Currently, the United States has more COVID-19 cases and deaths than any other country in the world. According to the Coronavirus Statistics, the United States has more than 25 million cases nation-wide, comparable to the whole population of Texas, California, and New York.
During the summer break, the cases remained low, however, as soon as schools reopened, the cases skyrocketed. For example, over the first two weeks, the schools reopened, in the United States, over 100,000 students were infected with Covid-19 which was a 90% increase.
Imagine the consequences if all these children are in the same space. In addition, it's not just the children, 2,740 teachers were confirmed with Covid-19 on the first day schools opened in South Africa. According to CBC News, in Quebec Canada, over the first week schools reopened, half of the schools in the entire province were exposed to COVID-19 and were forced to shut down.
As you can see, every time countries all over the world attempted to reopen their schools, it has always led to extreme consequences.
Secondly, some may argue that in an online school, we can’t socialize and many students have difficulties learning. Well, I have something for you, although it depends where you live, from what I have heard from staff members working in schools, COVID-19 guidelines from many provinces, and from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cafeterias are closed and in some cases, you can’t even talk when you are eating since you don’t have your mask on.
Even during recess, separate classes go to separate parts of the recess field at a separate time and in some schools, it is mandatory that you have to wear a mask and a face covering one over the other usually for more than four straight. Additionally, libraries, clubs, music classes, computer rooms, theaters, performances, and even physical education classes are all closed. Therefore, there really isn’t much of a difference since all of the classes and activities we can’t do at online school are all closed even in physical schools due to COVID-19.
Lastly, online school is very cost-effective. According to the Forest Trail Academy, with virtual schooling, you can save money on a lot of things such as regular commute, library fees, food-related costs, textbook costs, and since you get all of the required study materials online, you do not need to buy any thick textbooks to help yourself through the course.
On top of this, according to HuffPost, with online schooling, there are advantages that traditional schooling doesn’t and can’t offer. For example, you can focus on your work without distraction, you can move at your own pace, you don’t have to compete to share your ideas, and you can easily communicate with your teacher when and where you want to.
In conclusion, there are always advantages and disadvantages, however, at this time of the year, when COVID-19 is always an issue, doing online school might just be the easier option.