use once we get back on campus.”
Mr. John Groess, Math Teacher: “The first thing that I think this does is it gives people time to kind of reflect and to kind of take the time and pause… I think another pro is helping each student realize how they’re different than maybe their peers or even their siblings and figuring out how they work best, which a lot of, I think a lot of students their first year in college, that’s what they struggle with is they’ve never had this freedom.”

JoAnn Meyer, Parent: “I believe our family was over-scheduled for most of March and April, so staying home has been nice in that regard.”

Avery Junker, Class of 2022: “I don’t think there are any.”

Ben James, Class of 2022: “Not having to go to school has been a pro for me and my grades, and so far online school for me has been a lot less stressful.”


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