Superintendent announces that distance learning will continue through May
On April 1, OUSD Superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell announced in a press release that all OUSD schools would be closed for the rest of the year due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
The decision was made in order to limit the spread of the coronavirus, which has infected over 1.9 million people and killed over 125,000 as of April 14, according to a map created by John Hopkins University. Within the United States, there were over 600,000 confirmed cases and over 25,000 deaths.
“I realized that I would miss a lot of the remaining content,” said Richard Yu, a PLTW sophomore. “I feel that this last bit of content is important for the rest of my academic career.”
Even though students are no longer able to go to school for their classes, they can still learn online. Teachers have been hosting classes online, using programs like Zoom and Google Hangouts, in order to get their students the information they need. Grading has also shifted to a ‘credit or no credit’ system due to this learning change.
For some, this was a potentially positive experience for them.
“I kind of like it. I can wake up at my own time and create my own schedule,” said Shirley Le, an ESA sophomore. “I feel like I’m finally able to build self-discipline in a time that really matters.”
However, there are some concerns that others have brought up. “For things like tests, teachers use the honor system for you to not ask others for answers or look things up online,” said Lawrence Chiu, a PHA sophomore. “To me, I feel like the potential for cheating is very high.”
Outside of education, OUSD is providing free meals for those struggling during this quarantine, every Monday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at various schools, including Oakland High. They have also distributed Chromebooks and hotspots for students to have access to their education online. This info can be found on the OUSD website.
As long as we follow the advice of health officials to limit the virus from spreading further, we’ll be able to limit how severe this pandemic will get.