Making the switch to online learning


Lizbeth Hernandez, Staff Reporter

In light of recent events, including the nation-wide decisions of continuing academic learning to change to online learning, Ritenour students, teachers, and administrators have been experiencing a drastic change. 

Every student at Ritenour has begun to adjust differently. The school recently completed its second week of online learning, with eight more weeks to go for a total of ten weeks via E-Learning. 

Junior Darian Dickerson has enjoyed some benefits on online learning, but also sees some negative aspects which are still working themselves out. 

E-Learning to me is a new experience. Of course, I enjoy the amenities of E-Learning which are waking up in the morning when I want to and completing the assignments at my own pace. But some downfalls are teachers assigning too many assignments all at once and how the grades for these assignments will be inserted. Overall it’s bittersweet for me. Nevertheless I would still love to be back at school and doing the actual tangible work,” Dickerson said 

Since Ritenour High School has made the decision to continue E- Learning until June second, the last day of school, students learned that all grades will only positively affect them. Grades are being considered “hold harmless” for the rest of the semester,

E-Learning also affected Dual Enrollment and full time students at St. Louis Community College. 

Monserrat Delgado-Rico, a full time student at STLCC, described the change she and her peers have had to adjust to. 

“Online learning as a Dual Enrollment student has definitely been a challenge to adjust to, especially with very strict virtual online calls throughout the day. One thing is that while being at school, if something was not completely understood we could always go see a tutor. But being online, we‘re on our own,” Delgado-Rico said.  “I have a fear of falling behind because it’s really easy to do, especially when I’m working during this time as well,

Each student is facing various problems and encounters when adjusting to the new circumstances. Hoping to have a better outcome to this all, Ritenour staff will continue to work to give students the best education when working from home. 

 “Teachers expect us all to be home every day all day, and they assign work non-stop. In my opinion, online school is much more stressful than actual school was. Since most teachers and students were not prepared to do online school it has taken some adjusting to do, but I feel as if that will improve,” Delgado-Rico said.