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Local parent and teacher reacts to extended online learning

Posted at 5:53 PM, Apr 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-14 19:53:53-04

SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah — Teachers and students continue to cope with online learning, now that Governor Gary Herbert made it official that classes will continue at home for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

Sixth grade teacher Meghann Oliver admits to struggling while shifting from the classes at school to classes home.

She teaches science to 162 students at Mount Jordan Middle School in Sandy,

“There is no schedule, everything is just craziness,” Oliver said from her home in South Salt Lake.

She’s also teaching her daughter at home.

“She has different teachers and they have a lot of work for her and lots of questions and we have no routine. So it’s like, 'Oh, I’m trying to answer this question for my student who just emailed me, and you have a question for me,’” Oliver said.

Like most families over the last month, both admit to feeling overwhelmed.

“There are some things that are sad, but you just have to get used to. You have to deal with it whether you’re sad or mad about it,” 6th-grader Jocelyn Pena said.

Now that it’s official classes at home will continue through the rest of the school year, Oliver understands it’s important to be safe, but she’s also sad for her students.

“There are so many fun things we have planned for the end of the school year. It’s just sort of gone. It’s just gone,” Oliver said.