Uncomfortable and on the sidelines, some high school students with the Regina Catholic School Division (RCSD) were not happy to go back to school on Monday.
A group of more than a dozen students at Michael A. Riffel High School gave a letter to their board, asking them to revisit their decision.
“We’ve included that we’re just emotionally worried and scared,” said Jesse Borja, a grade 11 student at Riffel High School and co-author of the letter.
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In the letter, the students say that the additional stress associated with the switch is “unnecessary”.
“We believe that staying online for the remainder of the school year would be the best and best idea to keep your staff and students safe.”
Many of the students who signed their names are in grade 11 and admit to worrying about the rise of COVID-19 variant cases while studying for exams, but it is a matter of concern that only students are concerned Is not.
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“I think I’m saying I’m switching back and forth from both of these systems is quite worrying,” said Piper Nadon, another Grade 11 student at Riffel High School and co-author of the letter.
Psychiatrist of the University of Saskatchewan Dr. Tamara Hinze says that such a continuous change in one’s schedule can be quite taxing.
“What we’ve seen for this school year is an alternative pattern of in-class versus in-home learning, and I think it’s really wreaking havoc on students’ mental health,” Hinz explained.
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Isabella McPherson, an 11th-grade student at Riffel, says her mother works in health care and because of her mother’s high-risk job of working with patients with COVID-19, McPherson’s additional risk of exposure There is concern about what the in-person class now has. Started again.
“It causes a lot of stress on us, I know a lot of friends are parents in health care,” McPherson said.
Borja sent the letter to the school board on Friday afternoon and on Sunday afternoon he received a response via email from RCDS chairperson, Vicky Bonnell.
The email reads:
“Thank you very much for sharing your opinions and the signatures of your fellow students. I know that this is a difficult time for our students, staff and families; And that the learning you have experienced during this epidemic is difficult.
“Every decision taken by the board is for the safety and wellbeing of our students. We rely on the advice and recommendations of our local and provincial medical health authorities to make decisions.
“We certainly did this to make the decision to learn hybrid for our high school students; For the decision to go on distance education before Easter; And now again for the school’s decision to return. “
The email ends with the chairperson stating that the board will monitor the situation with health officials and hopes it will be “a safe rest of the school year for all”.
Despite the school board’s response, students say they want to return to distance education.
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