Students prefer sacrificing holiday over extending year

eLearning days offer students the opportunity to make up day at home

Giselle Uribe and Aileen Garcia

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To make up snow days — or polar vortex days — students would rather lose a holiday than extend the school year.

Many studies show that low temperatures and high temperatures classroom can affect a student’s ability on focusing in class, low energy, and memory ability.  According to an article in Riverside Brookfield landmark, “With eLearning days cold, snap’s no problem at RBHS,” Riverside-Brookfield High School was shut down for two days but didn’t call school off. They provide “eLearning days,” where students are expected to do classroom assignments at home online.  In fact, according to the article, students don’t have to make up the missing school days due to the cold.  In a survey of 108 Morton East students, 71 students said they would rather make up snow days by removing days from remaining holidays like President’s Day, and 37 choose additional days at the end of the year in May.  

 “Our first e-Learning day will be March 4th, Pulaski Day, and I’m pretty excited about the idea of not really having to make up snow days anymore — because we never lose a learning day to inclement weather,” said English teacher Mr. Kent Frankfother. 

 Some students think that online learning allows for too much distraction, but they like the idea of not having to add days to the school year.

 “People are going to find the answers online, and I prefer doing it on paper. I mean if they had to add days at the end of the school year, then no,” said senior Iberus Jenkins. 

 There are some students who prefer doing school work with paper and pencil because they don’t have to deal with technology.  

 “In my opinion doing work online can be complicated for many students.  For example, if your WIFI doesn’t work, you won’t be able to turn in your assignments, and it can affect your grades,” said senior Maria Placensia.  

 Many students have different opinions as to having online assignments.  

 “I think it’s better, but at the same time (some) students are not going to do it,” said sophomore Elizabeth.   

 Students will face issues when it comes to logging in online.  

 “A lot of people are not going to do it, or they’re going to forget their password for their laptops,” said senior Malikee.

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