No, distance learning will not work!! This past week I have gotten a real eye opener and I am very disappointed in most of my students. Our students are used to and well equipped for distance learning since they get packets every week, do it at home, and ring it back once a week so I thought coming in once every 3 weeks won't be that big of a difference and they will keep up. We have been closed since March 16th (we also had 1 week spring break). Students received 2 packets total before April 29th. We have been calling them twice a week the first few weeks and then once a week after that. I have been in contact with all my students regularly (except for one, I reached him only after a month). We have had many and long conversations, and I was told they did all their work, or most of their work or they were kinda behind a little. There was one student who was just not doing it and I talked to him 30 minutes at a time to convince him, and walk him through everything. So the big shocker came on April 29th. Students were supposed to drop off all the work they completed and pick up their new (final) packet. Out of 22 students only 12 dropped off their work. 4 came to pick up packets but didn't drop off. I was shocked. Out of the 10 that didn't drop off their work were 2 graduates, and 4 students who always get everything done and on time and they do very good work. I couldn't believe it. Out of the 12, only 2 did everything and 2 did most (which is the least I expected from everyone). There were two students who returned undone work (as in not even started) claiming I told them everything had to be returned. Everything they completed had to be returned! I talked to them twice about what to do and when and how, so I don't see how I was confusing. Paperwork that was supposed to be dropped off, that is super important as it relates to attendance and they're legal papers, were either not done right or not all was dropped off for more than half of the students (that did drop something off) The reasons I'm giving you all these details is to paint a picture of what is going on with students who are probably the most prepared for this type of learning. It is a fail overall. A lot of my student were doing great before, or doing ok, now are not doing their work (I assume that's why they didn't drop it off) because they're getting lazy or distracted and just lose focus. They can do the work because they were doing it before without me helping them, so it's simply not an intellectual problem. Students will need to go back to how things were. Sure some form of online learning and maybe some independent work can be incorporated as it can be beneficial to some students, but there is no way this will work. More than half of my students will not earn the credit they would have otherwise. We are lenient with grading (credit / no credit) but no credits will be given away. If the work is not done, or less than 50 % is done or less than 50% is accurate (this is otherwise 60%) no credit will be given These are high school students. 1 of my students is in serious jeopardy of not graduating. He is turning 20 this month. Haven't talked to him for a few weeks and he barely needs 10 credits to graduate. Another graduate is seriously lagging (previously an excellent student) but I believe he'll pull through. Edited to add this: I understand this could work for a lot of students who have the proper background: higher socioeconomic status, supportive parents, etc. Our students are made up of students who - choose to come here for various reasons (anxiety, can't deal with large school or large class sizes, being afraid of gun violence, bullying, etc), otherwise they would do well in school. These are the kids that could do well - have been expelled for various reasons - have been dropped for being credit deficient, this is this biggest percentage. So overall for most of our students traditional school setting has not worked. A big factor is poverty: no internet or device to use for online learning, uneducated parents who are not pushing education, or simply parents are absent, or aren't around because they're working 203 jobs. They could be pushing education, but aren't there to supervise and support. What are your thoughts? How are your kids doing with their work? Do you think we can start the school year this way if we have to? In my opinion it will not be successful.