Everyone can agree that the past eight months may not have been the most desirable, and with the
continuous spread of COVID-19, many students are wondering how they will attend school. Through hopes of
adapting to the unfortunate circumstances, Osceola County provided parents and their children an
alternative for returning to school in 2020: online schooling! Most students had a taste of this at the
end of the last school year, so this option is not too unfamiliar. However, similar to going to school
in person, new standards and routines may be implemented to last the semester. The following interviews
are from two students that have opposing thoughts on the subject.
The first interview was with a student who has chosen to stay home for the first semester of the
2020-2021 school year. The name remains anonymous, but their opinions are clear. Since they have already
experienced the nature of virtual school, they've spoken on their experience. According to him/her,
online learning is both safer and more efficient for their schedules. Although there are setbacks such
as not having all the resources in one location, staying online helps them stay energized with the
efficient schedule. Read "Virtual-Learning Option Interview" below for more information.
Virtual Learning Option Interveiw:
Diego Candelario: Good afternoon.
Anonymous Speaker 1: Hey.
D: So just to be clear, you're choosing to stay home this semester?
D: Okay, great. And why did you think this would be a better solution as opposed to
going back to school?
A1: Well, first of all, it's more likely to be safer and I won't have the risk of
exposing my family to the virus as some of my family members are at risk. And
honestly, when we did it the first time it was easier, I didn't have to wake up so
early, I wasn't at school just zoned out all the time because of how tired I was. At
home, I'm rested and I'm able to do my work quicker and better.
D: Yeah, I can see how the setting can change work ethic. So what are some
expectations or hopes that you have for what learning is going to look like this
A1: I just hope whenever we get the assignments or what we need to learn, it's just
straightforward so that way there's nothing I can possibly
get confused on. Not that it's [online learning] inconvenient, but sometimes it
happens. It would just be easier for everything to be there, have all the resources
I need and just go off that and I hope it's just as smooth as it was when we
transitioned when this first started.
D: And is there anything from when we transitioned last year that you would want to
A1: Personally, no. I liked everything how it was when we first transitioned.
D: Did you ever consider going back to school and, if so, was it something someone
said or something you heard somewhere?
A1: I definitely considered it. I miss seeing everybody from school, that's for
sure. But I hope most of our classmates are considerate and they are working to not
catch or spread the virus so that way, when we go back to school, we don't have to
deal with any issues with that. It's mostly a social factor, but even then I still
talk to a lot of friends on the daily so it's not the worst thing to happen for me.
In-Person Learning Option
The next interview explores why going back to school in person isn't such a bad idea. Once again, the
speaker remains anonymous for the protection of their identity. They chose to go back to NeoCity instead
of staying at home for the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year. They claim that going back to
school in real life is an advantage for them. Not only will it push them back to their regular school
schedule, but they can interact with more people. However, they are still at risk because there is
currently no vaccine for the virus. He/she says that students will try to stay safe by following the
rules and wearing masks at all times. Read the "In-Person Schooling option interview" below for more
In-Person Learning Option Interview:
Diego Candelario: So how will you be attending school this year?
Anonymous Speaker 2: I'm going in person.
D: And why are you going as opposed to just staying home?
A2: Well, my parents don't like me staying home all the time and I need to get
back into a routine.
D: What expectations do you have for when you go back to school and what might
this routine look like?
A2: Basically just like going back to school again so I stop sleeping in as late
and I can start seeing more people.
D: Did you ever consider staying and, if so, was it something someone said or
something you heard that may have convinced you?
A2: Well, when the options were first announced, I wanted to go back and then I
started considering online school when I noticed how many people were initially
choosing to go back, but now it looks like that number is going down for how
many people are going back, so that helped a little bit.
D: Thank you, that's all. Do you have any comments you want add?
A2: Just that everyone should wear their mask because you shouldn't go back if
you're not gonna be safe about it.
There were two anonymous people interviewed for their insight on virtual and
in-person schooling. The first interview was with someone who picked the virtual
option. They have already experienced the virtual environment during the last
quarter of the 2019-2020 school year. They believe that learning online is safer and
more efficient for their schedules. However, there are setbacks such as the lack of
lab resources and less socializing time.
On the other hand, the latter interview gives the perspective of a student who will
be attending school in person. This anonymous speaker believes that they gain a
personal advantage going to school in person as: they may have a set schedule, learn
easier with teachers to guide them, and interact with more people. Even with the
upsides, this student knows that they are at risk and will try to stay safe by
following the COVID-19 guidelines and wearing masks at all times.
Hopefully students understand the pros and cons of the two options. The interviews
shown in this article may have given them a better feel for what their classmates
are experiencing this fall. It's important to understand the different factors when
choosing virtual or in-person school since the traditional routine has been changed.
In the end, it's best for students to pick the option that ensures safety and a good