Online education frees up time for students

Some students focus on learning new skills

Jake Hardin

Students have made adjustments with their time in order to attend online school. 

With the shorter daily schedule, students get done with classes by noon. Teachers aren’t even allowed to give out too much homework.

“We were told to only assign the amount of work that a student could complete within the class period,” teacher Megan Mackay said.

“My classes are 45 minutes, so I have to be able to fit everything (in that timeframe).”

So the question is, what can students do with this extra time?

Unfortunately, not much.

With the nation under a state of emergency, there are limits to what one can do. 

“You basically can’t go anywhere in public with more than 10 people, and you have to be at least six feet apart to not spread germs in the air,” freshman Austin Stroup said.

Many students have the opportunity to self-reflect or enjoy their hobbies.

Others can be productive in what they want going forward, whether looking down a pathway or learning essential skills.

“Me and some of my friends have been working on learning Japanese to occupy us,” senior Sam Guy said.

“I just like the culture, and I’m tired of having to read subtitles on anime.”

This could be what is perhaps the biggest break a student may have in the history of education.

The Continuous Learning Plan in Derby will continue through the end of the school year, with in-school classes scheduled to resume in August.