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Stress, resignation among several N.L. students as offline classes restart

Nfld and Labrador

Key takeaways: 

  • ‘I feel like I’m pressured, and I feel like I have to go back,’ states Grade 12 student Jacob Kavanagh.
  • Several high school students have mixed feelings regarding being back in class.

Mixed feelings among students due to offline classes: 

As offline education restarts this week at Newfoundland and Labrador schools, it’s not only parents who have scruples; some students themselves are feeling nervous. 

For Madison O’Dell, a Class 12 student at Holy Trinity High School in Torbay, the back-to-school has come with a spectrum of feelings. 

“I’m not the most eager,” Madison informed CBC News on Wednesday. “I’d instead be home, noticing I was in a routine of things … and being able to use my extra time for good things like going for a walk outside or little activities like yoga, things I appreciate doing.” Source –

Read more: Parents annoyed by repeated daycare shutdowns in N.L.

Mixed feelings among students as offline classes are beginning

Jacob Kavanagh, a class 12 student at Holy Spirit High School in Conception Bay South, stated he sees offline learning as applicable and online classes questioning to pursue. But being home is much more securer given how highly contagious the Omicron variant is.

“I’m happy I get to go back and see my friends, and I’m pleased I get to go back and have a more focused learning experience,” he stated. “But at the same point, I’m nervous about safety.” Source –

Madison stated hallways at her school are packed with students who have just a few minutes to get from class to class. She said that students are utilized to physical distancing — an essential way to help stop the spread of COVID-19, but she doesn’t consider it’s feasible at her school.

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